What Is Evekeo (Amphetamine Sulfate)?

Evekeo is a prescription drug that was recently approved for the treatment of ADHD. Less commonly, the drug is prescribed to treat narcolepsy and obesity. Evekeo is an amphetamine drug which is believed to affect certain brain neurotransmitters. In doing so, Evekeo may help control ADHD symptoms like impulsivity and hyperactivity. Evekeo side effects can include sleep disturbances, nervousness and raised blood pressure. Evekeo is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance due to its potential for addiction. It’s also possible for physical dependence to develop when someone uses this drug.

When Evekeo is used as prescribed, the risk of abuse and addiction are somewhat low. Evekeo and other central nervous system stimulants are commonly abused, however. When Evekeo is used recreationally, it can cause a euphoric high. Evekeo can also cause people to feel falsely self-confident, energetic and as if they are highly motivated and focused. The effects disappear as the drug wears off. Then, someone who abuses Evekeo will likely experience a crash. An Evekeo crash can include symptoms such as fatigue, loss of motivation, anger, mood disturbances and depression.

Mixing Alcohol and Evekeo

Mixing alcohol and Evekeo is a dangerous combination as the drug is a stimulant, while alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. When the two substances are combined, they don’t cancel each other out. Instead, the effects can be quite the opposite. Mixing alcohol and Evekeo can lead to serious or even deadly side effects. First and foremost, stimulant drugs like Evekeo have a risk of heart problems, especially when they’re used in high doses. People who abuse Evekeo are warned of the risk of a sudden heart attack, stroke or cardiac damage. If Evekeo is mixed with alcohol, adverse cardiac side effects are even more likely. When alcohol and Evekeo are used together, they can cause increased heart rates and blood pressure, an irregular heart rate, or a dangerously high body temperature.

When someone mixes a stimulant and a depressant, they may not notice how intoxicated they truly are. Evekeo can make the symptoms of intoxication less apparent. That can then cause them to drink a dangerous amount of alcohol. Drinking too much can lead to alcohol poisoning, which can be fatal. There are a lot of behavioral, mood and psychological effects that can occur with the abuse of Evekeo as well. For example, some people may experience symptoms similar to psychosis, they may have hallucinations, or they may become aggressive or violent. All of these mood and behavioral side effects are more likely to occur when alcohol is present. When the effects of Evekeo wear off, a person may experience a low mood or depression. Since alcohol is a depressant, it can heighten these negative effects as well.

Summing Up Side Effects and Interactions of Mixing Alcohol and Evekeo

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for alcohol and Evekeo abuse to occur together. First, according to the Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy, the non-medical use of ADHD medications has gone up. The study showed that more than seven percent of adults aged 18 to 49 had abused medications for ADHD and, of those people, more than half also drank alcohol while doing so. The abuse of alcohol and ADHD medications was highest among college students. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 90 percent of students who abused the ADHD drug Adderall also reported to participate in binge drinking.

Due to the prevalence of mixing alcohol and Evekeo, and other ADHD drugs, some people may not realize the serious consequences. Mixing alcohol and amphetamine or stimulant drugs like Evekeo can cause anything from extreme intoxication or alcohol poisoning, to sudden death from cardiac complications. It can also increase the likelihood of someone developing a polysubstance addiction and a dependence problem.

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