Adderall is a stimulant that is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or narcolepsy. It is known for increasing alertness, libido and concentration while fighting off fatigue. Although Adderall is commonly prescribed to children to treat ADHD, long-term use of Adderall can slow a child’s growth or result in other adverse side effects. Adderall is also known as a “study drug,” abused by students to enhance their concentration or ability to stay awake throughout the night.
Adderall is a highly abused drug and can be habit forming. It should only be used with a prescription and should not be given to anyone else. Using this medication improperly can cause serious effects on the heart and could even cause death.
Before Taking Adderall
You should not take Adderall if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. If you take Adderall before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body, serious, life-threatening side effects can occur.
MAO inhibitors include:
- Isocarboxazid (Marplan)
- Tranylcypromine (Parnate)
- Phenelzine (Nardil)
- Rasagiline (Azilect)
- Selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam)
You should not use Adderall if you are allergic to amphetamine or dextroamphetamine. Also, do not take Adderall if you have:
- Heart disease or moderate to severe high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
- An overactive thyroid
- Severe anxiety, tension or agitation
- If you have a history of drug or alcohol addiction
If you have any of the following conditions, your doctor may need to conduct special tests or adjust the dosage for you to safely take Adderall:
- A congenital heart defect
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure, heart rhythm disorder or a recent heart attack
- A personal or family history of mental illness, psychotic disorder, bipolar illness, depression or suicide attempt
- Epilepsy or other seizure disorder
- Tics (muscle disorder) or Tourette syndrome
It is suspected that use of Adderall while pregnant may cause premature birth, low birth weight or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. Before using Adderall, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant or are breast-feeding a baby.
Adderall is a commonly abused drug and can have long-term negative effects on adults and children.
You are not alone. There are thousands of people who have been addicted to stimulant drugs such as Adderall but now live normal lives free from any addiction.
If you have any questions about taking Adderall or about an Adderall addiction, please call our toll free number. We are available 24 hours a day so call now.