Oct 18, 2018 | Updated: 04:34 PM EDT

Adderall Dangerously Affects Heart, Brain, Body Physiologic Functions

Feb 21, 2017 12:48 PM EST


Along with their curing ability, all drugs including Adderall or Adderall XR possess threatening side effects that affects quality of life. The trade drug which contains amphetamine can be used recreationally and medically.

Adderall or Adderall XR contains amphetamine that is useful in treating depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. It is recreationally used due to its stimulant effect in promoting productivity, alertness, and efficiency.

According to Rehabs, recreationally Adderall is used by snorting or crushing the tablet to access the medication. Snorting the medication can lead to serious effects such as; increased blood pressure, accelerated heart rate, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, weight loss, heart attack, stroke, death due to cardiac arrest, addiction and tolerance.

The short term effects of Adderall causes feelings of energy and invigoration similar to the addiction experienced by cocaine users. Specific short-term symptoms includes; appetite suppression and unhealthy weight loss, irritability, insomnia, restlessness, and cardiac issues.

Moreover, Adderall causes euphoria leading to intense dependency and addiction. The addiction symptoms of the drug causes dangerous effects such as; fatigue, depression, lethargy, increased irritability and decreased concentration.

As reported by American Addiction Centers, the increasing prescription for Adderall also increases health risks related to the drug. The long term effects of the drug may physically affect the brain. It increases levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine in the brain. Due to Adderall effect, the normal function of the brain in producing needed neurotransmitters is altered. The brain's function continues to be affected with prolonged use of the drug and can become dysfunctional in the latter part.

The neurotransmitter that affects the brain's function also affects the heart negatively. Increased dopamine and norepinephrine as caused by Adderall may significantly induce myocardial contraction leading to fibrillation and arrhythmia.

The heart muscle may become loose and weak leading to complications along with prolonged use of Adderall. Changes in the brain function as well as dependency and tolerance will not decline unless the use of the drug is slowly terminated.

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