Have you recently taken Adderall? Or maybe you’re planning to take it sometime soon? The problem is, you’re not sure about how long the drug could be detected in your system. This is particularly important if you are to undergo a drug test. If you’re a student or an athlete, being positive on a drug test could be highly problematic.
The stimulant drug Adderall contains a mixture of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. It was formulated to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. For people suffering from ADHD, Adderall is used to improve their concentration levels. However, many people abuse Adderall for that exact purpose.
Adderall is popular in many campuses and offices. That’s why it is often called the “study drug” or the “get-ahead drug”. This is because taking the drug is said to provide users high energy and laser-sharp focus. Users say that Adderall can help them concentrate on their studies or work without feeling the need for food or sleep.
There are two main forms of Adderall in the market. Depending on what you take, the effects of Adderall will also vary. If you take the Adderall immediate release or also known as Adderall IR, then you will feel the effects for 4 to 6 hours. If you take Adderall XR or extended-release version of the drug, you can feel the effects for up to 12 hours.
The duration of Adderall in your blood, urine, saliva, and hair
How long does Adderall stay in your system? The answers will vary depending on several factors. These factors are unique to every user. They include:
- Body’s metabolic rate
- Kidney and liver function
- Frequency of use
- Amount used
- Other drugs used with Adderall
Adderall generally leaves the body very quickly that’s why it is possible to go from having extremely high energy to being totally depleted of energy within a couple of days. If you are to undergo a drug test, the duration will also depend on what type of drug test will be administered.
Adderall Urine Test
When testing for Adderall, the most common type of drug testing is testing your urine. Not only is it fast but it is also cost-efficient. After taking Adderall, it will appear in your urine after 3 hours. It will be detected for 72 to 96 hours (3-4 days) after taking the drug.
72 to 96 hours
Adderall Saliva Test
An Adderall saliva test is less common than a urine test but it can be done under particular circumstances. If a person is believed to have taken a large amount of drugs then a saliva test may be effective. The drug also shows up in the saliva quicker as it can be detected 1 hour after taking the tablet. After that, the drug can be detected in the saliva from 20 to 50 hours, which is approximately 1 to 2 days.
20 to 50 hours
Adderall Blood Test
If a blood test is to be administered, there is a very short window to detect Adderall in the system compared to other drugs. While blood tests can detect Adderall the soonest after last use, the drug will only show up in the blood from 24 to 48 hours (1-2 days).
24 to 48 hours
Adderall Hair Test
A hair test is not a common type of drug testing but it could also be used. With a hair test, Adderall will only show up in hair follicles 1-2 weeks after use. However, it could be detected in your hair from 1 to 3 months, which is the longest period.
1 to 3 months
How to get Adderall out of your system?
Adderall leaves the body fairly quickly, with 90% of the drug eliminated in the body usually within three days. However, that doesn’t mean that it could not be detected anymore, as traces could remain in your hair follicles for up to 90 days.
If you are a one-time user of Adderall, it may be easier to eliminate the drug from your system naturally. However, if you are addicted to Adderall, you might find it challenging to stop using the drug on your own. Don’t resort to using fake pee for drug urine tests. Get Adderall out of your system by reaching out to a professional treatment center to safely detox from the substance.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, help is available.
Contact Lighthouse Treatment Center today.