Adderall Withdrawal

Adderall withdrawal generally does not occur in people who take the drug as recommended for legitimate medical purposes. Rather, withdrawal symptoms are most likely to occur in those who take high doses and who abuse the medication. Common Adderall withdrawal symptoms include changes in heart rhythm, depression, or extreme fatigue. Although withdrawal is generally not life threatening, it can be uncomfortable. It can be so uncomfortable that people may start taking the drug again in order to relieve the withdrawal symptoms. Also, if pregnant women take this drug the baby may have Adderall withdrawal symptoms post delivery. If you are pregnant and taking this medication, talk with your healthcare provider about the safety of using the drug during pregnancy.

People that experience withdrawal problems have usually taken Adderall for an extended period of time and have abused higher doses of the drug resulting in an extreme dependency. Over a period of time it is possible to build up a tolerance to Adderall resulting in higher dosage to achieve the same effect. Users will begin to start craving the drug and their psychological dependence tricks them into a panic if they are denied the ability to readily obtain the drug, even temporarily.

The manufacturer of Adderall warns against exceeding the prescribed dosage, injecting the drug, or insufflation (inhaling/snorting) of the drug. Prolonged high doses of Adderall followed by an abrupt cessation can result in extreme fatigue and mental depression. Chronic abuse of Adderall can manifest itself as psychosis, often indistinguishable from schizophrenia.

The following are Adderall withdrawal symptoms:

  • Crankiness or mood swings
  • Delusions
  • Depression
  • Extreme hunger
  • Hallucinations
  • High blood pressure
  • Intense Dehydration
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Muscle Pain
  • Nightmares
  • Panic attacks
  • Seizures or abnormal EEGs
  • Sweating
  • Swelling of hands/feet/ankles (for example, numbing of the fingertips)
  • Symptoms of tourettism
  • Tachycardia
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting

Some people who abuse Adderall will go on a binge (characterized by using for several days) followed by periods of heavy sleeping. If someone is trying to quit using Adderall, especially when they are a heavy user, it is best for them to enroll in a medical detox program. The trained professionals will help them to gradually wean down off their dosage and avoid serious health complication in the process. Immediate cessation of any form of Adderall in adults can result in:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Severe depression
  • Severe thoughts of suicide

Although Adderall is thought to be an effective drug for treating ADHD, there are several alternatives that should be tried first before conceding to it. Some of these alternatives are just as effective and have less side effects and the potential of abuse and withdrawal.

Adderall Side Effects

The following are side effects of Adderall:

  • Dry mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Nervousness
  • Aggravation, anxiety, irritability
  • Addiction

Less common side effects are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Tolerance to the drug needing more dosage
  • Feeling suspicious or paranoid
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Dermatoses (infected skin)
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Viral infection
  • High ALT enzymes in the blood indicating liver damage

Overdose of Adderall side effects:

  • Restlessness
  • Tremor
  • Aggression
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic attacks
  • Hyperreflexia (overactive reflexes, twitching, spasms)
  • Personality changes
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Seizure
  • Abnormal EEGs
  • Kidney damage
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Unexplained muscle pain or phantom pains
  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Delusions
  • Swelling of ankles, feet, hands
  • Rapid heart beat
  • High blood pressure

Adderall withdrawal can be extremely unpleasant because this medication can cause physical and psychological dependence. Attending a detox program can ensure your dosage level is slowly decreased at a rate that helps minimize withdrawal symptoms. It is possible to treat Adderall withdrawal in an inpatient rehabilitation facility as well as on an outpatient program. These types of options for the treatment of drug addiction are to help in aiding the withdrawal symptoms and to facilitate a higher level of success in overcoming Adderall abuse.