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How Long Does Adderall Stay in Your System?

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True focus and success doesn’t come from a bottle; they come from making the right choices, working hard and getting help when needed.

Adderall is commonly used to treat attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy. But it’s also increasingly being used illegally as a so-called study drug to help users focus better for longer periods of time.

Most people who use Adderall and have to take a drug test wonder how long it stays in your system. Whether or not you’re able to pass a drug test for Adderall depends on if you have a current prescription for the drug. If you do, bring it with you (or a letter from your doctor) to your drug screening.

If you don’t have a prescription and you’re using Adderall recreationally, you could be in trouble if you need to pass a drug test. That’s true whether your intent is to focus better or to get high. And it’s true whether you have been abusing Adderall for years or just take a few pills here and there.

So how long does Adderall stay in your system? It depends on a number of factors, including your body mass index, age, metabolism and general health. It also depends on what drug test you’re taking.

How Long Does Adderall Stay in Your Urine?

Adderall can be detected up to four days in urine after you last used or even longer if you have been using heavily.

While there are ways of trying to “beat” a test—such as using synthetic urine—cheaters are often caught, which usually results in an automatic positive and is even a misdemeanor offense in some states.

How Long Does Adderall Stay in Your Saliva and Blood?

Adderall can be detected in saliva or blood for approximately one to four days after the last time you consumed the drug.

How Long Does Adderall Stay in Your Hair?

Adderall can be detected in the hair for up to three months. While you can certainly waste money trying special shampoos to remove the drug, it’s contained within the shaft of the hair and cannot be washed off.

Shaving your head is equally ineffective as body hair can be used to test as well.

The long term effects of stimulants on the body

Stimulants are a dangerous habit. You might not think they affect your body much, but you might be surprised by the long term effects.

Getting Adderall out of Your Life

If you can’t stop taking Adderall (or other so called “study drugs”) on your own, it’s time to get help. You won’t have to worry about how long it takes to get Adderall out of your system as long as you do one thing: stop using.

Stimulants start with the promise of helping you focus longer and work harder. In the end, though, they always take more than they give and you may find you can’t concentrate at all without them.

What’s more, they can take a toll on your health. Stimulant addiction can lead to unhealthy weight loss, stomach pain and even high blood pressure, potentially putting you at risk for stroke or heart disease.

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