Adderall Withdrawal

What is Adderall withdrawal?

Aderall is a stimulant that is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The drug is often wrongly associated with misleading information that claims it to be improving alertness and concentration. It works as a stimulant to the central nervous system.

It increases availability of the dopamine and norepinephrine neurotransmitters in the brain. Thus it speeds up brain activity. It also helps people to remain calm and produces a feeling of euphoria. People are prone to get addicted to it and when people try to give up the addiction their brain cannot function normally due to its absence. This is known as adderall withdrawal.

Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms \ Side-effects

  • Depression
  • Abdominal pain
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Oversleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Memory impairment
  • Paranoia
  • Seizures
  • Suicidal thoughts


The treatment for Adderall Withdrawal is totally dependent on the kind of symptoms. Hence it is important to focus on the symptoms and treat it accordingly.

  • Taper off and reduce the doses slowly and not suddenly. Preferably 10% reduction every week depending on the level of dosage can be an easy approach to withdraw.
  • Scheduling and regulating the sleep should be a high priority.
  • Patient must talk about their addiction and be able to find motivation to get rid of the addiction by focusing on the negative effects it has on their lives
  • Let the cravings happen and try to sustain without giving into it to build resistance towards the addiction
  • Distract from thoughts of the addiction by diverting attention towards other day to day and recreational activities
  • Undergo an outpatient or impatient program offered at Rehabilitation Centers.


  • Do not use the drug unless it has been prescribed
  • Consult a doctor at the very onset of a pattern of dependence
  • Protect against amphetamine neurotoxicity
  • Exercise Regularly
  • Adopt an healthy Diet

How long does it take to Detox from adderall?

Timeline for complete detoxification is dependent on the dosage of the drug over a period of time. Withdrawal symptoms are experienced for time ranging from 5 days to a few weeks. However, this might extend to over a period of 3 months after which the patient might start feeling much better without the drug.

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