Adderall can be habit-forming when used in higher doses than recommended by your healthcare provider or for extended periods of time. The consequences of Adderall abuse can be extremely dangerous, sometimes resulting in an irregular heartbeat, dangerously high body temperatures, and/or the potential for cardiovascular failure or seizures.
Medications can be effective when they are used properly, but some can be addictive and dangerous when misused. Fortunately, most Americans take their medications responsibly. Addiction to prescription drugs is rare. However, in 2003, approximately 15 million Americans reported using a prescription drug for non-medical reasons at least once during the year.
Adderall® (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine) is a prescription medication used for ADHD and narcolepsy. Adderall XR® (amphetamine-dextroamphetamine extended release) is a long-acting form of Adderall used for ADHD treatment. As an amphetamine, Adderall can be habit-forming when used in higher doses than recommended or for extended periods of time. It is also often abused. Amphetamines (such as Adderall) are also known as stimulants, uppers, and beanies, among other names.
There are many reasons why Adderall is abused. One reason Adderall is abused is to get "high." Stimulants such as Adderall can increase alertness, attention, and energy, which are accompanied by increases in blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. Another reason Adderall is abused is for weight loss (see Adderall and Weight Loss). Weight loss is a common side effect of Adderall. Adderall is also sometimes abused by students who do not have ADHD, but feel that it helps them perform better in school.