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Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms: How Long Do They Last?

Adderall (mixed amphetamine salts) is a psychostimulant drug that is used primarily to treat ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) as well as narcolepsy. It is also used to treat conditions such as: chronic fatigue and in some cases is used as an antidepressant augmentation strategy. With this particular drug, there is high potential for dependency and thus it is quite often abused and used for off-label purposes – it is considered a “Schedule II” substance in the United States.

Many college students take Adderall as a “smart drug” to help them cram for a test and improve academic performance. Others take this drug recreationally for a boosted mood and to “get high.” Although many people have concerns about taking Adderall, it is one of the most studied and well documented drugs on the market. It has been in the pharmaceutical industry for a long time and generally is pretty well-tolerated.

There are no documented negative long term effects associated with this drug if used for its intended purpose. Despite the fact that many consider this drug a lifesaver for treating symptoms of ADHD, many people that take it end up eventually going through a withdrawal period. The withdrawal period can be difficult to cope with if you do not know what to expect. Most people experience a major “crash” which is accompanied by feelings of fatigue, concentration problems, and mood swings.

Factors that influence Adderall withdrawal include

There are various factors that influence a person’s withdrawal from Adderall. These include things like: how long the person took the drug, the frequency at which it was taken, the dosage, tolerance, and whether the individual withdrew “cold turkey” or via gradual taper. Individual physiology, social support, and environmental factors are also thought to play a role in expediting recovery.

1. Time Span

How long did you take Adderall? Was it over a period of a few months or have you been on the drug for years? Individuals that have been on it for years likely have a greater tolerance and dependence upon this drug for everyday functioning in comparison to people who have been on it for a month or two. In general, the longer you are on amphetamines, the more difficult the withdrawal is thought to be.

2. Frequency

How often did you take Adderall? Was it on a daily basis? Was it a few times a day? Most people take a dose that is therapeutic, but some people abuse this drug and are on such a high dose, that they remain strung out and “high” all the time. People that abuse the drug and take it with greater frequency are going to have more difficulties coping without it.

3. Dosage (5 mg – 60 mg) + Subtype

Dosage: The dose of the drug can play a role in determining the severity of withdrawal symptoms. When you are on a higher dose, your brain is essentially using up more dopamine. Some would argue that consistently using the drug at higher doses could end up lowering dopamine levels in the long term so that they are below the “baseline” level at which you started the medication. Although this is up for debate, people that are taking high doses tend to have a tougher time stopping the drug – especially if they are using it for things other than treating ADHD. Most people take between 5 mg and 60 mg to treat their ADHD, but some find a dose higher than 60 mg to be effective.

Subtype: There are two types of Adderall that people take: IR (immediate release) and XR (extended release). The immediate release is effective for a short duration of time, while the extended release version works for a longer “extended” period of time. It is thought that if you are simply taking the IR on an “as-needed” basis, the withdrawal shouldn’t be as debilitating because there are intervals at which you do not take the drug. Someone who takes the XR version every day without major drug-free intervals may have a more difficult time coming off of Adderall.

4. Tolerance

It is pretty easy to build up a tolerance to the amphetamine class of drugs – Adderall is no different. For some people when they take the drug, they feel euphoric for the first few days or weeks, but this feeling fades. If you are using the drug for other than its primary intention – to treat ADHD, you may try to continuously increase the dose to chase the “high” that you enjoy.

Individuals that are simply treating their attention-deficit symptoms usually are able to stay at a particular dose without chasing a “high.” Although not everyone develops a tolerance to this drug, many people do – which is why they take “holidays” or stop taking the drug for a certain period of time to reset their tolerance.

5. Cold turkey vs. Tapering

Despite the fact that there are many people that quit Adderall at high doses “cold turkey” with no reported effects, there are others that really struggle. It is never recommended to quit “cold turkey” because there is really no need. If you suddenly stop taking Adderall from a high dose without gradually tapering off of the drug, you may experience extreme depression, paranoia, and schizophrenia-like symptoms.

There are also some major health risks associated with stopping “cold turkey” including: seizures, cardiac arrest, and psychosis. Take the time to work with a professional and conduct a gradual taper. By gradually “weaning” off of the drug, it is thought that you can minimize most of the withdrawal symptoms.

6. Physiology

Believe it or not, there are individuals that have taken Adderall for their ADHD for years at a pretty high dose (every single day) and they experience zero withdrawal symptoms. There are others who experience such a crushing withdrawal that they have a difficult time quitting the drug. There are others who experience symptoms for a short duration, but eventually return to their normal state of functioning.

