What is Adderall?

The abuse of Adderall, an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication, is a dangerous, growing trend amongst college students. In this short video, learn more about this prescription drug.

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What is Adderall? It is a medication used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It is a central nervous system stimulant made up of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It changes the brain chemistry and helps neurotransmitters send messages between nerve cells and the brain. It primarily helps with focus. Because of this, it is often used non-medically by college students.

Using Adderall without a prescription is dangerous and can lead to addiction. Common side effects of Adderall abuse include: headache, dry mouth, nausea, digestive issues, anxiety, excessive fatigue, and shortness of breath. Prolonged use can lead to more dangerous side effects, including: changes in vision, aggressive behavior, paranoia, mania, and seizures. When mixed with other substances such as alcohol, the risk of overdose significantly increases.

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