You know you need some sleep but how can you when there’s a never-ending pile of work on your desk that needs to be done? You’re tired but you need to squeeze in more work before you go to bed. Your phone buzzes with another reminder from your boss, telling you that he needs one more report by Monday morning or else it’ll mean consequences (you don’t want them). You pop an Adderall pill, hoping it will help keep you going but the bad news is that it doesn’t work. Should you take some more? You’re now wondering whether taking more than one pill could result in drug overdose.
Is it possible to overdose on Adderall? The answer is YES. You can overdose on Adderall. Adderall or amphetamine dextroamphetamine is a prescription medication that is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. The drug stimulates the central nervous system and changes how the brain works. Taking more than the prescribed dosage or taking the drug without prescription can lead to a drug overdose and death.
Is Adderall Safe To Take?
If you are suffering from ADHD or narcolepsy, it is safe to take Adderall if it has been prescribed by your doctor. However, you have to make sure you’re taking the correct dose. Patients taking Adderall, especially children, have to be monitored carefully to make sure they are not taking more than the prescribed dose. This is because Adderall has a potential for abuse. A person could become dependent on Adderall and develop an addiction. Or worse, taking too much Adderall could result in drug overdose.
Adderall is also being used for non-medical purposes. As Adderall is a stimulant, taking it could help users become more alert and energetic. The drug has become a popular go-to pill for students and young adults who take the drug to help them focus better. Because of this, it is often referred to as the “study drug”. Many students claim that Adderall helps them to effortlessly get through the work that needs to be done.
The problem, however, is that if you don’t have a medical condition, taking Adderall regularly can make you dependent on the drug. This could increase your drug tolerance. You become tolerant to a drug when your body has gotten so used to a certain medication that taking the same dose is not effective anymore. If you are tolerant to a drug, you will usually need a higher dose or more pills so you can feel the same effects.
The Dangers of Taking Too Much Adderall
Just because Adderall is safe for people with ADHD problems or narcolepsy does not make it safe for everyone. There are dangers associated with too much Adderall use. Even with just a regular dose, there are risks involved. Some of the dangerous consequences of abusing Adderall include stroke, heart attack, drug overdose, and death.
You might be wondering: How much Adderall is too much? Is there a lethal dose of Adderall? What makes Adderall dangerous when taken without a proper prescription is that it affects people differently. The result of taking any amount of Adderall varies from person to person. It will really depend how sensitive you are to amphetamine and how much you took. Mixing Adderall with other drugs and even alcohol should also be avoided. Doing so could also result in an overdose.
How do you know if you or someone you’re with is suffering from an Adderall overdose? Some common signs of an overdose include rapid or irregular heart rate, hallucinations, panic, confusion, increased respiration, hallucinations, sudden aggression, hypertension, nausea, restlessness, and dizziness.
Another dangerous consequence of taking too much Adderall is being addicted to the drug. As your body gets used to the drug and its effects, you will eventually start to seek the drug more and more. You will feel that without the drug, you can no longer do your tasks successfully so you will continue to take the drug even if you’re not legally prescribed the drug. Getting over Adderall addiction can be very difficult. You will need the help of professionals to effectively get over your substance abuse problem and start your recovery journey.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, help is available.
Contact Lighthouse Treatment Center today.