Your individual physiology will play a huge role in your ability to withdraw from this particular drug. Most people that have ADHD and non-addictive personalities tend to have a relatively easy time quitting Adderall. People that have addictive personalities and that take Adderall for its non-intended purposes are thought to have a more difficult time coping with the withdrawal symptoms.

Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms: List of Possibilities

Everyone’s experience regarding Adderall withdrawal is going to be different. Therefore it is impossible to say that you will experience all of the symptoms listed below. These are merely a collective of all the “common” symptoms that have been reported upon withdrawal. Keep these in mind as you go through with your withdrawal process.

  • Anger: Many people experience extreme anger when they quit taking Adderall. This drug helps people keep their cool and maintain self-control by stimulating activity in the frontal lobes. When people quit the drug, they do not have the same level of self-control and are prone to bouts of anger.
  • Anxiety: The anxiety that you experience when quitting Adderall may be pretty extreme. Some actually take Adderall for anxiety disorders because it can help treat them. A lot of people notice that they are extremely anxious and nervous for no reason when they come off of this drug. That’s because dopamine can play a role in helping regulate anxiety-responses in the brain.
  • Appetite changes: Most people notice that when they quit Adderall, they have an increased appetite. You may become very hungry and start eating significantly more than you did on the drug. This is because amphetamines naturally curb our hunger – coming off of them may lead you to feeling very hungry.
  • Can’t concentrate: All of a sudden you can’t concentrate and your ADHD is way worse than before you took the medication. This is because you took a drug which may have used up some of your dopamine stores. It may take awhile before your natural levels of concentration return to normal, but your dopamine will eventually restore itself.
  • Cravings: Some people experience pretty intense cravings for Adderall within the first couple weeks of quitting. This drug is addictive to some people and the cravings can be tough to cope with – especially if you were taking Adderall for non-medical purposes. Know that these cravings will gradually diminish.
  • Crying spells: There are cases of individuals that become so depressed that they start crying for no reason. If you experience crying spells because you feel so depressed, take a second to realize that it is mostly due to the fact that your brain is trying to restore homeostatic activity and replenish its neurotransmitters.
  • Depression: One very common symptom that people experience when they quit Adderall is that of depression. The depression may be more extreme than you have ever experienced in your life. This is thought to be a result of having lowered levels of dopamine in the brain. Additionally some people become depressed because they no longer have the energy, quick-wit, and mental spark that Adderall provided. Certain individuals actually take Adderall for treatment-resistant depression because it works so well. It is natural to feel depressed when you stop this medication.
  • Dizziness: A common withdrawal symptom is that of dizziness. You may feel dizzy when you first quit, but this usually goes away within a few days. If you are feeling especially dizzy, you may want to conduct a more gradual taper.
  • Fatigue: Adderall gives most people plenty of energy to complete tasks and function at peak performance. When you take the drug away, many people become extremely fatigued and unable to get out of bed. This may seem similar to “chronic fatigue” but usually this subsides within a few weeks. Even if the fatigue lasts a few months, just know that you’ll eventually restore your natural energy levels.
  • Foggy thinking: It is very normal to experience “foggy” thinking or “brain fog” when coming off of this medication. This is accompanied by feeling physically lazy and lethargic so it makes for a tough combo to deal with.
  • Headaches: It is common for people to experience headaches when they quit this drug. Some people report migraines, but usually the headaches are relatively minor. If they are really bothersome, make sure you buy some headache relief.
  • Irritability: Most people report feeling a little bit irritable and grumpy when they first quit. If you find yourself snapping or getting excessively antisocial, try to recognize that it’s part of withdrawal.
  • Laziness: Most people report that they become lazy slugs when they first quit Adderall. This is because they are no longer receiving stimulation from the drug. Their body and brain is trying to get used to functioning without the drug. You may feel extremely lazy and little tasks around the house may seem like a huge deal.
  • Mood swings: There is no telling what your mood may be when you quit this drug. One minute you may feel good about the way withdrawal is going, the next you may feel extremely depressed. The mood swings that you experience should die down after a few weeks.
  • Nausea: Some people experience nausea to an extreme. They may end up vomiting as well if it becomes too powerful.
  • Panic attacks: As was already mentioned, a person may experience debilitating anxiety for awhile when they quit this drug. This may lead to a person experiencing major panic attacks at uncontrollable times. In order to cope with any “panic” work on relaxing yourself naturally with deep breathing and plenty of exercise.
  • Psychosis: There is evidence that abrupt discontinuation of amphetamines can yield psychotic symptoms. This is a result of dopamine receptors being abnormally stimulated. Amphetamine withdrawal psychosis will gradually subside, but may be difficult to deal with. Recognize that you are not crazy or becoming schizophrenic – it is a withdrawal sypmtom.
  • Sleep changes: It is obvious that most people are going to sleep for longer periods of time when they first quit the drug. This is because they have no energy and desire to stay awake throughout the day. The body and brain are trying to reset themselves without energy and stimulation from the drug. Your sleep cycle may be thrown off for a period of time, but it will eventually normalize.
  • Suicidal thoughts: Many people become suicidal when they stop Adderall. Although it is undocumented and unreported, the depression can become very difficult for certain individuals to deal with. Many people think that the depression that they are experience upon quitting is permanent – so they become suicidal. If you are suicidal, try to view your situation from the perspective that it is merely a withdrawal symptom – you will eventually feel better. If you are having a tough time coping, get yourself into a professional therapist.
  • Tiredness: Many people have a difficult time coping with the extreme tiredness that they experience when first quitting Adderall. It may persist for days and you may feel like sleeping all the time. Do your best to push through this “tiredness” to stay productive, but also make sure you are getting plenty of sleep at night – sleep at proper times helps restore your brain.
  • Vivid dreams: Many people report having “crazy” dreams and/or extremely vivid dreams. No you are not possessed by a demon, you are going through withdrawal.
  • Weight gain: Some people pack on some weight after they quit Adderall. This is because their appetite comes back in full swing and their metabolism slows down to their natural baseline.

