I only plan on taking it for about 2 weeks, maybe a month, so I can get used to being on a diet (which I always have trouble with). I want to lose about 4 or 5 kilos (not sure how many pounds) because I'm not severely overweight, so this is not something crazy or some kind drastic measure!
I also wanted to know if anyone has any tips on how to "get off it" without bouncing back to my current weight. Should I take just half of the pill for the last week or the last few days?
Has anyone had experiences with it for weight loss? If so, were they good or bad?
Let me know! Thanks!
Christ.. mabye this is why i pay 80 bucks a bottle for my adderall meds. Freakin black market amphetamines....
I strongly suggest hitting the gym and eating 5 small meals a day consisting of low carbs and high protein. Also drink as much water as you can stomach. These changes will make you lose more weight and keep it off long term. Not to mention give you more energy, both mentally and physically. I did this and in 5 months lost 25 Lbs, 15% body fat, and over 20 inches off of my body and have never felt better. Exercise and diet are the only ways you can safely achieve your weight and body composition goals.
I won't even get into the withdrawal side effects. Also taking the drug long term can have serious effects on your cardiovascular health. That rapid heart beat you were talking about? I have the same thing which I recently found out is a heart arrhythmia. Not fun and definitely wouldn't be worth it just to lose a couple of pounds.
Taking Adderall for weight loss only will lead to a downward spiral that will quickly get out of control and will only cause you many more struggles down the road.
Adderall is for ADHD...I have it along with the millions of other people...but I'm not gonna say "don't take it if you don't have ADHD." I believe everyone has ADD or ADHD, but that's a whole different topic.
You need to decide if you want to lose weight, or get in shape, because there's a HUGE difference. You can be "skinny" and have a high body fat percentage.
As far as getting into a diet routine from adderall...you can't. Once you stop taking it, your appetite increases back to normal. Also, the muscle loss (from not eating enough) will make you burn less calories. This is why most diets don't work.
1. Eat less to lose weight
2. Most of weight lost is muscle
3. After hunger pains win..start to eat normally again
4. Less muscle means lower metabolism
5. Get fatter!!!
Don't Let this happen to you! Also, when you don't eat, your metabolism slows down drasticly...you don't want that!
Here's what you need to do:
1. East 5-6 well balanced 300 calorie meals a day. No garbage!
2. Exercise! Weight training raises your metabolism (because it builds muscle) Also, don't worry about getting "too much bulk." Just work out smart. Train for definition. & do high intensity interval training on your off days.
3. Get rest...about 6-8 hours a night at the very least.
There's no permenant "quick fix" for getting in shape. It takes time, dedication & focus. Good Luck!
i took 1 20mg a day at first and immediately notice an improvement in my concentration, work ethic, study habits and my grades went up.
then, without noticing it right away, i went prom dress shopping in may 2008 and noticed my dress size was down 5 sizes than it had been the previous fall. i then took a good look in the mirror and for the first time despite what friends, teachers and family had concernedly mentioned about my weight lost, did i actaully see it for myself.
later that week at a annual doctors appointment i weighed in at 135. a weight i had not experienced since the 8th grade, and i was extremely excited to see the new body i was hearing about was actaully what i really had!
in august 2007 i was 5'7" and 164
and by june 2008 i was still 5'7" and down to 135 and felt great.
aderall works wonders, i love it
It is much harder to eat properly & exercise because the Adderall "spoils" you. It does sound like a quick fix, but believe me in the long term you will not be happy.
Everyone else who responded to this post is correct. Make yourself eat at leave fruits & veggies. Due to my lack of nutrients from not eating I noticed that my hair was looking thin and dull.
Claims that Adderall is uniquely for the purpose of treating ADHD are wrong. It is indicated for childhood ADHD but also used to treat narcolepsy, depression, epilepsy and senile apathetic behavior. The only FDA approved drug for adult ADHD is Atomoxatine (Strattera). So if you are over 18 and taking Adderall you are also taking part in off-label use. Which is competely legal, and to a doctor's discretion.
I have been in your shoes dear poster! My advice is to go to your GP armed with a note with all the information you have gleaned, with all the reasons you want to lose weight and the reasons you feel you need help. The actually note, a piece of paper will keep you focused in case the doctor starts to intimidate with old salad and a jump-rope song and dance. Adderall might not be best to ask for straight out though. It is an amphetamine and chemically nearly identical to cocaine, adictive properties and all. I commend you on the decision to lose weight. Good luck!
