Is Adderall A Controlled Substance?
Is Adderall a controlled substance? This is a common question a lot of people have, and below is more information about Adderall in general, what’s meant by the term controlled substance, and an answer to “is Adderall a controlled substance.”
Adderall is a prescription stimulant that’s a combination of two substances: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It’s available in an immediate and extended-release formulation, and its primary function is to help people who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. It’s also sometimes prescribed to people with narcolepsy.
When a person with ADHD takes Adderall, it has somewhat of a calming effect on them, and this is largely because of how it affects the central nervous system and neurotransmitters in the brain. It can help someone with ADHD concentrate and focus more effectively, and it can also help them manage their behaviors.
While Adderall is available by prescription, it’s also very commonly abused in the U.S. When someone doesn’t have ADHD, and they take it, the result is different. A person without ADHD who takes Adderall will find that they feel a type of high with it, although the effects can depend on how much is taken. Signs of being high on Adderall can include euphoria, a sense of excitement or energy, self-confidence, and optimism.
This all might sound great, but there are many risks of abusing Adderall. There are short-term effects of Adderall use that aren’t desirable and can include nausea, headache, anxiety, and rising heart rate and blood pressure. There’s also the risk of addiction, and when people come down from the Adderall high, they tend to feel sluggish, depressed or unwell.
There are also severe side effects of Adderall which may include cardiac problems, stroke, and even death.
Adderall use and availability have become pretty widespread because of the steep increase in the number of prescriptions written for it each year, and that’s allowed more people to have access to it without a prescription.
However, is Adderall a controlled substance? Yes, and below is more information about what exactly that means.
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