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Adderall Withdrawal

Cartoon of Withdraw symptomsWhat 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.

8 Responses

  1. Megan Wooten

    I have been on adderall for about 5 years. It started with the adderall salts twice a day then changing to dexedrine spansule 15mg in the morning. I noticed it did change my digestion, I was hungry more often I am guessing due to being a stimulant. Mild stomach upset but with my constant eating, snacking it was managed. I became injured and had to quit work. I was put on several different other medications including morphine patches for pain. I did not take my adderall at that time and did not notice any withdrawal. When I got off the morphine I re-started adderall, I was doing fine. A year or so later when there was a nationwide shortage of adderall salts I had to get back on the dexerdine spansule 15mg, 1 in the morning. I started school to try to get back in the world. I would take 2 15mg dexedrine spansules on school days to be able to study after I got home. which was just 2 days a week, the others just 1 15mg a day. My pains became worse and my mental health declined even on the dexerdine. Trying different diabetes medications for metabolic syndrome got my digestive tract in a bad way. Its hard to see my doctor right away so I went to a different on in his office for emergency. His first response was “lets get you off of some of these meds” so i stopped the dexedrine cold turky. The digestive problems that started while still on the dex were still present but getting worse. NOW. I am either constantly nautious and will throw up anything I eat first thing in the mornings. Whatever I do eat, I cannot eat fast, cannot eat a large amount, or I will throw up or am so nautios. I used to be constipated now I am going 3-4x a day. I used to eat pretty healthy but now am eating carbs and junk just to “fill my stomach”. When my stomach is empty and burnign and gurgling the nausea is worse. It feels like I am nautious FROM a constant empty stomach from having a hard time eating. The funny thing about the constant vomiting and stools I have gained 20lbs in 2 months easy and i keep getting bigger. The current DR is prescribing every nausea med he knows and no help, now a med for ulcers and no help. The fatigue is unbearable which makes my pain worse since I need as much movement as possible. Also when i am constantly nautios, or do not have enough food on me due to that it is difficult to exercise. I am very afraid because it feels like there is no one who can really help me with this and I cannot do it alone. We did not taper the adderall down when I stopped. I did go from the dexedrine spansules 1 15mg a day to the adderall salts for about 3 weeks before I stopped the adderall so I did taper somewhat. I think my body became used to the dexerdine being on it almost a year. I cant drink coffee or try any other “energy” OTC medicines/caffine pills due to the constant stomach upset. I am getting in with a GI doctor to see if there is a different cause for all this but I am almost sure it is my body reacting to stopping long term adderall use. Anyone else going through this? Or who have and survived and are back to normal? It is almost month 2 off of adderall intermittently (I would take 5mg every other day to see if it was causing or not causing probs) and completely off of it for a month. This is the worst time of my life.

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