There are many beneficial drugs out there with actual medical uses. There are drugs that aren’t made specifically for recreational purposes. But the real problem starts when a person abuses these helpful substances.
Adderall is a good example of this, and today we’re going to learn more about it. What is it? What are its medical uses? What happens when it is abused? This article is going to explore all those questions.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a combination drug that contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Both of these substances are stimulants for the central nervous system, affecting chemicals in the brain, as well as the nerves. They contribute to impulse control and hyperactivity.
Adderall is commonly snorted after being crushed. The other option, dissolving in water and injecting, is dangerous because of the insoluble fillers within the tablets, which can block the small blood vessels.
This drug, when used properly, can help treat narcolepsy and ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, the drug is also one that may be abused, which is why it is used recreationally. It works as an aphrodisiac, while also providing euphoria. Additionally, adderall may be used by athletes as a performance enhancer.
Your doctor may prescribe adderall if you have narcolepsy or ADHD. Be sure to use it exactly as prescribed. If you miss a dose, skip it and do not double your intake during the next dose. Also, if someone you love has a history of drug abuse or addiction, do not share them this medicine—adderall is addictive if abused. It goes without saying that the drug can cause serious harm to the body if it is used improperly. Adderall may be taken with or without food.
In humans with ADHD, adderall improves brain development and promotes nerve growth, if taken at therapeutic doses. Studies show that long-term treatment with amphetamine helps decrease abnormalities in the brain structure.
Side Effects of Adderall
Adderall has side effects that may vary from person to person. However, the amount of substance taken is what primarily dictates the severity of these effects. Still, it is approved for long-term therapeutic use by the USFDA, granted it is used responsibly.
Recreational use typically involves larger doses of adderall, putting the user at greater risk of adverse effects.
On a physical note, the effects will be affected by the age and health condition of the individual. Some physical effects include hypertension, hypotension, erectile dysfunction, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, and sudden weight loss.
The person may also experience blurred vision, excessive sweating, dry mouth, and rhinitis. At therapeutic levels, these could be avoided.
There are also psychological effects to be aware of such as insomnia, mood swings, changes in libido, obsessive behaviors, restlessness and irritability.
If the person continues abusing the drug, they may develop dependence, making them crave for more and more of adderall just to get the same euphoric effects.
Overdose is rarely fatal with appropriate care. Still, we have to remember that the severity of the overdose depends on the dosage and frequency of use. Addiction is a serious risk for users who abuse it regularly.
A person who is using adderall for long-term therapeutic purposes won’t get addicted to the drug. For recreational users, tolerance develops rapidly.
Adderall Abuse Treatment
Cognitive behavioral therapy can go a long way in ensuring an individual’s recovery. It is known as the most effective clinical treatment for psychostimulant addictions such as adderall.
Research shows that daily aerobic exercise and endurance exercises can help keep addiction at bay.
Exercise leads to better treatment results, so find a program for your loved one which involves active movement. With your help and support, they can start living a sober life again.