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How to Stop Taking Adderall Without Withdrawal

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Adderall is a prescription medication commonly used to treat narcolepsy and ADHD. Quitting the drug abruptly can cause you to go into withdrawal, and experience one or more painful, uncomfortable symptoms. But learning how to stop taking Adderall without withdrawal can help you overcome addiction and/or physical dependency much more safely and comfortably.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction to Adderall or another medication, understand that help is available and nearby. Call our 24/7 confidential helpline at 800-662-8079(Who Answers?) to speak with an addiction counselor about your rehab and treatment options.

Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms

Adderall works by altering brain chemicals responsible for your energy and concentration levels. The medication also increases your heart rate, blood flow, and circulation. Quitting Adderall abruptly can suddenly reverse these effects.

Common Adderall withdrawal symptoms:

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Depression is a common Adderall withdrawal symptom.

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of motivation
  • Increased appetite
  • Confusion
  • Panic attacks
  • Decreased sexual libido

Don’t go through Adderall withdrawal on your own without help. Here are steps you can take to quit Adderall and avoid withdrawal.

Contact Your Doctor

If you’re currently taking Adderall and want to stop using, talk to your doctor before quitting. Your doctor can help you quit using a method known as tapering. Tapering is when your doctor gradually reduces your dosage over time so you can avoid going through withdrawal.

Visit a Drug Detox Center

If you’re using Adderall without a prescription and don’t feel comfortable going to your doctor, visit a drug detox center instead. A drug detox center will respect your confidentiality, and help you choose a detox treatment that works best for you. Most drug detox centers will taper you off Adderall, or provide you with medications that relieve certain withdrawal symptoms during detox.

Visit a Drug Rehab Center

The treatment you receive at a drug rehab center often includes drug detox treatment, followed by counseling and therapy that address the root causes of addiction. If you’re abusing Adderall due to struggling with addiction, going to a drug rehab center can help you overcome physical dependency on the drug, as well as addiction.

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Take Medications That Relieve Symptoms

Quitting Adderall on your own can be dangerous and life-threatening, depending on your personal health history and on the length of your addiction. Certain medicines and medications may help relieve one or more Adderall withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor about prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines that can best help treat withdrawal symptoms, based on your health history.

Practice Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Adderall withdrawal symptoms can sometimes be relieved by practicing certain healthy lifestyle habits. Exercise regularly to naturally balance your mood and improve sleeping problems associated with quitting Adderall. Also, consume foods high in nutrition such as fruits and vegetables to combat skin problems and acne breakouts caused by quitting Adderall.

If you’re addicted to Adderall and need to stop using, understand that help is just one phone call away. Call our 24/7 confidential helpline at 800-662-8079(Who Answers?) to speak with a drug abuse counselor and learn more about local drug detox centers, and about how to stop taking Adderall without withdrawal.

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