According to the stats, people suffering from the problem of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy are getting increased every day in the United States, the problem is prevailing among children faster than any other age group, hence most parts of the children’s population are dealing with the problem of ADHD and Narcolepsy in America. The proper medication can cure this problem but there are several active ingredients which can actually work for the treatment of ADHD, Adderall is one such medicine. This generic medicine is basically used to cure the problem of ADHD as well as narcolepsy in an individual.
Ingredients composition in Adderall:
Adderall comes in different forms; Adderall and Adderall XR are the combination drugs that contain four salts of the two enantiomers of amphetamine, which is a central nervous system stimulant belongs to the phenethylamine class. The medicine is primarily used for the treatment of narcolepsy and ADHD also it can be used as a cognitive enhancer, athlete performance enhancer and recreationally in the form of aphrodisiac & euphoriant. Due to its chemical components, salts make the Adderall more an active ingredient which is why athletes prefer to take Adderall before their performance
The active ingredients in Adderall are Levoamphetamine salt which is present in the amount of 25% and Dextroamphetamine salt which is present in the amount of 75%. Either of the salt composition makes this medicine even a better choice for the treatment of behavior problems and narcolepsy in an individual. The basic chemical combination of Adderall is amphetamine aspartate monohydrate (25%), Dextroamphetamine sulfate(25%), amphetamine sulfate(25%) and dextroamphetamine saccharate(25%).
How Adderall cures the problem of ADHD and narcolepsy?
The two amphetamine enantiomers that compose Adderall reduces symptoms of ADHD and narcolepsy by increasing the chemical activity of neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain, which in turns interacts with htAAR1 Receptor and vesicular monoamine transporter 2 in neurons. Dextroamphetamine is more powerful CNS stimulant than the other one, but levoamphetamine has stronger cardiovascular and peripheral effects. It stays longer than Dextroamphetamine in the body. This salt has been reported to make an improvisation in the treatment of some individuals relative to Dextroamphetamine only. Finally, Adderall’s active ingredient amphetamine contains different chemical and pharmacological properties with the human trace amines, these are phenethylamine and N-methylphenethylamine, the later one is known as a positional isomer of amphetamine.
Is Adderall addictive?
Since the Adderall contains various chemical compounds that are primarily heavy and highly reactive with the chemicals of the brain, therefore Adderall itself becomes highly addictive if used for a longer period of time as a medication. It can be termed that addiction is a serious risk in the context of Adderall’s use. It is one serious risk that an individual may suffer from; hence you are advised to consult your doctor immediately if you encounter any such symptoms.
The working of Adderall based on increasing the level of dopamine in the brain which is a chemical that provides the sense of goodness to the body, it creates a sort of rewarding effect. Though this chemical occurs naturally in the body generic drugs like Adderall made them happen unnaturally as well. If an individual starts the consumption of Adderall, his/her brain gets dependent on it in some time. The brain gets used to the medicine and without intakes, a person feels tired and foggy. The addiction takes over a person once the medication of Adderall has run for a longer period of time, also if taken more than necessary as prescribed by the doctor or pharmacist.
How do we know that one has been addicted to Adderall?
There are several symptoms of Adderall addiction mentioned below, these are known as the strong signs of addiction. They are as follows:
- Needing larger doses to feel the effect of the drug
- Unable to finish the work without Adderall
- Taking the drugs in huge amount despite knowing its side effects
- Unable to feel alert without the consumption of the drug
- Investing more than necessary for Adderall or purchasing the drugs In a huge amount
No one knows when will they become addicted to this medicine but usually, it takes place when an individual pushes himself/herself for consuming Adderall unnecessary or to make productivity on some special occasion such as exams or at the workplace. If you see any of the symptoms mentioned above, you should consult your doctor immediately before it gets worse.
Are there any side effects of using Adderall?
Since it’s a combination of stimulant, therefore possible side effects are quite certain. Some of its well-known side effects that may occur due to overdose or abuse of Adderall are mentioned below:
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- Weight loss
- Stomach pain
- A headache
- Trouble sleeping
These aforementioned side effects are common side effects that generally happen with the use of Adderall. There are some serious side effects too which occurs when your problem gets seriously worse. Some of its serious side effects are mentioned below:
- Blood pressure
- Skin allergies
- Mood swings
- Swelling in ankles
- Extreme tiredness
- Blurred visions
- Shortness of breath
Consider your doctor immediately if you encounter any of the serious side effects mentioned above. It may get serious by time and eventually cause diseases for a lifetime which weakens the body. You may also get addicted to serotonin syndrome or toxicity because of increased serotonin in the body. If you are taking any other medicine along with Adderall, chances of risk go higher, hence you must inform your doctor about all the medicines which you consume along with Adderall.
Whether it is a general or serious symptom, you should reach to your doctor and inform them about your condition immediately. Do not underestimate these conditions or avoid the symptoms as it may lead to some serious diseases ahead in life, which can stay with the body for a lifetime and weaken your organs internally.