Adderall is one of the prescription stimulants that is used in the treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Adderall is one of the more commonly used stimulants considered as a first-line therapy for the treatment of ADHD. This prescribed drug is also used in the treatment of narcolepsy (extreme sleepiness). The duration of time and the effects depend greatly on the person and the amount taken. How long does adderall lasts, how long until it ‘kicks’ in, and the effects depend not only on the person but the amount taken (adderall 10mg, adderall 20mg, adderall 30mg, etc.). We will take a deeper look into these questions below.

Adderall Effects on Your Brain and Body

The medication drug Adderall are central nervous system stimulants that are comprised of amphetamine salts (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine). The combination of these salts is used in the treatment of narcolepsy as well as ADHD by stimulating the patient’s central nervous system. The amount of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain are both increased with this drug. When taking Adderall therapeutically, it can be helpful to a patient in maintaining their concentration and focus. This medication has also been used to enhance an athlete’s performance. The addictive properties have a strong effect on the person’s central nervous system, which may include a euphoric effect as well as enhanced concentration.

Is Adderall Effective for Everyone?

The prescription drug Adderall does not work for everyone, however. It may not be an effective treatment for everyone, but for some, it may work wonders. Adderall has a contradictory effect, in fact, when used as a treatment for those diagnosed with ADHD, helping them to remain calm and focused. However, as a stimulant can cause:

  • Nervousness
  • Difficulty with sleep
  • Restlessness
  • Dizziness

How Long Do the Effects of Adderall Last?

Typically, the effects of immediate release begin after about 30 minutes to one hour after taking and may last where between four to six hours. A tablet generally lasts for about six hours, and should NEVER be taken more often. The effects of Adderall XR last for an entire 12 hours after taking. However, the reduce the risk of a potential overdose, Adderall XR must NEVER be taken more often than once every 24 hours.

How Long Does an Adderall High Last?

Not everyone takes this drug for a prescribed purpose, some take this medication to get high. When taken to the high, after about 4 hours an Adderall high peaks, and unless another Adderall is taken at this point, it will begin to decline.

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Adderall High Effects

Stimulant effects may result from an Adderall high, which may include:

  • Excitement
  • Fast/pounding heartbeat
  • Mood or behavior changes
  • Increased alertness

Adderall is an addictive drug, which means there are risks involved when abusing Adderall to get high. An Adderall addiction can lead to uncontrollable cravings, powerful withdrawal symptoms, as well as a habitual use of the drug regardless of negative consequences they may face.

Adderall Duration of Action

Adderall half-life can widely vary among people based on their diet as well as other factors. Though, the typical half-life is anywhere between eleven to seventeen hours. However, for immediate release formula to remain effective, it must be taken throughout the day. While Adderall XR only is taken once every 24 hours.

Adderall Time in The Body

Regardless of which type or strength of Adderall taken, it takes time before it completely leaves the body. While the immediate release formula of the drug is unlikely to show up when doing a urine drug test, it may still show up in both saliva and hair tests. It may take up to three to four days for the extended release formula to leave your system. This is because it takes an entire 24 hours for Adderall XR to begin to leave the body.

Adderall Addiction

In addition to ADHD, narcolepsy, and athlete performance, the prescription drug Adderall is used for the treatment of obesity, as well as some severe cases of depression when other medications fail to help.

When a person with a prescription takes Adderall in a much higher dose than prescribed to them, or when a person without a prescription takes the drug, it is Adderall abuse. Addiction to Adderall occurs when a person develops a chemical or physical dependence.

Sign and Symptoms of Adderall Addiction

There are a number of ways in which an addiction can manifest. Each person is unique and may experience different symptoms than someone else addicted. However, some of the common symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Decline in personal hygiene
  • Paranoia
  • Accelerated talking
  • Chest pain

As with any drug addiction, Adderall addiction is very serious. It may seem impossible to live without this dangerous substance, but with the right help from trained professionals, you can live a full and happy life without the use of Adderall. If you feel you have an addiction or know someone that is, speak with a physician or other medical professional for assistance. You do not have to face this road by yourself. There are professionals who are ready to assist in recovery.

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