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What are symptoms of Adderall withdrawal?

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These aren’t the same as side effects. Withdrawal symptoms happen only after you stop taking a medicine. Side effects happen when you’re using it.

If you’ve taken Adderall for a long time or have misused it, you might have one or more of these after you stop:

  • Depression, irritability, or other changes in mood
  • A hard time sleeping
  • Unusual tiredness (fatigue)
  • Nausea
  • Stomach aches or cramping
  • Vomiting

SOURCES:

Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery: “What are Stimulants?”

Recovery First: An American Addiction Centers Facility: “Adderall Withdrawal and Detox.”

Micromedex Detailed Drug Information for the Consumer [Internet]. “Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamine (Oral route).”

Adderall drug information pamphlet. 

The Behavioral Health Foundation of Central MS: “Let’s Talk About Prescription Drug Abuse & Addiction.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens: “Prescription Stimulant Medications (Amphetamines).”

Lakhan SE, et al. , Sept. 2012. Brain and Behavior

Australian Government Department of Health: “Chapter 7: Psychostimulant withdrawal and detoxification.”

Australian Government Department of Health: “The Amphetamine Withdrawal Syndrome.”

Government of South Australia: “Amphetamine withdrawal management.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery: “What are Stimulants?”

Recovery First: An American Addiction Centers Facility: “Adderall Withdrawal and Detox.”

Micromedex Detailed Drug Information for the Consumer [Internet]. “Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamine (Oral route).”

Adderall drug information pamphlet. 

The Behavioral Health Foundation of Central MS: “Let’s Talk About Prescription Drug Abuse & Addiction.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens: “Prescription Stimulant Medications (Amphetamines).”

Lakhan SE, et al. , Sept. 2012. Brain and Behavior

Australian Government Department of Health: “Chapter 7: Psychostimulant withdrawal and detoxification.”

Australian Government Department of Health: “The Amphetamine Withdrawal Syndrome.”

Government of South Australia: “Amphetamine withdrawal management.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 5, 2019

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