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How should a person stop taking Adderall?

 

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Adderall has a great track record of effectiveness and safety when its use is carefully monitored by a doctor. It is not physically dangerous to suddenly stop taking Adderall (go "cold turkey"). However, you should discuss very carefully the possible consequences of stopping the medication with your doctor.

For example, for a high school sophomore, could suddenly stopping the medication risk a catastrophic drop in school performance that would jeopardize his subsequent college choices? Could a teenage driver be at suddenly greater risk for accidents before she realizes how much her degree of inattention has increased?

We know that patients with ADHD are at increased risk for subsequent drug and alcohol abuse. Could stopping the medication that so effectively treats ADHD put you at even greater risk for other drug abuse?

So, please consult very carefully with your doctor about the potential risks and implications of stopping Adderall.

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The stimulant medication Adderall was created to help individuals with ADHD, but unfortunately it has become a frequently used recreational drug. In fact, 1 in 5 college students and 10 percent of high school students use Adderall as a study drug and it is commonly used among women age 26 to 39. Trying to quit the drug has proven for many easier said than done and most wonder what is the best way to stop take Adderall.


Depending on the severity of use, it is very likely that when you stop taking Adderall you will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms which may begin within a few hours after the last time you used the drug. The side effects of Adderall withdrawal are both physical (constipation/diarrhea, nausea, rapid heartbeat/chest pain and seizures) and psychological (anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations). 


Though it is possible for some people to stop their Adderall use cold turkey or to taper off, most individuals will need to get help from a professional detox treatment in order to overcome their Adderall use.


Gallus Detox Center is a private inpatient detox facility that specializes in IV therapy medical detox. If you have questions about our facility or detox method, please call us at 855-338-6929.

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