What is Adderall used for?
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant made up of two different chemicals called amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. These chemicals combine to change brain chemistry and help neurotransmitters send messages between nerve cells in the brain. When prescribed by doctors in the U.S. for medical reasons, Adderall can be taken in 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, 20, and 30 mg doses and is legal. Giving Adderall to someone without a prescription is illegal in the U.S.
What is Adderall used for?
Adderall has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and narcolepsy. When prescribed for ADHD, Adderall helps control symptoms such as difficulty focusing, remaining still or controlling actions. When prescribed for narcolepsy, Adderall helps treat excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden or deep attacks of sleep. However, some Adderall effects range from bothersome to uncomfortable so be sure that you know how amphetamines can affect your body. Adderall is also prescribed by doctors to treat other medical conditions which are not approved by the FDA. Adderall can be prescribed for the medical treatment of:
1. ADD (attention deficit disorder)
2. ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
2. depression which is resistant to other treatments
4. some forms of obesity
Non medical uses of Adderall
Adderall is also used non medically, especially among full-time college students. When taken without a prescription, Adderall can be used to achieve feelings of euphoria, to focus, to stay awake or to lose weight. Taking Adderall for non medical reasons, however, increases potential for dependence or abuse and can even lead to Adderall withdrawals. People use Adderall non medically to:
* help focus energy
* improve me
* increase alertness
* increase concentration
* increase libido
* lose weight
* stay awake
* suppress appetite
Can I get addicted to Adderall?
In technical medical terms, any stimulant used at high enough doses can become addictive. This is because stimulants affect the mesolimbic pathway in the brain, creating a cycle of reward and desire. However, most people who take Adderall as prescribed DO NOT become addicted to the stimulant. Instead, the habit of taking the medicine as part of a daily routine can slowly be weaned with medical supervision.
People who take Adderall without a prescription or who do not take Adderall as prescribed have a relatively high potential to abuse and/or become addicted to the medicine. They can lose control over drug use or begin to compulsively seek and take Adderall despite adverse consequences. In cases of improper use of Adderall, be honest with yourself. Check for signs of prescription drug addiction and then see a doctor to take an addiction survey.