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Turning to Adderall for Rapid Weight Loss: The Speed Diet

By August 23, 2008

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Read an article and couldn't help but feel a bit frustrated with it. The article entitled, Speed Diet: Women Using ADD Drugs to Get Thin, is up on MSNBC. Basically, it addresses the weight obsessed entertainment industry "where the difference between a size 4 and size 8 may mean the difference between working and not" and the trend of using Adderall in order to lose weight.

Adderall, a combination of amphetamine stimulants, is commonly used for the treatment of ADD / ADHD. Many of you who will read this may be on Adderall yourself or you may have a child on Adderall. If so, you know the benefits of this medication. Adderall, when used properly and as prescribed, can be a real life savior for an individual struggling with ADD / ADHD.

Unfortunately, there are those who abuse stimulants. Adderall abuse, and the misuse of similar substances, is at an all time high.

This doesn't surprise Charles Sophy, medical director for the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services, and psychiatrist with many celebrity clients. "I've had several young patients come in looking for Adderall prescriptions," he says. "These slim girls come in saying, 'I need medication, and it has to be Adderall.' And I'll say, 'Why not Strattera?'" Sophy says the girls claim to have ADD, while actually using the drugs for weight loss.

"Well, that's the game. A drug like Strattera (a non-stimulant which is also used to treat ADD) won't give them the high and won't give them the appetite suppression. So they'll have all these reasons why they need Adderall and only Adderall."

Tamara*, a junior editor at a magazine in L.A., takes Adderall because it makes her feel "intensely creative," she says. "I can sit down at my computer and just write, write, write when I'm on it." She began using Adderall in her college days for weight management. "Everyone told me I looked sickly, but sitting down and not having stomach rolls never gets old." And if she begins to put back any pounds, Tamara admits she would take Adderall in a heartbeat, especially right before a bikini vacation.

Apparently, having a prescription is a non-issue. "I have friends who have the script and dole it out like candy. It's insane," she says. "Some sell them for $5 to $10 a pill. But mostly I get them for free."

Adderall is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of ADD / ADHD. Using the drug for another purpose is not only unwise, it is also dangerous. "Young people don't realize that medications like Adderall can be harmful if not prescribed for the appropriate condition," says Sophy. When taken at higher than prescribed dosage, Adderall can be psychologically and physically addictive. In addition, some longer term (mis)users need to take increasing amounts in order to get the same appetite suppression. Many even turn to sleeping pills to counteract Adderall's stimulant effect.

And the latest buzz? Cheating the time-release delivery system of the XR capsules by grinding and snorting their contents or wrapping a crushed pill in toilet paper and eating it to avoid the bad taste. Why do this at all? A bigger rush and maximum appetite suppression.

Yet for all those out there who misuse and abuse these drugs, there are many others with ADD / ADHD who have found relief and improved functioning using the medications properly and as prescribed.

What are your thoughts?

RELATED READING:
How Do Stimulants for ADHD Work?
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Treatment for Women With ADHD

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Comments
August 23, 2008 at 9:08 am
(1) sylrayj says:

I told my kid early on that his meds, which are prepared for him to be able to use safely, have the same kind of medicine as street drugs, and he is to be careful who has access to them. I also told him when he was quite young that alcohol is effective when used medicinally, but if you mis-use it you have problems – so hopefully he can relate the two.

August 24, 2008 at 9:24 pm
(2) add says:

Sylrayj,
You are so smart to talk openly with your son about medication safety. Did you see the video on the same site? It is called, Students Using ADD Drugs to Study?

Below is the link.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/25096622#25096622

Depending on your sonís age this video may be helpful for him to watch, as well. Thanks so much for posting.
Warmly
Keath

August 25, 2008 at 1:47 am
(3) Kym says:

I am so disappointed about the irresponsibility of this article. I believe in a free press but come on, telling people that snorting it will give them “maximum appitite suppression”. Let’s just teach them how to abuse the drug. I am a 41 year old mother who has ADHD and am able to go back to school and actually read a textbook because of Adderall. It is so discouraging to have authors educating people on how to misuse it. Like people with ADHD need more negative press…………….

September 3, 2008 at 11:36 pm
(4) Mark says:

I’m a 51 yr old man and am on Adderall for my adhd. It really makes a difference. And yes, it does cut my appetite. Which has helped me drop about 15 lbs. The adderall also helps reduce the stress from being unorganized which would have me eating everything.
It is a shame that it is abused.

But as a society we send really bad messages to young women. But the ‘barbie’ discussion is for another forum!

October 16, 2008 at 9:05 am
(5) Confidential says:

I am embarressed to say this… I just started taking my sons OLD script for adderall hoping to lose some weight. I have no health insurance, I am below poverty, I eat as healthy as I can…I am almost 300lbs. My son couldn’t take Adderall b/c it gave him migraines, so he is now on Concerta. I saw on tv how Nicole Richey was taking it… I read online how it helped some teenage boy… I am at the bottom of the barrel. I walk alot, but no weight comes off. I am sorry that I am adding to the bad name of adderall, but I hate looking at myself. I hate myself sometimes. I just want to be a little smaller so that I can fit into clothes sold at WalMart, not have to buy from specialty stores online. Again, I don’t know what else to do…

October 20, 2008 at 4:28 pm
(6) not a criminal says:

I am a 28 year old woman with ADHD and my life has greatly improved with cognitive therapy AND the use of Adderall, however, since it has been brought to the public eye that Adderall is being abused I have been treated like a criminal when someone new hears I take it. I understand the security at the pharmacy, because it IS a controlled substance and should not be taken lightly. I practice the same safety once it is in my posession. I have discussed my diagnosis and medication with friends and family, in hopes to help them understand what a difference help can make, and I have not only been questioned but ACCUSED of abusing Adderall because I have a prescription. Interesting side note, no one questions my cognitive therapy when I mention that it is the biggest part of my improvement.

November 16, 2008 at 12:18 pm
(7) Angel says:

I am a 19-year-old sophomore in college and I was just recently diagnosed with ADHD. I will never forget the first time I took my prescription Adderall medication because my life has never been the same. My GPA climbed from a 2.4 to a 3.0, my social circle has doubled, and my weight is no longer a pressure I am constantly thinking about. In reality weight gain is a serious symptom of ADHD because we often have no conception of how much and what we are eating. It is a blessing to have a medication that can relieve me of ALL my symptoms, and Adderall is the only ADHD drug that is proven to do this. It has a 95% effective rate, which beats both Concerta and Strattera.

It is sad that people do any illegal drug, whether it is Adderall, Valume, Hydrocodone, or other perception drugs used out of context. However, this is not an excuse to bash these drugs and their purpose because they are playing a role in changing the lives of thousands of people FOR THE BETTER. If misusing is a concern, why not address the media and triggers that are causing people to misuse these drugs.

Please don’t take away my only hope for a normal lifestyle.

November 16, 2008 at 11:18 pm
(8) Peggy says:

I am a 49 year old woman taking Adderall for ADD, I have gone all my life feeling like a misfit and generally having a miserable existence. Adderall has made a huge difference and given me a new lease on life. I didn’t realize how abused it is until reading this article. It makes me angry that people are so shallow that they resort to drug abuse so that they can fit into a mold created by the media. It makes those of us that actually need medication to function normally lumped into the same category as the abusers. It’s hard enough having ADHD, and the bad press that it gets from ignorant people only makes it harder to overcome the stigma.

November 20, 2008 at 1:15 am
(9) Andrea says:

Just a friendly little note,…thought you might like to know that strattera DOES in fact suppress your appetite. Google it before you open your mouth. I work for three doctors and no for a fact that it does, and ANY site you open about the drug will tell you. Fact of the matter is, stimulant or non stimulant, any of the drugs for ADD/ADHD seem to have that side effect. I have spoke to MANY parents every single day about having to switch their child’s medication for ADD/ADHD for the pure fact that it is upsetting their stomach, or they will not eat. Concerta, Strattera, Vyvanse, Adderall, Ritalin, you name it….they ALL suppress your appetite. That being said, I also have worked with MANY patients that are indeed abusing the medication and I too do not agree with that, but I will not go around spouting about ANY medication like I’m educated in it when I haven’t even done my own research.

December 4, 2008 at 4:21 am
(10) Stephanie says:

I have pretty much known I had add for years but, because of the ADD, I could never manage to make it to any of my scheduled doctors appointments to get diagnosed for it. I finally did and was put on Straterra. Straterra DID NOT suppress my appetite despite the claims nor did it help with my ADD. I got really depressed and sleepy. I switched to adderall and I can finally study. I also have no appetite, even though that is not the reason I started taking the drug.

December 4, 2008 at 8:21 am
(11) allys says:

I am 48 & have been on adderall for about a year & it has improved my life 99%! I am back in college, getting my degree & doing well. It does help with weight management getting rid of the casual-grazing-munching on stuff out of idleness. I’ve been on strattera & vyvanse-those also suppressed my appetite-but with adderall my thinking is much more concise & focused. Also-I don’t have insurance now & adderall is the only of its type thats “generic”, costing $40 a month.strattera & vyvanse are upward of $150 w/out insurance! adderall (amphetamine) has been around for 50-60+ years,so there is less
risk of finding out a couple of years into taking it that it could kill you (think vioxx). I find it hard to beleive a young person can just walk into a Dr’s office & ask for adderall & get it on the spot. My Dr. had me try the other meds for months before she put me on adderall.

January 24, 2009 at 11:18 pm
(12) Victoria says:

I will preface this by saying that I have never taken adderall and only heard about it recently. I know I am in the definite minority here but I don’t see what the big deal is. From what I understand Adderall was initially designed as a weight loss drug anyway. So if this drug helps kids focus in school or helps people lose weight/stay slim and isn’t causing terrible side effects like people dropping dead all the time what is the big deal with prescribing it more and letting these people take it under a doctors supervision so it doesnt have to purchased in the black market? I mean is it this ethical standard of this is the cheaters way to stay thin or do better in school? Somehow your grades count less if you took adderall and it helped you focus or your weight loss accomplishment is tarnished by drug use?

Certainly it helps those with ADHD but clearly its helping those who don’t have it as well. What is the big problem with it?

From my understanding it doesn’t get you drugged up or have a euphoric effect like narcotics so that you can’t function as a human being. So why all this high and mighty talk about how people shouldn’t take it because they have some sort of unfair advantage.

Right now we have an obesity epidemic in this country. I would think that medications that really work to suppress appetite shouldn’t be withheld from people because it has a more noble use.

I know that people will probably think that I am some drug abuser or who knows what for saying this but I am not. I just don’t see why its kept from people and why doctors don’t prescribe it more and just carefully monitor those who take it.

February 19, 2009 at 5:24 am
(13) Sarah says:

It’s really interesting to me that my dr. will prescribe adipex which is a stimulant but that Adderall is so controversial. For myself, and many people as well, my overeating is not because of physically being hungry, it is out of a psychological need to either soothe myself or because I “THINK” it’s fun.. it’s all in my head so why don’t the doctor’s treat obesity as a psychiatric disorder like obsessive/compulsiveness or hyperactivity (like wanting to run to the refridgerator all nite)

March 1, 2009 at 8:06 am
(14) no@no.com says:

I take adderall because it feels wonderful and i can do whatever task i wish for as long as i wish. It isn’t quite as strong or intense as good methamphetamine is, but its a hop, skip, and a jump away.

March 10, 2009 at 9:17 pm
(15) TBone says:

Iíve been on Adderall for a full month now. I have lost 10 lbs. (I’m a 6′ tall male weighed 220). Addy has helped me become better engaged at work and it does wonders in helping me organize my thoughts and tasks at work. The weight loss is side effect of the drug. In my case, I attribute the weight loss to Adderall’s ability to help you become so focused and consumed with the task(s) at hand, you literally forget to eat sometimes. Essentially, eating becomes less of a priority. (This is not the way to lose weight!) And when I do get around to eating I gorge!!!!

My Dr. first started me on Straterra and I found this drug made me feel disconnected with everyone around me. It almost completely removed my personality. I remember that I had to make a conscience effort to be my normal witty self. And Straterra also took away my sex drive.

I will note, that Adderall also comes with sexual side effects. I am able to get excited easily BUT keeping excited is another story… Other side effects that I have experienced include: occasional excruciating headaches that last hours, extreme dry mouth, extreme dry lips, and heightened anxiety (social and otherwise).

Other side effects (that I have not experienced and hope to never experience) are:
Psychosis (going crazy!), heartburn, nausea, insomnia, diarrhea, heartburn, DEPENDENCY, and many more…

For those of you who are seeking a weight loss miracle, Adderall is not the solution. Many people lose a little weight at first, and gradually gain it back.

What a lot of people don’t know is that YOU CAN ASK your Dr. for weight loss medication and they can prescribe it to you. So for those of you who have trouble losing weight, talk to your Dr. about meds specifically designed for weight loss, not meds designed to stimulate your central nervous system, such as Adderall.

Good luck to those seeking to lose weight. And good luck to those looking to control their ADD.

March 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm
(16) S.St.James says:

I have been on amphetamine (generic for Adderall) for about two weeks, and it has been miraculous in regards to my schoolwork, organization and motivation. It is however wrecking havoc on my body. The first week I took the medication M-F and was only able to eat a few bites of food here and there. I slept on average 2hr each night, resulting in sleeping all weekend to recover from it. The second week was only slightly better. I am able to sleep about 4-5hrs a night now. What I cannot figure out is the eating! I try so hard. I bring small snacks like yogurt, almonds and string cheese to try to tempt my self during the day, but I’m lucky if I eat half of anything. I’m left with severe nausea for about an hour after each attempt. I won’t be one to judge if this is how people want to lose weight. I don’t recommend it. Aside from the alertness the medication provides, I am completely exhausted and already catching a cold. I get terrible hunger headaches that I can’t do anything about and feel terribly weak. I’m hoping these symptoms will wear off or at least lessen, because I would hate to stop treatment and lose the confidence I’m finally starting to gain in my school life. For those who want to use this for weight loss, don’t get to excited by my claims. Fortunately from what I have heard most people don’t have this sever of an appetite change.

Thanks,
Be safe and be healthy!

March 26, 2009 at 1:07 pm
(17) ash says:

I am now 24 years old. I used Aderall when I was in 14 years old and a freshman in high school. While in middle school I was on ridalin. I found while switching over to aderall I became very withdown from my social life. I would cry and have no idea why I was crying or what was wrong with me. I know it effects everyone differently but just be aware if your children or you have a dramatic change in behavior it is most likley the drugs. I have since then been able to live without drugs and treatment for ADHD and have found that the older I get the better I am able to deal with the disorder. Just wanted to share my story. I am in no way bashing the drug. I know many people it has worked wonders for.

March 26, 2009 at 5:35 pm
(18) Becca says:

This article is very irresponsible. Adderall is serious, and it shouldn’t be used unless prescribed by a doctor. Snorting it is NEVER a good idea. If you need to lose weight, eat a healthy diet and exericse. It may be slow, but it’s safe.

March 27, 2009 at 1:52 pm
(19) erica w says:

“Why not strattera”

Let me explain strattera for you, i was diagnosed with adhd when i was 5 years old started off with ridalin which made me severely emotionaly crash when it wore off, then i went on adderall, which worked great and was one of the few pills that didnt make me feel so bad i would cheek it and flush it down the toilet, i went off that cause i was already very thin and it caused me to be unhealthy thin, then i went on concerta which worked at first but gave me HORRIBLE tics and side effects.

Then i tried strattera, i was on it for 3 months and in those three months my daily ruitine was wake up take strattera , stomach ache, diarreah, migrane, then id vomit for about an hour. Every other person I have met with adhd that has taken this had the same problem strattera is a HORRIBLE medicine.

March 30, 2009 at 2:45 pm
(20) Karegiver says:

I have been taking Adderall for about a month now. I am a 40 year old female. I was taking the medication Fastin to loose some weight and I also suffer from Fibromyalgia. I discovered that when I tried to wean off the Fastin I started to experience the Fibromyalgia symptoms horribly again. The Fastin gave me energy and helped me loose 30 pounds, but apperently a stimulant was helping my fibromyalgia also. I spoke with my doctor who called a fibromyalgia specialist and it is being found that patients with fibromyalgia are benefiting from a stimulant. I started taking the Adderall due to the many more risks associated with Fastin. I find that I am able to function normally and I experience less migraines while taking it. It is also helping me to be able to stay in the work force. I no longer worry about being able to perform my job in the coming years since it has helped to control the fibromyalgia symptoms so well. I also agree that the lowest dose that works is the best dose to take.

March 31, 2009 at 4:37 pm
(21) Carolan Ivey says:

I am just starting on this journey. Six weeks in and I’ve already “failed” two meds. Concerta sent my BP sky hight; Strattera had some benefits but it messed up my vision to the point I couldn’t drive at night. I will say that while on Strattera, I lost all my anxiety-fueled cravings for carbs and alcohol. I lost 5 lbs. in a month, but once I went off it I was hungry ALL the time for about two weeks. Also the Strattera seemed to be good for my sex drive, maybe because of the less anxiety factor.

It’s amazing how the same medication affects individual people so dramatically.

April 3, 2009 at 3:03 pm
(22) JH says:

For me as a male Strattera caused painful erections and ejaculations. Not too sure I would give this to my adolescent teen son… Just something to think about.

