What is Adderall?
The drug Adderall, is a combination of Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine, and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and attention-deficit disorder (ADD). Adderall is 95% effective for most sufferers. Overall, used correctly- as prescribed and intended, for sufferers, Adderall, is a life line, savior and a guide for sufferers as they struggle daily with ADD/ADHD.
Let's "SPEED" Things Up-Shall We? Not So Fast
Unfortunately, and for the wrong reasons: The use and misuse of the drug Adderall is at an all-time high. In a society plagued with a growing obesity epidemic, and where size matters, more and more individuals are turning to everything. Out of our obesity epidemic, comes a new epidemic of Adderall abuse. Initiated by individuals who in their desperation to lose weight, prefer the non-traditional, fast and lazy way, and have now resorted to much more than over the counter (OTC) diet pills. The new and dangerous trend is the use of Adderall for weight loss.
So What Is Really Wrong With This Picture?
When used in moderation, and/or for medicinal or therapeutic purposes, alcohol is safe for those who can tolerate it. In the same way, consuming Adderall, for unintended and unrelated purposes, is simply dangerously experimenting with your life. It is also selfish, shallow, and disturbing that individuals resort to drug abuse, to 'fit into' a world obsessed with media-perceptions of beauty-and at the expense of those who really need the medication.
It is unfair to the many sufferers, who sincerely and honestly need the drug to function daily. However, thanks to the 'abusers' , many patients with ADD/ADHD are often stigmatized and are even treated as criminals or drug addicts-when they simply need the drug that has given them a new lease on life. It is always dangerous when illegal or prescription drugs are consumed for recreational purposes, especially, when for many, they offer medicinal value by allowing them to live a normal life, and positively transform lives.
The Pros? Sure, Adderall can provide and help, some individuals, especially those who are grossly overweight a kick-start to weight-loss, and possibly increased self-esteem. However, this should be managed by a doctor, and if a healthy lifestyle is not part of your lifestyle, and mentality, you will gain the weight back and then some.
The Cons: Side Effects
The cons clearly outweigh the pros of losing weight: Side effects of Adderall include but are not limited to: anxiety and nervousness, nausea, diarrhea, restlessness, headaches, dry mouth, loss of appetite, constipation, tremors, insomnia, stomach cramps, and changes in sex drive.
Furthermore, the effects are very different and are more serious for users of un-prescribed Adderall , for weight-loss. They include, but are not limited to: Dizziness, aggressive and even psychotic behavior, chest pains and irregular heartbeat, seizures, skin rash, fatigue and shortness of breath, slurred and delayed speech, blurred vision, itchy skin, hoarseness and mental fog and confusion, numbness and tiredness in the legs and arms, paranoia, manic behavior and hallucinations, and even coma-and in some cases-death.
Think About Your Actions: Lose Weight the Correct Way
Take Care: Diagnoses of ADHD/ADD are usually done following a barrage of cognitive test and CAT-Scans, since Adderall stimulates the central nervous system. As such, this requires very close monitoring by a physician who will start patients on a lower dose and then gradually increase the dosage if necessary.
Finally, this new dangerously popularhabit of taking Adderall, as a 'diet aid' can be fatal,and should be avoided and discouraged.
As always, be well and play it safe.
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