The Potential Dangers of Adderall Abuse

What does Adderall do?

The Danger of Adderall Addiction

  • Decongestants
  • Antacids
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Anti-depressants

Symptoms of Adderall Addiction

  • Feelings of anxiety, depression or irritability once the drug wears off
  • Displaying drug-seeking behavior such as spending a lot of money or effort to get the drug or needing to inject or snort the drug to hasten its effect
  • Experiencing physical symptoms of withdrawal such as insomnia, dizziness or panic attacks once the drug wears off. This is also called an “Adderall crash”.
  • Increased tolerance to the drug with the individual needing higher quantities to feel its effects

Adverse Effects of Adderall Abuse and Misuse

  • The Brain: Perhaps the most dangerous effects of the drug are the changes it can cause to the brain. Adderall is meant to stimulate the activity of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, in the brain. However, these changes may impact the brain’s reward center over time, and alter one’s ability to experience pleasure without the chemical support of amphetamine use. It may lead to the formation of a tolerance to the drug, inducing higher reliance on medication and severe withdrawal symptoms. Worse, it may increase susceptibility to suicidal tendencies, aggression and psychosis.
  • Pregnancy: Use of Adderall during pregnancy may lead to serious birth defects. A study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that women who took ADHD medication such as Adderall were more likely to have a baby with certain birth defects. These include gastroschisis, omphalocele and transverse limb deficiency.
  • The Heart: At high doses, Adderall increases the risk of heart problems. It may also lead to high blood pressure and stroke. Typically, these risks are present even with a valid prescription from a doctor. Those that use the drugs without the benefit of a prescription do so at extremely high risk and may be essentially courting heart failure.




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