April 5, 2009 at 2:09 am
(23) Pamela says:

I’m in my 50′s. Don’t look it, because I work out. Anyway, my Dr. has been trying to get me to try something for my ADD for years. I don’t like taking pills, especially now that I’m in such great shape. However,I finally had to try something. It has been about a year and a half ( Adderall 20 mg.) and loved the reacion, physically and mentally. But as of a few weeks ago, I finally realized I am just plain exhausted. All the time!!! In fact I don’t work out as much and I’m eating tons at night (gaining 10 lbs.in one month) real good for my psych. huh?!)My 7 year old son is now taking it.I didn’t want to accept the fact that he too would need it, but it was sooo apparent. But since I liked it and was now open to it we decided to let him try it. WOW! Of course, we love what we’re seeing with his new focus. But now I, want to stop taking it. Is this something all meds. will do?

April 20, 2009 at 1:31 pm
(24) Lila says:

The weight-loss stigma with this drug is exaggerated and unwarranted. I’m 25 and I have ADHD. I’ve taken Adderall for several years now, after unsuccessful attempts to take Concerta and Strattera. Even though Add. DOES initially suppress one’s appetite, this side effect is minimal when taking the XR capsules. Even the normal tablets (the generic form) will eventually lose that effect. I’ve found that my body settles into a routine and it helps so much with organization and mental clarity. (There have been periods where I have not taken it, due to insurance costs and moving out of state, thus beginning the cycle of getting a new doctor/prescription and waiting times…so I can attest to the ‘newness’ of the drug after being off of it for weeks or months). If people are still losing weight with the drug after a couple of weeks, then either the dosage is too high or they do not need the medicine to treat ADHD. For those of us who actually have ADD/ADHD, I cannot tout this medication enough–from trivial tasks like bill-paying and grocery lists, to workplace assignments and college courses, even filing taxes–it simplifies things tenfold. Arduous tasks are easier to manage.

May 13, 2009 at 12:25 am
(25) Kells says:

I was diagnosed with ADD late in high school.I took Adderall when i was a senior and i lost 60 pounds in a month. On top of the weight loss it gave me the chance to graduate. I suddenly was able to focus and did very well. As soon as i stopped taking it i gained my weight back plus some. Now i am a sophmore in college and i just started taking it again. Honestly, i take it to focus and to lose the weight. I exercise constantly, do belly dancing, and eat right. Nothing helps, but adderall basically solves two of my biggest problems in life. I don’t know what I’d do without it.

May 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm
(26) Susie says:

I am 45 and I was diagnosed with ADD and was put on Cymbalta for the depression I was having as a result of trouble with focusing and not being able to complete tasks at work, it helped for about 6 months when I changed job potitions and was almost unable to go to work as a result of panic attacks, with knowing I was going to failat some part of my job, I was put on Straterra and was immeditly taken off due to the conflicts with the Cymbalta, I am now on Adderall, sorry this is so long. Here is my point, if there is a drug out there that is going to make me feel “normal” and ablke to complete everyday things without having to leave sticky notes all over… I am taking it… I feel sorry for the people that are taking this to achive a high or to loose weight… don’t get me wrong if this drug allows me to also loose weight that in it self is a bonus but not the reason I am taking it.. I am hoping this will help bring the old me back

May 16, 2009 at 10:26 pm
(27) Gina Pera says:

Stimulants have always been abused for weight loss. From Benzedrine to over-the-counter weightloss drugs to caffeine!

But it’s too bad that Sophy mistakenly offers Strattera as an equally effective treatment for ADHD. It’s a second-line treatment, at best, and it has its own side effect profile.

Does he not realize that there are two classes of stimulants: methylphenidate (MPH) and the amphetamines (AMP)? And that the MPH class of stimulant is less likely to create this desired effect for those who would abuse legitimate medication?

Does he also not realize that the newer delivery systems foil attempts to abuse?

These girls should not be taking Adderall if they don’t have ADHD and it’s not the right medication for them. They are risking extremely negative side effects that mean they could flunk classes, lose jobs, and in general, tick people off!

But warning of this abuse is no excuse for this guy to offer misinformation.

Of course one of the problems is that some insurance companies are unwilling to pay for the newer formulations, with the novel delivery systems. So, people are forced to take the immediate-release choices.

May 21, 2009 at 11:18 am
(28) ryan says:

I take adderall and just took it this morning. That is the only reason this article is half interesting. Thanks bye.

June 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm
(29) Charles says:

Adderall is heavily abused and of course here is a list of only non-abusers who have never shared with a friend, parent, spouse, or other. I am a physician and I hear it all the time. Usually the way someone knows that Adderal works for them is because they tried a friends. Your grades may go up but do I want a doctor or a pilot or mechanic for that matter who was only able to get in his current position by taking a drug. What if he misses a dose or the drug is taken off the market? Then you have Jo Below Average working on or for you. If you’re not smart enough, go with the flow and do something you’re capable of doing.
Fibromyalgia by the way also responds to many other narcotics, benzos, and other controlled meds as well as placebos.
Is your life that bad that need the solace of a drug to get through?
Find a way to live drug free.
The desire for adults to take this comes directly from the plastic surgery society we live in. “Trick your friends and associates into believing you’re something you’re not!”

June 18, 2009 at 6:42 pm
(30) Kaye says:

This comment is for Victoria, The drug itself does not give you an euphoric feeling. That feeling comes from finally being able to focus on tasks at hand, organize your home and not have piles of papers everywhere, piles of everything everywhere. Having ADD is very difficult as others have said it is often misdiagnosed. I know I was treated with prozac, lexapro etc and finally at 47 adderall. It works for me.

June 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm
(31) JKinOH says:

To Charles, at comment #29:

First, I doubt you really are a physician, because most doctors would at least check their spelling and grammar before finalizing a post. And even the most egotistical, narcissistic doctors are not as rude and insensitive as you.

Next, if you ARE a doctor, I hope and pray that I never, ever end up as your patient. You are an arrogant, condescending a**hole.

I am 47 years old, and on this board because after years of research and “what ifs” I am *finally* ready to do something about my ADD.

To address your inferences, I am not stupid. In fact, quite the opposite. My IQ tests in the mid-to-high 130s. I am not lazy. And I am not looking for a quick fix to my inability to focus, organize and complete ordinary and job-related tasks.

I am looking for a solution that will finally allow me to lead a normal life. I am looking for something that helps me avoid the personal, financial, marital and business crises that I have dealt with ALL MY ADULT LIFE because of my ADD. And, quite frankly, I have avoided pursuing pharmaceutical solutions partly because of the stigma, and partly because I don’t want to be dependent on a drug to be “normal.” I am also scared to death that a drug will stymie my creativity — As a publisher and writer/editor I make my living because of my ability to create with words and pictures.

If you knew anything at all about the condition that you deride and dismiss, you would know that it is not cured by simply “buckling down” or “getting serious.” (My emphasis.) Believe me…I have “recommitted” myself so many times that I have lost count.

In short, I am finally ready to give Adderall a try because it is my last hope to salvage my career, my finances…and my second marriage (my first one having gone down in flames because of my inability to understand and deal with my condition).

I am not trying to “trick” anyone. I am trying to deal with a condition that is very real, and, thanks to lazy parents, teachers, school administrators and doctors, VERY over-diagnosed — making life all the more difficult for those of us who do truly suffer from ADD. In addition, I am simply trying to find a way to bring a level of stability into my world that has heretofore remained out of my grasp. Again, this is not because I am “below average” or not capable. How insulting!

Finally, I find it ironic that a physician would recommend that anyone try to “find a way to live drug free.” In my experience, most physicians are like mechanics with Rx pads — if the first fix doesn’t work, we’ll write a new script and see if that works.

I have nothing but utter contempt for you and your remarks. I wish all others on this board well, and I am hopeful you find peace within, and outwardly organized, creative and on-task!

June 26, 2009 at 11:09 pm
(32) Andy says:

I wish adderall, and all drugs, were as available as a gumball in a twenty-five cent machine.

June 29, 2009 at 9:49 pm
(33) Brilee says:

I thought this article was right on! I use adderall for the wrong reasons. As a mother, wife, housekeeper and i am starting my own business from home. Without the adderall there is no way i would be able to keep up with my life. I take it as the doctor told me to. Once in the morning and one at lunch. I went to the docotr and told him what was going on in my life and he gave me these pills. that is how easy it is. i didn’t have to have an adhd diagnosis. the doctors are not helping at all.

July 2, 2009 at 8:48 pm
(34) ebmccauley says:

I take 30-40mg Adderall per day (20 upon waking, 10s approx 4 and 8 hours later). If I take more than that, I feel absolutely awful: edgy, anxious. In a year, I haven’t lost one pound on it.

September 6, 2009 at 3:31 am
(35) Jonathon says:

See quotes below. It’s ridiculous to make a blanket statement that “it is unwise and dangerous to use a drug for a purpose other than Adderall for a purpose other than the use approved by the FDA. Search sources such as Wikipedia for “off-use.” It is a legal and accepted practice for doctors to prescribe medicine for use other than what is approved by the FDA.

Undoubtedly, there is an epidemic of Adderall abuse. That includes snorting, taking without prescription, and taking amounts more than prescribed. But this article conflates those issues with the notion that taking Adderall for weight loss is abuse.

The consequences of obesity can include a wide range of health problems, ultimately even diabetes or death. Bariatric surgery has become a more common treatment for obesity. Use of weight loss medication should not be thrown out the door.

It should not even be assumed, AUTOMATICALLY, that individuals who benefit from effects such as increased creativity and school performance are abusing the medication.

Doctors and patients simply need to weigh the pros and cons. For example:

Is the patient likely to abuse the drug (give it away to others, snort it, take doses that are higher than prescribed etc.)?

Is the drug not sufficiently beneficial to risk long-term side effects?

Would the patient be better off with behavioral therapy or some other way of improving their situation?

Or do the benefits outweigh the other concerns.

September 17, 2009 at 11:25 pm
(36) windowpane says:

Given the value placed on industriousness in America, why does the government allow only caffeine and caffeine products as its one and only legal stimulant? However, such discussions will not come easy when the mantra of Just Say No makes it difficult for anyone to admit to any use. The epidemic of amphetamine use is perpetuated by the silence engendered by not being able to talk about something that is illegal to do. The epidemic of amphetamine use is a product of censorship about Amphetamines in general and the “good” ones like ADDERALL in particular… one of Paris Hilton’s favorite drugs.

September 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm
(37) la la land says:

I just started taking adderall and it was actually prescirbed to me by my doctor specifically for weightloss. So far so good – I am still eating as healthy as i can (veggies, fruit, no red meat) and excercise 3 times a week for about 30-45 mins. So far i have lost 10 lbs in 4 weeks. I am hoping that i wont gain the weight back…

September 23, 2009 at 9:40 pm
(38) dee says:

I take aderall for Adult ADD and it does not make me loose weight. I depend on my meds to be able to stay focus and on task. It is a shame that people are selling their meds. This can be a problem for those who really need it.

September 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm
(39) Jimmy Johnson says:

I weighed 300 pounds at a height of 5-10 and was beginning to have health issues secondary to obesity at 27. I convinced my doctor to write me a prescription for adderall (for “ADHD”) and have now lost 140 pounds. I feel by far the best I have ever felt, and the adderall has contributed to my focus at work. It is, for me, a life-saving wonder drug.

Many, many people in my life have told me how unhealthy this is, how “proper diet and exercise” is the only way to lose weight. This advice is not only wrong, it is irresponsible. Most obese people are obese because their brains tell them to eat when they don’t need to, and their brains punish them with irrestible hunger pangs if they try to ignore the “Eat now!” command. That was exactly my situation. Now, with adderall, I am free from that lifestyle and am finally at a healthy weight.

The “proper diet and exercise” crowd is primarily made up of judgmental thin people who have never fought the hunger demon. Because proper diet and exercise is what works for them, they reason that it should work for everyone. Further, the ridiculous anti-drug bias in society contributes as well. Obese people who take adderall as a life-saving weight loss drug are in no way comparable to crack addicts on the street corner, and it is ridiculous that that point even has to be made.

If you need to lose weight, adderall will help you do it. Do some research on the dangers and side effects of adderall, but be sure to compare them to the dangers and side effects of obesity. Further, compare them as well to the social stigma associated with being fat. I can honestly say I’d rather be thing for 60 years and die of liver failure because of adderall use than be fat for 80 years and die of something else (even though, in all likelihood, the fat will kill me at 60 anyway).

Adderall is a life-saving weight loss drug, and I am living proof of that. If you are obese, my advice is to do what you have to do to get it, whether that means lying to your doctor about ADHD or getting it without a prescription.

October 9, 2009 at 8:43 pm
(40) Nate P says:

Im a 26 year old guy and ive been on ADD meds since I was in 1st grade. I was on ritalin until my freshman year of high school an my grades tanked and I quit school but i got my GED an tried going to college an it was a nightmare because I didnt take my meds. Now that Im older and I look back I never should have stopped taking them because Im 26 unemployed an I have to start college all over again because I couldnt hack it due to my behavior and attitude without my meds. Those meds are lifelines for people like me. An if some speed junkie wants to abuse it or some californian uses it to drop a few pounds it go right ahead they will get caught eventually by the cops and pay the piper.

November 14, 2009 at 9:14 pm
(41) misty says:

my son is prescribed Adderall & Clonidine. Adderall for ADD symptoms and the Clonidine for the anxiousness and to help calm him down. They work great together because the Clonidine calms him at night and helps him sleep.

Now, I took his meds to see what he feels like on them. The adderall makes you focus so much and almost feel like you need to be doing something constantly. Then I took the Clonidine at night and it knocked me out. It was nice. But so, the meds do work so well.

November 21, 2009 at 5:20 am
(42) Will says:

My ADHD story could go on for pages, as I’m sure many of your’s could too. Adderall has completely turned my life around. I’ll narrow it down to just a few comments relative to this story. I had weight issues. Nothing grossly obesse, just always overweight. I would often get so caught up, or hyperfocussed, on projects, hobbies etc that I would go hours without eating. Then it would suddenly occur to me that I’m ravenously hungry and would eat everything in sight. Adderall did give me diminished appetite at first but that effect quickly wore off. My weight loss came as a result of remembering to eat when I should and having the focus to stick to better eating habits. As far as sleep habits, I actually sleep better now than before I started taking adderall. Just like my improved eating habits, I can now say “its time to go to bed” and do it. No more late nights when my wife comes looking for me and tells me “its 3 am, have you been to bed yet?” I still have my “Dorey” moments(called so after Dorey the forgetfull fish from “Finding Nemo”), but overall life has been much better and hopefully will continue to improve.

January 8, 2010 at 11:54 pm
(43) CB says:

I am a 26-year old female, and I was diagnosed with ADD at the age of 20, during my second year of college. I tried various drugs to help relieve the symptoms of ADD–Ritalin, Concerta, Strattera… I had problems with headaches with 1 or 2 of these, and eventually settled on Ritalin to help me through the rest of my college career. High academic pressure in my later college years led me to become somewhat addicted to Ritalin, justifying taking more doses with the fact that I was staying up later and the effects of earlier doses were wearing off. My life didn’t fall apart as a result of this or anything, however, when I realized what I’d been doing, I was pretty scared. I became resistant to medicating myself for ADD for a long time, afraid I’d get addicted as I’d started to before–or worse. After a while, I felt I needed some help managing my ADD again, so I reopened a prescription for Ritalin, and then for Adderall, but I typically used it only when I needed to do work. Periods of unemployment and temp jobs meant I was usually off the drug for a while, then I would take it for a day, or a week at a time, only. Finally, about 3 months ago, I started taking Adderall at what would be viewed by most as a very small, potentially ineffective dose: 2.5 mg/day. I just split my 5 mg tabs in half, and take one half pill at the beginning or in the middle of the day, and it works perfectly. I don’t get the same anxiety and jitteryness that I do if I take the full 5 mgs. An important part of the success of this is that I was consistent, not sporadic, in my dosing. With the consistent dosing of Adderall, I got used to my brain on Adderall, so I became better able to use my Adderall-ed brain. And, to keep on topic, I have lost a rather significant, but not terribly dramatic, amount of weight, I believe as a result of what taking Adderall has done to my brain. For me, Adderall helps me feel more focused and more in control of things, better able to think about the full picture, and more rationally and logically consider the consequences of my decisions. This is a HUGE shift from my non-Adderall ADD state of being so overwhelmed that I act impulsively without thinking much at all, just to get a decision made–get it over with so I’m not in a panic all the time, so my mind can be a little bit more clear. But when I do that, I usually end up regretting the decision later, which only adds to my anxiety and feeling out of control. This decision-making and impulsiveness DEFINITELY comes into play for me around food. With the dose of Adderall I take, I feel my appetite is more healthy–I am not eating to control emotions, or eating compulsively as much at all–in fact, I think I’ve cut back on it about 95%–which, I believe, is a big part of why I have lost weight. It also really helps to have someone supportive to hold you accountable as you try to take care of yourself, eat healthier, regulate your medication properly–whatever it may be. I am blessed to live with my partner who checks in with me about eating–when I start to get anxious about food, he supports me through it so I am not facing all the stress and compulsive feelings and out of control feelings alone. When I pull food out of the snack cabinet, or try to finish my plate when I’m not actually hungry, he calls me on it, asks if eating this food is something I really need or want to do. Supportive people in our lives who care about us are better than drugs–or at least better than drugs alone–in helping us accomplish our goals and stay accountable/maintain our integrity in healthy ways. Keep good friends and family like that close by and ask for their help and support. Please do be careful with Adderall, whatever you may be using it for, because it IS an impactful drug and may affect you in ways you don’t expect, perhaps especially if you do not have ADD. As a note to anyone who has trouble with getting headaches when taking Adderall: I get Adderall-related headaches almost exclusively when I eat an excessive amount of sugary foods and take Adderall in the same day. Take note of how different foods affect you, too. And did you know that certain foods have been found to aggravate ADD/ADHD? Do some research, online or elsewhere, and be conscious about how you’re managing your own ADD/ADHD or your child’s–a re-evaluation of your diet after reading up on this may show easier/more lasting fixes to ADD/ADHD symptoms than drugs can provide. Be well. Thanks.

