Adderall is a perscription medication that is often used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. It is a stimulant that affects the Central Nervous System by changing substances in the brain. Although this drug can help with paying attention and controlling behavior, it can also result in nasty side effects such as the following:
- loss of appetite
- vomiting and diarrhea
- problems with blood flow
- mood changes
- uncontrollable outbursts
A rare but very serious side effect caused by the increasing of serotonin is known as serotonin toxicity. It can lead to heart complications, trouble breathing, hallucinations and loss of coordination, among other things.
Adderall is often used by students to improve focus and concentration while studying, and to keep from falling asleep. This medication is addictive, and includes serious side effects. Aside from quality control, the only thing that sets adderall apart from other amphetamines is that it is legal when prescribed. It also often becomes a gateway drug, leading people to abuse other illegal drugs.
People often do not realize that they are addicted, there is a fuzzy line between abusing and becoming addicted. When that line is crossed, it will begin taking over your life unless you get help. Overdose can cause permanent brain damage, or result in death.
Warning signs a loved one is abusing or addicted to adderall:
- amplification of the side effects listed above
- sleeping problems
- no longer eating
- significant weight loss
- taking the drug to stay awake
- money issues or running out of prescriptions too soon
Substance abuse and addiction is a dangerous, scary and complicated thing.
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