The Adderall Withdrawal Timeline Chart

How long does withdrawal from Adderall last? A VISUAL GUIDELINE that outlines common symptoms by day and week.

minute read

Duration of Adderall Withdrawal

How long does Adderall withdrawal last?

People who are dependent on Adderall (amphetamine salts) experience different symptoms during withdrawal that vary in intensity and severity. However, they all have one thing in common: the general onset of withdrawal symptoms starts within a few hours after the last dose of Adderall. In fact, the onset of symptoms usually occurs right after drug effects start to wear off.

The Adderall Withdrawal Timeline Chart

Embed this infographic to your website

But, how long does withdrawal from Adderall last? Find the answer to your questions about withdrawal duration in our infographic and text! If you like it, use it or share it. The embed code is below the image. Also, feel free to comment in the section below. We’ll try to answer to all legitimate questions promptly and personally.

Adderall Withdrawal Timeline

When you develop dependence on Adderall, it can take days or weeks (sometimes months) to completely be Adderall-free. The onset of withdrawal symptoms of Adderall can occur right after the drug effects has worn off, and may persist for a few months after the last dose.

What are Adderall withdrawal symptoms? Check out this guideline for details. We’ve created a list – sorted by time –  for better understanding.

24-72 hours after your last Adderall pill:

  • Catnapping
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Disorientation
  • Fatigue
  • Sleepiness

4-7 days after your last Adderall pill:

  • Anhedonia
  • Exhaustion
  • Intense cravings
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disorders
  • Unpleasant dreams

Week 2 Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Exhaustion
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Psychomotor impairment
  • Sleep disorders
  • Vivid dreams

Week 3 Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Apathy
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Irritability

Week 4 Adderall Withdrawal Symptom:

  • Brain fog
  • Sleep disorders

NOTE HERE: Symptoms may not occur in exactly the same way and/or within these general parameters. Adderall is a stimulant; as such, withdrawal can be delayed. So, specific withdrawal symptoms may occur earlier or later than is common.


Afraid to go through withdrawal alone?
We are here to help.


If you’re looking for medical supervision followed by evidence-based treatment, call us toll-free.


We know addiction. You are never alone.


How Long To Withdraw From Adderall?

Each case of Adderall withdrawal is different and unique to the individual using Adderall. The length of time, severity, and intensity of withdrawal will depend on your:

  • Adderall dosage
  • Length of Adderall use
  • Personal general health
  • Unique body metabolism of Adderall

Adderall PAWS

People who (ab)use Adderall may experience post-acute withdraw syndrome (PAWS) in the months following acute withdrawal. PAWS are a set of symptoms that can last several months and, in some cases, up to a couple of years after the last dose. PAWS symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Dysphoria
  • Fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • Sleep disorders

Adderal Withdrawal Questions

Get Adderall withdrawal help today! Call toll-free 1-877-865-2521 to get confidential guidance you need. Don’t let another day pass without treatment.

If you still have any questions, feel free to write them in the comments section below. We do our best to respond to your questions personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: PubMed: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy: Misuse of “study drugs:” prevalence, consequences, and implications for policy
NIDA Drug Facts: Stimulant ADHD Medications – Methylphenidate and Amphetamines
DailyMed: Archived Adderall label
NHTSA: Amphetamines and Methamphetamine
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I have read and agree to the conditions outlined in the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

  1. Hi,
    I am very much grateful for your efforts put on this article,
    This article is very informative, updated and transparent. Can I expect you will post this type
    of another article in near future?

  2. Hi, i started takinng adderall 2 years ago startig off with 10mg maybe 2-3 times a week. Then about a year of taking it i started taking 30mg a day but split up like 15mg and 3-4 hour later another 15mg but only 2-3 days a week. Then about 3 1/2 months ago i started taking 60mg a day split up into 20mg every dose but ever 3-4 hours but i took it 5 days a week some times 6… then 2 months ago i was on vacation and took 60mg everyday for 10 days straight and started getting horrible anxiety on April 9th so i stopped takig adderall. I had panic attacks back to back for 2 weeks. Then it got better i tried taking adderall again and it relapsed again with the whole panic attacks. Ive gotten better every week but i still have lingering anxiety. Its horrible. I have mental fog, i still get anxious. No attacks anymore just heart racing and freaking out about having anxiety. How long will this last? Im not taking anti anxiety because im scared to. Its effecting my daily life. How do i help myself?