January 9, 2010 at 11:20 pm
(44) the truth says:

Well, I am a junior in high school and I have been prescribed to Vivance, Concerta, Adderall, and a patch that sticks to your ass for my ADHD. When i started adderal on 20 mg’s about 8 months ago, I weighed around 180 pounds.. i now weigh 122 pounds… I noticed i would lose weight rapidly throughout the week because i wouldnt eat breakfast or lunch and sometimes dinner. This article is telling nothing but the truth about adderal. It makes me sick that some of you are trying to critisize this the author just because you don’t use adderall for the same reasons.. Excuse me, but this article isn’t shoving the pills in these readers mouths… ADDERALL WILL MAKE YOU LOSE WEIGHT IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME AND I CAN SAY THAT FROM MY EXPERIENCE IT WILL NOT LEAD TO DEATH OR SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS IF YOU STAY ON THE SAME AMOUNT OF MEDICATION… now, thats better.

January 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm
(45) natasha says:

I am a nineteen year old freshman in college, and Adderall is saving me here. I was already medicated for my depression, but getting medicated for ADD made everything so much easier for me. I wish I had been on this earlier. Now I don’t watch mouths move and zone out in classes, but actually listen to what is being said. ADD in boys can be shown in their physical displays of acting out, but ADD in girls are usually all mental, all in their focus, so ADD wasn’t suspected at first when I was diagnosed for depression.
Apparently, depression can be caused by untreated ADD.

Of course, Adderall is bank at college. Someone finds out you got a consistent flow, such as a prescription, and it hits all over campus, but I would never give this up. I’m done with being a zombie in the back row trying desperately to keep up in class. Adderall was a blessing.

January 18, 2010 at 12:52 pm
(46) i like the orange ones says:

ADD can help people who really need it. It’s the bad apples that ruins it for all of us. I know doc, lawyers, soldiers, etc… that take adderall because they need it. Sure, even with your script you might have to take an extra one for a “critical situation, emergency” most people have, hell lets not BS around. BUT even so that doesn’t mean they’re a junkie, or anything of that matter. That’s like saying every single person who has tried it without a script has a drug problem, blah blah. For those that need it and you know if you do, it’s a great thing. For those who snort or shoot it, yes, you are a junkie. Put it under your tongue if you must, but snorting/shooting/even smoking is just dumb.

January 21, 2010 at 4:46 am
(47) melissa says:

Okay everybody, let’s get real here. Honestly, adderalll is great. I have ADD and take adderall xr, which works magically, but I probably love it more for the side effects. Yes, it does give you a euphoric high, and no, not because your finally getting down to business with things you put off everyday. I’m 18 and started taking adderall junior year of highschool. I lost like 30 pounds rapidly, partly from the appetite suppression and partly because its seriously almost like straight up crack. I feel my metabolism burning while I’m sleeping no lie. I love people on here trying to say that adderall can lead to so many problems, because it won’t. Some people abuse this drug yes, but for everyone who knows limits, its a miracle. Senior year I stopped taking adderall in the summer. And I just started back on it a couple days ago. I love it. I’m producive, I have minor mood swings but what teenager doesn’t, and to be honest, things that used to really bother me, kind of jus don’t matter anymore. Adderall gives you a different perspective and a refreshing new way to see life. It gives you your confidence back, that would be otherwise masked by daily insecurities everyone has from time to time. When I went to my doctor before getting another prescription, she put me on vyvanse for a month. I HATED it. I can relate to the girls in the story about straight out asking for adderall, because I know that its tried and true. Why play around with other meds? I kind of felt like a druggy when I said “vyvanse sucked I need my adderall!” Because honestly, this is your life here! And if adderall compared to other things makes you feel great, just take it! It is often prescribed for weight loss, so anyone telling you it won’t work, is lying. I hope this helps a lot of people debating whether or not to look into it. I’m not gonna push my opinion on others, or try to prevent anyone from trying it. Just offering my story and helpful opinion!

January 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm
(48) Shannon says:

I started taking Adderall XR in August 2009 for my ADD because I was going back to college and know I have had a hard time previously in school with concentration – easily distracted and always have been (I’m 32). Since June, I have lost 45 pounds – which is not all because of the Adderall since I obviously hadn’t started taking that til August. I feel great and got a 3.28 my first semester back in school in 5 years! I maintain the weight loss by eating like I am supposed to – drinking a lot of water and exercising, but I DO know people who abuse Adderall. A friend of mine took it right before a final last semester so he could concentrate better – he doesn’t have ADD, so of course it did the opposite and he was bouncing off the walls! That backfired. I recently asked my doctor about switching to something different because my prescription was costing me $50/month – he told me that Concerta and Strattera would cost me even more, so he kept me on the Adderall. It is an amazing medication if you NEED it – people who abuse it drive me insane. Most days when I don’t have school, I don’t take it because I don’t need it unless I’m doing schoolwork/papers etc. It just seems unnecessary to take it if I’m just relaxing at home. So – on that, Adderall has helped me a lot with concentration – the added bonus was the weight loss and better self-esteem – but school is what is important in my taking this medication.

January 28, 2010 at 9:49 am
(49) Christopher Hendrix says:

I’m a 44 yr old man and my doctor switched me from Ritalin to Adderall recently. I lost 20+ pounds in just a month. While the weight loss was not my goal, I didn’t mind it. I also don’t understand why since this medication has been proven safe for long term use, it isn’t used for weight loss???? If that was its intended purpose and that is what the drug does, why isn’t it also used for that purpose as well?

January 30, 2010 at 1:21 am
(50) Jesse says:

I take Adderall XR for ADHD.
I had mild ADD all my life, but it never bothered me bad enough to see a doctor. At the age of 27 I went to a psychiatrist for depression. I was placed on a veriety of SSRI’s (Paxil, Cymbalta, Zoloft, etc). I took those drugs for 4 years in a wasted effort to help my depression. As a result, I wasted 4 years of my life, and put on 60 lbs of fat.
When I decided to come off of the SSRI’s I had difficulty paying attention, or sitting still, or managing my emotions. I was never this bad before the anti-depressants.
I figured I was going through an adjustment phase, but after 6 months of this, I realized whatever was wrong with me was permanent. I ended up getting a diagnosis of ADHD.

So a life with mild ADD became severe ADHD after going off of anti-depressants, I can’t figure how that happened other than saying “brain damage from the SSRI’s”

Anyhow, the first medication I was given for the ADHD was Strattera. Let me just say that in 33 years of my life, I have never been on a drug that made me as sick as Strattera. It gave me so many physical and mental side effects. I had practically every one of the side effects listed for that drug.

I was only on that garbage for a month. Then my psychiatrist put me on Adderall XR. Adderall, greatly helped me focus my mind, it took out a lot of the hyperactivity, it even helped me deeply on an emotional level. I am no longer an irritable, grumpy, mood swinging, person, and it works as a great anti-depressant. Which is funny, because anti-depressants ended up making my depression worse, just in a different way.

As for the weight loss: I lost 100 pounds in a year, and became way too thin. At 6’0 tall, I weighed 147 lbs!

I had to go off of it for a few months just to put some meat back on my bones.

I’ve been taking Adderall again for the past 3 months. I struggle to maintain weight (I am at 160 lbs). I eat a lot of foods that are high in protein and carbohydrates.

I would say it’s weight loss effect is amazingly powerful. For me it was a little too powerful. Also, I have noticed since the first month I started taking it that my acne got worse. My doctor swore that Adderall can’t cause acne to get worse, and I swear it does.

So I’ve had my ups and downs with Adderall.
I am still not comfortable with the amount of ADHD relief it has given me, and I know a higher dosage wouldn’t work. And the weight thing is an issue. It’s hard keeping on weight.
I asked my doctor for Ritalin/methylphenidate, but she declined. She doesn’t believe in prescribing short acting drugs like Ritalin or Xanax. So she’s an idiot, enough said.

On the topic of people “abusing” it for weight loss: That’s a joke, we the people have been abused by the pharmaceutical companies and doctors when we are told anti-depressants alleviate depression. As much as we are lied to about drugs/medicine by the pharmaceutical companies, especially in regards to psychiatric medicine, I can’t see how it’s possible for a patient to abuse a drug, when most of the drugs the doctor will prescribe a patient will abuse the patient.

As for the people who “abuse” Adderall and Ritalin to study for college: I thought the whole purpose of the drug was to help people focus their mind and attention on a subject? I thought the whole reason ADD/ADHD medicines were invented was originally to help children do better in school?

So if a “child” constantly performs bad in school, we “force” drugs down his throat so that he’ll get better grades and stop bothering the teacher with his rambunctious behavior. However, if an adult is failing college (that they sank a lot of money into) taking some of these pills here and there to help them study; that’s abuse?

And so what if some insecure teenage girl wants to use it to lose weight? Her alternatives are going to be: staying fat (which will make her insecure, possibly social avoidant, and possibly lead to social anxiety and depression). Or she could spend hundreds or thousands of dollars taking herbal weight loss crap that won’t work. Or she can develop an eating disorder and then we all get to ring our hands and cry about teenagers developing eating disorders and then point our finger at the fashion industry.

So if news columns aren’t griping about Adderall abuse for weight loss, they’d be griping about eating disorders.
And if it wasn’t for amphetamine abuse and eating disorders, the media will just reveal how shocking it is that American’s are so obese.

Can’t win for losing LOL

February 9, 2010 at 1:04 am
(51) janejanejane says:

I hope this comment won’t make me sound like a stupid 20-something in college, but i would just like to give my own input.

My own personal experience is this: I am 22 years old and in my junior year of college. I remember when i was in elementary school i would have friends left and right being diagnosed as ADD/ADHD. I asked my mother what it was and she explained it to me and later on in life i was interested in the whole over-diagnosis of it. But Listening to those reports and hearing the symptoms i started to think of myself and recognized a great deal of similarities. I never brought this up to my parents because my parents is the type to shrug it off as bullshit and not really listen. And since i am in college and am fortunate enough to have parents that try their best to support my financially, i’m on their insurance. All doctor visit and prescriptions are paid for by them. This just isn’t an issue that they will feel is necessary to deal with, so i deal with it myself.

Now, i don’t consider myself a genius or a brain, but i know myself and i am an eager learner; i have an above average, smart head on my shoulders. When a task is placed in front of me, i’m excited to follow up and get an experience out of it. I like to do well. Everyone does. But more often than not, it becomes a huge struggle for me to be able to sit down and get things done. The atmosphere around my has to be in certain condition, and sometimes it could take hours for that to be accomplished. Once that is done, it could take another 1-2 hours for me to be able to organize my thoughts. The by the time these things are done, its late and i have to go through extreme motivational processes with myself to continue, in addition to staying awake (all day classes=late night study-parties with myself). Sometimes i might have to call my boyfriend for support and affirmation that i can do it. I don’t want to call myself crippled by the effects of ADD/ADHD, and i by no means want to use it as a crutch in my life, but it is a problem that i have to deal with. The extent of my exertion becomes debilitating, tiring and usually exacerbates matters because of the stress.

(apologies for length) I make due by struggling with myself for most assignments and obligations as a full-time student. Finding adderall, though, is a cinch on a college campus. I can’t take my own personal stress for, however long i’ll still be in college, so it’s nice to have friends who share. I take it when i’ll need it, and i keep an extra on hand for the next time. I might do it, say, 4 or 5 times a quarter.

As for its use for weight loss and the high feeling, i’m bulimic. I’ve been slowly overcoming this problem since high school and i eat fairly healthy now. To me, taking adderall at night instead of, say, smoking a fat bowl, has way better results for me. I can either get even more distracted, munch out, then puke it all up from all of my self-deprecating thoughts, or i can eat a decent dinner and feel satisfied the rest of my evening. Sometimes even into the next day.

Those are my thoughts. Just wanted to add another perspective.

February 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm
(52) Cristina says:

I don’t get it. She just copies an article from MSNBC and posts it here?

March 2, 2010 at 1:43 am
(53) Blake says:

I lost almost 30 pounds but then i gained 40 back. Im 20 and work a full time job, i take adderall everyday for ADD, I get extreme heartburn, cotton mouth, dry lips, and occasional headaches. Im going to start the cabbage soup diet this week, and start taking my adderall regularly. Im hoping to drop 30 pounds in the next 75 days=) wish me luck

March 3, 2010 at 9:03 pm
(54) Matt says:

I was recently diagnosed with adult Inattintive ADHD. After telling the doctor my life story, and him telling me all the ways he thinks being medicated could help, he prescribed me Adderall XR. For the first time in my life I feel as if I can think clearly. All my life I have had so much on my mind, but never had the energy/memory to acheive those things. Adderral has been a miracle drug for me because now I feel motivated to get diffrent daily tasks done, I feel more accomplished in my work place and marriage, and I dont worry at night whether or not Ill wake up the next day and be able to take care of little things, or if I’ll forget about them totally. I almost regret not seeing a doctor sooner because I believe with this prescription in my younger years, my grades thru my school years would have been drastically diffrent. But with all that said, it really is a shame that there is such a high number of people who are abusing this drug, and making it difficult for everyone of us who actually benifit from it, and use it to reach our full potential in life.

March 13, 2010 at 2:36 pm
(55) teenagegirl says:

I love Adderal! It realy works wonders. Sometimes i get shaky and my heart races on it though. Like i might go into cardiac arrest. Alcohol works too just not as fast. dont be stupid and mix them! :]

March 14, 2010 at 4:05 pm
(56) why not??/ says:

Am I wrong in that being overwieght will kill you faster than not being focused on a task ie cholestrol, heart disease, diabetes??? If it helps with your weight whats the big deal

March 18, 2010 at 10:46 am
(57) n/a says:

The people who are surprised by the fact that someone would consume or share a drug that is likely to induce euphoria and enhanced studying abilities are the same people who never question the legality of Alcohol.

As a chemist, as someone with ADD who takes adderall legally, and more importantly, as a person who reads…

I don’t care if you share it. I don’t care if you take it illegally. Of course people want to be more productive without expending the same peak energy they regularly would. Why is this a surprise?

And no, I will not pretend to feel bad for the ignorant people who do not research or read enough to find out the risks involved before succumbing to the side effects of consumption.

Stop blaming the drug. Start blaming yourself. Take personal responsibility for your actions. It makes it a lot easier for the rest of us.

March 23, 2010 at 11:29 am
(58) kessle says:

I am taking Adderall XR for ADHD and it has been wonderful, I am able to actually concentrate at work and school. Yes, it has caused me to lose weight, but I still eat, and sometimes quite a bit! As far as the Strattera comment in the article goes, yes it is a drug that can be used, and I tried it. It suppressed my appetite more because it made me nauseous all day…as well as sleepy. Taking it at night only kept me up, which is odd for a non-stimulant. I don’t believe people should take adderall for weight loss, b/c those who abuse it make it so difficult for people who actually need it to get it.

March 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm
(59) scott says:

Never even heard of this stuff(adderall) until a girlfriend said she used it as a sexual stimulant, re: go all night!
Well…tried it…liked it, and in the process, lost eighty unwanted pounds while being extra focused at work. I use it when I can get it, which is not often, and have had absolutely no side effects and no withdrawel effects when I don’t have it. As far as I’m concerned, and I know everyone handles these things differently….no negatives to this stuff!!!

April 1, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(60) kayla says:

I hate people that miss use of adderall becuase i need it and if people keep it up the fda well take it away

April 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm
(61) destiny says:

I’m a freshman in high school now, and i stopped taking Adderall in 7th grade, i gained over 70 pounds in one summer! I am now strugling with my weight.
When i was diagnosed with ADHD in second grade, they started me on every other knid of drug except Adderall, untill finally they gave me adderal because none of the other stimulants worked, adderall increased my grades, yeahh that was great! but was the worst was that i was 75 pounds until i quit the drug. I Hated Adderall so much! I was ALWAYS angeryy for no reason, i hated being around people, i hated when people even walked by me. I was always focus and that was great! but i always wanted to hit things, i was angry. I couldn’t swollow pill and i still can’t b/c i will forever be tormented b/c of Adderall, my parents used to break the capsule and put it in my food so i would take it, but now i can’t even look atr pills and applesauce without gagging and pucking, even now talking about the memory makes me want to puck!
But since i have been off my meds, i can be more socially, im actually happy now. My grades aren’t as great as they were b/c im never going to get straight A+’s but i have A’s and only two high B+’s.\
You don’t need aderall at all, all you need is to believe in yourself and strive for the best.
There is no reason why people should abuse this drug! period, if you abuse this drug or have ever abused this drug you must need some serious help, b/c NOBODY needs it!
Thats just my opinion and my story of using Adderall

April 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm
(62) Je Liu says:

I took stratterra for a while and i absolutely hated it with a passion. It made me lash out at my friends, depressed, and made me hate school. Plus you can’t skip doses or it will make you crazy (literally). I switched to adderall and HUGE difference. Now i absolutely LOVE school, i can find pleasure in pretty much anything i usually dont like doing. I do have bad ADD and this pill pretty much cures it. I make A’s and b’s now a days. Although it is so affective i do have to warn anyone thinking of trying it that it is very addictive. for some reason I was born with a non-dependency. I’ve never been addicted to anything before. cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, ect.. But i do feel a slight mental dependency with adderall. but for me it’s not that bad, it will vary with the subject. The thing i like most about it is that it does wonders for the social skills.

