Adderall, the Study Drug, Poses Serious Health Risks

adderallGrades are important, but for some overly ambitious students, they are more important than their health.

Adderall is a prescription drug that is prescribed for kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Now, the drug is being clandestinely used to improve grades on college campuses. Since the drug is known for its ability to promote concentration and focus, students desperate to get a winning edge in school are popping it in order to enhance their ability to retain knowledge, stay up later and work faster during study sessions. There is also an increasing number of individuals trying out Modafinil, a somewhat similar drug with much lesser long-term side effects. Interested people can refer to for the difference and similarities of both drugs. Safety should always be a top priority when dealing with them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 23 percent of young people admitted to abusing prescription drugs, and Adderall was one of the most common. In fact, the drug is so common among college students that on campus it is commonly referred to as the “study drug.”

This medically-unsupervised method for taking this prescription medication has health and medical experts, as well as teachers and parents, extremely concerned over the pressure today’s students face while trying to succeed in school.

The FDA has been keeping a watchful eye on the drug since it was approved for use in the 1990s. In early 2006, the FDA announced that, for the past two years, they have been monitoring cases of cardiovascular injury and sudden death in patients taking Adderall. According to FDA officials, more than 50 cases of sudden death have occurred in American adults and children taking the drug or medications that contain similar ingredients. Adderall is a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine, two stimulatory drugs that can lead to addiction.

According to the U.S. Library of Medicine, Adderall can cause death in children and adults with an existing heart condition. In addition, it has been linked to stunted growth in kids, and comes with a host of side effects like increased heart rate, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, seizures and hallucinations.

Prescription drugs can be just as lethal as illicit drugs. If you or someone you know is taking Adderal to improve their grades, it is important to get the necessary help, as soon as possible.

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