My Experience Taking Adderall

I was prescribed Adderall to help with slowed cognition. I took a computerized test and honestly tried my best to do as well as I could on the testing. My psychiatrist noted that certain aspects of the test were normal, while others appeared to be slower than average. In one area I was pretty significantly slower than I should be and therefore he discussed Adderall. I was prescribed this medication to help with the slowed cognition that I was experiencing as a result of depression.

I was instructed to take it daily for maximum benefit, but I have since found that taking it “as needed” works better for me. In my experience, I typically use the lowest dose that I can get away with for maximum benefit. In other words, I use a dose that gives me therapeutic benefit without taking any more than is necessary for me. I have found that lower (than recommended) doses actually are quite effective if you don’t have much of a tolerance.

I have noted that I experience what is commonly referred to as an “Adderall Crash.” I have highlighted what you may experience when you initially stop taking this medication as well as what you can do about it. Just know that the “crash” eventually goes away and the extreme fatigue and foggy thinking will go away.

How long does Adderall withdrawal last?

The amount of time that it takes you to withdraw from Adderall will vary depending on your situation. If you are taking the drug “as-needed” to help treat ADHD symptoms, you may not even notice a withdrawal. If you have built up a tolerance to the drug and are using it for purposes other than ADHD, you may experience a more debilitating withdrawal. At the end of the day, the withdrawal timeline will be different for everyone.

If you were taking a relatively high dose for an extended period of time, it is likely that you are going to experience some withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms may be intense for a few days or a few weeks, but may last a few months. Some individuals have reported that it took them nearly a full year to fully “recover” psychologically from Adderall withdrawal. A good rule of thumb to follow is a withdrawal period of 90 days.

Most people will be feeling better within the first 3 months of functioning without the drug. If you take the time to properly taper down your dose, the withdrawal should be even easier for you. In the meantime, your goal should be to manage life to the best of your ability and force yourself to engage in healthy activities to rebuild your dopamine stores. When you stop using Adderall, some hypothesize that your dopamine levels are lower than before you started the drug.

Even if your dopamine stores are “lower” like some hypothesize, it’s not anything to freak out over – you will recover in time. If you have had a crazy experience with Adderall withdrawal or would just like to share how coming off this drug felt for you, please do so in the comments section below. It is nice to get a variety of perspectives on how withdrawal felt, how long it lasted, and what works to help ease various withdrawal symptoms.

If you are starting your own withdrawal, try not to read too in-depth into other people’s experiences and just focus on what you can do to speed up recovery.  Oh and if you are looking for some alternative treatment options, you may want to check out the article I wrote called “10 Best Adderall Alternatives.”