April 8, 2010 at 1:53 am
(63) sammm says:

Im 18 and I do not have add or adhd but i love adderall it keeps me alert focused and helps me eat less. its like a vitamin for me it makes me feel like me. im not addicted or anything if i dont have it i dont freak out i just really like it. and ive taken concerta on occasion when adderall isnt available. I dont think theres anything wrong with taking it its not like im doing meth or smoking crack! its a gift from god :)

April 9, 2010 at 6:51 pm
(64) Bertha says:

I take adderrall and i am still fat.

April 11, 2010 at 4:06 pm
(65) jenna says:

So… I can speak from experience on both ends of this story… my 2 sons have been diagnosed with adhd. Adhd meds have been a miracle… HOWEVER… I am also a behavioral specialist so I understand that there is NO magic pill for anything. The mind is a muscle per say… and must be exercised and taken care of as such. I have also included cognitive play therapy to help the frontal lobe (thus impulsivity) to help them train their brains in thinking before they act. Of course I do not want robot children so I feel its important to address that meds are only half of the solution. One thing I haven’t seen mentioned is that adderall is also a Med that can be and is used for obesity… I do not agree with any type of illegal abuse… I myself have adhd… so I know the effects adderall has on my body… better focus… organization… how is this a bad thing? Lets really educate ourselves and address issues from all sides… remember meds cannot be a cure all. When this mentality kicks in people start to use a Med to counter act this side effect then another Med for another side effect… to decrease the loss of appetite with these meds they have to be taken with food in the stomach… this is especially important with kids. Insomnia is also a side effect… I’ve used melatonin and its amazing. Its the hormone your body naturally produces for sleep… also know fish oils are an essential part of your diet…not just people with adhd… but they are essential to the brain. Please do research before you just jump into something or criticize it. This is how things get so confusing. Lack of or incorrect information. Good luck and God bless…

April 12, 2010 at 9:02 am
(66) Firenza says:

I’d just like to thank everybody out there using Adderall illegally for making the last two years of my life a living nightmare.

My freshman year I went to the school psychiatrist for depression (i.e. being overwhelmed by classes). Without blinking twice, she put me on antidepressants, even after I explained quite well that I hate them. Every single one I’ve tried turns me into a zombie. After a month of feeling even worse, I decided I would deal with it on my own. I made it through my first year of college with decent grades and coped by making more friends so I had people to rely on and help me through everything.

First semester of my second year, I got overwhelmed, and pretty much just shut down, dropped all my classes last minute, and decided I’d try harder in the Spring.
In January, I went back, determined to get to the bottom of my problems. I explained that I wasn’t depressed, just super stressed because I couldn’t focus long enough to ever get anything done. To do homework, I had to have some TV show playing in the background, and was usually only productive for about 30 minutes at a time. I never knew where I put anything; even in a small dorm room, it would take me 20 minutes to find my keys/homework/whatever.

So, she gave me an ADD/ADHD test. Guess what? I failed miserably. In hindsight, I suspected something along those lines. I’ve always been notorious for being the ‘ditzy’ smart girl. It only became a problem in college because, honestly, I didn’t have to try even the tiniest bit to ace high school. But I got to college-level classes, where I was being challenged, and actually learning, and boom, my life explodes.

She put me on Strattera. I think because she was a college doctor, and convinced that I was just depressed or had anxiety disorder, she thought that I was trying to pull one over on her or something. Whatever, anything that might help is better than nothing, right? Very, very wrong. Strattera made my life even worse. It did nothing other than make me ultra-sleepy, and super-cranky. It was side-effects-only in a bottle.

Every time I explained my increasing misery to my doc, she said, “Oh, well, we just need to adjust the dosage”, or, “The side effects are only temporary, they’ll wear off soon.” This went on for a year. I don’t know if she hated me, didn’t believe me, or was just a horrible doctor. When a medication isn’t working at all, don’t you try a new one? But what do I know? I’m just a silly kid.

Through all of this, I kept trying my hardest, like a dog on a treadmill chasing a steak. I was not going to quit trying to graduate, no matter how impossible it seemed.
Two more dropped semesters, and a ridiculous amount of student loans wasted, I moved back home.

I went to a new doctor (General MD), and explained the ordeal I had been dealing with for what seemed like forever at this point. For the first time since all this started, a doctor looked at me with sympathy. I explained my entire life to the woman, and her answer was, “Sweetie, I could tell that you’re a spaz after talking to you for 5 minutes, you’re all over the place.” Strangely, I think that’s the nicest thing a doctor has ever said to me.

She wrote me a prescription for Vyvanse, which is very similar to Adderall. After the Strattera ordeal, I learned to do my research on my meds. Vyvanse is a lis-dex-amphetamine, which means it’s not active until it’s digested. It is meant to have a much lower abuse potential because it can’t be crushed and snorted.

My life did a 180. I felt like I was a normal person for the first time in my life. Life was no longer overwhelming, I could focus, get things done, and be productive.

I was recently switched to Adderall because it’s the same thing, has a generic (poor college kid here), and after 2 years, the doctors have decided that I’m not after a quick fix.

My life is still stressful, but now I feel like I can actually deal with it. Adderall has some effect on my appetite, but usually when I take it with food, its not as pronounced. I’m overweight from years of coping with stress by eating the worst kinds of food, but since I’ve been more focused, I’ve also been eating healthier. I attribute it to the fact that when I feel good, I want to eat healthy so I can feel even better.

So, to the people out there using it for a ‘quick miracle pill’, seriously, I hate you, so much. You almost ruined my life by making an amazing ADD drug taboo for doctors to prescribe.

Also, to everybody in previous comments worried about this article giving away some kind of secret drug-abuse advice, are you retarded? Theres this thing called Google that people use now-a-days that tells you everything you want to know about anything, and sometimes more. The article is about the abuse of the drug, mentions it *is* very dangerous to do so, and in no way is suggesting that people do it.

There is no quick fix in life, you have to work hard to get what you want. Abusing Adderall may seem like a good idea, until you get caught with it, and get slapped with a FELONY.
If you have a problem that can only be fixed by a prescription drug, go to a doctor to get it. They go to school for a reason. And if you get stuck with one that was as unreasonable as the first one I went to, second opinions are always a good idea.

If I can figure all this out at 21, why on earth can’t anyone else seem to?

April 19, 2010 at 11:41 pm
(67) Scott says:

I am a 31 year old male. I do auditing of financial data in excel spreadsheets and such. This drug is perfect in the sense that it allows me to focus on a singular concept and build upon it. Things that I imagined would be long-term projects that I would always tell myself I’d get to later become something I am immediately mentally engaged with. My productivity has increased 300% while on Adderall.

I have been diagnosed with ADD and I’ve had it my entire life. I have taken focalin, ritalin and now adderall, which works better.

My psychiatrist mentioned that 20% of students at Stanford take this. This is of course just a rumor but it is true that the drug is extremely popular at law schools as it would greatly benefit a person’s reading comprehension.

It’s unfortunate that people who have ADD and benefit from Adderall may only be able to be high-functioning by reengineering their brain chemistry. But that’s the way it is.

I lost 20 lbs taking adderall. While on the drug, I began counting my caloric intake and was able to divide these calories at 2 hour intervals throughout the day. I also saved a great deal of money by buying all of my food ahead of time.

April 28, 2010 at 9:15 pm
(68) WL Man says:

Pretty interesting post with weight loss, don’t really take the time to post comments but thought I would. I’ll probably take a look around online for some more info so I can include in my blog.

April 30, 2010 at 2:55 pm
(69) Wendy says:

I started taking Adderall last year to help with my ADHD symptoms. It was wonderful to be in charge of my own thoughts and actions again. Instead of being such a spaz, I was able to feel calm, think clearly and carry on normal conversations without embarrassing myself by interrupting people. The lame thing is, I didn’t get any of the other good side effects of Adderall. My appetite is still the same. Does anyone know what the typical dosing is for an adult? I recently switched from 10 mg. to 20 mg. Will the increased dose increase the positive effects? Thank you!

May 12, 2010 at 12:35 am
(70) ash says:

The first time I took adderall I was sixteen, a friend gave it to me and told me to take an absurd amount. I took 180 mg at once, stayed up for four days straight, and lost ten pounds. After those four days I never wanted to look at adderall again. But then over the school year I started having trouble focusing, and remembered how I could focus for hours on while taking adderall.

I started occasionally taking 20 mg pills before major exams. I do not have ADD, however I do have trouble finding motivation to study. I take adderall because it makes studying enjoyable. I’ll take one in the morning on a day that I have to get a lot done, and it works like a charm, and I feel accomplished when I’m done.

I have noticed side effects. If I take it for more than a few days in a row, I start feeling dependent on it, and it can make studying even more difficult when I’m not taking the drug. I become emotionally detached from people around me. Overall, I stop feeling like myself.

In limited amounts, I think adderall is fine for those who haven’t been diagnosed with ADD. College is demanding, without adderall I may have dropped out by now.

And as a side note, I think it’s horrible as a weight loss pill. Most of the weight I lose is water weight, and it comes right back when I stop taking it. Yea, it’s cool to feel like skin and bones for a couple of days, but it’s not a realistic way to keep off the pounds.

May 19, 2010 at 11:03 am
(71) Shayy Hoodrat says:

I’m a 17 year old Senior in high school, and I’ve seen it all with the abuse of Adderall. Students here sell them for about $5-$10 for a single Adderall XR 30mg. My best friend, let’s call her Pat, has snorted it for weight loss, took mass amounts of it for the hype, but has also used it like prescribed. I didn’t know for a fact that I had ADHD until I tried it to ‘tweak’. 30 Mg wouldn’tdo it for me, but instead slowed me down to a focus point. In order for it to hype me up, I have to take up to 100 plus mg of the substance. When I ‘tweak’, I drop weight very fast and retain everything I learn. It’s a miracle drug, but I don’t agree in using it as a diet supplement. I normally use it before tests so that I can get alot done quickly, and remember all of it. The weight loss is just a pleasant side affect that tags along.

May 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm
(72) Amanda says:

I am 30 years old and my doctor is put me on Lithium for Bi-Polar disorder and Adderall for my ADHD. I hope the pople out there abusing Adderall do not ruin it for those of us who actually need this medication to function.

I was sick of being a “spaz”. My friends referred to me at the “Scatterbrained One”. Now, I’m focused, I am clear headed, and I am looking forward to starting school next week. Without this drug to help me focus, I would not be able to do such an accellerated program. Adderall is so wonderfully life changing when used properly!

May 27, 2010 at 1:59 am
(73) Steve says:

I am a 23 year old male just recently got adderall. And I love it! I dropped out of high school cause it was just so hard for me to concentrate I would just doodle all day!!! I was a “d” average student and now I am in college for computer programming and I can sit there and read chapter after chapter no problem and I am a “B” average student now. It has changed my life for the best and to hear people abuse it for weight loss is not right. I have lost about 20 pounds on it but I work out also. It’s something you should not abuse!

June 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm
(74) Kelle says:

I am 32 and just started 15 mg Adderall XR yesterday. Being able to focus for more than 5 minutes at a time is extremely amazing. We got my son (4yo) diagnosed earlier this year and he was prescribed 5 mg d-amphetamine twice daily. It was during the testing for him that I noticed that almost all the questions that were ADHD positive also applied to me.

The change that this drug has made in my son’s life has been quite dramatic. He has significantly improved with his tantrums, speech, attention span and social abilities. The first time he sat through an entire reading of The Cat in The Hat I almost cried. Prior to the meds all books had to be short for him to be able to pay attention to it.

Immediate changes I’ve noticed in myself are significantly increased attention span to the point that I actually have to force myself to stop doing something and move on to something else (ex. the internet) and a loss of appetite. Not having the urge to binge eat from depression is a relief. I lost a job earlier this year, I think, partially due to untreated ADHD. I wish I had sought out help sooner.

For those people that have not gotten treatment sooner, there is no time like the present. A good doctor will ask you some questions, maybe have you fill out a questionaire and work with you to determine the best course of treatment. I hope that will change your life as positively as it has changed ours so far.

June 15, 2010 at 7:05 am
(75) Aja says:

I have ADHD and I am on Adderall.It has changed my life for the better by 100 %.However I am sick of people treating me bad and judging me wrongly because I take adderall.I have never abused my medicine and find it sickening the way some people, including doctors can treat you because you take adderall.I came to Switzerland for a few months and had to go to the dr. The dr here said there is no way I will ever get my adderall here and that the only people who take adderall are junkies. I was so offended and sickened by her lack of knowledge of adderall.She also accusingly looked at my prescription bottle and said where did you get this??!! I said my dr in the states who tested me thoroughly and has been my primary dr for 10 yrs. What an awful experience for me.

June 22, 2010 at 6:56 pm
(76) ZACH says:

I’m a 25 year old male and was recently diagnosed with adult ADHD. Most of my life I’ve seldom noticed any issues that I would consider to be attention or hyperactivity related. I’ve always thought of myself as fairly smart and was told the same by friends and family. About 3 years ago I was involved in a boiler explosion/major steam leak onboard a navy ship in Guam, which all but killed me. Just prior to the ADHD diagnosis, I fit the bill of your standard PTSD sufferer. After having been on numerous anti-depressants/psychotics, I came to the realization that these weren’t helping. I began drinking heavily and taking Rx sleeping meds. I was to the point of finishing off a fifth of vodka and 6-8 10mg ambien almost nightly. After having woken up underneath a coffee table and puking up blood all the next day I knew I had hit rock bottom and still didn’t know what to do with myself. I never tried to commit suicide, at least intentionally, and knew I wanted to better myself. After transferring I began to see several different doctors which ultimately let to the ADHD diagnosis, and in turn the Adderall Rx. My first reaction was that I was in the same category as what many of you had hinted on as abusers. I cried for several hours, almost hating myself more than I had when I was down and out. I reluctantly began taking the meds and was completly taken back by how much it made my life clearer to me. Everything from chores at home, to doing my job at work was so much less confusing and full of purpose now. Yeah, I lost almost 40 pounds in about 3 mo, and yeah I took advantage of my newly cleared brain for organization and school work, but thats what I was lacking all along, the ability to take pride and complete the most simple things in life. Now, after having read all the comments to this article, and seeing previous media coverage of the drug, I once again feel ashamed to be taking it. I get anxious just to set up an appt. to get a refill of the stuff, always thinking that fingers are beeing pointed at me and that there seems to be a big, bright label on my forehead that says “addict” or “abuser”. I just wish those who abuse the stuff would stop, and those who have no business with it (media) would leave it alone. The Adderall helps me live my life, but the impact of public opinion remains on my mind. What do I do now?

July 10, 2010 at 1:23 am
(77) Rachel says:

I want Adderall!

July 19, 2010 at 12:01 am
(78) Kelsey says:

I took Adderall from age 7 and a half to 17 years of age. I am now 19 years old and 65lbs later I am unhappy about my weight. I don’t look at all like a person who weighs over 200lbs but I can feel it and it’s not cool. I have a job now and against my fathers wishes I’m going ot get back on Adderall, maybe not the same strength I ended with but I’ll be much happier taking it again. Also along with the being able to pay more attention, I’ll also be less impulsive and more rational when making decisions which is important anywhere you are in the world. I didn’t read the whole article because I’ve already read it all and nothing in it would have suprised me. I WAS in highschool and I saw first hand the abuse of amphetamine drugs in class and the consequences to the students who took them. It’s a dangerous drug and recreational use is stupid. Don’t do it. If you don’t have ADD/ADHD it’s dangerous to take.

July 22, 2010 at 9:40 am
(79) Rick Lelchuk says:

Looking good on the outside is no reason to sacrifice your internal workings and future health. A simple shift in diet will take care of it all and keep you healthy for life. Sad that the immediate satisfaction overrides the concern for a future disaster. RICK

July 24, 2010 at 4:09 am
(80) jackie says:

I think its funny that some of you ignorant people actually think its okay to just take pills. I am on adderall, and have been on ritlin,stratera, and concerta. I was diagnosed with add at 7, do any of you know what its like to have to take a pill to be normal or accepted in society? I have to take my medication everyday for the rest of my life. There are many side effect to adderall beside the glorified weight loss, such as lack of sex drive- causes problems in my relationship,dry mouth- everything tatses nasty always have to have water,fast heart rate- its horrible when u feel like yous having a heart attach,not to mention that when people just take it to lose eight they can overdose…I have lost a friend from overdosing on adderall it can cause you to have a seizure. Its already over perscribed and over abused people like the ones who take it to lose weight…how about working out and doing alittle more than walking from the house to the car….geez

July 30, 2010 at 7:02 pm
(81) ponyd says:

I began my journey to aleviate my ADD inattentive type today with Adderall. I did not read anything regarding this medication aforehand. It does sound like compared to others, this may be the best option, as my dotor recommended. My daughter is on Concerta, and I’ve seen a hint of difference, but it may not be for her.

