What Adderall is Used for | What is Adderall Used for Besides ADHD?
If you’ve heard of it, but you’re not extremely familiar with the drug, you may wonder what is Adderall used for.
The following is an overview of what it is and what Adderall is used for.
First, Adderall is a combination drug that includes amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. When someone takes it, it acts as a stimulant on their brain and central nervous system, and it changes the chemistry of the brain. In particular, Adderall affects the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin.
It’s available only by prescription, and it can be used to treat two primary conditions in adults and children. These conditions are attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD and narcolepsy, which is a sleep disorder where a person falls asleep at strange times and in particular during the day. These are what Adderall is approved by the FDA to treat, and while Adderall does require a prescription, it’s frequently abused and used illegally by people who purchase it on the streets.
Adderall is available in immediate-release and extended-release versions, and varying dosage amounts. When a physician prescribes it for ADHD or narcolepsy, they will usually start with a small dose, and then increase it incrementally to achieve the desired results.
When someone takes Adderall for ADHD, and they really do have the condition, it helps them focus, concentrate and control their behaviors. It can have a calming effect on someone with ADHD, but if someone doesn’t have this condition, it can have the opposite effect.
For people without ADHD who abuse Adderall, it can make them feel high. Being high on Adderall can feel euphoric, and it can boost energy, self-confidence, and concentration. There are also negative side effects of using Adderall when you aren’t prescribed it, including anxiety, nervousness, changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and even psychosis in some people.
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