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Teens and Adderall Abuse

Adderall is the brand name of a combination of two powerful central nervous system stimulants - amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It is mainly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults.

Dexamed (dextroamphetamine sulfate) is a similar drug that is sometimes prescribed in Europe and other countries around the world. Other commonly abused ADHD drugs are methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin), lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse), and dexmethylphenidate (Attenade, Focalin).

The drugs are highly addictive, especially when used by people who do not have ADHD. Adderall abuse is increasing rapidly, especially among those in their teens and early twenties.

Adderall: the study drug

The drug is often referred to as a "study drug" or "smart drug" because of its reputation for increasing focus, memory, alertness, alertness, and motivation. Some high school and college students consider Adderall to be a miracle drug that allows them to stay awake longer and keep up with demanding classes and strict schedules.

Abuse of the drug is most common during the exam weeks. In the United States, an estimated 30 to 40 percent of college students report using Adderall or a similar drug during intermediate and final exams. Not all abusers are college students, however, and many teenagers and young adults use the drugs for recreational purposes only. Most get the drugs from friends or family.

There is no evidence that Adderall users benefit academically. In fact, non-prescribed Adderall users tend to have a lower academic average, and many use the drug in combination with heavy drinking or marijuana. Too often, students use the drugs to maintain active social lives while meeting the demands of high school or college.

Risks of Adderall Abuse

Many people (including a surprising number of parents) think that Adderall is safer than illegal drugs bought on the street, but the risks that are just as dangerous can include:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • a headache
  • insomnia
  • Dangerously high body temperature
  • Suicidal ideation
  • paranoia
  • Seizures
  • Heart failure

Regular abuse of Adderall or other prescription stimulants can quickly lead to dependence and addiction, and users can experience stimulant withdrawal, such as severe convulsions, depression, and other unpleasant side effects, when the drug is stopped.

Seek treatment as soon as possible

If you think your child is abusing Adderall, it is important to seek help from a drug or alcohol treatment facility or rehab ASAP. If you're not sure, look out for the following symptoms of stimulant abuse:

  • Angry outbursts
  • Sudden weight loss, changed eating habits
  • Stay up all night
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety
  • Tremble
  • Deterioration in general health