What Does Adderall Do To You?

Written by Chloe Nicosia

What Does Adderall Do To You In The Long-Term?

Adderall, a synthetic drug, is a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. It’s a stimulant and it’s addictive. What does Adderall do to you? Like its illicit relative, methamphetamine, Adderall causes the user to experience a feeling of euphoria. A prescription medication, Adderall is used to treat ADHA and narcolepsy. It increases the level of dopamine reaching the central nervous system by disrupting normal communication between brain cells.

What Does Adderall Do To You?

Adderall is used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which is a chronic condition affecting children and adults who have difficulty concentrating, are hyperactive, and display impulsive behavior. The drug is also used to treat narcolepsy, which is a sleep disorder characterized by the person falling asleep when in a comfortable situation. Narcolepsy sufferers don’t have the ability to control their sleep cycles. Adderall has similar effects on the body as cocaine, and over time users develop a tolerance to the drug and can’t function normally without it. When the user isn’t getting the same level of “feeling good” from the prescribed dose, he or she will frequently increase the amount they are supposed to take. At this point, the user is at a high risk of being addicted to the stimulant Adderall. So then, what does Adderall do to you over time? When people are addicted to the drug, they are dependent on it stay alert and to be productive. Many adult users, and abusers, find it difficult to do their jobs effectively without taking Adderall.

Adderall Abuse Symptoms

Adderall is highly addictive when used only for the “feel good” sensations it provides. The strong effects the drug has on the central nervous system have caused Adderall to be a drug that is easily and frequently abused to enhance performance on the job and to experience an intense feeling of well-being. The sympathetic nervous system triggers the body’s fight or flight responses and is the main target of the drug’s addictive effects. Adderall abuse symptoms include the pupils of the eyes becoming dilated, blood pressure increasing, and the heart rate going up. Adderall is being abused in high schools, college campuses, law firms, and even Wall St. Any person whose work requires or study requires long hours of detailed attention can be tempted to get an Adderall prescription. Unfortunately, it is easy to act out the symptoms of ADHD and let the doctor determine that is your problem. Illegally obtained prescriptions are also sold “by the pill” on the street.

What is it about Adderall that makes people feel they are more efficient when they take it? Adderall releases the chemicals in your brain, serotonin, dopamine, and adrenaline, that make you feel good. Normally these chemicals are released when you are doing something you enjoy, such as dancing, watching your favorite team play well, hiking, or playing with your children. Adderall releases these chemicals continually and sends them to your synapses to give you a high until the drug wears off. The dangerous result of Adderall releasing dopamine as it does is that it also prevents the chemical from replenishing itself, a process called reuptake. Adderall prevents reuptake, and you have no more dopamine. This lack of dopamine makes you feel you need to take more Adderall. As a result, the user can suffer from dry mouth and dehydration because the drug inhibits the production of saliva in the mouth.

Symptoms Of Adderall Abuse

Some of the symptoms of Adderall abuse have long-term consequences. Your heart and brain can only take so much abuse before it starts suffering from the effects. Modest increases in blood pressure occur when the drug is used as prescribed, and the heart rate increases moderately. Problems can occur with adult users if the person has preexisting hypertension, ventricular arrhythmia, heart failure, or a recent myocardial infarction. Symptoms of Adderall abuse can cause long-term effects on the heart and blood pressure. Even at normal doses, some users can experience psychotic symptoms or mania. When the drug is abused, especially by young people, the user can become seriously manic and delusional.

Adderall is highly addictive, and if you notice the symptoms in a child or adult family member abusing the drug, get help right away. Contact Better Addiction Care today and speak with one of our drug addiction specialists who can direct you to a drug treatment facility near your home. Call 1 (800) 429-7690 to learn about your options for treatment, or you can visit our website at www.betteraddictioncare.com for more information.