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What do you know about Adderall?

If you or someone you know has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, you may be familiar with Adderall. Adderall is categorized with drugs that are stimulants. If you happen to live on a college campus in Georgia, you may know people who use Adderall (or perhaps have done so yourself) even without a medical diagnosis of ADHD. While medical scientists are not quite sure how or why Adderall helps ADHD patients, they think it has something to do with blocking neurotransmitters in the brain. 

When people without ADHD take Adderall, it reportedly has 'feel good' effects. As a stimulant, it alters the central nervous system. The problem is that there are risks associated with using Adderall, as with most controlled substances. Like most college students, you make various decisions every day regarding your study habits, academic career and social life. Using Adderall can impact your health and your college life in general, especially if you wind up facing legal problems because of it. 

Be aware of the science behind the drug 

As mentioned earlier, Adderall is a stimulant. It is actually a combination of several types of salts, including amphetamine sulfate and dextroamphetamine saccharate. People who use Adderall often report feelings of increased alertness, which is why doctors often use it to treat people with narcolepsy, which is a chronic sleep disorder.  

Negative side effects       

When you take a prescription drug or even if you try a pill someone gives you on campus, do you first carefully read the package insert to learn what the possible side effects of the drug might be? If not, you are definitely not the only one; in fact, many people simply go by word-of-mouth according to what doctors, nurses or others tell them. Side effects of Adderall include heart palpitations, hair loss, blood pressure increases and muscle twitching.  

Other serious problems associated with this drug      

One of the most serious risks related to use of Adderall is its potential for dependence. Using the drug outside the close supervision of a licensed physician who has prescribed it for a specific reason may not only place you at risk for addiction but also for heart trouble or sudden death.  

People who suffer from certain psychiatric disorders or other health conditions may notice an exacerbation of their symptoms, such as emotional agitation, paranoia, suicidal tendencies or bipolar symptoms. If you do not have a prescription for Adderall, and police show up at a frat party or somewhere else on or off campus and find you in possession of the drug, you risk arrest.

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