Prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy (sleep disorder).
Formulation – 75% dextroamphetamine salts and 25% levoamphetamine salts and functions by restoring the balance of certain neurotransmitters in the brain.
Other than its intended use, ADHD, which is a chronic disorder characterised by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour, it has become common for its ‘off-label’ uses, and has been coined the ‘smart drug’. This is because Adderall is being used by students who seek mental enhancement during exam time, a contributing factor to the growing abuse of Adderall and the notion that the drug can bring academic success.
Side Effects / Precautions
The ingredients in Adderall can bring unwanted effects to whoever consumes it. These include:
Nausea, vomiting, uncontrollable shakes of the body, weight loss, stomach cramps, headaches and dry mouth.
Other than the physical effects, there are also psychological: increased focus, apprehension, insomnia, paranoia, restlessness and dizziness.
Those with a high blood pressure, history of heart-problems, anxiety, glaucoma and Tourette syndrome should avoid taking Adderall, or perhaps consult with a doctor before consuming. The same goes for pregnant women and those breast-feeding.
Children can be effected more from the drug due to their weaker immune system and sensitive nature. This can include weight loss and can even affect their growth.
It is widely known that Adderall is consumed for recreational use too, as there is a misconception that prescription drugs are safer to abuse than drugs like cocaine and speed. The tablets can be crushed and snorted, or dissolved in water and injected. Snorting can affect the respiratory system and damage the nasal and sinus cavities, as well as lung tissue. Injecting can block the smaller blood vessels. Symptoms of abuse include psychotic behaviour, paranoia, depression, aggression and withdrawal problems. If you suspect someone has overdosed on Adderall through misuse, you should immediately contact a medical professional.
Although Adderall is essentially prescribed for those who suffer from ADHD, it has become very popular among those seeking to improve their memory, learning capacity and studying ability.
Adderall is nevertheless a drug and a controlled substance for which you require a prescription. However, there are natural alternatives that doctors have recommended for which you do not need a prescription.
AddTabz – AddTabz has a proprietary blend of Cytidine 5′ -disphosphocholine, 7-methyl-theophylline, Methyl Synephrine HCL and Octopamine. It has been scientifically designed to assist in memory and learning, enhance positive mood and help stimulate cognitive ability.
OptiMind – The creators of OptiMind claim that it can dramatically improve brain function and mood within one hour. OptiMind is also said to elevate your metabolism, rejuvenate your mind, improve your memory and learning rates and provide you energy.
NeuroFuse – Neurofuse contains 13 herbal ingredients, suggested to improve memory, focus and mental performance. These include Bacopa Monnieri, Rhodiola Rosea, Caffeine, L-Theanine, Phosphatidylserine, Choline Bitartrate, Dmae Bitartrate, Huperzine A, Vinpocetine, Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamins B12, B6 & D3.
Alpha BRAIN – Alpha BRAIN has been clinically studied to help healthy individuals, support memory, focus and processing speed. It is also made with earth-grown nutrients, such as Bacopa Monniera, Cat’s Claw, Huperzia Serrata and Oat Straw.