Adderall Extended Release – Dangers of Abuse
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a prescription amphetamine drug that is used to treat symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Adderall works as a central nervous system stimulant, increasing attentiveness, cognitive function and alertness in patients. Adderall is widely prescribed and is considered to be safe to take at prescribed doses without risk of any serious side effects. Adderall is not known to be a habit-forming drug when taken at the prescribed dosage. Nevertheless, Adderall continues to be misused by many people, both for recreational and performance-enhancing purposes.
Adderall has also been used as a performance enhancer in other ways. Athletes, both amateur and professional, have used Adderall to increase their athletic performance since the drug keeps them sharp and alert. Some people use Adderall if they have to drive for long distances, usually overnight, and want to stay focused and avoid falling asleep at the wheel.
Adderall is also popular as a recreational drug when taken in higher doses. In higher doses, Adderall can produce euphoric effects similar to those one would experience with cocaine or other illicit stimulant drugs. When taken recreationally, it is common for people to snort Adderall. Some forms of Adderall, like Adderall XR (extended release), can deliver extremely high doses when snorted because the time-release action is bypassed. Improper use of Adderall XR can be especially dangerous since the body must react to a very large dose of Adderall at one time.
Adderall withdrawal symptoms include:
- Excessive hunger
- Changes in sleep patterns
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