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Is it Possible to Overdose on Adderall?

a person looks sad on a beach as they think about the potential to overdose on adderall

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often diagnosed in childhood and early adolescence. Those with ADHD are generally impulsive, hyperactive, and have trouble focusing. Stimulants such as Adderall can help restore the balance of the brain’s chemical messengers and treat ADHD. However, these drugs may be abused as weight loss supplements or to help students stay awake for long periods of time. Adderall is a Schedule II prescription drug, which indicates that it has a high potential for abuse and physical and psychological dependence. There is also the possibility to overdose (OD) on Adderall.

Finding an Adderall addiction treatment program can provide the support needed to minimize the risk of an overdose on Adderall by breaking the cycle of addiction. Michael’s House offers prescription drug rehab in Palm Springs, California. Learn more and get started today by calling 760.548.4032.

Substance Abuse Can Increase Adderall Overdose Risks

Adderall is available in a variety of dosage amounts in immediate-release tablets or extended-release capsule forms. Like any medication, Adderall has side effects. Stimulants increase heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure, as well as decrease appetite and sleep functions.

Adderall affects the neurotransmitter dopamine, which controls pleasure and attention. This chemical change may increase the drug’s appeal for recreational abuse. People who abuse Adderall often crush the pills and then snort the powder. Snorting Adderall sends the drug into the bloodstream faster, increasing the hazardous side effects and potential for an accidental overdose.

Signs of Adderall OD

There is a misconception that prescription drugs are safer than street drugs, which may be a factor in the abuse rates for Adderall. Contrary to popular belief, you can overdose on Adderall— even at low doses—sometimes even fatally.

Symptoms of an Adderall overdose may include:

  • Restlessness
  • Panic
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion
  • Increased respiration
  • Rapid or irregular heart rate
  • Sudden aggression or violence
  • Dizziness
  • Convulsions or tremors
  • Severe abdominal cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hypertension
  • Coma

These symptoms are often followed by depression and fatigue. An Adderall overdose can lead to a stroke, seizures, or irreversible brain damage. If you suspect an overdose of Adderall, please seek immediate medical care.

Polysubstance Abuse May Cause an OD on Adderall

People who take Adderall to get high may also abuse additional drugs in a short period of time, including alcohol or opioids. When taken together, these substances can interact with each other and amplify the effects of one another. This creates an even higher risk of an overdose on Adderall by drastically increasing its potency and leading to potentially dangerous outcomes.

Abusing multiple different substances can also pose challenges in addiction treatment. For those who would normally be able to easily recover from Adderall abuse, the presence of other substances can significantly increase the intensity and length of treatment.

Long-Term Help for Adderall Addiction

After Adderall leaves the system, withdrawal symptoms can occur. Some of these withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, anger, depression, change in appetite, suicidal tendencies, and intensely vivid dreams. This process can last anywhere from a few days to a few months, and it should be managed under medical supervision. A detox center can help manage the more uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

It takes time for your brain to recover from the effects of a drug like Adderall. Aside from the physical effects of the drug, you will also experience an emotional upheaval that will need to be addressed and balanced. Support groups, individual and group therapy, and family therapy are all vital tools in the rehabilitation process.

Adderall Addiction Treatment at Michael’s House

The team at Michael’s House in Palm Springs, California, is intent on healing your mind, body, and spirit in a comprehensive and compassionate environment. Contact us today at 760.548.4032 to start moving forward.