The only concern I have with Aderall, and I hear in some of these comments, is the weight bounceback. It sounds to me like the “upper” in the racing heart, high feeling, etc., may be messing with people’s metabolisms. I truly hope that’s not the case. Perhaps keeping with a good exercise regimen and weight resistance plan is the best answer to that. I’m looking forward to the positives I’m hearing here. Thanks for puting yourselves out there and commenting.

August 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm
(82) concerned citizen says:

I have a relative that is addicted to adderall………… his face is sunk in and he is paper thin. he has taken as many as 30 pills in a day and has not slept for weeks at a time. Taking this pill for weight loss is the lazy way to lose weight. I weighed 320 pounds, went to my doctor and got the prescription adipex for weight loss.; i also actually followed the 1200 calorie diet and walked 2 1/2 miles a day. i got down to 192 in 8 months. I stopped taking the adipex with no addiction to it. The change was mental. eat to live, not live to eat. our young generation is so addicted to prescriptions these days. The government is making money off of these addictions, so are the doctors who hand out these pills and pharmacies. We all know there are these issues and we vote yet in another drug “the medical use of marijuana”. We are a backwards society.

August 12, 2010 at 9:56 pm
(83) Emma says:

Everyone, Victoria is right (and, Victoria, if you’re reading this: congratulations on possessing an accurate and empathetically-aware sense of logic)—several subsequent posts clearly attest to the points V. made, e.g. Jimmy Johnson’s and Shannon’s and Scott’s—yet many of the other opinions, perhaps even the majority of opinions featured above, appear to have been formulated under extreme logical duress. What’s going on, my dear majority? Why are so many of you silly?

I mean, what in the world ever sparked the fear-monger-movement so heavily supported on this comment board? I’m talking to you, now, Firenza… come on, seriously? Some college kid wants to make good on his overpriced $15,000/semester education by enhancing his studying skills for two weekends/year and your life is a “living nightmare?” Just because you don’t have the gumption to get over your lofty image and SPEAK CANDIDLY to your doctor? Really? Or, Destiny–with 61 posts above yours, many about Adderall’s life changing/saving effect on others, you come on this board with an entirely different experience than everyone else, and yet propose that your unique affair ubiquitously proves people “donít need adderall at all, all you need is to believe in yourself and strive for the best” and that “NOBODY needs Adderall!” How astute of you, Destiny. How very levelheaded of you…
How’s that anvil?
On the other side, though, thank you windowpane, n/a, ‘why not’ and Hendrix for your common sense.
As for so many others of you… lets address that rock you’ve been hiding under, yes?

MYTH (1)
MY ADDERALL WILL BE BANNED BECAUSE OTHERS ABUSE/MISUSE IT!!! UNCLE SAMS GONNA YANK MY PILLS DUE TO CINDY-LOO’S WEIGHT LOSS ANTICS!!!
Come on, folks… lets research before we speak, yes? Try it. It feels so good to get the bigger picture, first. Do it. GO! Go and see what it takes for Americans to pull a drug off the shelves once its been on the market for over ten years. Go and look at Raina Kelly’s article in Newsweek (8/6/10), or AAFP’s article (8/3/10), or one of other thousands of reports. Go and read about *painkiller abuse* jumping 400% in five years; read about prescription opioids, such as Oxycontin and Demerol, ACCIDENTALLY KILLING (not suicides, folks… we’re talking about the no-note crowd, here) over 26,400 Americans in 2006; that’s more than 70 ACCIDENTAL deaths PER DAY from painkillers/opioids… not Adderall… and the 2009/2010 stats are expected to be much much higher. You should go read about that, my poor sweet paranoia sufferers; you should read, period; you should go, and read, and attempt to find a single credible news source saying ANYTHING about the FDA pulling the plug on these killer drugs.
Do they say that these pills should be better monitored? Yes. Do they call pain-meds highly addictive? Yes. Do they say such pills should be harder to come by? Yes. But is there an outcry to remove these drugs? Is the FDA preparing to ban these drugs?
Um…nope.

So, now we know that over 26,400 Americans died (accidentally) from a handful of prescription painkillers in 2006, alone. Each of those 26,000+ deaths were ruled as having resulted from the abuse or misuse of opioids—(if death occurred but the drug was taken properly, the death was no counted for this study)—and yet the FDA is not taking actions against these proven prescription-mass-murderers… ?
No.
And, how does the death rate of Adderall abuse/misuse stack up against 26,400+ opioid abuse/misuse deaths in 2006, alone? Interestingly enough, we don’t know.
Want to know why we don’t know? Well, that’s easy–we don’t know how many deaths-per-year are caused by Adderall abuse/misuse because no self-respecting research facility dispatches a team to sort out and chronicle such an infrequent event—in fact, from 1999 to 2005 (that’s a FIVE year span, friends), Adderall was only linked to 24 deaths (again, that’s twenty-four deaths over FIVE years). And how many were due to abuse/misuse? Zero. How many were due to pre-existing heart and/or chronic conditions? Ohhh, that’s right…24 of them were. Yep. All. All had heart/genetic issues which should have been caught by their doctors.
Wanna know what else can kill individuals with genetic/chronic heart conditions? Advil, for one. Also antacids. Salt substitutes can kill them, too. And so can Adderall. And so can Sudafed. And so can their, um… CHRONIC HEART DISORDER. But you know this already… I hope.

CONCLUSION:
So, alright class, lets all gather around and review what we learned today: We learned that 26,400+ people can DIE in one year from abusing/misusing a family of prescription drugs, but the FDA doesn’t bat an eye–especially once a drug has been out and marketed for 10+ years. We also learned that the highest death tolls attributed to Adderall abuse/misuse is ZERO (not to say they don’t happen… but they don’t happen enough to incite a study–so I can’t say that they happen)–while we also learned that the presence of an unknown chronic condition can cause instances of ‘instant death’ when mixed with Adderall, Advil, or Antacids, or Antidepressants (and thats just a few of the A-words that the weak-hearted must avoid…). We also now know that, from 1999-2005, there were only 24 Adderall deaths—and each of the deceased had a *prescription* and used it *properly* (interestingly, 12 of those 24 deaths occurred within a short single time frame—which, in my mind, points more to the ‘batch’ than the recipe… but that’s just me talking…)
Fun facts: No deaths were connected to Adderall in 2004; Adderall was prescribed 37,000,000 times in 2004; 130,000,000 people drank more than two cups of coffee/daily in 2004… and I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that several of those coffee drinkers probably died in 2004… Who wants to bet that college campuses were also hotbeds of coffee addiction? (I know I’M raising my hand on that one, class..)

So, what are the chances that Cindy Loo’s fraudulent weightloss antics are going to affect your precious drug? Zilch, ladies and gentlemen; nada. At least 27,000 people would need to die within the year to even make our precious puffed FDA blink.
If you don’t believe me, I guess you could just resign yourself to the wisdom of the brainchildren listed above. I mean, I get it: who could dare to question the hard cold facts of our very own Kayla when she wrote (and this is a direct copy/paste, now):
“I hate people that miss use of adderall becuase i need it and if people keep it up the fda well take it away”
Yes, Kayla. You do need it. Myth 2, time…

MYTH (2)
EVEN THOUGH STIMULANTS HAVE BEEN PURPOSEFULLY PRODUCED/PRESCRIBED SINCE THE 1780′S, THEIR USE WAS WOEFULLY AMORAL UNTIL A GROUP OF DUDES SKILLFULLY COMBINED THE ALPHABETICAL LETTERS “A” AND “D” AND “D” IN 1968…!! BOOYAH!!
(or)
SO WHAT IF IT WAS MADE TO TREAT DEPRESSION AND DOES, SUCCESSFULLY, TREAT SOME DEPRESSIONS? SO WHAT IF IT WAS MADE TO TREAT OBESITY AND DOES, SUCCESSFULLY, TREAT SOME CASES OF OBESITY? SO WHAT IF IT WAS MADE TO TREAT NARCOLEPSY AND DOES, SUCCESSFULLY, TREAT SOME CASES OF NARCOLEPSY? SO WHAT IF IT CAN HELP STUDENTS LEARN BETTER? SO WHAT IF IT CAN PREVENT FAILURE-BASED SUICIDES? SO WHAT IF NEARLY EVERYONE WHO TAKES IT EXPERIENCES POSITIVE EFFECTS?
IT WASN’T UNTIL IT WAS MADE TO TREAT A.D.D. AND DID, SUCCESSFULLY, TREAT SOME CASES OF A.D.D. THAT GOOD PEOPLE WERE ALLOWED TO TAKE IT!
(or)
IF IT AIN’T ADHD THAN IT AIN’T WORTHY, SUCKA… STEP OFF MY PILLS, BIATCH!! WHAT I’VE GOT RIGHT HERE IS A *HOLY* ILLNESS–YOU JUST NEED TO TAKE YOUR PROBLEMS ELSEWHERE…

Adderall is made of components which can successfully treat ADHD, obesity, depression, shyness, narcolepsy, and even some forms of OCD. When taken correctly, and by a healthy individual it is rarely harmful–in fact, it makes them feel incredibly good, focused, and confident… I mean, just think about how much you like it… I can not begin to imagine the vacuous selfish personality which feels entitled to get help but not extend that same help to others.
Commit yourselves to your own history, to reading, to compassion, and then to each other–this stuff saves lives and your life isn’t the only one that’s ‘short’ or worthy of pleasure.
Please ask yourselves:
On what grounds have you deduced that Adderall “abuse” is going to lead to its removal from the market? On what grounds have you decided that certain usages of amphetamines are ‘abuse’ at all? Why isn’t your use considered ‘abuse?’ Is it not possible that obesity or shyness could be, for some, just as debilitating as ADHD?

PERSONAL USE:
I was prescribed Adderall six months ago, following the violent loss of my mother. I do not consider myself someone with depression, but the event was so shocking and tragic that my doctor feared I was (or would soon be) experiencing a form of post traumatic syndrome which could lead to problems in school and then lead to depression (as I am very serious about my studies)… but I refused SSRIs because I had been medicated with them as a preteen, erroneously, and did not appreciate the effect they had on my ability to feel closeness/connection when praying/meditating. She respected this concern and recommended Adderall. Like many of you, it changed my life–it gave me back my life–and I plan to continue them until the end of my studies (when I will finally have time to grieve my mother…) and hopefully move on.
I am prescribed 30mg/day, but I only take half. I split the remaining 15mg and give half to my sister and half to my housemate (who suffers from serious depression, and has never been willing to get help) and both of them have been immensely helped by the medication–both have, also, been saved by it. I do not sell it to them, and I am thrilled to be able to help. Teeny tiny dosages can make a huge difference for people suffering from sadness, and I would certainly encourage any of you out there with this medication to realize that you possess a healing power in a bottle—one which is both effective and kind to its taker—though I would not, and do not, think children should take it without a prescription… ADHD or not.
Since beginning my own regiment, I have given up alcohol and needy eating. I have rejoined society. I have completed a book, which is in the process of being published, and I have almost entirely avoided an impending depression which may have never let go…
I’m happy. I wish you, and all others, that same happiness as well.
I apologize for the length and snarkiness.
Best.

August 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm
(84) Loretta says:

I am a 51 year old female that has struggled with 2 major depressive episodes in my life. My first depressive episode came on 11 years ago when I lost my mother, was going through a divorce after 20 years of marriage and lost a baby. I was put on trazadone ,seroquel, wellbutrin, effexxor, paxil, zoloft to name a few and did 5 years of talk therapy as well. It got to be so frustrating that drugs were not working and weight gain was ridiculous…over 40 pounds in those 5 years. I went to therapist and told them what they wanted to hear. They actually had no feed back for me or would ask or question any of my feelings. I quit therapy and decided this was as good as it gets.

So, now about a month and a half ago I fall into another major depressive episode, husband unemployed for 7 months, taking care of a girlfriend with cancer for almost 3 years. Just has worn me out mentally, and I have grandparents on father side that committed suicide within 3 weeks of each other and left my father orphaned at the age of 11. So genetically predisposition to depression.

I finally after going through crying bouts, using food for comfort and going from 141 to 159 decided I needed to intervene. I would be happy to not wake up in the morning, I however did not have suicidal thoughts because that meant leaving so many people behind in misery and to deal with to many emotions they did not deserve.

I decided to ask my family doctor for a recommendation to a psychiatrist that he thought was good and would be a good fit for me. I made the call and was welcome to find a therapist and psychiatrist that I truly loved. I never had that experience before. My therapist questions me about the way I feel and makes me really think about it, she helps me focus and deal with issues and why I have them.
She has helped me tremendously.

Now, for the psychiatrist….a great find, she went over my entire history from childhood until present day. Spent an hour and a half with her. We began discussing medications that could help me. She suggest abilify, cymbalta, lexapor…I have also taken the later 2 medications. I told her they had not worked for me and felt I was just living day to day…never making plans for anything if I made it through a day it was a miracle. I told her I had a desire to sleep all day and if life was going to be this way I was not happy with that fact. So she mentioned a stimulate, which no doctor had ever done before….Adderall…bingo! I said sure, I was willing to try it. She told me it may give me more energy and want to get up in the morning and do things. I take 40mg of paxil and 5 mg of Xanax at bedtime and when I wake up take 40mg adderall xr and another xanax for anxiety. I feel a world of difference. I stay on task, am more active and exercise at least 4 times a week on my tread climber and I am involved in life again and truly starting to feel some kind of happiness that I have not felt in years. I have only been on this combination of medications for a month. I am down to 153 pounds. I don’t fell the adderall is the cause of the slight weight loss, I believe it is because I have energy now and I am moving again. My experience so far has been positive. I will say the first couple of days I took the adderall I fell asleep but I gave it a week and it is now doing what it is suppose to do. I do drink more water, chapped lips….no biggie I can deal with that. All in all I wanted to put my story out here for anyone else who may be considering getting help. If people want to think of me as weak and unable to deal with tough life issues that’s alright. I believe in good mental health and has always researched everything before I just do it.

Best regards and good mental health!

September 10, 2010 at 10:23 am
(85) Justin Johnson says:

I just wanted to say I just recently got prescribed adderall for adhd yesterday, and todays my first day on it. It is amazing at how focused i am, I could read my entire engineering textbook. I totally understand why kids use adderall without being prescribed it now, but I don’t think i could even come close to being this productive without it. As far as weight loss goes, its only day one so i have no idea, but so far I haven’t been hungry at all, or tired for that madder.

September 12, 2010 at 5:22 am
(86) Finance Guy says:

I had to chuckle at Justin Johnsons comment.

Oh yes that first day.

A newbie’s thoughts will get this “blissful elegence” about them. Part of which is totally legit. Another part is make believe.

I have taken it for some time. It is cheating in my opinion. It academic and professional leverage that is no more responsible then the leverage that hedge funds use on wall street.

It is a cognitive margin account. When you are on to something you can really buckle down. You can really make leaps and bounds over your peers in terms of productivity and creativity.

The return can be overwhelming.

But risk runs both ways.

Probability will eventually do what probability does given an adequite number of trials. That coin will land heads up and that coin will leave you on your tail in a bad way.

The best advice I could give is to stop. But if you are not going to and you wish to prolong the inevitable here is how….

Take a dose over a thirty minute period evenly spread out in micro doses with lots of water. Don’t take that time release stuff it stays in your system way to long.

You will start peeing like a mad man. on your third trip on a “1″ stop working and eat something. Try to eat meat.

If u start to feel uneasy you are going to want to take more. don’t. Instead take a energy shot, not just caffine but something with all that other crap as well. it will work.

when you stop peeing start drinking water.

Take walks, this helps you turn human again.

If you are writing stay off-line and ware headphones. DO NOT READ STUFF ON LINE IF YOU NEED TO WRITE.

NO PORN – You will either get stuck or you will end up researching the orgins of porn or some law or company… facinaiting but useless.

Good Luck

- Finance Guy

September 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm
(87) The Refined Savage says:

I lost 50 lbs., at least partly through the help of adderall. I am a middle aged guy who’s metabolism had slowed enough that simple diet wasn’t really doing the trick. However, in addition, I started working out 5-6 days a week…walking, stairmaster, now running (3-6 miles), as well as some weight training.
I haven’t found it addictive but understand the concerns.

October 3, 2010 at 7:38 pm
(88) Kd says:

I was on straterra for a few months…I lost 20 pounds on it and all I wanted to do was sleep and cry. It is a terribly depressing drug. I am now on Adderall and I can get my task accomplished. The drug does what it says it can do but honestly every drug on the market is abused at some point…But for people who really need adderall it makes a worlds difference. I advise anyone thinking about taking straterra to think again.

October 7, 2010 at 7:42 pm
(89) IS says:

Weight loss was one of the benefits of Concerta for me. It wasn’t until I lost half the hair on my head and started to have breathing problems that I stopped taking the medications. Sometimes the severe side effects outweight the benefits of these drugs. Thankfully everything grew back and I no longer get breathless walking up a flight of stairs.

