How Long Does Adderall Stay in Your System?

How Long Does Adderall Stay in Your System? | Midwood Addiction

Adderall has a half-life of 9 to 14 hours, which means that, after this time, only about half of the drug remains in the body. Adderall will completely clear from a person’s system in 3 days. However, this can vary based on several factors.

Testing can be conducted using urine, hair, saliva, and blood. Detection times for Adderall varies depending on the source that is analyzed:

  • Urine, Adderall can be detected for up to 4-7 days.
  • Saliva, Adderall can be detected 20 minutes after use and up to 48 hours.
  • Hair, Adderall can be detected about one week after use and up to 90 days.
  • Blood, Adderall can be detected 12-24 hours after use and can be identified for 24 hours.

What Is Adderall?

Adderall is an amphetamine and central nervous system stimulant. It is commonly used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition in which people find it difficult to focus on a single task and may act impulsively. Individuals with ADHD use the medication daily on a fixed therapeutic regimen, and it induces a calming effect, allowing them to concentrate on tasks at hand.

Because it is a stimulant such as meth or cocaine, Adderall boosts dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure, reward and attention. When stimulants are introduced into the body, they increase the amount of dopamine, but they also impair the body’s ability to make its own dopamine after extended use and can cause many side effects.

How Is Adderall Misused?

Like many psychoactive drugs, Adderall can be misused and become addictive. When used in a way other than as directed, Adderall can rapidly increase the amount of dopamine in the brain and produce feelings of euphoria. To continue achieving this effect, the amount of medication used must be increased over time as the brain adjusts to the drug’s presence and reduces its response accordingly (tolerance). This effect can initiate a cycle of abusing Adderall that eventually results in full-blown physiological dependence.

Factors that Influence How Long Adderall Stays in Your System

  • Body Composition

Body composition can influence the length of time it takes for a person’s body to eliminate Adderall. Height, weight, body fat percentage and muscle mass all play a part in this timeline. Surprisingly, a person with low muscle mass and high body fat will probably clear Adderall faster than someone with high muscle mass and less fat, because having more muscle means an individual has more water in their body. Because the ingredients of Adderall are hydrophilic (having a tendency to mix with or dissolve in water) this allows it to circulate in the body for a longer period.

  •  pH Levels

The pH levels in the urinary and gastrointestinal tracts may influence how long Adderall remains in the system. If a person has a high pH level, the kidneys will take longer to process Adderall. Those will a lower pH level are likely to eliminate the drug more rapidly because the drug is able to remain in a hydrophilic state. These levels may be affected by the consumption of food and drinks.

  • Food Intake

Food consumption can affect how rapidly the body is able to eliminate Adderall. When food is in the system, the body will be working to breakdown the food as well as the medication, meaning it may take longer to complete both processes.

  • Organ Function

Organs such as the liver and kidneys play a vital role in ridding the body of many potentially toxic substances, including Adderall. When an organ does not function optimally, these metabolic processes are slowed. If kidney function or liver function is not normal, the drug may stay in the system longer than it should—or even be recirculated.

  • Dosage Amount

The drug dosage can also significantly affect how long it takes to clear the system. The more Adderall someone has consumed, the longer it will take for the body to eliminate it since there is more of the drug in the system to metabolize.

  • Frequency of Use

The bodies of those who have been using Adderall regularly for an extended period will probably take longer to clear it in comparison to persons who have only used the drug occasionally. When the drug is used daily, it can accumulate in the body, and, in turn, it will take the body longer to break down all of the drugs in the system.

Treatment for Adderall Abuse

The longer a person has been misusing Adderall, the more intense an addiction can become. Withdrawal symptoms that manifest shortly after discontinuing can make it very difficult for users to quit on their own.

Fortunately, Adderall abuse and addiction is very treatable, and there are many effective options available. Midwood Addiction Treatment offers a comprehensive approach to substance abuse that includes behavioral therapy, counseling, group support, aftercare planning, and much more.

If you need help overcoming an addiction to Adderall, please contact us as soon as possible. Discover how we can help you free yourself from the chains of addiction and recover for life!

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Adderall Side Effects and Abuse Warning Signs – Those who misuse Adderall often display unusual behavior such as over-excitability and excessive talkativeness. They also face health risks that range from arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) to overdose.

