Adderall is prescribed to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Adderall is a mixture of two stimulants namely dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. The prescription medication enables the patient to control behavior, pay attention, and stay focused. Doctors prescribe 2.5mg to 60mg of Adderall daily, which should be taken in one to three doses. And the effects of taking Adderall are discussed below.
How Does Adderall Make You Feel?
Focus on Unproductive Activities
One of the reasons why people take Adderall is to enhance their focus. However, this does not mean that they can focus on productive activities. For instance, you may take Adderall to focus on your study, but you turn out to lack the drive to study. With Adderall, one may focus on unnecessary shopping, watching YouTube videos, or checking posts on Facebook. The mind will record this as being productive but the individual will have wasted his or her time.
Appetite Changes Greatly
One known side effect of taking Adderall is loss of appetite. You cannot eat anything without forcing yourself. Instead, you take in lots of water instead of food, which makes you pass lots of urine. However, the loss of appetite is temporary. Your appetite will be restored when the high feeling is gone. Then you feel excessively hungry and may end up with stomach pains and bloating because of overeating.
Sweating during and after an activity is normal. Taking Adderall makes you sweat even without any exertion. The level of sweating varies from one person to another. You may sweat because of anxiety, nervousness or no reason. It is also impossible to control the excess sweating. But do not be embarrassed or worry about the sweat. The best thing to do is ignore it.
Feel Anxious and Antsy
How does Adderall make you feel about your prevailing circumstance? The medication makes you anxious, keeps you focused on certain issues and makes it hard to distract yourself. You will end up worrying about things like school and family problems or issues you have experienced in the past. You shouldn't relax yourself after taking the medication because relaxing causes or worsens anxiety. So you must stay active, but the anxiety from Adderall may cause you to do things you do not enjoy doing. Luckily, this effect of Adderall is temporary and may last about one day.
Depression May Occur
You may experience post-Adderall depression, different from the traditional depression. You could have a productive day but then hit a low afterwards. The drive you had to be productive disappears and is replaced by depressive thoughts. This is because Adderall may drain your brainpower and energy. A good night’s sleep cures post-Adderall depression in most cases. You will be back to yourself the following day.
Adderall works like caffeine. It causes your mind to race at bedtime and makes falling asleep almost impossible even if you take it in the morning or earlier in the day. You may sit or lie in bed, have random thoughts running in mind and stay awake for hours. Watching a movie, surfing, or reading may not work. Do not worry too much about it because you will fall asleep eventually.
Feel Unwilling to Socialize
How does Adderall make you feel? People who take Adderall recreationally may feel more social and talkative. However, those suffering from ADD or ADHD calm down and may feel antisocial especially when trying to complete a task. Adderall pushes you to stay focused on the task, and you may feel irritated when distracted from it.
Behave Like a Zombie
Your personality may change after taking Adderall. You may not remember when you ever smiled because you have been so serious. You stare for so long that you have to remind yourself to blink. Your jaw maybe clenched as well. People may wonder if you are okay or just in a bad mood. In fact, there is nothing wrong with you except for the flat feeling from Adderall.
Feel Physically But Not Mentally Tired
Your body will feel sore, your eyes will burn, and you will feel good when lying down. But you just can't fall asleep and your mind stays alert. So, avoid taking your medication late in the day because you will have a hard time falling asleep at night. Daytime naps are out of question.
It Is Addictive
Taking Adderall in higher amounts than the prescribed dosage makes people feel high. The stimulant disrupts normal communication between cells in the brain. Getting high on Adderall may eventually lead to an addiction cycle.
How does Adderall make you feel when you are addicted? Addictive symptoms include cravings, mental preoccupation and obsession thoughts with Adderall when the medication is out of the system. Although Adderall use may lead to physical dependence over time but the dependence symptoms disappear after withdrawal for some time.
Other Feelings You May Have
Dangerously high blood pressure
A burning sensation or pain when urinating
Hair and weight loss
Weakness and dizziness
Pounding, uneven, and fast heartbeats
Impotence, lack of interest in sex, and problems achieving an orgasm
Hallucinations, tremors, and muscle twitches
An unpleasant taste in the mouth or a dry mouth
Stomach pain, constipation, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting