Is Adderall addictive?

Can you become addicted to Adderall? What about all the other "study drugs", like Concerta and Ritalin?

asked 11 Jun '12, 15:40

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Amphetamine Addiction

Many people search for alternatives to prescription medication, like Adderall, for fear of becoming addicted.


Prescription Drugs

ADD and ADHD treatment medication, like Adderall and Concerta, are available by prescription only.



Adderall is an amphetamine salts-based medication traditionally used for the treatment of ADD, ADHD, and narcolepsy.

As far as physically or psychologically addictive? Depends. It is an amphetamine, so it carries many of the same qualities as speed, but at a much lower dosage. It certainly will not get you "hooked" like painkillers or nicotine. But like any stimulating substance (such as caffeine), you can become so dependent on taking the drug that you may rely on the effects to function at a preferred, or even "normal", level.


answered 25 Jun '12, 18:12

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I knew somebody who was prescribed Concerta throughout college. If he needed to get work done, he took it. If he had free time, he never once took it for recreation. It is not addictive in the sense that it makes you want to have the "high" of the drug, but in the sense that you think you need it to be productive. Like any prescribed "study drug" you have to show discretion and responsibility in knowing when it is OK to take.


answered 25 Jun '12, 18:26

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