I decided a year and 3 months ago (yes, I am counting) that Adderall was not having a positive impact on my life. Not only was I addicted, but the drug began to turn on me. At my worst, my weight plummeted to 107lbs, at 5-5.....which left me feeling emaciated. Oddly enough, I was actually eating a lot at that time, but more junk food than anything. As I progressed through my "treatment", I began needing more and more Adderall to get me to where I previously had been, in terms of concentration. This led to many problems. I was having trouble absorbing vitamins like Vitamin-K and would frequently notice large, strange bruising all over my body. As a matter of fact, I still notice strange bruising, even after being off the drug.
Anyway, like I mentioned above, I have been off the ADD meds now for 1 year, 3 months. I have gained 40 lbs, despite rigorous exercise and a strict diet. I play competitive soccer 4 times a week as well as biking and swimming. I eat low-fat, low-sugar foods and rarely get to enjoy a treat. I do something everyday and it is taking a major toll on my body and my health. Still, despite all this exercise, I cannot lose the weight. Does anyone with a professional or experienced opinion have any ideas for me? I am desperate and am getting married in a year, I need help.
No joke, I would advise anyone and everyone, that taking Adderall is not worth the consequences. Even beyond the weight gain issues, after all those years on the drug, I was left a shell of the person I was before. Take extreme caution users.
I have stopped taking the Adderall, and have since experiences major anxiety attacks, high blood pressure, narcolepsy, and once I stopped taking it, I gained the weight back that I had lost. It really is not a practical way to lose weight, and even more so, you don't know what the possible after effects will be on your body. I see this becoming another Phen-Fen craze, and millions of class action lawsuits happening.
I agree with the others whom have posted about changing your eating habits, exercising, and losing weight in a healthy way, not a with a "quick fix".
I am a stepford type of wife and I could not do it without my son's adderal. This sounds ludicris, however I am educated(masters) and socially astute.
Adderal rocks and I am going to go make dinner now!!!
Depressed in Ca
I took the first dose after getting my prescription filled and leaving his office. I was so excited that maybe this pill would help curb my appetite. Within 45 minutes after taking 20mg, I started feeling more energized, restless, and ready to jog a mile. I had another appointment with my primary care doctor that day (after taking the adderall), and my pulse rate was 145!!! AND THAT WAS at rest...while I was sitting 2 hours in the doctors office!!! (normal heart rate for adults is 50-100 beats per minute) My primary care doctor was very worried and wanted to know why my heart rate was so high. I told her that my gynacologist had prescribed me Adderall and I had just took a dose an hour and a half ago. She was furious that the gynacologist prescribed me this without even knowing my history or anything. I have severe anxiety problems anyway, and this increased heart rate and nervousness from taking the Adderall didn't help at all!!! The gynacologist actually told me this pill wouldn't make me nervous at all...just help me focus and curb my appetite. She immediately told me to stop taking the Adderall and prescribed me some Xanex for my nervousness instead. The point I'm trying to get at is...unless you have ADHD, you shouldn't take this medication!!! It can be extremely harmful to your heart. Your heart pumps harder to get blood throughout your body if your overweight anyway, and if your taking Adderrall on top of that, your heart is working too hard. You could even go into cardiac arrest!!! SO, my point is, is you shouldn't take this medication UNLESS you actually have ADHD and it is prescribed by a qualified physician. If you look at the side effects of Adderall, dry mouth is definitely one, and increased heart rate can also be one, especially if your just beginning to take this drug. This drug can also be highly abused and become very addictive. So, my advice to you, or anyone else, just taking this drug for weight loss is a very bad idea!!! There are other prescription drugs, such as Phentermine that is prescribed for weight loss. I believe it does help with weight loss, even if my primary care doctor told me it doesn't help you lose a significant amount of weight. My cousin lost 60lbs while taking it though...but she has a diagnosis of ADHD. The problem is, is when you stop taking it you are probably just going to gain the weight right back anyway. Your best bet is...I know you don't want to hear this...but eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis. You can also talk with your doctor about other prescription weight loss pills, such as Phentermine. I didn't have any success with Phentermine though, but everyone is different. I'm just going to try to lose weight the old fashion way, through diet and exercise. Whatever you decide to do, good luck and be careful!!! :D