What are some signs of Adderall withdrawal? Adderall is a stimulant, a very powerful one in fact, and if one abuses Adderall, they can become dependent to it. Once someone is dependent to a drug, their body will be so accustomed to receiving the drug regularly that, if they suddenly quit using the drug, their bodies would go into withdraw.
Withdraw is the physical reactions a person’s body has after not receiving a regular dose of something that it has grown to expect.
Do you remember the story of Pavlov’s dog? After pairing a bell with food for so long, the dog grew to expect the food once the bell was rung. When Pavlov rung the bell, the dog would salivate. This happened if food was in front of the dog or not.
Same thing with Adderall.
After a long period of use, a user’s body can grow to expect an increase in heart rate, CNS activity, and bodily functions every day because of the constant intake of stimulants. The body adjusts for this by reducing stimulation in the body. However, once the Adderall is removed, the body still has the lower level of stimulation than normal: the result is withdraw.
Signs of Adderall and other Stimulant Withdraw
- Extreme Fatigue – Because the body is so used to the constant intake of stimulants, the natural stimulation of the body decreases. Once Adderall is removed, this lower level of stimulation is showned as extreme fatigue. Individuals might be drowse and sleepy all day for several days once they first get off of Adderall.
- Depression – It has been noted that, once someone quits Adderall, their body’s serotonin and dopamine level would be much lower than normal. This is because Adderall causes an increase in these neurotransmitter and, because of that, the natural level of these neurotransmitters are decreased. Some rehab centers prescribe anti-depressants to patients who are quitting Adderall.
- Cravings – There might be psychological cravings to take more Adderall. The person might miss their productivity when on Adderall or want relieve of these withdraw symptoms.
- Irritability – Because of the withdraw and lack of dopamine and serotonin, a person would be more irritable and less happy than normal. They are also a little cranky.
- Digestive Issues – Adderall increases the speed the digestive system works at. After a long time use of Adderall, the body’s digestive system would get used to the increase speed by decreasing its normal digestive speed. Once someone quits Adderall, they might experience stomach cramps and digestive issues because the body is digesting slower than ever.
- Headaches – Headaches occur because the body is used to having more blood going to the brain. Once this blood pressure decreases, the veins in the brain shrink. This change in size is what is believed ot cause headaches.
How Long Does These Adderall Withdraw Symptoms Last?
Adderall withdraw symptoms can last from 2 weeks to a few months, depending on the dosage and length. This changes with every person. Some people report having cravings or symptoms 2 or 3 months after they quit Adderall. Remember, even a simple thing like caffeine has withdraw symptoms that last for months.
What can I do About Adderall Withdraw
First, you can use a gradual approach to quitting Adderall. This creates less shock on your body and, because of that, reduced withdraw symptoms. Before you do anything, tell your doctor you would want to quit Adderall. He will monitor your health during this time as well as change your prescription to a lower amount. You can get Adderall in amounts as low as 2.5mg. This is way below the maximum dosage of 40mg.
A gradual approach will slowly ease your body into normal functioning levels. It will also allow you to not be impaired for a few weeks–this is great if you have a job or school. You can read how I quit Adderall recently and the simple tricks I did to relieve my symptoms.
If you are quitting Adderall or had quit Adderall and experienced withdraw symptoms, please share your experience in the comment box below.