Adderall is a prescription medication that’s somewhat controversial. It’s prescribed for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and it’s classified as a stimulant, meaning it stimulates the activity of the central nervous system. In addition to speeding up processes in the body, it has an effect on certain neurotransmitters in the brain like norepinephrine and dopamine. It can help to improve focus and concentration in people that have ADHD, but it’s also abused for many different reasons.
Adderall is frequently abused by students and young professionals because it can help them to study or work for long hours in a focused manner. It’s especially popular on college campuses around finals, and students will take Adderall to stay up all night studying. Adderall is also frequently abused because it causes those who take it to lose weight. Many people will take the drug to become thin. Another reason Adderall is commonly abused is because after someone takes it, they will feel a rush of euphoria and/or a sense of being energized.
Even for people who are taking Adderall with a legitimate prescription, though, the drug is not without side effects. It can cause insomnia, irritability, anxiety, headaches, spikes in blood pressure, and changes in heat rate. In rare cases, it can even be deadly if too much is taken. In some extreme cases, it can lead to psychosis and hallucinations. One of the most common risks associated with taking Adderall, though, is that it can lead to physical dependency and addiction.
All of these side effects and risks make taking Adderall for weight loss dangerous, but it’s also ineffective. Adderall will cause you to lose weight, but as soon as you stop taking Adderall, you will put the weight back on. Or if you keep taking it, you will have to take more and more over time to maintain the appetite suppression that causes you to lose weight.
You also should never take Adderall without a prescription or by faking ADHD symptoms because it’s illegal. There is a reason that Adderall is a controlled substance. Also, obtaining Adderall from a different source other than a pharmacy (with a prescription from your doctor) could lead you to get a drug that’s cut with another substance or in far too high of a dose. This can be highly dangerous and lethal in some cases.
Taking Adderall for weight loss is not worth the unwanted side effects, and it’s never worth the dangers it presents. The most common risk is, of course, addiction. Chemically, Adderall is not far off from methamphetamine, and becoming addicted to the substance can often lead to the abuse of stronger substances, especially as a tolerance is built up.
For those who have already become addicted to Adderall, it may seem hopeless and overwhelming. However, the good news is that there are a ton of helpful resources like drug addiction treatment centers and recovery groups like Narcotics Anonymous and SMART Recovery. It’s much better, though, to avoid the destructive road to Adderall addiction, and opt for healthier ways to lose weight, like diet, exercise, and all-natural supplements.
Peter Lang submitted this guest post. It doesn’t constitute our views or opinions.