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Adderall is a prescription medication that has been on the market since the 1960’s and is now generally prescribed to children to treat ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). In the United States alone, over 6.1 Million children were diagnosed with ADHD in 2016, however, it is still not known what the root cause of this condition is and much controversy surrounds the topic.

Many people have now started to abuse Adderall for weight loss as the drug is a central nervous system stimulant which can have a dramatic effect on a person’s metabolic rate, however, not without risk.

The drug has also been known to treat narcolepsy.

This article will provide you with all the information you need to know regarding Adderall, and if you should consider the drug as an aid to weight loss.

What Is Adderall?

Adderall is a combination drug comprised of 25% amphetamine aspartate monohydrate, 25% amphetamine sulfate, 25% dextroamphetamine saccharate, and 25% dextroamphetamine sulfate, which are derivatives of amphetamine, a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant of the phenethylamine class.

Adderall is also known to be an athletic performance enhancer and cognitive enhancer, and recreationally as an aphrodisiac and euphoriant.

It is prescribed in pill form after being diagnosed with ADHD.

How Does Adderall Work?

Adderall increases the availability of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine in your central nervous system connections, which, in turn, increases brain activity.

This leads to an increase in overall activity in the body, including your metabolic rate which determines how quickly biochemical processes take place. This can also include increasing the rate at which you use energy and burn fat.

Because Adderall is a CNS stimulant, it can also result in keeping the user awake for longer periods, reducing fatigue.

What Are The Side Effects Of Adderall?

Adderall can come with a wide range of side effects, some of which depend on the user, as well as the dosage. As this drug directly stimulates the central nervous system, the side effects will vary based on the current physiology of the user.

The most common side effects of Adderall are:

  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Excitability
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Tremor
  • Weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)
  • Dry mouth or unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Impotence
  • Difficulty having an orgasm
  • Increase blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Heart palpitations

If you are pregnant and/or breast-feeding: Do not consume this product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

If you’re a child under the age of 18: Do not consume this product if you are under 18 without consulting a medical professional.

Is It Safe To Take Adderall For Weight Loss?

The question really should be, is Adderall safe to take at all. Adderall is a central nervous stimulant and presents different reactions and side effects depending on a person’s physiology and age.

The drug works by increasing certain neurological outputs within the brain and Adderall can actually become an addictive substance as it releases higher levels of dopamine, which can cause euphoria in patients. People have also been known to suffer from Adderall withdrawal when trying to reduce the dosage and stop taking the drug completely.

Although Amphetamines (Adderall) have been used medically for over a century, there is not a great deal of long-term studies to show just how safe this type of medication actually is for a user.

There are many other proven methods of weight loss that come with little to no long-term side effects. You also need to consider the fact that Adderall is not designed as an aid to weight loss.

Does Adderall Actually Work For Weight Loss?

Adderall has been shown to suppress appetite and increase a person’s metabolic rate which can lead to weight loss, however, there are many other side effects that accompany this drug that could be an inhibitor to weight loss over a longer period of time.

Have There Been Any Deaths Linked To Adderall?

Yes. In 2005, 12 American children died as a result of taking Adderall. These are just the ones that have been recorded. More recently, a woman lost her life in February 2018 as a result of an Adderall overdose.


We are now starting to see a very common trend within the medical industry, mainly associated with drugs and medications that have been used for decades with little consideration to the short term and long term effects of these substances.

Many of these drugs were discovered at the late end of the 19th century, approved and marketed as safe with very little research into potential dangers. For some reason, medical practitioners still continue to assume they are safe based on evidence that is completely out of date.

Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant that will have a dramatic effect on your entire physiology. It can affect your appetite, your mood, your concentration, give you anxiety, heart palpitations, induce insomnia, and even become an addictive substance.

It’s very important to remember that Adderall is a pharmaceutical drug designed to treat children suffering from ADHD. Given the side effects and severe biochemical alterations that take place in the body after consumption, it’s surprising medical professionals are even giving this to children in the first place.

There are so many other methods, tried and tested, that will help you lose weight without the risk of becoming addicted to a prescription medication. Take up exercise, change your diet or join a spin class, don’t start taking Adderall.

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