Is there a connection between Adderall and weight loss?
Adderall is an amphetamine-based stimulant used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Amphetamines and stimulants speed up the user's metabolism which can result in weight loss.
In fact, some teens and young adults who do not suffer from ADD or ADHD are beginning to use Adderall as a weight-loss supplement.
There are even reports of some celebrities turning to stimulants such as Adderall for quick weight-loss prior to movie shoots and awards shows.
For fickle teens under pressure to conform to strict body types, the desire for quick weight loss can results in abusing stimulant medications such as Adderall.
The fact is that this medication is a powerful stimulant, not unlike speed and cocaine. Such "off-label" use such as abusing stimulants for weight-loss purposes can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
Remember: prescription medications should only be used to treat a disease
or condition for which the medication was intended.
For more information, read this companion article about the dangers of Adderall addiction. Amphetamine addiction is brutal, and the consequences can be life-long.
It is a good idea to monitor your weight while taking Adderall in order to specifically track any weight changes.
If you are prescribed Adderall for legitimate medical conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and you notice that you are losing too much weight, notify your prescribing doctor.
If the weight loss becomes too dramatic or poses potential health risks, your doctor may recommend certain diet changes or alter your medication times in order to reverse the effects.
For those abusing this medication for weight loss purposes, my advice is this: be smart. Do not take any medication for purposes other than it was intended. If you are already hooked, be very wary of these signs of Adderall withdrawal.
As always, refer all questions and concerns about Adderall weight loss to your doctor.
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