How long does Adderall last – Generally about 4-6 hours for Adderall, or up to 12 hours for XR (but only take it once every 24 hours as it takes that long to fully leave your system). But, depending on your genetics, it may take longer, or not work for you.
Adderall High- Adderall makes some people high. Whether it will make you high or how long Adderall will make you high depends on your diagnosis and genetics. Typically the high peaks at about 4 hours. Adderall is addictive so taking it to get high is dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms can be significant along with uncontrollable cravings, and compulsive use, even when negative consequences are obvious.
Is Adderall Addictive? The FDA warns that Adderall® is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep Adderall® in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Adderall® may harm others, and is against the law. Tell your doctor if you or your child have (or have a family history of) ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.
A study reported in Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy found that 7% of adults ages 18-49 abuse medications meant to treat ADHD. College students are the largest segment. Over half of those abusing Adderall or other ADHD medication also drink alcohol.
Drinking Alcohol with Adderall – Adderall can cause people to be less aware of the affects alcohol is having on them. This can lead to over drinking, flawed decisions, aggressive behavior, and alcohol poisoning. Drinking alcohol depletes dopamine over time and can make ADHD worse. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that almost 90% of students who abuse Adderall also binge drink.
How long does it take Adderall to kick in – For many people it usually takes 20 minutes to 30 minutes but may be as long as an hour. The effects typically begin to wear off after 4 hours (or 12 hours for XR), but depending on your genetics you may respond typically, or need a higher or lower dose for it to be safe and effective, or it may not work for you at all. Another ADHD drug may work much better for you. A Parallel Profile can tell you how your body will respond.
Dosage – 5mg, 7.5mg, 10mg, 12.5mg, 15mg, 20mg, 30mg. Adderall and all amphetamines should be taken at the lowest effective dosage for the individual. Dosage should be adjusted based on the needs and the response of the individual patient. Response can be more quickly determined by testing for genetics that affect efficacy and safety—known as a PGx test, which is included in every Parallel Profile. Avoid taking amphetamines in the evening as insomnia can occur.
Adderall Interactions with Other Drugs – Over 500 drugs are known to interact with Adderall. When you add up all the generic and brand names for those drugs, it’s over 3,900. Over 180 are categorized as having major drug interactions, and over 3,600 are categorized as moderate. Drug interactions are a leading cause of death. Make sure you check before taking any new medications—even over the counter medications like cold medicine with Pseudoephedrine, that may have been fine in the past but in combination with Adderall, can be dangerous. As a Parallel Profile customer, you can enter any drugs you are taking in our website and add any you are considering to know if they are considered safe to take together or if you should consult your physician before combining them.