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  • Andrea May 22, 2014, 10:07 am

    As someone in the second week of withdrawal, I can attest to the fact that it is a miserable process. I’m going from a daily dosage of Vyvanse Extended Release to absolutely nothing (cold turkey) and if I can give one insight, that works be to avoid cold turkey at all costs. Between sleeping 18+ hours straight through, to barely having the energy to shower or get out of bed, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. I’ve never abused the stuff and have always been on it because my doctor prescribed it and even that kind of regimen can lead to these symptoms. Be careful if you get started because you might find it difficult to every stop.

    • GLOOM May 22, 2014, 3:42 pm

      Hey Andrea, thanks for sharing your experience, sounds like you are having a pretty rough time. Hopefully your energy levels start to return within the next few weeks. Keep pushing yourself through this – I wish you a speedy recovery. Best wishes.

      • JON May 22, 2015, 11:49 am

        “Wish you a speedy recovery…” Haha, were those words chosen with intention? (Amps are usually referred to as speed… No one else making that connection?)

    • hilda bennett November 6, 2014, 11:37 pm

      This is my third day quitting adderall cold turkey. Three days on the couch, too tired to even get up. I have been on adder all for 4 years nothing higher than 30 mg a day. I have to quit because when it wore off I was a crying yelling mess to my husband. Everything made me angry. I Also became hyper focused on certain things, but did not make dinner or laundry or anything but the craft project I was making. I was acting insane and I knew it was the adderall. But it gave me so much energy. But the cost of taking it was the demise of my marriage friends and family. The fatigue is overwhelming… so brutal. I pray it ends soon. Anyone quitting I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH, but we can make it.

      • laura November 30, 2014, 11:32 pm

        Hi, are you still having success? I’ve been off Adderall for about 2 months now. Still so sleepy all the time. No energy. Incredibly irritable. And I’ve gained about 25 pounds in 2 months! I also quit because it was making me crazy. I was on 30mg per day for about 5 years.

        • Kim October 13, 2015, 3:54 pm

          I was taking 30mg twice a day for 3 years. I stopped because my dr has moved. It has been about 5 or 6 wks now. I have no energy. I don’t sleep well at night. I’m nauseated almost all the time. My memory and ability to focus seems to be getting better but I had a major meltdown at first because it was so bad. ADD sufferers are usually high functioning and successful when taking the right dose of adderall.

          My dr said I could have been the poster child because of the huge difference it made in my work life. Now I can hardly get out of bed. I don’t know if I need to stay off of it or find another doctor. I just turned 60 so I don’t know if my body will bounce back as described above. Just don’t know what to do.

          • Tina January 28, 2016, 2:26 pm

            Hello, I know it’s been a few months now, but I wondered how you’re doing. One of the reasons I stopped adderall was because I felt like my body couldn’t take the speed anymore. I’m 45. It gave me palpitations. I worry about anyone my age and older who relies on this medication. *hugs*

          • Jona February 8, 2016, 11:14 pm

            Hey Kim, I am also in my 60’s and am in the same situation, with dosage, etc. I am just beginning the withdrawal symptoms… I am attempting a gradual withdrawal by cutting down on my doses.. Tomorrow I will be down to one 20 mil. I only have a few left. I am already feeling ill. I must quit because I have had a heart attack.. I just want to know how you dealt and are dealing now..

        • Brad September 9, 2016, 2:22 am

          Stay in there. It gets better and better every day trust me!

      • iris January 23, 2015, 6:36 pm

        I was diagnosed with ADHD and chronic fatigue and prescribed adderall. I switched between the XR and the IR. It was great at first but then became totally unpredictable and so did I. I didn’t sleep, was depressed some days and great on others, would be angry for nearly no reason, etc. During this time I got a brain scan (QEEG) to map my ADHD. Turns out the activity of my brain (definitely ADHD) was in a location of the brain where adderall wouldn’t work and more often than not, it would make my symptoms worse! I’ve stopped cold turkey and some of these conditions have improved so far. I recommend very highly finding someone in your area that does these tests (they are not well known but very, very helpful). There is still an element of trial and error in finding the right meds, but at least you know what you are dealing with!

        • Bill September 16, 2015, 5:18 am

          How much do tests like these cost? Sounds expensive!

        • Angela January 17, 2016, 9:54 am

          What are the scans called for ADHD?

        • Polina April 1, 2016, 3:45 am

          Oh my God, You just described ME and everything that’s going on with ME!!! I have been in IR 20×3 per day since 2011 for ADD and possibly depression comorbid with anxiety or vice versa. Then few months back I started feeling either completely unresponsive, or more often enraged, irritable, so mad, even less focused, manic, you name it.

