How much Adderall can you take in a day?
The appropriate amount of Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine) to take in a day depends on the condition being treated. It is important to take all amphetamines only with a prescription and at the lowest effective dose for your condition. The right dose will vary from person to person, and you will work with your doctor to determine the appropriate amount.
Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant medication that belongs to a group of drugs called amphetamines. It is commonly used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, teens, and adults, as well as a sleep disorder called narcolepsy.
For individuals over the age of 6 with ADHD, the maximum daily dose of Adderall is 40 mg per day. For adults with narcolepsy, the dose can range from 5 to 60 mg per day.
There is no set amount of Adderall that can cause an overdose, as everyone’s response to amphetamines can vary greatly. Overdose, also known as toxicity, can occur even at low doses.
Symptoms of an overdose may include shaking or tremors, confusion, aggression, panic, hallucinations, restlessness, rapid breathing, nausea or vomiting, and abdominal cramps or diarrhea. Later signs may include fatigue and depression, while seizures and loss of consciousness may be the most serious symptoms.
If you experience any symptoms of an Adderall overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
Adderall side effects
Amphetamines can cause side effects known as adverse effects, which are different from an overdose. If you experience any adverse effects, your doctor may need to adjust your Adderall dosage. These side effects may include palpitations or a racing heart, restlessness, irritability or depression, blurred vision, dry mouth, diarrhea or constipation, weight loss, insomnia, an itchy rash, hair loss, or loss of sexual interest or ability.
Adderall misuse and addiction
Misusing Adderall by taking it at a higher dose than prescribed or without a prescription can be dangerous. People may misuse Adderall to get high, increase energy, lose weight, or improve memory or work performance. In these cases, the dose of Adderall may be much higher than prescribed and can lead to amphetamine addiction.
Individuals who become addicted to Adderall may develop a tolerance for the drug, requiring higher and higher doses to achieve the desired effects. High doses can lead to psychological and physical dependency and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if the drug is stopped. It is important to take Adderall only as prescribed by a doctor.