Adderall is a prescription medication used to treat both attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. The drug is classified as an amphetamine, meaning that it can be addictive if abused or taken for an extended period of time.
Here are four ways to avoid an adderall addiction:
Stick to your prescribed dosage. Dosages are perhaps the most important thing to follow when you are prescribed Adderall. If you begin to take more than the recommended amount, make an appointment with your doctor for an update on your condition.
Understand the difference between using and abusing. Adderall can increase your energy level and even cause euphoria. Although these increases in energy help people focus, they are often accompanied by increases in heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory activity. Abuse of the drug can lead to heart attacks, stroke, and seizures. Be aware of your breathing and heart rate while taking Adderall so that you are able to detect any abnormalities and avoid these serious health risks.
Take Adderall only as directed—orally. Taking the drug any other way crosses the line into abuse. Many addicts snort or inject the drug, which can enhance its effects. An effective way to prevent Adderall abuse is to stick to swallowing the oral capsules, as prescribed. Other medications, such as cough syrup and nasal decongestants, can increase the euphoric effects and should thus be avoided while taking Adderall.
Take note of any side effects. One symptom of Adderall abuse is an increase in the frequency and intensity of side effects, including irregular heartbeat, fever, and feelings of hostility or paranoia. If you experience any of these side effects while taking Adderall, call your doctor immediately. Adderall dependency, like most amphetamine addictions, can usually be treated through behavioral therapy.