Adderall is a Class II  psycho-stimulant used to treat depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Individuals seeking to lose weight often abuse adderall because it is an appetite suppressant. Manufactured from amphetamine derivatives, Adderall is available in immediate-release (IR), or in extended-release (XR), tablet form.

Adderall is a frequently abused stimulant, increasing alertness, and energy and raises blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration. Adderall, when abused, is taken orally, injected, smoked, or inhaled.

When properly prescribed and administered, Adderall is a valuable component of an effective treatment program. However, even when instructions are followed, there may be side effects. The normal side effects of Adderall in children include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Stomach aches
  • Loss of appetite

The side effects in adults include:

  • Weight loss
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of appetite.

Symptoms of abuse

Because many believe Adderal to be a safe prescription drug, it is not viewed to be as harmful as others. This attitude contributes greatly to its increased availability and subsequent abuse. Addiction to Adderall is potentially lethal. Other negative effects include:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dangerous body temperature elevation
  • Feelings of paranoia and hostility

Signs of Adderall overdose

  • Acute dehydration
  • Cardio-vascular failure
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Paranoia
  • Seizures

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