  3. Hmmm …. how long do these detox symptoms last??? I took 10mg adderall everyday for 21 years. That last year I was literally taking it 24/7, was under an insane amount of stress (lost both parents, moved across country, quit my job, inherited a huge home, lots of sibling arguments, estate battles…) and I never, ever slept. Then I tapered a bit realizing how bad that was for my health and then stopped when my prescription ran out – I realized it wasn’t helping any more and I was needing to take more and more and more just to get 30% of the original effect. I quit May/ June of 2017 and never noticed anything initially. Then a month later I had a major panic attack (I’ve had several since). Another month later the EXTREME exhaustion set in and has not left at all! My question is this, it’s now June 2018 and I’m STILL so exhausted, depressed and irritable I can barely get off the sofa. How much longer will this last?? I know I took it for over 2 decades but shouldn’t this alleviate soon, or is there anything I can do take (that’s all natural or holistic!!) to speed up this detox?? Thanks so much for your time!! Any help is appreciated!!

    1. Hi Dane. Adderall withdrawal is different for each individual. It may last from several weeks to a year. But don’t lose hope, it will get better with time. It’s healthful to enroll into support groups, or go to therapy sessions.

  4. 58yrs old
    History: 2000 gastric bypass, Amiodarone Toxicity,afib,

    I have a TBI and take 30 mg 2-3 times a day and been on for approx 10 yrs.
    I had someone here 25 hrs a week he stole my Amphetamine Salts aka adderall.
    Been off 4 days
    Im hot/cold confused as heck….
    Dont feel like getting out of my chair.
    But also sick to my stomach! ???????


  5. Hello. I was prescribed 10 mg 2 times a day for the last 3.5/4 years. Did not take them every day and was fine on the days I did not take them. I stopped taking the adderall cold turkey in December. I did not have any initial symptoms, but had a panic attack around Christmas, convinced I was having a heart attack. Turned out to be nothing. January went by and I felt fine. February came and I was on edge for no reason, and when I found out a friend at work had the Flu, I completely lost my mind. Cloudiness, nausea ,panic and unable to sleep. This would last a few days of feeling foggy, but slowly tapered after about 2 weeks on and off. I had never experienced a panic attack like that. March got better, had anxiety still, and every little thing seemed to panic me, reading of deaths or anything else would really set me off and make me feel uneasy and nervous. Last week, I had another severe panic attack out of nowhere. Have barely eaten in a week and feel depressed for no reason. Have no sex drive. I have so many things to look forward to the upcoming months and can not seem to feel any emotion to them at all. I know it is the PAWS, and that it just needs to run its course while my brain and body recalibrate and learn to produce chemicals on their own again. Each day gets easier. I have been using CBD oil to help with anxiety and just started taking SAM-E to help boost back my chemicals.

    Anyone experience anything similar? I know what I’m going through is a normal process, its just always nice to talk to other people who have gone through or are going through similar situations. When it gets bad you feel like you are stuck this way forever, but in reality you are not. I’m looking at this as a positive experience in the long haul and looking forward to helping future people in their healing process. I’m 4 months in cold turkey with no medications to counteract, so just have to ride the waves of ups and downs.


  6. I’ve been through long term use of Vyvanse and Adderall which sleep for days and depression. How much withdrawal symptoms should i expect after high dosing for just one week and stopping? It’s always been a month straight before.One more question, are there any actual drugs known to halt or neutralize adderall withdrawal? Like opiates or Soma? Will suboxone take withdrawal symptoms away like it does for opiates?

  7. is taking 10 mg twice a week enough to produce pretty severe withdrawal symptoms? im wonderin gif that is why i feel like this or if i have mono or something

  8. Hey. This is very accurate , but I am legally prescribed this medicine. I have been taking it for four and a half years . I would like to stop taking it, but I’m ‘physically dependent’ but I’m not ‘addicted’ but the way this is worded seems to insinuate they are the same ? Or is it ‘different’ if one doesn’t have a prescription and abuses it ? Or has the prescription and doesn’t take them correctly?

    I am really curious if there is an actual difference, do I abuse it because I am physically dependent on it, as I am sertraline ?

    1. Hi Chelsea. Physically dependent and addiction are totally different things. Addiction is a psychological brain disease when you fill that you can’t live without the drug. In both states you may experience withdrawal symptoms. I suggest that you consult with your doctor before stop taking Adderall.

I am ready to call
i Who Answers?