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Adderall Addiction


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:

  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

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
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Seizures
  • Weakness in the arms or legs
  • Numbness of arms or legs
  • Dizziness
  • Slow or difficult speech
  • Chest pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Verbal or motor tics
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Changes in vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Mania
  • Itching
  • Swelling (in the case of overdose or allergic reaction)
  • Hives
  • Rash
  • 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 The Raleigh House. We can help you get the help you need to stay drug free.


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