These days it seems that everyone is looking for the next miracle pill to help us get fit or, to be more precise, lose weight. People are trying everything and one of the latest crazes is using Adderall for weight loss – a drug designed to help those with narcolepsy and / or ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
A drug designed to help those control their tics and urges, help focus, ensure higher levels of concentration, and even control bodily movements, Adderall also has a surprising side effect that for some could prove dangerous.
It seems there’s something behind using Adderall for weight loss.
When you take Adderall, your dopamine levels are increased. This causes a sense or feeling of euphoria – pleasure and relaxation all in one. For those with ADHD, this increased dopamine level is what helps to calm them down but for those users who do not need it, the euphoria is almost like a ‘buzz’ or a ‘high’ and when you combine that with a side effect of weight loss, you can almost understand what has made it so popular. Add to that the fact the drug is very easily accessible and you have a medication that is fast becoming one of the most abused medications on the market. One that can come with its fair share of dangerous side effects too.
Not just offering the weight loss properties, Adderall also gives users a chances of experiencing enhanced focus and concentration, giving another explanation as to why the abuse of Adderall for non ADHD / narcolepsy related conditions has increased over recent years.
Adderall For Weight Loss – Studies
There was a recent study into pediatrics which showed children who used Adderall to treat ADHD often had a lower BMI than those children who suffered from ADHD and was not using the stimulant. Using both height and weight measurements, the children on ADHD often lost weight with long-term use.
Adults have reported the same side effect from using the drug to treat ADHD in adulthood, or narcolepsy, for long term use.
The reason behind the weight loss is said to be in that enhancement of dopamine within the body, a chemical that is responsible for many things, just one of them being your satisfaction levels – how hungry you are.
When you take the drug, a signal is sent to the brain via the central nervous system (because of the enhanced / increased dopamine) telling you that you are feeling full and satisfied even when you might not be. Because you don’t feel hunger pangs – the brain can’t tell you you’re having hunger pangs because your appetite has been suppressed with the extra dopamine, you won’t want to eat and as a result, you’ll start consuming fewer calories.
Over short periods of time, this probably won’t lead to many noticeable changes but with long term use, or as you increase the dosage of your medication, you may find that weight loss is a sometimes unwelcome result.
There are other reasons why Adderall has been shown to work for weight loss. You have more cognitive awareness when you take this drug, the focus and mental functioning improved by those dopamine levels once again, and because of that, you will be more AWARE that the foods you’re eating might not be the best foods to be eating. When you eat a piece of chocolate cake, you will be more aware that you’re eating a piece of chocolate cake and because of that added cognitive awareness, you are more likely to consider that chocolate cake as bad for you and focus on eating healthier instead.
If that wasn’t enough, those dopamine levels again have a little more to answer to as they give you’re energy and uplift your mood. When you have more energy and a better mood, you’ll be more likely to go to the gym or workout for that day, and when you combine that with a reduced appetite, it won’t be long before you start noticing changes to your body.
Oh, and we can’t forget about that added focus and motivation once again – it’s like a big circle that all results in a healthier, slightly slimmer and lighter you.
Adderall – Side Effects
Of course, it’s not all good news as far as Adderall for weight loss is concerned. In fact, there’s more bad news than there is good.
Firstly, the FDA have not approved Adderall for weight loss. All that has happened is weight loss has been shown as a COMMON side effect with long term usage. You don’t know how safe Adderall is to take when you don’t have a condition such as narcolepsy or ADHD, and you also don’t know about drug interactions with existing medication you could be taking, or whether or not it will affect any existing medical conditions, some of which you might not even know about yet.
Taking a drug you have NOT been prescribed by a medical professional is a very bad idea irrespective of what your intentions are.
There are some very nasty and very common side effects from taking Adderall including the following:
- Abdominal Pain
- Upset stomach
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Dry mouth
- Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
- Loss of interest in regular activities
- Loss of libido
If you have a reaction to the medication, there are even more serious consequences:
- Chest pain
- Vision changes
- Difficulty breathing
- Aggressive / uncontrollable behavior
- Hallucinations / delusions
- Skin rashes
- Tongue, lips and other facial swelling
- Inability to talk or swallow
- Heart palpitations / irregular heartbeat
If you notice any of the above when you are taking Adderall, whether you have been prescribed it by a doctor or not, you should seek medical attention immediately.
If you are going to use Adderall for weight loss, you are putting yourself at risk. You don’t know the right dosage to be taking, you don’t know how long you should be taking it for, and you’re missing one vital piece of information…
Address has been shown to cause weight loss in LONG TERM use. This means you would need to take the drug for a long time before you would notice the weight loss effects and by that point, some of the side effects would have been so terrible, you’d have given up because nothing is worth putting your body through that much.
There is a reason Adderall is not given out as a miracle weight loss cure… It’s not one.
There are certain instances in which you shouldn’t take Adderall at all, for weight loss or otherwise, and just one of this instances is when you’re taking specific medications which would cause an interaction. If you have taken MAOI antidepressants within 14 days, you cannot take Adderall. These include medications such as Parnate, Nardil, Zelapar, Marplan, and more.
You also shouldn’t take Adderall with medications to fix high or low blood pressure, with medications for seizures, with any blood thinners such as Warfarin, with any cold, flu or allergy medication, with beta blockers, diuretics, and more. The list is pretty long and extensive. There is a reason this drug is meant to be prescribed by a medical professional.
Address For Weight Loss – Dangers
As well as the drug interactions, medical interactions and negative side effects, there are actually some dangerous scenarios which could occur as a result of you taking a drug like Adderall for weight loss when you have not been prescribed it.
You will not know the correct dosage to take. If you have never taken this medication before, the smallest amount could cause a reaction and you may overdose by accident. Symptoms of an Adderall overdose include seizures, racing heart rate, hallucinations, panic attacks, aggression, confusion, unconsciousness and, in serious cases, death.
The promise of a miracle weight loss pill is often too tempting to turn down for many, with both men and women paying a small fortune for tablets and supplements they’re not sure of, in the hope this one will definitely be the one that works. Sadly, Adderall for weight loss is not the answer. No one really knows how long ‘long-term usage’ would be for this drug, and even if you were to ‘guess’ and trial it for yourself at home, you’re running the risk of killing yourself by not having the full information beforehand. You are not a doctor and this isn’t something you should ‘prescribe’ yourself.