Adderall is an amphetamine that is often prescribed to people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. While it has stimulant properties for those who do not have ADHD, it has the opposite effect on those who do; it calms and focuses them.
Side Effects of Adderall Use
The stimulant properties of Adderall make it attractive to illegal users looking for a high, as well as to overworked individuals who obtain it from their friends or doctors to help them make it through long study sessions or shifts at work. Its primary effects include the following:
- Accelerated heartbeat
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Mood swings
- Overstimulation and restlessness
Like any drug, Adderall can have adverse effects if used long-term. Some of those effects include the following:
- Aggravated psychosis
- Stunted growth
- Sudden death (especially in users with heart or thyroid disease)
Because ADHD is relatively new to the medical field, some professionals are concerned that prolonged Adderall use may stunt the development and life expectancy of children who begin taking it indefinitely at an early age. Only time will tell, but Adderall use may be quite the risk.
Recent Shortages of Adderall
Recently there has been a shortage of the generic form of Adderall in local pharmacies, meaning that patients with ADHD who have been prescribed this medicine will have a harder time obtaining it. There are several postulated causes for this unexplained shortage, such as these:
- The shortage may be engineered by the government to cut down on illicit use of Adderall by making it harder to obtain
- The makers of Adderall may be overwhelmed by the skyrocketing demand for the drug due to the increased number of ADHD diagnoses
- The corporate owners of the Adderall manufacturers may be decreasing the amount of generic Adderall to force consumers to buy the more expensive name brands, thereby increasing their own profits
The lack of a definitive answer has led to confusion and lawsuits among Adderall manufacturers, and to a search for cheaper, more natural ADHD remedies among consumers.
Safe Adderall Replacements
There are other options for Adderall users who feel they cannot live normally without the drug, or who experience uncomfortable side effects from replacement drugs. Placebos are promising substitutes for Adderall as they produce many of its positive effects and almost none of the negative ones. Vitamin supplements and therapy with video games or music also help focus the minds of those who exhibit ADHD symptoms. However, those who abuse Adderall put themselves in grave danger and need to seek addiction treatment as their first replacement for the drug.
Adderall Addiction Help
If you or your loved one is addicted to Adderall and you are worried about the ill effects it has, please call our toll-free helpline where we are available 24 hours a day. Call today to find treatment options that can free your life from addiction.