Snorting Adderall and Other Ways to Take It
While Adderall is often prescribed as a pill for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy, misuse can occur in different forms, including snorting.
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What Is Adderall?
Adderall is a psychostimulant made of two main chemicals: dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. It is active in the central nervous system, where it works as a catalyst to elevate chemical levels and improve communication throughout the body.
Most often, Adderall is used in the treatment of two disorders: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, and narcolepsy, a sleeping disorder. It helps correct the respective dopamine and hypocretin deficiencies by increasing the available amounts of dopamine and norepinephrine in the body.
The Effects of Adderall on People Without ADHD
When people without ADHD take Adderall, it can produce the opposite effects compared to when it is used to treat an actual disorder. People with ADHD have decreased amounts of dopamine available in the body, and when they take Adderall, it elevates their dopamine to normal levels.
For people without ADHD, when Adderall enters the body, it elevates already normal dopamine to higher levels.1 This can produce feelings of euphoria and increased energy, which is why the drug has become popular for certain demographics.
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Who Abuses Adderall?
Anyone can develop a substance use disorder (SUD). For Adderall, though, abuse is seen most often in younger people, especially those on college campuses. Adderall abuse is the most common form of substance misuse seen in college students, with a study conducted by the National Institute of Health citing that 6.4% of students aged 18-22 have misused Adderall during their college experience.2
While Adderall abuse disproportionately affects younger people, Adderall addiction can also occur in those prescribed the substance by a medical professional to treat ADHD or narcolepsy. When a substance frequently enters the body, the body becomes accustomed to it. Over time, this dependency has the potential to lead to abuse and addiction.
Why is Adderall Misuse Common in Young People?
What Happens When You Snort Adderall?
Side Effects of Snorting Adderall
- High blood pressure
- Irregular sleep schedule
- Decreased appetite
- High blood pressure
Adderall snorting doesn’t only increase the chance for side effects: it also increases their severity. When snorted, Adderall has the potential to cause severe damage to the nasal cavity, much like other commonly snorted substances. Adderall snorting side effects can include:
- Frequent nose bleeds
- Impaired sense of smell
- Nasal septum damage
Snorting Adderall vs Taking It Orally
Other Methods of Abusing Adderall
Signs of Adderall Addiction
Signs That Someone Is Snorting Adderall
Since Adderall snorting increases the risk of addiction, many of the signs are the same or similar both in snorting the drug or taking it orally. However, snorting Adderall offers its own sign, which is the manipulation of the form of Adderall.
Because Adderall cannot be snorted whole, crushing or otherwise breaking down the tablets into powder can be an indication that someone is snorting Adderall. Issues with one’s nose such as nose bleeds or congestion are another signal of Adderall snorting.
How Long Do Adderall’s Effects Last?
How long the effects of Adderall last will vary between individuals and depend on a variety of factors. However, once the substance has been completely metabolized and removed from the body, then the effects should cease.
Factors that can affect how long Adderall’s effects last in the body including one’s:
As of now, there are no FDA-approved treatments for an Adderall overdose. However, overdoses still have a high potential for being fatal, so seeking professional medical help as soon as possible is important. While no standard treatment exists, some medications can help stabilize the body and recover from the symptoms of an overdose.
Can Snorting Adderall Cause an Overdose?
Getting Help for Adderall Addiction
For people with a substance use disorder involving Adderall, seeking help and treatment can improve their quality of life while also reversing some of the side effects of Adderall addiction.
Treatments that are undergone through the guidance of a medical professional target the source of addiction while also aiding in the body’s recovery from the side effects.
Adderall Detox & Withdrawal
If Adderall use stops suddenly, there is a high chance that the body will undergo a withdrawal.
Adderall withdrawal occurs because, after prolonged use, the body becomes accustomed to the substance regularly being administered. The brain also becomes accustomed to the elevated levels of dopamine and norepinephrine as a result of Adderall use. When the body returns to natural levels, it can result in a “crash” that creates discomfort.
Adderall side effects during withdrawal can come in many forms, including physical and psychological. Cravings can also be expected during the withdrawal process. Symptoms may include:
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Difficulty concentrating
While this period may be uncomfortable, a total detox is necessary for recovery from an Adderall addiction. For the body to recover, it must be given the time to metabolize and eliminate all traces of the substances as well as readjust to natural levels of brain chemicals.
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