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Is Adderall Bad For You?

Also Known As: amphetamine, dextroamphetamine



Short answer

If the drug has been specifically prescribed to you and you are taking it according to your prescription and your doctor's instructions, then it's unlikely to cause you any issues. For individuals who do not have ADHD and take Adderall only as a recreational or ‘study drug’ are far more likely to become addicted to it. This can result in accidental overdose and also very serious and unwanted side-effects.



Long answer

There are many students across the globe who have recently taken or are preparing themselves anxiously for their exams. And this can only mean one thing. Anyone with an Adderall prescription is about to become the school’s black market pharmaceutical dispenser. Did you know that up to 35% of students have admitted to taking amphetamine-based drugs such as Adderall to help them stay focused with their studies? Adderall is becoming increasingly popular with adults, too, including women who are looking to suppress their appetite in order to lose weight. This brings us to the question, is Adderall bad for you?

Adderall is a brand name for a drug that contains both amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It’s a prescription drug which is used in order to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and even narcolepsy. This medication comes in the form of a small pill or capsule. The drug has also been known to interfere with sleep, which is why it should only be taken throughout the morning. Even though many individuals may ask is Adderall bad for you, Adderall is a federally controlled medication that should never be taken without the proper or correct medical supervision or advice. There are many side effects from taking Adderall, both minor and serious depending the length of time the drug is used. Some side effects are able to resolve on their own. Other side effects can be far more serious and may require medical attention in order to resolve them.

While many individuals who suffer from the symptoms of attention deficit disorder can often benefit from taking Adderall, it can have some frightful consequences for individuals who abuse it.

Possible short-term side effects

  • fast / uneven heartbeat
  • pain when urinating
  • headache, dizziness, weakness
  • tremors, muscle twitches
  • insomnia
  • diarrhea or constipation
  • loss of appetite

Possible long-term side effects

  • increased blood pressure
  • hair loss
  • weight loss

Possible withdrawal symptoms

  • cravings for adderall
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • fatigue
  • increased hunger

Ingredients to be aware of

  • neutral sulfate salts of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine
  • the dextro isomer of both dl-amphetamine aspartate monohydrate and amphetamine saccharate


  • long periods of focused attention
  • increased mood and confidence
  • increased motivation
  • stimulation of body and mind
  • convenient

Healthier alternatives

  • adderllin

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Written by Kathan Natrajan
Published on: 12-27-2015
Last updated: 12-10-2016

Thank you for your feedback!

Written by Kathan Natrajan
Published on: 12-27-2015
Last updated: 12-10-2016

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