Adderall is a medication that is often prescribed for treating attention deficit hyper disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Stimulant prescription drugs, like Adderall, have a high potential for misuse due to the way they increase alertness, wakefulness, focus, and energy.
Adderall is a Schedule II drug, meaning that it has medicinal purposes, but also a high potential for misuse and dependency.
Side Effects of Misusing Adderall
When Adderall is misused, it can cause a number of undesired effects, including:
- Sleep disorders
- Loss of appetite
- Mood swings
- Sexual dysfunction
Chronic or extreme use of Adderall can cause more serious problems, such as:
- Breathing trouble
- Cold sweats
- Rapid heartbeat
- Blurred vision
Suddenly stopping Adderall after prolonged misuse can cause withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle cramps and pain
- Suicidal thoughts
For this reason, people should seek medical help and guidance if they are struggling with Adderall misuse. Heavily misusing Adderall may lead to toxic levels of the drug in the body, or overdose. Stimulant drugs increase heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature, and an overdose may cause cardiac arrest, coma, psychosis, rapid heart rate, sweating, and unusual mood swings. An overdose may be life-threatening, and if you suspect someone has overdosed on Adderall, seek immediate medical help.
Treating Adderall Misuse
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