My post for this week is about Adderall. the effects of it , how addictive it is, overdosing on adderall etc.
First for the people who does not know adderall is a prescription drug that stimulates the brain. It is often prescribed for people with ADHD and ADD. It helps increasing the ability to pay attention, stay focused on certain tasks, improve your listening skills and help you to be able to organize your tasks. It is also prescribed for people with narcolepsy.
Adderall is an amphetamine.It comes in two different forms instant release or extended release.
The side effects of Adderall may include abdominal pain, appetite loss, nausea, and weight loss. On the psychological side the effects are nclude increased alertness, apprehension, concentration, decreased sense of fatigue, mood swings (elated mood followed by mildly depressed mood), increased initiative, insomnia or wakefulness, self-confidence, and sociability.”
This is an interesting fact about adderall "I recently read that over 3.5 million American kids are currently taking some sort of ADHD medication: a 500% increase since 1990. According to various studies published in The New York Times, sales in US prescriptions for ADHD drugs like Adderall (such as Concerta, Ritalin, and Dexedrine) reached almost $9 billion. For the record, back in 2010, via a co-pay, I paid ten bucks for 120 pills.”
These are the symptoms of having an adderall overdose according to the "Molecular Neuropharmacology: A Foundation for Clinical Neuroscience”
Overdose symptoms by system
System Minor or moderate overdose Severe overdose
High or low blood pressure
Cardiogenic shock (heart not pumping enough blood)
Cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain)
Circulatory collapse (partial or complete failure of the circulatory system)
Abnormally fast reflexes
Tremor (involuntary muscle twitching)
Acute amphetamine psychosis (e.g., delusions and paranoia)
Compulsive and repetitive movement
Serotonin syndrome (excessive serotonergic nerve activity)
Sympathomimetic toxidrome (excessive adrenergic nerve activity)
Rhabdomyolysis (rapid muscle breakdown)
Pulmonary edema (fluid accumulation in the lungs)
Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the arteries of the lung)
Respiratory alkalosis (reduced blood CO2)
Urinary retention (inability to urinate)
No urine production
Elevated body temperature
Mydriasis (dilated pupils)
Elevated or low blood potassium
Hyperpyrexia (extremely elevated body temperature)
Metabolic acidosis (excessively acidic bodily fluids)
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