October 31, 2010 at 4:38 am
(90) laura says:

alright seriously people. this is such an obvious answer. i have. ADD… i got diagnosed in 7th grade (i graduated highscool in june)….when diagnosed i was put on ritalin which just didnt really work for me. nothing changed so my dad took me off of it and then ended up being diagnosed again by a psychologist between junior and senior year. but this time i was put on adderall. it helps people focus. thats its job. but whether or not you lose weight and what type of side effects you experience is completely dependent on your body. some people lose weight on it. some people dont. some people get a high feeling. some dont. some get headaches. others might not. there is no saying that you will or wont lose weight. everyones body reacts differently to everything and i cant believe people are so opinionated about it. personally for me i lost 18 pounds in 2 months and slowly gained it back over a year. i dont get that high feeling but i find that i get bored easily if im not doing something productive and i have alot of trouble sleeping. but thats how my body chose to react. everyone will have a different experience

November 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm
(91) Allie says:

Adderall has done wonders for me. But what is frustrating is that I have not lost one pound! I take the medication for ADD and has made a huge difference in my life. I need to lose weight and hoped that I would benefit from that side effect. It even baffles my doctor.

November 11, 2010 at 6:11 pm
(92) Sarah says:

I am currently on Adderall for my ADD, and it is highly effective in that area for me. However, I know one of the side effects are weight loss. I was hoping this would not only help my ADD but also help my self-image. I FEEL fat. I hate looking at pictures of myself and am always wearing over-sized hoodies to hide my body as best as I can. However, Adderall has not made me lose weight yet. Or so it seems. I do believe I need a higher dose because I still have trouble focusing in school. Maybe on a higher dose it will not only help me to focus, but also help me on my weight? I am not on the medication TO lose weight, but does it make me sound pathetic to WANT to shed a few pounds while on it?
I totally get where other girls are coming from, and I think that girls like me (girls with ADD and horrible self-esteem) would be okay to be on it if not abusing it (which I do not.) But I also think that those already thin girls are pretty pathetic to use it JUST to lose weight. And sell it too! That just ticks me off knowing that people do that while here I am, actually NEEDING it. It gives people who take Adderall a bad image and it also makes me envious that I’m not losing weight on it. Though it has curved my appetite and I eat smaller portions due to not being as hungry, I am not shedding ANYTHING! It’s severely frustrating. I want to look good in a dress. I want to look good standing beside my boyfriend. I don’t want to look or FEEL huge anymore. I’m tired of it.

Am I pathetic?

November 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm
(93) Krissy says:

I am a 23 year old college student. I have suffered, and I mean suffered from ADHD my entire life, and my ADHD medicine has changed my entire life for the better. I think the problem is the way the drug is portrayed in the media. I watched a show not too long ago where a middle aged woman said how all her friends were on adderall to lose weight, and how she wants to go on it to loose her “pooch”. That angered me because it is not a weightloss drug, weightloss is a side effect. I think that the media telling people that it is a drug that helps you loose weight is what is giving it a bad name. Also, I think we need to hold Doctors responsible for just handing out perscriptions to anyone who claims they can’t concentrate. I had to undergo 4 hours of extensive testing and I had my parents there who were interviewed separately the Pyschiatrist. If everyone had to go through that I think it would make a difference.

Instead of bashing the drug that helps so many people who suffer with ADHD, and they do suffer, unless you have lived with ADHD you do not know the crippling effects, lets eliminate the the easiness of obtaining the drug. The only reason it gets so much attention anyway is because it causes weightloss and we live in a society obsessed with weightloss.

November 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm
(94) TheAnyonymous90 says:

It’s sad when people act like arrogant know-it-alls boasting that if you “buckle down” you can solve ADD/ADHD in a drug free way. Who are you to say that people who really suffer from this and benefit from the medicine are “below average” and/or “unproffessional”? If it truly could be solved by buckling down, there would be no medicines for the ADD/ADHD, nor the successful results people get from the medications for it. Even if without the medicine they can’t focus remotely, a missed dose or two (or even three) wouldn’t affect them that greatly due to the fact that adderal stays in your system for quite a while. Any REAL “physician” would know this.
Get off your high horse and get the facts.

Also, If anyone out there takes the generic of adderal like me, Then you’ll notice it says amphetamine salts as the generic name. Amphetamine salts were indeed used as weight loss drugs. Do some research people! I’m not justifying abusers, but simply stating facts. Amphetamine is chemically related to methamphetamine and lisdexamfetamine, euphoria inducers…which are in the same category as ADD/ADHD drugs, but are also used to treat (but not limited to) symptoms of brain injuries, narcolepsy, and chronic fatigue syndrome. It even used to be more popular to control weight before introduced as an ADD drugs. as you can see.. It’s used for a variety of things.

Basically, don’t go making adderal look like a bad drug. Yes, it affects everyone differently, yes some people it simply does not work for, but It helps me to get things done. FDA won’t take it away. P:

December 12, 2010 at 3:04 am
(95) Someone says:

It is not irresponsible to speak the truth. People who don’t know the risks ALONG with the benefits will not be able to make rational choices. I take adderall, and, yes, it does suppress appetite, it does make you feel happy and great and motivated. However, yes, if i don’t know where my bottle of it is i get very anxious and freak out. But this article is very accurate.

December 14, 2010 at 4:01 am
(96) jj says:

I began taking adderall xr just 3 weeks ago for my adhd. i have lived with adhd my entire life and never knew it until i sought help because i was unable to structure the life of my 3 year old. when it was just me this was never a problem, but raising a family is a different story; i cant just be impulsive, doing whatever comes to mind, i cant space out and ignore my kid like i did other people my entire life, not to mention lack of focus and consistantly loosing important stuff. i am taking 10mg/day, it has helped somewhat with focus, however i have not seen much help with the impulsive behavoir and losing/forgeting things. i will see the Dr this week to possibly up the dose. however, on a side note, i have lost a significant amount of weight in 3 weeks, it absolutly cuts down on appatite but i also dont eat when the thought “pops” into my head like i used to. the assbackward crazy thing about this is the stigma about taking it to lose weight is worse than having surgery…really. i would think surgery should be the very last solution before all else fails.

January 1, 2011 at 7:46 pm
(97) fat chick says:

how do u get prescribed adderall?

January 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm
(98) confused but informed says:

i am only 17 years old buy have been diagnosed with adhd since i was 7 i have been on concerta, strattera, and two others not including adderall, all of them have caused appitite supression, and having annual blood tests, and social awkwardness. i am ashamed of having adhd because of the things people said to me when i was younger.in seventh grade i refused to take any more medicaton and since then ive become depressed, overweight and my grades took a turn for the worst just in this past month i have considered taking medication. i want aderall because it will help with my adhd, grades, and the weight problem.
even though i have many friends and can be myself i will give up all that to get good grades so i can fufill my dream of joining the army

January 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm
(99) Finally feeling good says:

post # (31) JKinOH

Right on!

January 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm
(100) Janen says:

I am 58 years old and have been on adderall xr for 5 years for ADD, I never knew why I could not concentrate and had problems learning new things. The Adderall helps I can complete tasks and concentrate. I have never lost weight on this drug, it does not act at a stimulant I even sometimes need a nap in the afternoon while taking it. I believe if you actually have ADD than your body uses this medication in a different way and you do not get that rush that people talk about. I have even been off of it for months because my Doctor retired and I had to find a new doctor for my ADD, even when I started taking it again I did not have any of the effects that people have talked about. I am about 50 pound overweight and as a matter of fact Ijust went to the Doctor and asked for something to make me lose weight , he suggested exercise and a diet.

January 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm
(101) Iremain says:

Adderall is a life saver for me. I have ADHD. I have tried other drugs like strattera with terrible results. I lost words, couldn’t stand the sweating…
I had to see a psychologists and be tested in order to get a diagnosis. I think that unless you have gone this route a Family Doctor should be assamed of themselves if they write a script for these drugs, placing them in abusers hands.
And as for those who use them for dieting…GET SOME SELF CONTROL. You buy what you put in your mouth. Stop buying it. And go for a walk, run, swim in the lake in the summer, these are free. Buy a cheep bike instead of junk food. The thrift shops are full of 1 dollar workout programs. Stop the excuses.

January 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm
(102) Lea Ann says:

I have been on Adderall for over a year to help with adult ADD..I am now overweight, but very focused! I think it is very sad that the abuse of this drug has led so many people to be ashamed to admit they are struggling with ADD symptoms. Maybe if I took the drug for the wrong reasons I would be smaller too but then again if you aren’t happy with your self a little fluffy are you going to be happy with your self as a thin prescription drug addict?

January 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm
(103) Rulisu says:

You know… women popped Black Beauties in the 60′s and 70′s and no one gave them problems.
Why is it such a big deal now?
If you want to lose weight, LOSE WEIGHT!
Don’t heehaw around with diet suppliments that don’t work and exercise routines that leave you broken and sore at the end of the day.
Adderall works to knock the weight off, why are we making it out to be the ultimate sin?
And I can understand why it would be an issue in teens and children. As much as I would have disagreed with this in highschool, teenagers should not experiment with any kind of drug for weightloss and should do what they can to stay healthy or just deal with the fact that we can’t all look like Kate Moss.

But as an adult with a full schedule and limited time to sit there and dole out portions and count calories and go running for 6 hours to work off that sandwich I had for lunch, I can’t see why Adderall for weightloss is such a horrible thing.

February 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm
(104) Tiger7 says:

When I was a junior in college (2 years ago), I began dating a guy who had ADHD. He took way more Adderall than he needed to, and he also liked to abuse other drugs (sleeping pills, pot, etc.). He told me to try it because I am terrible when it comes to studying and my grades were suffering in my difficult classes. I got an automatic high and loved it! We would often take it together to study, perk up, or stay up chatting all night.
The only side effects I experienced were appetitie suppression and anxiety (which I am diagnosed with). The only other negative thing was that sometimes it messed with my stomach and it made me go to the bathroom more often. I also tended to drink massive amount of water because I would feel hot.
This guy was bad news, but I dated him for 7-8 months. Over that amount of time and our Adderall use, I lost 8 pounds. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s obvious when you’re only 5 foot 2 and small to begin with. We finally broke up, and I gained the weight back, plus more.
A few months later I was prescribed Adderall. I’ve been on my own prescription for about a year now. I only take it when I really need to wake up or study/focus, but it really does work wonders. I admit that in preparation for upcoming Spring Break, I will probably take it more often in addition to diet and exercise in hopes that it will aid in some rapid weight loss. It really is the most popular drug of choice in college, as everyone wants to buy it to help them study and pull all-nighters. I’m not advocating the abuse of Adderall, but please don’t look down upon people who need it to function.
Peace and Love! (:

February 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm
(105) sara says:

I am a graduate nursing student, and when I did my undergraduate coursework in psychology I struggled to not “drift off” in class. I was hard pressed to admit to myself that I have a problem. At a recent routine physical, I finally brought it up to my P.A. He gave me a round of questions, and prescribed me Adderall. I suffered all throughout my undergraduate work for nothing–I now can focus in class and clinicals, and get my out of class work done in a timely manner. Yes, I have lost about 25lbs and yes I am not as hungry. I can see why this drug is abused. The questionnaire for it should be a little more challenging, in CT it is only 5 questions, easily answered to gain this “miracle drug.” Overall though, al rx’s with a positive benefit are going to be abused, as a nurse I understand there is no way to stop that. Good luck to those using Adderrall to live a normal life, I hope for my sake and yours that it stays on the market for a long time!

February 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm
(106) Angel says:

I feel that this article is slacking in all areas ..

1: Most teenagers dont take it to lose weight especially the one’s that are skinny they want to get that energy high just like all the teenagers mashing down Monster and red bull on a daily bases

2: I am add I take adderall and I will tell you I have energy from it also and a huge decrease in my appetite. However Ive lost 35 lbs and I am over weight its actually helped me manage to stay on track with healthy eating, as well as maintain a large focus on everything in gerneral.

3: The side effects are mearly the same for someone with ADD than someone without add who takes it.

4: I dont think Aderall should be bashed or slandered in this situation beside who wants to spend their day falling aleep and not being able to maintain a job. Lets get real here!!! The drug poses affects to people who over use the medication especially those with heart conditions.

5: Have you ever taken Aderall? Try one then write an artical!!

February 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm
(107) Ren says:

I think it’s terrible…I’m on Adderall now.

But, it was PRESCRIBED from my doctor because I ACTUALLY have ADD. And yes, I have noticed that since I started on it, I eat smaller portions.

But, misuse of any drug is drug abuse, don’t do this to yourself! If you really WANT to lose weight you will (some other way), don’t take the lazy way out by using some drug to aid you. Especially if you don’t need it for a legitimate medical reason!

And remember, amphetamines and are extremely addictive.

It’s simple really, don’t take them unless you have an actual disorder and are prescribed to you!

There’s a reason I have to book an appointment with my doctor everything I need a refill…

March 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm
(108) LeftBull says:

What about the non abusers? There are people that actually need this drug! The people that abuse it have given it a bad name!

March 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm
(109) BJ Helms says:

Openly talking with your kids about drugs and alcohal is truly one of the best things you can do for your child. Sadly, if your son or daughter does end up with depression or anxiety they may not only feel that using some “feel good” pill is the answer but they will also feel that they have to hide it from you. I have two sons and NEVER thought that either one of them would ever go in that direction. But sadly after a murder in our family my older son recently tried Adderall, since it seemed his other medication wasn’t working good enough, and it was a horrible experience. He ended up with a major panic attack, had extreme difficulty breathing and was hyperventilating, his heart rate spiked up to between 140-150 bpm – all of this for about 4-5 hours until the Emergency Room doctors were able to give him some medication to calm everything down. He ended up with a pneumothorax (collapsed lung) that he is now healing from. Please share this with your kids so that they have some idea of what can happen if they decide to try this or if they are prescribed this they’ll know what could happen to a friend if their friend tries to get them to share. I feel my son is very lucky.

April 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm
(110) Amy says:

Strattera had a great effect on my weight while I was taking it for ADD. I am not sure if it was an appetite suppressant, or just made me more focused on proper diet and exercise, and eliminated stressful binge eating, since my life was more organized while taking it. I have been off of Strattera for the past 6 months due to multiple factors (high cost, lost effectiveness after 7 years, and I was getting terrible heartburn on it), and have since gained about 30 lbs. I have just recently started taking Adderall. I am looking forward to getting my life organized and focused again… and wont complain if weight loss is a side effect :)

April 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm
(111) Brusied Not Broken says:

I unfortunately started using adderoll to lose weight :/ I had a baby, and was a size 0 and went to a size 15! I was so depressed, and I knew it suppressed your appetite because in high school I use to take it when I had an exam or something. I ended up being addicted to it. It’s very dangerous to take if it is not prescribed. Im okay now I went and got help. To top it all off a size 0 was falling off my butt, and I looked anorexic. Still trying to put the weight back on. I wanted to be a size 5.. I definitely do NOT recommend using any kind of stimulant for weight loss. It is hard to stop taking it once you get use to it. I thank god everyday, to be clean, sober, healthy, and have a beautiful child with a healthy happy mother. Go to the gym, and exercise. Not only is is MUCH healthier, but you feel sooo much better, inside and out :) IF you feel like you could be addicted, talk to your doctor, and they will help you.

April 26, 2011 at 1:33 am
(112) Yo Mama! says:

I am 14 and I have recently started taking adderall. I have ADHD. But the pill was not subscribed for me, will that harm me in any way? And I weigh 130 lbs. I am hoping to drop at least 30 lbs. How long will this take?

May 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm
(113) knitter says:

I’m 36 and I’ve taken addreall for 3 months for dreg resistant depression and a sleep disorder. It is helping more than anything before, and I hope the abuse doesn’t make it harder and harder to get. Remember, some of us really need it. It has decreased my suicidal tendicancies, and helped me wake up and stay up.

I’ve noticed that every is fascinated my the weight loss side effect of adderal, but that causes side effects to:
drahirra, at least once a day
stomach cramps at any time
very, very limited diet
plus the other stuff:
shaky hands
constanty cold
If u have any manic tendancies, drop this when they start.

I’ve been talking to my doctosr about taking additional vitaims, as most food make me nausuas or burns my tongue. Someone on another board suggested soups, broths, and carnation instant breafast. These have helped lots.

So far, my doctors are monitoring the side effect. The 3 years of depression before added 80 lbs to me, so taking off some weight as a side effect is ok if monitored by a doctor.

I’m on a low dose of adderall, and i have 2 doctors making sure i get the nutrients I need. Still they only have me on it because I tried 6,ooo antidepressants and nothing helped.
It could be worse. Most mental health drugs cause weight gain.

I’m glad I found adderall. I solved two huge mental health problems for me. Also, the weight lose doesn’t suck completely, yet. I’m not sure how long I can tolerate it before i have to move on to trying yet another drug.

