Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine that is used to treat the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. This drug is classified as a central nervous system stimulant. Adderall is prescribed by a physician who will normally start a patient on a low dose, gradually increasing it if necessary.
Adderall abuse occurs when people take this medication for reasons other than medical need. Some people may take Adderall to help them stay up longer, for instance.
Adderall can cause side effects, and abusing the medication can cause side effects to be more likely to occur. Some symptoms of Adderall abuse include:
Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
Difficulty staying asleep
Changes in sex drive
Loss of appetite
There are also side effects that can be severe. These may occur in rare cases when Adderall is taken as prescribed, but the severe side effects are more likely to occur when Adderall is not taken as prescribed. Some severe effects include:
Pounding or fast heartbeat
Shortness of breath
Weakness in the arms or legs
Numbness of arms or legs
Slow or difficult speech
Verbal or motor tics
Changes in vision
Swelling (in the case of overdose or allergic reaction)
Blistering or peeling skin
These side effects of Adderall can be dangerous, so it is important to seek emergency help as soon as possible or to consult your doctor immediately. Contact Raleigh House of Hope. We can help you get the help you need to stay drug free.