Adderall is a brand name medication for a strong central nervous system stimulant. It is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Adderall for use in the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 1996. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified Adderall as a Schedule II Controlled Substance under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). The CSA provides a mechanism for substances to be controlled, categorized, and regulated as each substance is sorted into one of five schedules, whose placement is based on the substance’s medical use, potential for abuse, and dependence liability. As a Schedule II Controlled Substances, Adderall is defined as a substance “with a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence.” The way Adderall works is by affecting neurotransmitters (e.g., dopamine and norepinephrine) and altering the chemicals in one’s brain. When used exactly as directed, Adderall can effectively help individuals manage symptoms of ADHD.
The half-life, meaning the length of time the substance will remain in one’s system until the concentration in one’s blood has been reduced by half, of Adderall is approximately 10 hours. Adderall affects the way an individual’s brain works and removing the substance from a person’s body when it has become accustomed to functioning with it present will result in unpleasant side effects. These are known as withdrawal symptoms. Some of the withdrawal symptoms an individual may experience when detoxing from Adderall could include the following, provided by Medical News Today:
- Excessive sweating
- Irregular heartbeat
- Flu-like symptoms
- Panic Attacks
Everyone is different therefore the withdrawal symptom combination and severity of symptoms will vary. Individuals that have built up a high tolerance to Adderall will have a greater risk of experiencing more severe withdrawal symptoms. The duration of one’s withdrawal symptoms will differ. Withdrawal symptoms can last from 48-72 hours after one’s last dose, and for some individuals it could last as long as 30-60 days, in some cases longer.
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