People mix Adderall with alcohol to lessen the depressive effects of alcohol. They find that they can continue drinking longer with the stimulant Adderall to keep them alert. Some of the effects of mixing Adderall and alcohol are readily apparent after the first time. Other symptoms of using the two substances may increase or appear after regular use.
People may mistakenly believe that because Adderall is a prescription medication, it is safe to use with alcohol. However, even those patients with legal prescriptions for the stimulant need to discuss any alcohol consumption with their doctor. If you suspect you are addicted to Adderall and alcohol and are ready to see treatment, call 1-800-861-9454 to reach a free national referral service for more information.
Symptoms of Mixing Adderall and Alcohol
"Mixing Adderall and alcohol can have severe psychological and physical effects."Mixing Adderall and alcohol can have severe psychological and physical effects. These symptoms may vary depending on the length of time you have been combining these two substances, as well as any prior addictions.
Because Adderall is a prescription substance used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, people who take this stimulant without a prescription may have an adverse reaction that causes serious symptoms. These effects include the following symptoms.
Short-term physical symptoms:
- Weight loss
- Heart palpitations
- Vomiting or nausea
Long-term physical symptoms:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Tremors or uncontrolled muscle twitching
- Depression immediately after withdrawal
- Psychotic episodes
Mixing alcohol and Adderall causes a person to be at risk for all of the prior symptoms, but that person also is at an increased risk for alcohol poisoning. Although Adderall masks the symptoms of being drunk, it does not affect the actual blood-alcohol levels. Due to Adderall's effects, a person may not be able to accurately gauge the amount of alcohol he can consume. This can lead to over consumption. For this reason, it can be easy to develop to become addicted to alcohol when combining the two substances.
Research also indicates that regularly using Adderall can alter the function of the brain permanently. Over time, this can cause irregular blood flow. Once the brain experiences irregular blood flow, the brain can cause chronic tremors and convulsions.
Some users snort powdered Adderall to enhance its effects. In these cases, the risk for consuming Adderall are heightened because the potency and speed of the drug's effects are increased. Addicts may be more likely to have psychotic or paranoid reactions, develop respiratory problems, or have an irregular heartbeat.
Effects of Mixing Adderall and Alcohol on the Heart
"...patients who consumed alcohol combined with Adderall increased their heart rate 24 beats per minute..."Users may not realize the serious effects of alcohol and Adderall on the heart. While heart palpitations and possible heartbeat irregularities are a symptom of Adderall consumption, adding alcohol can worsen the effects. In once study, researchers found that patients who consumed alcohol combined with Adderall increased their heart rate 24 beats per minute when compared to patients who had only taken Adderall. Chest pain in otherwise healthy adults has also been a recorded symptom of mixing alcohol and Adderall.
Risk of Addiction When Using Adderall and Alcohol
Adderall is a Schedule II Drug and controlled substance. This means that users are at high risk for becoming dependent on the drug. Combined with alcohol, which can also be addictive, the two can become a potent mix that leads to severe addiction. Treatment for addiction to Adderall and alcohol can eliminate the dependency.
If you suspect that you or someone you know is experiencing the effects of mixing Adderall and alcohol, seek help by calling this toll-free, confidential number at 1-800-861-9454 for more information and treatment options.