Signs of Adderall Abuse

Adderall is a powerful stimulant, and it can be difficult to identify signs that someone is abusing the drug. People commonly abuse Adderall to enhance alertness and productivity or lose weight. Adderall abusers are often students, young professionals, and other motivated people who work in high-stress jobs with long hours, such as truck drivers and nurses.

Even though an individual does not appear to be a drug abuser, they are still a potential addict. What’s more, Adderall can provide a temporary boost to performance for some, so abuse can initially resemble a positive change. Nonetheless, Adderall is a stimulant that taxes the body and central nervous system of those who abuse it, leading to complications.

Telltale signs of Adderall abuse may include:

  • Excessive talkativeness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Unusual excitability
  • Social withdrawal
  • Financial troubles
  • Aggression
  • Sleep problems
  • Secretive behavior
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Incomplete thoughts
  • Relationship problems
  • Poor hygiene
  • Frequently taking pills
  • Financial problems
  • Overworking
  • Overconcentrating
  • Running out of pills
  • Disorientation/confusion
  • Mania and impulsivity

Dangers and Side Effects of Adderall

Many people who use Adderall erroneously assume that the drug is safe because it is prescribed by a physician. Adderall is indicated to treat people, including children, with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As a result, some people may believe the drug is safe to take because it is used on children.

Truthfully, however, Adderall is a potent stimulant that can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening side effects. Indeed, an Adderall overdose can precipitate a stroke, heart attack, or liver failure. Combining Adderall with other substances, such as alcohol or other stimulants increases the risk of overdose.

Adderall use can also induce physical alterations in the neurocircuitry of the brain. These alterations can then lead to an adverse change in behavior and the development of mental health conditions such as depression. Some Adderall addicts have suicidal thoughts after taking the drug for an extended period.

Adderall Side Effects | Midwood Addiction Treatment

Some users have even injected Adderall to experience more intense effects by administering the drug straight into the bloodstream. Injecting Adderall may provide a more euphoric high, but it is also a very effective means to induce an overdose.

Athletes who have used Adderall have died because of increased blood pressure that led to heat stroke and cardiac arrest. For this reason, since 1968, amphetamines, including Adderall, have been banned by the International Olympic Committee primarily due to the hazards of these drugs. And in 2005, the Canadian government banned the sale of Adderall XR (the extended-release version) due to 20 deaths related to the use of this drug.

Side effects of Adderall abuse may include the following:

  • Paranoia
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Hallucinations
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Dry mouth
  • Lack or loss of strength
  • Constipation
  • Frequent urination
  • Dizziness and headache
  • Skin-picking
  • Lower back or side pain
  • Twitching
  • Seizures and convulsions

Identifying an Adderall Addiction

Adderall prescriptions increased by nearly fivefold between 2002-2012, making it the drug more accessible to potential abusers through friends or family members. Compared to other drugs, the use of Adderall is less stigmatized, and as such, many don’t recognize when a loved one has a serious problem. People dependent on Adderall may feign symptoms of ADHD to receive their own prescription.

Not everyone who misuses Adderall will develop an addiction. While it is a slippery slope, taking an Adderall occasionally to stay awake or increase productivity is not the same as requiring the drug to function. The key to identifying an Adderall addiction is being able to recognize certain problematic behaviors.

For example, those who are addicted to Adderall prioritize drug attainment and use over everything else in their lives because they can’t function without it. Also, those who are addicted are often unable to control how much Adderall they use and may start neglecting important obligations.

Getting Treatment for Adderall Addiction

The withdrawal symptoms of Adderall can make it extremely difficult for users to quit without medical support. If someone dependent on Adderall attempts to quit “cold turkey,” they will experience highly unpleasant effects that are essentially the inverse of the drug’s desirable effects. These withdrawal symptoms can include fatigue, loss of alertness and concentration, dysphoria, and an unusually slow heartbeat.

There are many forms of treatment available for people addicted to Adderall. Midwood Addiction Treatment offers an integrated approach to drug abuse that includes services essential to the recovery process, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), counseling, group support, health and wellness programs, and aftercare planning.

If you suspect that you or someone you love is addicted to Adderall, please contact us today. Discover how we help people free themselves from the chains of addiction and begin to experience the healthy and satisfying lives they deserve!