What Are the Symptoms of Snorting Adderall?

In the past decade, snorting Adderall has become an increasingly popular way to take the drug. Snorting any drug will make it hit faster, and studies have shown that this is one of the leading causes of addiction. Taking Adderall this way can be dangerous and increases the risk of dependence and overdose.

What Is Adderall?

Adderall is a prescription stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

It has become popular with young adults who are not diagnosed with ADHD, especially college students. It is sometimes referred to as a “study drug” or “smart drug” since it increases energy, focus, and awareness.

Some people take it recreationally because it makes them feel good and has effects similar to other stimulants. There is a high potential for abuse and physical dependence in people who use Adderall.

Because of Adderall’s unique chemical makeup, amphetamine dextroamphetamine, the two main ingredients, and Adderall’s generic name used by pharmacists and doctors, its use comes with increased risks.

There are two forms of Adderall pills available, an immediate-release tablet or Adderall RX, an extended-release capsule. It is considered a maintenance drug, meaning it is used to treat long-term or chronic conditions.

What Does Adderall Do?

When used as prescribed, Adderall interacts with the central nervous system and regulates chemicals in the brain. The intended effects of Adderall include mood regulation, increased attentiveness and focus, and decreased restlessness.

Interestingly, the side effects of Adderall are the main reason people seek it out. It is an appetite suppressant, leading some people to use it for weight loss or crash dieting.

People are primarily drawn to this pill because it is a long-lasting stimulant that allows them to be awake for long periods and stay focused.

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How Long Does Adderall Stay in Your System?

How long Adderall stays in your system is determined through several factors, including dosage, metabolism, and type taken. Any medication taken regularly will remain in the body longer.

The half-life of Adderall is ten hours. For example, if you take 20 mg of Adderall, 10 mg will still be in your system ten hours later. Twenty hours after taking it, 5 mg will be present.

In general, it takes three days for Adderall to be gone entirely from the system of a non-habitual user. Although, it can be detected in the system longer with blood or hair sample-based drug tests.

According to the FDA, amphetamines will show up in urine-based drug tests as soon as 4 to 6 hours after taking them and can give a positive result up to 2 to 3 days later.

Snorting Adderall makes the body metabolize it slightly faster, increasing the dangers of severe side effects. Prescription drugs are tailored to patients’ specific needs. It is essential to read the medication guide and follow directions closely. People taking medication they are not prescribed increase their risk of health emergencies and the likelihood of substance abuse.

Adderall Side Effects

Whether swallowed or snorted, Adderall has many side effects, including short-term and long-term effects.

Side effects of Adderall include but are not limited to:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Weight loss
  • Anxiety
  • Dry mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Jumbled or repetitive speech, stuttering, or slurring
  • Swelling of the eyes, tounge, or throat
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Unexplainable wounds appearing on fingers or toes
  • Irritability

Adderall poses a risk for people with a history of bipolar disorder. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are a common ingredient in anti-depressants that help balance the brain’s chemistry. Thus, people taking medications with MAOIs should wait at least 14 days from their last dose to take it to avoid drug interactions. Additionally, anyone with a history of allergic reactions to stimulants should also avoid it.

Effects of Snorting Adderall

The effects of snorting Adderall are felt faster than taking it orally and can give a rush and feeling of euphoria. Stimulants taken through the nose enter the system quicker than anything taken orally. The second most common way of taking Adderall is crushing and snorting it.

Symptoms of snorting Adderall include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Nose bleeds
  • Mood swings
  • Heart palpitations
  • Nerve issues, including cold hands and feet
  • Vision problems
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart attack
  • Overdose
  • Sudden death
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Why Is Snorting Adderall Dangerous?

Because Adderall is designed to last over several hours, consuming it through the nose forces the body to process it all at once. Snorting Adderall can overload the brain and central nervous system. It is hard to know the amount of any drug when it is crushed up, and it can easily lead to an Adderall overdose. Stimulants hitting the system all at once, especially if mixed with other substances, can lead to cardiac issues or other underlying or unknown health issues causing complications.

Adderall Overdose

Currently, there is no treatment for any stimulant overdose. In addition, because Adderall is often taken with other substances, it is crucial to seek medical attention if you suspect an overdose.

Signs of an Adderall overdose include:

  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Seizure
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma
  • Death

Adderall Withdrawal

Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening.

Adderall-dependent individuals report feelings of acute withdrawal symptoms composed of three factors:

  1. Drug cravings with unpleasant dreams and severe agitation
  2. Decreased energy and increased need for sleep
  3. Anxiety that involves loss of interest or pleasure and slowed down movement

Adderall withdrawal symptoms typically include:

  • Paranoia
  • Feelings of despair
  • Depression
  • Severe irritability
  • Presistent sleepiness and fatigue
  • Increased appetite

It is important to talk to your doctor before quitting or changing any medication. Call your doctor to discuss the safest way to stop taking Adderall. They may recommend medical detox and professional help.

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Getting Help for Your Addiction

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