Coming in at number four of America’s most addicted and abused drugs is the prescription drug known as Adderall. It is prescribed to individuals that are suffering from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) and are in need of help in calming down and focusing in school and at work.
Misuse and Abuse Can Be Very Dangerous To A Person’s Life
This drug is widely abused by teens and college students looking to stay awake to study or to party all weekend, and in some cases it is used by individuals for rapidly losing weight. Although Adderall is said to help in some cases, it usually becomes an addiction to most people who choose to be prescribed this drug.
Taking Adderall even once has what are known as short-term side-effects. Short-term side-effects are usually not life-threatening, but in some cases are very uncomfortable. These effects remain present in one’s system for as long as 12 hours (depending on the dosing).
Several short-term effects of using Adderall include:
- Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea
- Dizziness, headaches
- Increased concentration
- Emotional changes
- Temporary increases in blood pressure or heart rate
- Dry mouth
When individuals are prescribed Adderall for long-term use, many of these individuals become physically dependent on the drug. Once a physical dependence occurs, addiction soon follows.
Addiction poses problems in one’s life such as:
- Respiratory depression
- Mental depression
- Liver and kidney damage or failure
- Memory loss or problems learning
- Social withdrawal
- Overdose due to constant increases in dosing
- Heart attack, stroke, seizures
- Coma or death
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Adderall has helped many people function more normally in society, but turning a person into a boring zombie-like creature is not always the best solution. If you are considering Adderall for yourself or for your loved one, consider all the pros and cons of this drug. Also, if an addiction is already present in your life, call now to get help.