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Medically Reviewed By: Diana Vo, LMFT

May 21, 2024

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Adderall is a drug widely prescribed for ADHD and narcolepsy. While this drug can be incredibly helpful for those struggling with ADHD, Adderall side effects may manifest. Read on to learn more about Adderall effects and discover how to connect with compassionate treatment.

Common Side Effects of Adderall

Adderall can trigger cognitive, physical and emotional side effects. Common side effects of Adderall include:

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  • Increased blood pressure
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Appetite loss
  • Weight loss

As dosage increases, so do the severity and length of Adderall effects. Side effects such as cognitive control, muscle breakdown, panic attacks, and psychosis may occur when the medication is taken in high doses.

Side effects of Adderall can differ greatly from person to person. Some people may experience euphoria, increased energy, and improved cognitive control. Others might encounter adverse effects involving appetite and weight loss. Anyone taking Adderall should be diligent about monitoring side effects and consult their healthcare provider about any concerning side effects.

Adderall and Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds may occur in some people taking Adderall. This side effect may manifest as the medication tends to cause dryness in mucous membranes, including those in the nasal passages. This dryness can make the delicate tissues in the nose more prone to cracking and bleeding.

Here’s how to manage Adderall nosebleeds:

  • Humidify your environment: Using a humidifier can add moisture to the air, reducing nasal dryness.
  • Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of fluids helps maintain moisture levels in your body, including the nasal passages.
  • Nasal sprays: Saline nasal sprays can help keep the nasal passages moist and reduce the risk of an Adderall bloody nose.
  • Consult a healthcare provider: If nosebleeds persist, consult with a healthcare professional to rule out underlying issues or to discuss alternative ADHD treatments.

Adderall Bladder Control

Adderall can sometimes affect bladder control, leading to symptoms like urinary urgency, frequent urination, or difficulty initiating urination. These effects are caused by the way in which the stimulant affects the CNS (central nervous system), disrupting signals to and from the bladder.

Take action to avoid Adderall incontinence in the following ways:

  • Timed voiding: Setting regular times to use the bathroom can help manage urgency and frequency.
  • Reduce caffeine intake: Caffeine can worsen urinary symptoms, so reducing consumption can be beneficial.
  • Consult a healthcare provider: Discuss these symptoms with a healthcare provider, as they may adjust the medication or recommend treatments specific to urinary symptoms.

Adderall Insomnia

Insomnia is a well-known side effect of Adderall due to its stimulant properties. This can manifest as difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing non-restorative sleep, especially if the medication is taken later in the day.

Coping with insomnia triggered by Adderall can be challenging. Try the following approaches:

  • Adjust the timing of medication: Taking Adderall earlier in the day can prevent the stimulant effects from stunting sleep at night.
  • Develop a bedtime routine: Establishing a relaxing routine before bed can alert your body that it’s time to start winding down.
  • Limit screen time: Reducing exposure to screens and bright lights in the evening can help improve sleep quality.
  • Consult a healthcare provider: If insomnia persists, it might be necessary to adjust the dosage or explore alternative medications or therapies.

Keep in mind that these side effects vary widely among individuals, and ongoing consultation is integral to effective medication management.

Adderall Addiction Treatment at Renaissance Recovery

We offer treatment for addiction to prescription medications like Adderall at Renaissance Recovery in Southern California. We also offer integrated dual diagnosis treatment for those battling with addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders like ADHD.

The outpatient nature of treatment at our rehab in Huntington Beach, CA, enables you to maintain your everyday obligations while addressing addiction and mental health issues around your existing commitments.

Since everyone has a unique experience of addiction, Renaissance treatment programs are highly personalized. Therapies might include:

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