How Long Does Adderall Stay In Your System?

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What Is Adderall?

Adderall is a medication used to treat and help with ADHD. It is made up of amphetamines and dextroamphetamine. Both are stimulants and cause an increase in energy, blood pressure, alertness and attention. 

When someone takes Adderall, their dopamine level will increase. Dopamine is associated with the “feel good”  sense in our body. When adderall wears off, especially after continued use, it can cause unpleasant physical and psychological symptoms⁠—which can lead to abuse of the medication. 

How Long Does it Take for Adderall to Leave Your System?

Adderall has a half life of 9-14 hours. The half life of a chemical determines how long it takes for half the content to process and leave the body. If an individual took 50mg, it would take 9-14 hours to reduce to 25mg. Generally it takes about 3 days for Adderall to leave the body. 

What is Adderall Made of?

Adderall is a composition of four amphetamine salts : amphetamine aspartate monohydrate, amphetamine sulfate, dextroamphetamine saccharate and dextroamphetamine sulfate. These are all equal parts accounting for 25% contribution each. Adderall usually comes in two forms :

Adderall (IR)

Adderall (IR is the instant release version of the drug. It typically lasts around 4 hours per dose and can be used 2-3 times a day.

Adderall (XR)

Adderall (XR) is the extended version of the drug and is effective for 10-12 hours a day. It should only be used once a day and can be taken with or without food.

Adderall Side Effects

Side effects of taking Adderall may include: 

  • Lack of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Nausea 
  • Anxiety
  • Weight loss
  • Trouble sleeping

With increased use, some of these effects may be reduced. However, if abuse is upheld for a long period effects can become more severe :

  • Severe insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Skin disorder
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart damage
  • Anorexia
  • Moodiness

Adderall is a Schedule II drug classified by the DEA. It is a highly addictive drug which has a great potential to lead to user abuse and lead to the physical and psychological side effects.

Recovery from Adderall Addiction

Adderall is a highly addictive legal drug that can be very difficult to quit without assistance.  Individuals who seek our professional help and guidance have a greater chance to get – and stay – sober.

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