Are there long-term side effects of using Adderall for studying and test taking?

What are the long-term side effects of using Adderall for studying and test taking?

asked 11 Jun '12, 15:55

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Amphetamine Addiction

Many people search for alternatives to "study drugs", like Adderall, for fear of becoming addicted.


Prescription Drugs

Most "study drugs", like Adderall and Concerta, are available by prescription only.


Amphetamine Abuse

Using prescription medication, like Adderall, outside of doctor's orders is considered mis-use and/or abuse.



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

The easiest and most accurate answer to this question is "yes". Adderall has a wide range of side-effects, even for those for whom it is prescribed. Adderall, a cocktail of various amphetamine stimulants is often referred to as "prescription speed". Because of it's similarity in makeup to illegal methamphetamines, it is highly addictive. It is known to cause serious physical side effects like heart attack, stroke, elevated blood pressure and heart rate, and sudden death. Taking Adderall can also retard proper brain function, increase aggressive behavior and even cause psychosis where the user becomes maniacal and starts hearing voices. These are just the more commonly known of the long term side effects among people who it is prescribed for. They have the benefit of screening before it is prescribed and monitoring while they are on it. People using it without a prescription are in far more danger of losing their lives and/or future health as a result of taking it. The FDA has even said it is a dangerous drug, but have declined (so far) to withdraw it from the market.


answered 23 Oct '12, 18:10

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