Adderall Side Effects on the Heart

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Adderall affects the heart’s behavior

If you know that you have a heart condition, do not take Adderall without a through examination from your doctor. There has been 5 deaths link to Adderall, all of which involved a preexisting heart condition. Adderall and Adderall XR is banned in Canada for that reason. In the US, Adderall instant release is no longer available and only Adderall XR is available.

Abusing Adderall while you have a heart condition is very dangerous. Make sure you take the recommended dose and no more. Of the 5 deaths lined to Adderall, 2 of the 5 were from people who took 3 times the recommended dose.

Long Term Adderall Effects on your Heart and Blood Pressure

There has been some long term studies of Adderall and they found that, after extended use, some individuals will have higher blood pressure and pulse. The increase continues for a few weeks after Adderall usage is stopped.

After you have quit Adderall, your blood pressure and pulse will drop below normal. This is because your body gets used to having an increase blood pressure and pulse during your time on Adderall. Once your body is used to the stimulants, it makes up for it by reducing your pulse and blood pressure.

How to Mitigate Adderall’s Effect on your Heart

You can reduce the damage, or potential damage, to your heart while taking Adderall by taking the minimal amount needed for your treatment. Taking more Adderall than necessary only produces risks (and maybe a high). Here are some other was to reduce Adderall’s effects on your heart.

  • Take some Vitamin C along side the Adderall. If you are new to Adderall and have been taking it for less than a few weeks, drink some orange juice with your first pill in the morning. Vitamin C reduces the potency of Adderall, which makes its effect on your heart less.
  • Take a lower dose. If you feel your pulse when you take Adderall or if you have a rapid heart beat or other heart issues, talk to your doctor. These might be signs of serious symptoms. He might lower your dose or change you to a different medication.
  • Try some other drug. Adderall is not the only treatment for ADHD. There is a whole family of drugs ranging from Concerta to Ritalin to Vyvanse. Maybe your body will like the other drugs better. Talk to your doctor to see if it would work for you.
  • Don’t take Adderall with other stimulants like Coffee or RedBull. This puts more stress on your body.

Share Your Adderall Story

Photo of Story TimeDo you have a story of your heart racing and throbbing while on Adderall? Did you stay up for 2 days in a row because of Adderall? At, we want to have a nice community and one part of that is letting everyone have a voice. Share your story in the comment box below.

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