Have you ever been so stressed you just want to shut off and forget about everything you’re obliged to do? Have you ever wished you had better grades, or even more confidence? Kids on college campuses and in high schools seem to have found a resolution: Adderall. Adderall is an amphetamine, usually prescribed for ADD and ADHD, that students can’t get enough of. It keeps you focused, talkative, and in an all-around good mood. But, many believe that the risks of adderall outweigh the benefits.
Adderall is a mix of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine salts; In other words, it is related to the more notorious Methamphetamine. Adderall, like meth, has some pretty nasty side effects. In rare cases, Adderall can cause sudden death. This is due to the high blood pressure and increased heart rate. However, most are not this unlucky. The most common adverse effects of the drug seem to be lack of appetite, insomnia, and a feeling of well-being.
The side effects aren’t what worry most people. The drug is extremely addictive. As you take more and more adderall, your tolerance quickly grows, and you find yourself doubling or tripling your doses within weeks. With Adderall, there’s almost no such thing as quitting ‘cold-turkey.’ As the adderall leaves your system, dopamine levels drop drastically, causing most people to fall into a deep depression.
Clearly, the bad outweigh the good. I, personally, don’t think that a drug with ‘sudden death’ listed as a side effect, can even be completely defended. If you need it, take it. If you don’t need it, I’d say an extra couple hours of sleep or a cup of coffee are both much safer alternatives than adderall.