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5 Potentially Life-Threatening Symptoms of Adderall Withdrawal

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Quitting Adderall can send your body into withdrawal if you’ve been using the drug for an extended period of time, or taking larger doses than prescribed. The symptoms of Adderall withdrawal can range from mild to severe depending on your addiction type and medical history. Some Adderall withdrawal symptoms can even be dangerous and life-threatening, unless you quit the drug with help from a physician or drug rehab center.

If you or someone you love is struggling with Adderall addiction, understand that you’re not alone in your fight. Call our 24/7 confidential helpline at 888-602-1971(Who Answers?) to speak with a treatment specialist about your options for drug rehab centers devoted to helping you overcome Adderall dependency.

Here are five serious symptoms of Adderall withdrawal to take into consideration before quitting the drug abruptly on your own.

1. Depression

Symptoms of Adderall Withdrawal

Depression can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions.

Those who suffer from mental illnesses like depression also often suffer from addiction. This is because these individuals frequently use alcohol and drugs to self-medicate and mask symptoms. Depression can affect your sleep, concentration, and energy levels, and can even lead to thoughts of suicide.

2. Anxiety

Anxiety and anxiety disorders are often linked to depression and addiction, and can trigger a series of additional physical symptoms that increase your risk for serious health problems. For instance, anxiety can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and respiratory disorders.

3. Insomnia

Insomnia can lead to daytime sleepiness and drowsiness — increasing the risk for accidents, especially when driving. Lack of sleep also puts physical stress on your body, and weakens your immune system. A weakened immune system can make it difficult for you to overcome illnesses and other Adderall withdrawal symptoms.

4. Memory Impairment

Memory loss and impairment can interfere with your livelihood and personal relationships, and make it difficult for you to perform well at work or school. Memory loss also increases your risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

How to Stop Taking Adderall Without Withdrawal

5. Vomiting

Suddenly quitting Adderall can cause nausea and vomiting as your body tries to repair and rebalance itself without the drug. While vomiting isn’t necessarily life-threatening, it can increase your risk for dehydration if you’re not taking care of yourself and replenishing fluids throughout withdrawal.

Overcoming Adderall Withdrawal Safely

Quitting Adderall is safest when done under a physician’s care, or at a drug rehab center. The most ideal way to avoid symptoms of Adderall withdrawal is to gradually reduce your dosage over a set period of time — a process known as tapering. This allows you stop using Adderall without experiencing drug cravings or withdrawal symptoms.

You can also withdraw from Adderall safely and comfortably at a drug detox center. If you quit using Adderall abruptly, drug detox centers can guide you through withdrawal using one or more prescription medications that treat certain symptoms.

If you’re struggling with Adderall abuse or addiction, understand that you’re not alone, and that help is available and nearby. Call our 24/7 confidential helpline at 888-602-1971(Who Answers?) to learn more about local drug detox or rehab centers that can treat symptoms of Adderall withdrawal.

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