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Things to Know About Adderall

Disclaimer: Not medical or professional advice. Always seek the advice of your physician.

Do you want to cope with ADHD symptoms but are not sure how to get the proper treatment? Doctors from the Buckhead Сlinic have accumulated answers to the most popular questions about Adderall in this article.

What is Adderall?

Adderall is a trademark for medications with amphetamines that stimulate the nervous system. Amphetamines can increase the speed of nervous signaling between the brain and the body by capturing dopamine and noradrenaline (that is, by helping to control and maintain their level for suppressing ADHD symptoms).

  • Dopamine is responsible for self-control, action motivation, and behavior.
  • Noradrenaline provides energy, good sleep quality, attention, concentration, and memory.

Positive Effects of Adderall

After taking Adderall, most patients notice significant improvement.

  • It is easier for them to be in society and cope with work and household tasks.
  • Increase in concentration and attention.
  • Reduce impulsivity.
  • Increase in the ability to control the behavior and ignore negative situations.
  • Improve in memory.

Possible Side Effects of Adderall

ADHD treatment is not limited by one positive effect. The doctor’s task here is to find a balance between the needed treatment effect and the number of side effects. And here, it all depends on a specific patient — the Adderall scheme is designed individually for each patient.

Any patient who has had Adderall may experience side effects. Still, they are more likely in people who were misdiagnosed.

  • insomnia
  • mouth dryness during the day
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • nervosity
  • circulatory disorders – cold fingers or toes, numbness in some part of the body
  • allergies – often itching and rash
  • swelling of the tongue, throat, face
  • the slowdown of growth (in children who regularly take the drug)
  • panic attacks (when excess daily drug dose was taken)

Adderall is safe for long-term use if it is taken according to the doctor’s recommendations. Many general side effects, such as loss of appetite, mouth dryness, and insomnia, get reduced during long-term medication use in many people. However, in others, these side effects may last.

Long-term treatment with Adderall and other stimulators can cause changes in the brain — a reduction in the amount of chemical messenger dopamine. Often, this happens in people who overuse Adderall in large doses. Moreover, careless use of medication can lead to many serious side effects.

  • difficult insomnia (sleep problems)
  • constant tiredness
  • depression
  • skin diseases
  • irritation
  • psychosis symptoms — aggression and hallucinations
  • anorexia and undesired weight loss

If you feel any of these side effects while taking Adderall, immediately inform your doctor.

How to Get an Adderall Prescription?

  • Before booking an appointment with a doctor, honestly describe symptoms that bother you. Pay attention to when symptoms occur and how long they last. It would be best if you could explain what is happening to you with real examples.
  • Tell your doctor about all the known diseases: heart diseases, psychiatric disorders, and weight-related behaviors.
  • Tell your doctor about all medications that you regularly take.
  • Be ready to do several tests for diagnosis.

Your doctor will make a treatment plan for you. In the beginning, it will include small doses of the stimulating medication together with diet, physical activity, and therapy.

How to Get an Adderall Prescription if You Have Moved to a Different State?

There are significant differences between the federal legislation and rules regarding pharmaceutical policies in different states. And sometimes patients that could easily get Adderall in their state cannot get it in another state due to local law restrictions.

The easiest way in this situation is to contact your doctor and pharmacy before your travel or move and find out about any possible problems you may experience. Then, you can follow your plan.

Always ask for records with your diagnosis from your doctor any time you want to change the clinic. These records will be proof of your ADHD diagnosis and will be required by the next doctor to prescribe you Adderall.

Why is Adderall a Controlled Substance?

ADHD medications fall into the second of five lists created by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Congress accepted the CSA in 1970 to fight drug overuse. This includes all medications with drug containment. Nealy, all ADHD medications fall into two of the five lists of controlled substances and can be addictive when abused.

Adderall is a nervous system stimulator based on methamphetamine salts. It helps people with ADHD to fight negative emotions and improves memory and concentration. But, not considering the positive therapeutic effect, the intake of this medication must be strictly controlled. For example, with prolonged use of Adderall without medical supervision, the following negative consequences are inevitable.

  • depression
  • apathy
  • paranoia
  • sudden weight loss for no apparent reason
  • headaches and hallucinations
  • hand tremor
  • mood changes and suicidal thoughts

Suppose you (or your child) are prescribed Adderall for ADHD treatment. In that case, you need to take it according to the doctor’s prescription. Usually, prescriptions are given for 30 days. And, to get a new prescription, you need to attend the clinic regularly.

For What Symptoms Does the Doctor Prescribe Adderall?

  • It is difficult for you to fix small things.
  • You quickly lose concentration.
  • You constantly switch between tasks and cannot finish them.
  • You procrastinate without reason.
  • You do not remember some events.
  • It is difficult for you to stay in society and to keep a conversation.
  • You cannot sit still in one position.
  • You are impatient and often interrupt others.

If you have questions about Adderall, its prescription process, or concerns about its use, please do not hesitate to contact your doctor.

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