September 21, 2018

Adderall for Weight Loss: A Bad Decision

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or a similar diagnosis, then it is important to know about Adderall and its side effects.

For someone with ADHD, Adderall can have many benefits. It is a stimulant that can increase one’s attention span, control behavioral problems, improve listening skills, improve organizational skills, and add some order to your life. By listening to your doctor and taking it as prescribed, the benefits typically outweigh the side effects.

These side effects include but are not necessarily limited to loss of appetite, weight loss, dry mouth, stomach upset/pain, nausea/vomiting, dizziness, headache, diarrhea, fever, nervousness, trouble sleeping, and blood pressure increase. If a doctor has prescribed you this medicine, that means that for you, the benefits should outweigh the negative effects. However, if you are not prescribed Adderall, and are taking it illegally, there is not a doctor to vouch for any benefits you could have from it.

Illegal use of Adderall is at an all-time high. Whether its college students taking a few doses while pulling an all-nighter, high schoolers taking someone else’s prescription out of curiosity, or by using it for weight loss.

Even if a doctor has prescribed an off-label version of Adderall as a weight loss aide, it is still good to be cautious and pay attention to any side effects. An off-label drug means that it has not yet been approved by the FDA, meaning that the testing of it is very limited.

Though Adderall is known to speed up your metabolism, it should not be used liberally. Stimulants are known for the addiction and abuse potential. It is important to know that though Adderall can increase metabolism, it does so in a way that can cause serious side effects, especially when abused. By increasing your blood pressure, heart rate, energy, and appetite suppression; Adderall abuse can cause you to overwork your body to a dangerous level.

If you do not give your body time to relax or the nutrients it needs to work, it will stop working properly. Adderall abuse can cause stroke, heart attacks, seizures, and even death. If you have any heart disorders or issues – or even if they merely run in your family – this can stop doctors from even prescribing Adderall to a patient with ADHD due to the increase in negative effects.

If you take Adderall for weight loss, it should be noted that if you decide to stop taking it, weight regain is common. Due to this, it is better for many to make lifestyle choices – such as an increase in whole foods, water, and exercise – for long-term weight loss and health.

If you are interested in losing weight, it is best to talk with your doctor seriously about how much weight you would like to lose as well as any past medical issues. By doing this, you and your doctor can work together to come up with a plan that is best suited to your needs without negatively affecting your health.

Adderall is approved by the FDA for ADHD and ADD treatment, not for weight loss. When misused, there is an increase in the risk of Adderall addiction and dependency as well as negative side effects. If you do not have ADHD, Adderall will overstimulate you and most likely not give you the effect you desire.

When Adderall is used as prescribed, the benefits typically outweigh the risks. However, Adderall abuse has not only grown more common but is a known cause of many negative health effects. When taking any medicine – whether or not it is prescribed – it is good to consult a doctor, have a clear understanding of any health concerns you may have, as well as do your own research.

Losing weight is difficult and with all the weight loss pills advertised it is no wonder why so many seek easy fixes such as prescription medicine in hope of losing weight overnight. Losing weight in this way is not only dangerous and potentially addictive but is also not a long-term option. The best way to lose weight is to avoid drug tactics and appetite suppressants and instead make lifestyle changes that will benefit not just your waistline but your whole body’s health as well.