Friday August 22nd 2014

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
3. narcolepsy
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.

Tags:

Leave a Reply

4 Responses to “What is Adderall used for?
clinical research organization
1:37 pm October 26th, 2010

Adderall is available in two variations, instant-release (“IR”) as well as an extended-release (“XR”) drug.

lori mcgrail
12:29 pm May 2nd, 2011

If this is a clinical test for add. I think I have it I can’t sit still can’t concentrate obsess worry I don’t even have a doctor so I’m terrible right now

scott
4:52 pm April 14th, 2013

this the best thing that i have been on i have been taking concerta and rit. then asked to change it since it seem to stop working i and now taking the ir and the xr. they complament each other and work great. its the wonder drug thats for sure.

syed Mohsen
7:06 pm May 24th, 2013

this is very informative. after reading the article one wonders why so many care givers forget or do not take the potential addictive properties of the medication into consideration when prescribing.it should be given under supervision of family members.
regards

Leave a Reply