An increasing number of people are popping legal, FDA approved Adderall with the hope that they would be able to enhance their productivity. A sizable number of youth buy Adderall for recreational purposes without knowing the correct dosage and face serious consequences. Are you one who is planning to have adderall just to calm your nerves so that you would be able to focus better and be more productive?
This is what may happen to you.
What Happens When You Have ADHD? What Adderall does?
One of the widely prescribed drugs in the United States for treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders and Narcolepsy (day time drowsiness), Adderall is not meant for increasing performance. Those who suffer from ADHD have an inactive pre-frontal cortex (an area in the brain that controls attention span). Hence when they take CNS stimulant like Adderall, the drug increases the concentration of “feel-good” neurotransmitter known as dopamine in the reward centre of brain, calms the nerves and help the patients feel alert and attentive.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a brand name for the combination Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine; it belongs to a class of drugs known as Central Nervous System stimulants. This FDA prescribed medicine is used for treating ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
As discussed, adderall is prescribed for treating ADHD or narcolepsy exclusively, Look for the ADHD symptoms you or your children may have. ADHD affects children normally and grow gradually but that does not mean adults remain unaffected. A recently conducted study has shown that ADHD medications prescribed to the children increased by 45% from 2002 to 2010. Children above the age of 5 taking Adderall for ADHD should start with 5 milligrams and increase the dose gradually to 30 mg.
An adult dose for narcolepsy also starts from 5 mg and goes up to 60 mg. The drug is available in extended release and immediate release forms. In a four-hour or immediate release form Adderall is available in 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, 20 and 3 mg whereas the Adderall XR is available in 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 mg strengths. The dosage of Adderall varies with the weight, age and severity of the disease and hence to confirm the dose suitable for you, you need to consult a physician. It is available in generic form but should never be taken without diagnosis and prescription.
What Does Adderall do When you Have ADHD?
As discussed, Adderall works by increasing the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. There are people who claim that Adderall makes them focus, but it is actually in their brain. Researchers are of the belief that the drug has a high placebo effect and therefore it tells people that they are focused and alert. It has a calming effect on brain and nerves. A research work done on more than 4o studies found that though the drug is an effective cure for ADHD, it does not have any major impact on those who do not have ADHD.
What Happens When You Take Adderall and do not have ADHD?
It is true that when you do not need it, you should not take it in any case. Taking adderall can make it easier to remember things but they cannot make you do better at work and in studies. Also, you can experience serious side effects ranging from headaches to loss of appetite, palpitations, insomnia, high blood pressure and more. You are likely to feel sluggish also, may have euphoria like feeling because you load your brain with more dopamine then it actually needs then it gives you a feeling of high. But it comes crashing down when it is circulated out of the system.
Additionally, being able to concentrate does not mean your ability to learn or do things in a better way. Stimulants like Adderall helps you recall and focus better but it would not boost any skill and do not let you multi-task efficiently. You cannot depend on the drug for making you any sharper. For instance, you cannot learn how to persuade somebody by just taking Adderall. Moreover, the people who take it solely for enhancing performance can have the chance of developing ADHD.
Is Adderall Affects Health Adversely?
The drug can. The same molecules which stimulate the sleepy arts of the brain can start the cardiovascular system also. There are certain rare cases in which Adderall can result in serious side effects like heart attacks, seizures, abnormal heart rate and more. The drug does not have any long-term side effects. If you think you have taken an overdose of it and fear any type of adverse effect, do not worry. Any dose of Adderall cannot be lethal, just lie down and have plenty of water.
A Word of Caution:
Do not buy adderall if you do not have ADHD, it does not sharpen any skills or improve productivity but just make you feel so.