May 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm
(114) helen says:

I was just put on adderall.for Ashford I’m 53 years old my doc said he couldn’t believe it.so I took my meds. And I couldn’t believe it.I was calm relaxed and my husband said he can tolerate me for the first time in years I’m happy thank you.so please don’t abuse what helps others…

May 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm
(115) StaceyinOhio says:

I am 29 yr old female, mother of two girls. (7 and 3) I have struggled with ADHD since apprx. 5th grade. I was put on Ritalin in the 7th grade. The notorious Ritalin crash (in my case) is understatedly called crash. It was more like a train wreck. My dr UPPED my dose, thinking it just wasnt helping. It put me over the top. I was having severe panic attacks on a regular basis and even had to be home schooled my 8th grade year. I finally had had enough and took myself off the pills. Withdrawl was rough, but I recovered, back to my “normal” ADHD state. And that was that. Until 2009. I miscarried and a month to the day later, I suffered 3 pelvic fractures in a horse related incident. I sank into a major depression, and stayed that way until roughly Christmas time, 2010. My fiancee MADE me get help. He went with me to give an outside view on my actions and behaviors. After many appointments, my dr put me on Wellbutrin. (If you have ever read the cautions for Wellbutrin [anti-depressant and smoking cessation drug] it is KNOWN for throwing one into a manic episode, if one has, or possibly could have, bipolar disorder.) “Episode” is also a major understatement. In less than a week on WB, I was back at the dr’s, and I sounded like the guy who reads the disclaimers at the end of television commercials. And, I FELT like that. My heart raced, and the palpataions were RIDICULOUS! Dr immidiately weaned me off WB, and sent me to a phychiatrist for bipolar testing. After just ONE session, and HUNDREDS of questions later… I finally had the CORRECT diagnosis of Bipolar 1 disorder, mixed episodes, severe. (severe, on a scale of mild, moderate, severe, psychotic) After giving DETAILED answers to the questions I was asked, it was found I have likely suffered from Bipolar since childhood, ALONG with ADHD. I was given Lamictal for the bipolar and Vyvanse for the ADHD.

May 18, 2011 at 3:33 pm
(116) StaceyinOhio says:

The Vyvanse was great for about 4 days. And then NOTHING. Just nothing. I stopped taking it, stayed on the Lamictal, and waited on my next appt. Yesterday I was switched to Adderall, and took my first 10mg pill this morning. By the time I got to class (accelerated Medical Assisting Associate degree, grad Oct 2011) I noticed a difference. I REMEMBERED the drive to school. I wasnt just sitting behind the wheel, starting ahead in a daze. I SAT STILL through my 8:00am government class. (That class is enough to give ANYONE ADHD!) And, I could read the text book in my medical office procedures class. Its now 330pm and I took a second 10mg at lunch time… and I feel… normal. SANE. I have even noticed ALREADY a reduction in some of my OCD compulsions. Someone previously mentioned “embarrassing myself by interuppting people.” I can relate… I feel like I have more self control over impulse. Im looking forward to Adderall working, and I hope it doesn’t “fizzle” on me, like the Vyvanse did. My 7 yr old is starting to have a hard time in school…. she cannot remain in her seat, she talks out, she messes around in the bathroom, the hall, and at lunch. But, she is a very well behaved, polite child. Shes starting to have difficulty focusing on tasks at hand at home, as well… Time will tell if she needs meds too. Hopefully not. But should she, I hope something can help her, as well as Adderall seems to have helped me, after only one day. Well wishes to those who know what it’s like. :) (My first post was too long, so I cut it in half ;) LOL)

June 1, 2011 at 10:47 am
(117) Facial Exercise Fan says:

I actually used to think Adderall was a weight loss drug as I have heard it mentioned on so many weight loss forums.

June 2, 2011 at 3:35 am
(118) brittany says:

I’m 17 and no, I’m not prescribed to Adderrall but I tried it for the first time today and it made me want to start working out again and getting back down to the size 5 I used to be. I’m a size 9 now and it makes me feel so fat. I only had 3 hours of sleep last night and I took it as soon as I woke up. Man about 45 mins later I was feeling great. I had to FORCE myself to eat dinner, and let me tell ya, It felt great to not WANT to eat. I hope I lose weight. I know everyones gonna bash me for writing this but I was actually diagnosed with bi-polar type 1 and I think I actually have adhd cause I have more adhd symptoms than bi-polar. Honestly, it also does help me focus.

June 2, 2011 at 1:11 pm
(119) Sam says:

I have friends that take this drug to increase their study ability, and although it may help them, I’ve noticed that they are extremely hyper when they take it. I’m not sure if this is because they are taking a drug that is not prescribed to them, but it basically does the reverse for those who do not need it, or so I have noticed. They’re bouncing off the walls, and anything that gets their attention, they will stare at for an extremely long time.

July 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm
(120) Clarence says:

I am a 49-year-old white male previously diagnosed with major depressive disorder and anxiety. For about 2 years, I have been taking prescriptions for these illnesses, but it has been just over a month now that I have discovered that I also suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Just like the depression and the anxiety, I have come to realize that I have lived with these illnesses most of my life (probably from childhood) but I never had the chance to see a doctor or to get the treatment I needed when I was younger. My psychiatrist prescribed (the immediate-release) Adderall for my ADD. I take 3 per day (and the effects of each pill last for about 4 hours), and I nearly instantly started noticing how much better I could concentrate, and how less distracted I am. I noticed how–slowly but surely–I became more productive at work. I truly feel like this medication was made for people like me. It’s as close to a miracle drug as I have ever taken. The dry mouth side-effect is easily handled by drinking more water during the day, and the decrease in appetite doesn’t hurt my feelings AT ALL, but even if the weight loss WEREN’T a side effect, I’d still be singing its praises, because one side effect I never expected, and which–I am sure–is not an “official” side effect, is increased self-confidence! Being able to be more productive and do my job better has helped me with many of my self-esteem issues! I could write more, but so far Adderall is all my doctor said it would be. ONE MORE THING: I HAVE LEARNED THAT MEDICATIONS (AT LEAST IN MY CASE) ARE ONLY PART OF MY REHABILITATION. PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING IS AT LEAST AS IMPORTANT. ONLY IN TANDEM CAN I EVER HOPE TO GET THE MOST OUT OF BOTH!

July 22, 2011 at 10:50 am
(121) Kane says:

My names kane. I’m 15 years old and i’ve been taking adderall since I was in 6th grad, so about 4 years now. I remember the first couple of days taking it as being the worst days of my life. Severe stomach cramps, heartburn and also feeling as if everything wasn’t as amusing as it normally was. I didn’t like talking to anybody, and was extremely irratable.r Both of which are still a side effect to me even after daily use for four or so years. Not to mention after 3 years the dr. Raised my dosage from a 20mg to a 30mg. Bringing back to old side effects, but in a much more severe state than before. Causing me not to eat all day, but to become extremely hungry by around 9pm. Adderall has helped my school work and behavior in class, but I can’t stand taking them.

August 28, 2011 at 2:11 am
(122) Greg says:

People know that alchohol in moderation can have health benefits. Some use it for good and some abuse it. Anything can be abused. Same concept with Adderol. In the hands of responsible people, it can work miracles. Usually it is prescribed for ADHD. In my case I use it for fibromyalgia and I’ve gone from lifelong suffering to almost feeling normal. Sure, it helps my concentration and may prove to offset my slowly climbing weight. The point is I am responsible and it helps responsible people with real issues to get to experience feeling normal. I don’t care to feel ‘high’ and am happy to be on a low dose, extended release capsule. To be at inner peace finally. And to smile and mean it. If anyone has to critisize that then they have their own very real problems. That said, I wish them luck for a real cure for themselves.

October 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm
(123) cathy says:

been on it for 1 month now and besides feeling good and getting things done with feeling overwhelmed..i am losing weight..thats an added surprise..loving it..but afraid they will pull it off market ..already very hard to find at drug stores..anyone else having trouble finding it..
i guess enjoy it while i can all good things come to an end..hear about the coffee issues…see what i mean??? lol

October 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm
(124) marie says:

My doctor prescribe Adderall to me because I have M.S. he said it will help me to have energy. I was afraid to use it because of all the sides effects and hairloss. But one month later I’m doing good. I have energy and I’m taking longer walks without being tired, cleaning the house and I’m focus more. The best part is losing weight on it, I only eat breakfast and for supper I have my veggies. I also taking multivitamins and omega. I am so loving adderall for the energy and weightloss but being very careful too.

November 15, 2011 at 6:46 pm
(125) Kather9 says:

I like how everyone is so quick to damn women and men who wish to abuse dangerous drugs in order to lose weight. Its really laughable, considering the real criticism should be directed at the fact that people, women in particular, are judged on their size in almost every avenue of life. Where is the commentary on THAT?

How about we dissect the system that shames women for not being small enough, shames them to the point that they will ingest addictive and dangerous controlled substances in order to be looked at with any sort of worth? Its probably better than clutching our pearls and shaking our fingers at those ‘shallow’ chicks.

December 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm
(126) Fifi says:

Well said Kather9.. I am a size 6 and 5’11″ and some would say I am “model” size and i fixate on my weight contantly. I was a thin kid until I hit 7th grade and gained some weight.. I was a 5’9″ 13 year old and was teased eventhough I wasn’t that big (in retrospect I see that). I thought i was HUGE then and remember joining the track team in High School in order to lose the weight. This experience has impacted my adult life and I think it is due to societal pressures to be “perfect”.

December 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm
(127) Julie says:

I was never prescribed to adderall, but I took it daily when I was high school. My grades improved, I was so much more focused, school was actually fun! I was never overweight, but like most teenage girls, I had self-esteem/body issues. When I was taking adderall, I felt so good about myself. I loved the way I looked and felt a lot more confident. I’m 20 now and haven’t took adderall in about a year. Honestly, I felt like my life was more organized and “together” when I was taking adderall. So I can definitely understand why people take this drug, without being prescribed to it.

December 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm
(128) Danielle says:

I have only been taking Adderall for a few weeks. I am 35 and have battled with anxiety and a general feeling of “coming out of my skin” forever. I tried every med to help, xanax, prozac, celexa, effexor, etc… Finaly talked to my Dr. about ADD. He precribed Adderall.. My life has changed. I don’t even need to take my Celexa anymore. Yes I have dropped a few pounds, it has decreased my appetite, but the benefits to my life that this drug has given me is amazing! Sorry people abuse it… but to those of us who truly need it, it is amazing! I am certainly easier for others to be around :)

January 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm
(129) Marie says:

I’ve known without doubt that I have ADHD. I only recently started seeing doctors and was diagnosed because of the inability to follow through with anything, and being ashamed to ask for medication. After I had my daughter is when things got REALLY bad for me. Up until then I only had to worry about myself and usually had others helping with that task. Then, I had to take care of another human being! I had no insurance and I seriously needed help. My mom who also has ADD was taking Adderall. I know it’s wrong but she saved me. My life changed completely, like I was part of the real world. Now that I do have insurance no doctors want to give adderall. I’ve tried strattera and concerta. Both made me feel really bad and sick. Vyvanse helped with the horrible temper, nothing else. It wasn’t bad though I was getting along ok. Now doc has switched me to focalin xr. I ask about adderall but he tells me it’s the same as vyvanse so it won’t help me. I’m not into drugs, will NOT abuse it! I have a good life, alot to be thankful for. I just want to make the best of it, enjoy it and take care of my family without destroying my world. I’ve already lost my job and caused us to file bankruptcy. I just want HELP with this! But because of all the abuse I treated like a dishonest addict looking for my next high!

January 17, 2012 at 6:16 am
(130) Christina says:

I started taking adderrall about three years ago when I came home from my freshman year of college Christmas break, and thought I was seeing things….My already extremely thin sister had become a twig within a matter of days,,,,As angry as I was I was jealous and wanted to get my hands on whatever it was that she had. After gaining fifty pounds my freshman year, thanks to the four award-winning dining halls here at UGA, I would have done anything to get my hands on adderral. That summer I talked my mom into setting up an appointment with a psychiatrist hoping that I could scope a script myself. The day I got my hands on it, I developed a new habit of running seventeen miles a day and lost fifty-five pounds in two months. I became extremely depressed and eventually gave it up, due to the negative side effects that made me feel helpless. Gained most of the weight back but the very next summer, I went to a different doc and she DOUBLED my original prescription. I have noticed that after a long day of work at my two jobs and going to school full-time here at UGA, the only relief I can get at the end of the day due to the side efffects of the adderrall is to have a stiff drink (or two)…does anyone out there have ANY suggestions/better way to get around this?

February 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm
(131) Veronica says:

I am a 23 year old full time college student with ADD/ADHD. I was diagnosed as a young child, and was on Ritalin until I was 13. My parents switched me to Strattera, and I took that for about 3 months; until my parents took my off of it because I had lost nearly 65lbs, and I was 5’11″ tall, and I weighed 135lbs after the fact . The only reason I lost that much weight was because it would make me sick, and I would throw all of my food up. I started to realize that people at school noticed how thin I was, and all of the positive attention I got, so I hid the fact that I was throwing all of my food up, (not to mention the medication) because of Strattera. I honestly never really understood the concept at that age, of what the medication was for. I then stopped taking any medication for ADD/ADHD once I entered high-school, due to bullying because I had to go to the nurses office to take medication daily. I don’t remember ever being able to focus better on Ritalin or Strattera as an adolescent. Now that I am in college, I have a horrible time focusing, and being able to retain anything I’ve just read, let alone being able to have an organized home or life. I researched it, and was surprised to find out that what I had been taking as child was similar, to what Adderall is.

February 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm
(132) Veronica says:

I have been prescribed Dextroamphetamine 20mg, and have been taking it regularly for 7 months, and it’s like my world has completely opened up. My grades have improved drastically, from nearly failing and being kicked out of school, to being one of the top students in my class, to my mood being exceptionally elevated, more because I am doing well in school and I am very proud of that, to shedding some weight that I had accumulated due to overeating and lack of excessive cause by depression. When started D-amphetamine I weighed 245lbs. Seven months later I only weight 209lbs. The medication does regulate my eating, and it suppresses my appetite, but I didn’t have a healthy appetite to begin with, especially when I was consuming 4,000 calories a day, unemployed for a year, and nearly being kicked out of college because of my grades. Of course I would love to be thinner, but I now know that it’s a process, and not to abuse the medication for this reason. I am eating right, working out regularly, I am able to have a great career that I love, and I have no depression. This drug has been a life saver for me, and I have been able to achieve more goals in a short amount of time, than I ever thought I would. I hope the media stops giving it such a horrible stigma, and I also hope that the people who abuse it will realize the same, but it’s doubtful because I can see this drug being deemed as totally illegal, which will be an atrocity for the millions who truly need it for ADD, ADHD, as well as Narcolepsy.

February 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm
(133) Fred says:

Adderall is a strong drug. I took it for a year. It got me in shape. But it is so strong that it can hurt your heart if you take it for too long. Also if you take more than 70 mls a day you can go crazy. It messes up with your head and shows schizophrenic paranoia like symptoms, specially if you take doses over 200 ml a day. My best friend did and I lost him as a friend for almost 3 years, because he went completelly crazy. Thanks god he is back with a lot of effort of all his friends and a doctor. If you are going to take adderall do not take it without control and never over 70 ml doses a day. It will destroy your life and your mind if you do. If you feel like if has lost strenght, you will need to wind off the drug and wait for couple of months. That is your only alternative. Now I do not have bad symptoms of ADHD, While on Adderall I learned the feeling of being organized with my thoughts. Yes It actually helped me permanently to become more focus and more alert. Also take good doses of magnesium while you are winding off, it helps. Please only sugested doses of Magnesium of the best quality I reommend it to be in its most pure form. I took something called Magnesol which is a high potency magnesium supplement sold in Peru South America, but you can find it online, my father recommended the product. I took it for about 6 months after I stop taking adderall. If your goal is to lose weight, after you are down to a manageable weight, quit the adderall and start counting your calories.

March 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm
(134) Wonderbread says:

I’m 16 and just last week, I made the spontaneous decision on accepting 2 25mg adderalls from a good friend. I knew nothing about this drug. At first, I thought it was an opiate and was moderately disappointed to find it was a stimulant. Anywho, before work, I took one to see “what would happen”, I found the results satisfying to say the least. My manager applauded me for being so ‘on point’. When I got home, I didn’t sleep, but instead, did copious amounts of homework and cleaned quite a lot. The next day was just like any other although I’d avoided sleep the night before. When I got home though, I did feel a tad tired. Nothing unusual, though.
The next day, I took the other one. Same results, except seemingly more prolonged.
Today, a week later, I bought 2 more from said friend. I plan to do everything in moderation, of course, but I absolutely adore the concentrated, creative feeling and the mild high. It’s a fantastic, odd combination! I didn’t notice the weight loss until recently and to be honest, my first thoughts were, ‘Can this get any better?’
I think anyone will abuse anything. It just all depends. I firmly believe that if this became over-the-counter, it wouldn’t encourage people to do adderall, but help people who do need/enjoy the drug acquire it without being “criminals” or having to go into therapy or turn to doctors. It would just be more simplistic.
Then again, that’s just me.

April 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm
(135) Synth says:

Using and misusing should, and always has been the actual issue. I am not prescribed Adderall, but I use it during finals week and if I’m in need of an intense multi-night study session for classes. I also use other “drugs” that are considered harmful and possibly dangerous to people. But the binding rule of using is to be mature enough to understand the substance. I dont use Adderall every day like some of my classmates, and I make sure to level out my blood pressure from the Racemic Amphet with extra additives if I take it for more then a day straight. Knowing the chemical compounds and exactly how they effect you body, and being able to use a combination of moderation and proper chemical balancing can keep the body safe and reap the full benefits of my drugs on the market. Almost 75% of people with an IQ higher then 150 have used psychedelics and stimulants for many years safely to heighten self-awareness and reinvigorate imagination, and I am happy to be a part of it. These chemicals can be dangerous, but when used CORRECTLY, by ANYONE, they can be the door to a newer and better life.

