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Before we go into the details, you should know what Adderall really is.

Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.

This combination acts as a nervous system stimulant. Its purpose is to stimulate the nervous system of those patients whose nervous system is not working properly. Adderall achieves this action by stimulating the brain and nerves which release certain chemicals that contribute to impulse control.

Adderall is mainly used to treat two conditions:

  1. Narcolepsy (excess sleep) - Adderall stimulates the nervous system of the body which keeps the person active and prevents excess sleep or laziness.
  2. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - Adderall helps by increasing the attention of the patient which results in decreased hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

Mechanism of Action

The metabolism and mechanism of action of this drug is very complicated. However, in simple words, Adderall acts by increasing the amount of certain chemicals released from the brain and nervous system.


Adderall is one of those drugs that are very addictive. Therefore, it is best to use this drug according to the doctor's recommendation. Listed below are the effects of Adderall in different situations.

Adderall and Nervous System

Since Adderall directly affects the nervous system, it may cause certain undesirable effects. If taken more than the recommended dose, this drug may result in excessive release of chemicals from the brain. The excess of nervous system stimulants can cause:

  • Headache - one of the most commonly reported effect
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Aggression and insomnia
  • Fits/seizures

In some cases, Adderall overdose can even cause psychotic disorders such as bipolar disorder and mania.

Adderall for Weight Loss

Lately, a remarkable number of people are using Adderall for weight loss. Keep in mind:

Adderall does not help you lose weight; it just makes you think that you are losing weight.

Adderall has no direct effect on metabolism, which should make it very clear that it will not help you lose weight. However, some patients who are on Adderall do report losing weight. This is not because the drug burns fats or increases the basal metabolic rate of the body; this is because of the over stimulation of the nervous system which causes anorexia, hyperactivity, irritation, insomnia, and/or depression.

Significant weight loss has been reported in children taking Adderall between the ages 10 and 14. This weight loss is in fact due to the negative effect of Adderall on the growth rate of children.

It is a bad idea for an adult to use Adderall as a weight loss drug.

Adderall in Pregnancy

Adderall falls in the "pregnancy category C", thus pregnant women should use the drug with caution. However, to be on the safe side, it is recommended that Adderall should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks.

Adderall and Sex

Adderall increases the person's urge to seek satisfaction. In other words, Adderall increases sex drive. This effect is seen with the very first dose of Adderall. On the other hand, taking Adderall consecutively for several days will eventually result in a decreased sex drive.

The long term use of Adderall will result in a decrease in sex drive/libido, loss of interest in sex, and impotence/erectile dysfunction.

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