April 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm
(136) SynthesizePeace says:

Using and misusing should, and always has been the actual issue. I am not prescribed Adderall, but I use it during finals week and if I’m in need of an intense multi-night study session for classes. I also use other “drugs” that are considered harmful and possibly dangerous to people. But the binding rule of using is to be mature enough to understand the substance. I dont use Adderall every day like some of my classmates, and I make sure to level out my blood pressure from the Racemic Amphet with extra additives if I take it for more then a day straight. Knowing the chemical compounds and exactly how they effect you body, and being able to use a combination of moderation and proper chemical balancing can keep the body safe and reap the full benefits of my drugs on the market. Almost 75% of people with an IQ higher then 150 have used psychedelics and stimulants for many years safely to heighten self-awareness and reinvigorate imagination, and I am happy to be a part of it. These chemicals can be dangerous, but when used CORRECTLY, by ANYONE, they can be the door to a newer and better life.

April 30, 2012 at 10:40 am
(137) Nicole says:

I agree with “(9) Andrea”. My daughter has ADD and was on concerta for it. The docotor ended up switching her to adderall because she was loosing weight (which she couldn’t afford to lose). Once she switched to adderall her weight started going UP. YAY!!

May 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm
(138) Megan says:

Im not adhd but my doc gave me this drug to “speed” me up and help with weight lose…anything to say on that

June 10, 2012 at 11:34 am
(139) DHeaps says:

I have been taking adderall for ten years for ADHD n without it I would be lost. My medicine slows my thoughts down and enables me to concentrate on and take care of one thing instead of having a glimpse of a million things racing through my mind at once n never being able to address anything cuz as soon as the thought gets there its gone. I use to interrupt people when they were talkin to me with whatever I was thinkin out of the blue as if I’d heard nothing they said, I did hear them but couldn’t stay on the subject or even process or remember it. So people were thinkin it was pointless to talk to me about anything cuz I was either nuts or didn’t care. Anyhow life with ADHD is hell n with my medicine I can live a normal life and function well, without it life wouldn’t exist. People living without this disease that abuse this medication is complete nonsense. Everyone has ADHD really but when ur like me n its so severe that it alters every aspect of ur life you need help n need this medication. Medication abusers just piss me off!

June 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm
(140) ADD FAN says:

Adderall makes everyone perform better on their daily tasks so who are those to say one person doesn’t have ADD and one person does? Don’t be jealous of someone’s work ethic… create your own!

August 6, 2012 at 7:12 am
(141) Sheila says:

I am 40 yrs. old, and i have been obesed All MY LIFE… It has caused me to end up with bulimia.i have done everything possible, excersie , healthy diet, etc…. for many years tried it “the right way” didn’t work for me.. now my Doctor is wanting to try me on adderall. because i have been on phentermine for sometime now. is working magic, helps me with the bulimia, (had no episodes) been there done that. as the saying goes.. i havetried everything to gain control of my weight , it has made my life a living hell.. and my social life.. i have high blood pressure, had it since i was 15.. i am a little scared of trying the adderall. because of the side effects.. BUT HEY, WHAT DONT HAVE SIDE EFFECTS THESE DAYS… IF 1 THING DOES’T KILL YOU THEN THE NEXT WILL..I have battled obesity all my life, and with the phentermine, my doctor says the goverment wont allow me to continue to take it much longer, (insurance and regulated issues)I have founde the phenterimine has helped with my depression as well, but I am very sorry for the IDIOTS that are trying to turn this into a bad thing by JUST ASUMMING THINGS.. I AM NOT A JUNKIE, have been 12 yrs ago, tried meth to even help with my weightand never took any kind of drugs prior to doing meth ..well of course i became an addict but THANK GODI REALIZED IT AND AND SOUGHT HELP NOW 12 YEARS CLEAN.. but anyways was just touching on the facts of adderall here is all… at 40 just saying i am scared a bit of the adderall.. but willing to try it.. with my Doctors supervision.. good luck to you all with your Add/Adhd… weight loss issues.. what ever your case may be.. God bless and wishing you all the very best of luck…

August 17, 2012 at 11:28 am
(142) Saffron says:

Im a highschool student and I’ve been on adderall for about 6 months now. Adderall is very affective when it comes to learning and many other things.
When I began taking adderall I remember all of my friends being really glad that I was on it. I was diagnosed with clinical depression when I was 11, I was never able to study, I ate and ate and ate, all though I am not overweight it was nice to only eat when I was hungry. Overall my view on this medicine is very good. Anyone on it though, should be carefull about overdosing and overstimulation.

September 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm
(143) Heather says:

So I would just like to thank those abusing adderall for ruining my life all together. If you dont need it why take it? I literally hate you all right now. Ive struggled with stress and depression my entire life even at eleven years old i was contemplating suicide. Ive been on almost every name brand depression medicine and even a few bipolar meds and none of them have worked now serquil (sp) was the worst i almost ended up in the hospital with it… long story short I was diagnosed with ADD and perscribed Addarall I was on it for a long time lost thirty pounds and I was getting A’s and B’s and when i went back to get a prescription she changed what i was getting to another bipolar pill because she thought i was using it for the weight loss and not to actually feel normal and raising two toddlers and staying focused on one thing at a time without getting overwhelmed and stressed out all the time and getting good grades was a dream and to have it taken because so many of you abuse it for weight loss it sucks… and I struggle every damn day because of you a**holes who dont actually need it and havent been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD….. YOU SUCK

October 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm
(144) marie says:

#143 it seems to me that you may want to see another doctor because you have more issues than adderall can handle.. Sorry

November 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm
(145) srkelley says:

wow…. drama if u take it, drama if u dont.
some one will ALWAYS abuse something. thats between them and God.
wow….

November 27, 2012 at 2:37 am
(146) Brian says:

When I was 16 years old I went to my doctor because it was incredibly obvious I had ADD. I had all the symptoms and even all of my teachers said I had it. My doctor put me on Straterra and it was just plain terrible. I was allergic to it too! So after I told him it didn’t help and he just said I must not have ADD if it didn’t work. Well, long story short I still suffer from unmedicated ADD and I am currently trying to get help from my new doctor now that I am 19 and he said he doesn’t want to put me on Adderall because “I’m in college and would probably just sell it to my classmates”. I feel like I will never get help and everyone will just think I’m lazy and defiant when in reallity I wish I had the ability to focus on my work, I just can’t :/

November 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm
(147) Amy says:

For the people who describe using these drugs recreationally, I found this article very disturbing. I mean, there are natural cures out there for your ailments without side effects – like, adaptogenic herbs and nutraceuticals. These medicines are addictive, and you will need to take more later to get the same effect. At some point, you’ll need to counteract the effect with sleeping pills so you can sleep. What sort of message are we sending. I am not referring to the people that need these medicines – There are healthy alternatives!!!

November 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm
(148) John says:

Not sure how old this article is (seems to be at least a few years old), but Straterra is widely considered to be a dangerous drug, with symptoms that are way more hazardous than adderall. Just thought I’d say that in case info-seekers were still landing here.

December 6, 2012 at 6:50 am
(149) Arias says:

I am a 17 year old kid who has recently been prescribed to adderall because my ADD was getting the best of me and I could not take it. Since then it has been a life changer and has really just improved all aspects of life for me. However the dangers of abuse are all to real and to easy for kids my age. Before I was prescribed in frustration I sought out to try the drag on my own. Granted my situation was different then kids just try to get high, but still it was easy asking two friends before I had them. It is sad how bad people are willing to get high and carelessly disregarding safety and their life.

January 10, 2013 at 9:10 am
(150) alexis says:

I have had ADHD for about 10 years i took adderal in the 5th grade till the 6th and though my grades excelled i rarely ever felt good. I took a long break from the meds and durring that break my grades suffered… my sophmore year of college was prescribed concerta and lost 15 pounds the first week…. But besides that now that i am on concerta i ambitious less of a procrastinator and my grades are looking much better

March 3, 2013 at 3:28 am
(151) klee says:

DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG TO LOSE WEIGHT. I know it’s obnoxious to write in caps, but I had to on this one. I am 29 now, and when I was 24, I got it in my head that I was going to obtain a script for adderall. I am pretty persuasive and I was able to with no problem. I wanted to lose weight. I wanted to get high. I did both and it ruined my life. You should only take this if you have legit add, and if it is your doc’s idea and not yours. I lost everything because of my addiction to adderall. I should have died from the sheer amount that I was taking, staying up for 5 days at a time. I know my case is extreme, but if you have addictive tendencies, or if you are wanting to take it for the wrong reason, just don’t do it.

March 5, 2013 at 1:46 am
(152) Marci Christen says:

Ya know what kills me? When smaller people say, “ya want to lose weight eat a balanced meal and exercise
“. YA THINK? If it were that easy for some people we wouldn’t be the size we are now! Let me guess, if you made this comment you’re either someone who lost a ton of weight the ole Natural way or your think and have a metabolism like a 9 year old. I’m on adderall FOR WEIGHT LOSS AND STRICTLY FOR WEIGHT LOSS. Guess what people, IT WORKS. I am 5’11″ and when I started adderall I weight 250 pounds. Now here I am 4 months later and I’ve lost 35 pounds.

March 26, 2013 at 10:07 pm
(153) Alyson says:

I’m a freshman in college and I started taking Adderall XR about a month ago. I started on Concerta but I would feel effects for one day and the next day I took the same dosage I didn’t notice anything. so I switched to XR. so far I’m doing extremely better in school. I am diagnosed with ADHD and I am now able to sit down and write a paper. it might take a while but I can finish a paper in one day, which I’ve never been able to do. about the weight loss, I didn’t weigh myself before taking the medication so I don’t know if I’m loosing weight but I don’t eat. at all. I wake up as early as possible, take my medication, and eat breakfast. and that’s all I eat for that day. once the medication kicks in, you’re wide awake, attentive, and no appetite. don’t get me wrong, you’re going to be STARVING but you look or think about food and you don’t want it. recently I’ve been getting heartburn and stomach aches causing me to throw up. when I throw up it’s all just water. you get VERY thirsty. so I always have water with me, which is healthy.
overall, I love it. being 18 and having a prescription for Adderall while all your friends are looking to buy it, is pretty exciting. I will not sell it, simply because I need it way more than they do. but if you do have ADHD or ADD I highly recommend this medication. especially for college students!
*on a 30mg a day dose*

May 15, 2013 at 9:45 am
(154) Dylan says:

I am a 20 year’s old. I have been on adderall for almost a year now,they do help me focus alot.. But its coming to the point they are making me Very sick.When i first started taking them i was 227 pounds.not even to months in of taking them i was 163 pounds.Dont get me wrong i look alot better being thinner which i dont mind.But they have done alot of harm to me also.. I was at my family camp which is on the lake wonderful camp gone to my whole life so i know the area very well . anyway i had not eatin in about for days but bites of some food and alot of water.it was around 10 at night and i was with my aunts and uncles mother grandparents and cousins. sitting talking just enjoying seeing them .i was in a conversation with my grandfather and i started feeling weird . my vision became blurry . the last thing i remember is standing up and going outside to smoke a ciggarette. i blacked out for 3 hours my mother found me laying on the boat dock shaking with my eyes nearly all the way in the back of my head.

Now i want to make it very clear i did not OD i would take them as i was told by my Doctor a 20 mg in the mornings and a 15mg around 2-3 in the afternoon and This happened im not sure what it was but sence then i have been trying to eat more which i have found a way to make it work i feel alot better and eat as i was not on them

May 17, 2013 at 1:47 am
(155) help asap says:

Please help y does adderal help me loose weight in the sense of not making me hungry so I understand basically ur starving urself all day but if I do the same- not eat but without taking adderal I don’t loose anything what’s the difference y can’t I loose weight without adderal but still doing the same things..working out active light to no eating etc…anything over the counter makes me so jittery n nervous I feel horrible n tweaked out n my poor heart any one else have pill luck

June 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm
(156) Paul says:

I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 13. They started me on Stratera, and I remember the first time I took it, It was liked it changed my brain forever. I wasnt myself, I withdrew from things, and It definitely didnt help me while I was in school. I took myself of the medicine at age 14. From Ages 14-24 I controlled my ADHD without prescription drugs due to the effect that they have on the brain. During that break on prescription drugs, I studied mental health, and nursing. I also studied business. I had always heard of adderal on the street and new what it was used for, yet never asked to receive it from my prescribing mental health ARNP. One day I went to her, and I asked her about it. She put me on the Adderal XR 10mg. From day one, it was a life saver. HOWEVER, from day one, I KNEW that it could be HIGHLY ADDICTIVE to individuals with addictive personalities or past history of substance abuse to meth, or cocaine.

There seems to be know actual “withdrawl” symptoms if a dose missed however, I take my medication as prescribed, Im sure there is withdrawl symptoms if you abuse this medication. To parents considering putting there younger child or adolecent teenager on Adderall – be caution but dont be over cautious. It can change your childs future in many, many ways, and unfortunately it can be good or bad. Read about the medication and the risks, however dont be to overprotective at the same time. This medication is powerful, and is desgined to do exactly as it is suppose to do if the individual being diagnosed with ADHD is properly using, and actually has the ADHD disorder. C2 substances are not something to mess around with.

Side Effects – Hyper-Active SexDrive – Loss of Appetite *Make sure your child is eating correctly even if he or she isnt wanting too. This medication will cause no appetite for up to two days in my experience when first coming onto the medicine.

June 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm
(157) Azrael says:

I suggest you take a look at consumer forums for Strattera. I started on Straterra, and only shifted to Concerta + 1 ritalin after 2 months where, like a lot of people I couldn’t manage the side-effects – it’s like having a constant flu + nausea + sore throat all the time.

I found that Straterra, even on low doses, would act as a 24 hour a day stimulant. Insomnia was constant, but because of Straterra’s powerful stimulant effect, I simply didn’t notice apart from thinking it was odd that I only needed to sleep an hour or two a night when the advertising given to doctors claimed that it was non-stimulant.

After switching to concerta I was shocked. The first day that I made the switch, I took the concerta in the morning and slept the entire day. After I adjusted to the change in medication, I found that ritalin/concerta WAS still a stimulant, but nowhere near as strong as Strattera.

I asked my psychiatrist about this and he agreed. In his words, Strattera shows every sign of being a powerful stimulant with all the classic stimulant side-effects: weight loss, feeling warm, sweating, feeling like your heart-rate has gone up, ‘gassing out’ when trying heaving aerobic exercise, and all the other ‘common to all stimulants’ side-effects.

I found Straterra to be the stimulant version of an SSRI. It might not produce a ‘high’, but that’s only because it works by building up in the system. Overall, it acts as a 24 hour a day stimulant, just like SSRIs build up to produce a 24 hour a day mood lift.

In fact, if you wanted to be a dodgy doctor and prescribe these girls something to make them lose weight, point them to the comparative weight loss studies of Straterra v Ritalin. That way they’ll be able to see that Straterra is by far the more effective long-term weight loss drug.

July 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm
(158) Genevieve says:

I am 27 and currently take adderal along with my anti depressants it helps me do better at work. PEOPLE WHO ABUSE IT expecially little kids need to cut it out

August 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm
(159) becky says:

I’m glad I came across this forum, as I recently self-diagnosed myself w/ADHD from taking an online quiz. I’ve gone to a therapist twice & she confirmed it. It is a relief knowing there’s an explanation for some of my behaviors. I’m going to my family dr in a coupla weeks & will ask about the Adderall. I’m going to do more research, but it seems it’ll be helpful & I could also stand to lose about 25lbs that I’ve put on, so it’d be nice if it helped with that, too

September 29, 2013 at 10:37 pm
(160) Sara says:

For those of you who are angry at people for using adderall for other than ADD your anger is in the wrong place. We should be for less government control and changing the “drug war” completely. It costs to much and has too many casualties. If taking adderall makes it possible for someone to lose weight and the risks have been weighed then great, certainly seems a better option than surgery. If it helps someone to focus and live their life more effectively then good for them. The problem is the money pit that has been built based on the “drug war” and it is really about power and money and has nothing to do with helping anyone. If you have pain you should be able to find the most effective pain medication, go on it and stay on it as long as it helps and is needed. Instead it is almost impossible to get pain management treatment from doctors and this is because of an overreaching government.

Also for obesity, not everyone is eating large amounts and having midnight binges. I was skinny once, then I got pregnant, after two kids the weight popped on and won’t go away. Reduced calories doesn’t work, exercise doesn’t work (the experts even agree normal exercise doesn’t cause weight loss, although it helps with long term muscle and bone health). You cut calories and your body adjusts, you maybe lose a few pounds over a long time frame, but they come right back on, often followed by a few extra. The endocronologist even said that most people will never be able to lose the weight. They also think that the gene for diabetes and the inability to lose weight may be linked (talk about a vicious cycle).

People should make up their own minds about what works for them and weigh the risks and if some don’t survive their choices it will still be less costly than the “drug war”. I do agree there is something hinky going on as they hand out anti-depressants like candy if you express any problem with energy and fatigue.

May 20, 2014 at 11:30 pm
(161) Katzy says:

It makes absolutely no justice for all since that a weight loss medicine is used for Attention Deficit Disorder too. People who are on diets are angry hungry people, and kids who need to focus are hungry.

I did my own test using this medication. I lost weight and ate normal meals and took the medication as prescribed. So I stop taking the meds and watched. I still had the scripts, but never filled them. I lost weight, and more weight, and I ate more food and more and more food. Why did I lose weight and take no medication? My ADD symptoms came back. In fact I lost my eye glasses again today because I did not take my medication. I got on the scale and I lost another 1.5 pounds oye. That’s abuse.

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