          I have a stupid medical and am waiting to be assigned to an actual medical group for it to become HMO; However, my psychiatrist is just being a dick, either claiming me an addict or trying to get himself a dealer in a pharmaceutical business and get me on Strattera “to begin with”… Please help me understand how your situation got resolved and what should I do in my own case if you don’t mind, because You have no clue how much I am dependent on folks like us and their own research and experience. Thank you very much!!!

      • Karen Rogers December 20, 2015, 10:31 pm

        I’ve been off of it for 6 weeks after abusing my prescription for nearly two years. I asked my doctor (kind of hounded him about it) to give me something for fatigue, and he finally prescribed me Adderall. Boy do I regret the day I first took the stuff. I think it’s evil. I’m having pretty bad depression and boredom as withdrawal symptoms, but I will never take it again. I don’t ever want to have to “come down” again. If I weren’t on antidepressants I would be suicidal.

        • Tina January 28, 2016, 2:29 pm

          I really get you. I first had to withdraw from an antidepressant which was a nightmare. Now I’m off adderall too and that’s been about four weeks. I’m so exhausted all the time, but it’s nowhere near as bad as getting off of lexapro was. Hang in there! My husband did it and he reassures me that I will feel normal again in time.

      • kathy May 23, 2016, 11:50 pm

        I had the same problem. I fell into a deep depression Two Years ago and was prescribed adderall. I felt great; normal you know but with extra energy. After awhile when I would come off of it I was so nasty and mean to everyone. I still did not get some very important things done, that were time sensitive. Anyway I am tapering off. Best of luck. I will try to supplement and some natural things to increase my dopamine.

    • paula April 13, 2016, 8:51 pm

      Congratulations on a new start! :) Inspiration.

  • Jay July 6, 2014, 11:21 pm

    I am in my mid 30’s and I have been taking adderall for about year and a half. I am up to 80 mg, 20mg XR and 60mg(3X20)IR. I stopped taking my meds about 5 days ago and I was looking to see if I missed something, since I stopped “cold turkey” and in reality I did not feel much of difference other than going back to the big time procrastination times of my life. I feel a little more detached of all events but no “pains” of any kind. I want to say that I stopped taking the meds because I was getting WAAAY ahead of myself. The experience now is a more restless body(shaky legs, feet…)and a more detached mind like I said. While on my meds it was more of a clam mind and a more focused direction of activities. If I even took more than my regular dose, I would get sleepy. While on my meds, I did a lot, and all had a purpose. I stopped my meds because I do not want to develop an immunity to its effects, or “tolerance” but I do think I am more productive and focused while on my addies.
    If I may add, I am not prone to any addiction…and I have tried, seriously…to like alcohol and cigarettes…coffee is the only one thing I have consumed constantly since college, but there are times that I do not drink any for a couple weeks. I can say I “forget” I like those things.
    Wait! ….Here is one thing I did notice the day after I stopped taking my addies. I have had pneumonia a couple times in my life, and had asthma when I was a kid and difficulty breathing at times as an adult. While on adderall my breathing has been nothing less than stellar…after stop taking my addies, I did feel pain in my lungs, chest area…on the right side, where my pneumonia affected my lung a few years ago. That is all.

    • Claudia March 18, 2016, 5:21 pm

      Thank you for mentioning lung function. I am on day two of an adderall withdrawal. A pharmacy I have used for a number of years refused to fill my script since the pickup date on previous month meds was less than 30 days ago (27, fIll date exceeded 30) I was preparing to fly to visit my elderly mother. Insurance approved my obtaining adderall that day.

      Discretion of pharmacist (or tech) at ___ chain pharmacy I have used for about 4 years sustained the denial. Somehow I lost the mandatory scrips. Still having some IR left and halving the remains as I wait for replacements, I must be cordial. Awake but lying in bed with a dry cough I am hoping for the script to arrive today.

      From the comments a drug holiday seems like a good idea but the situation is not conducive. Thanks, ___, I will take my business elsewhere!

  • laura howland July 31, 2014, 11:17 pm

    Hi im just wondering that if a person builds up a tolerance to adderall 30mg xr can the affects be similar to withdrawls. I was bumped up to 30mg about a year ago and take 1 daily for adhd. For about a month and half i have felt terrible, low energy, fatigue not at all how i was feeling before i got dumped upside down.

    • GLOOM August 1, 2014, 6:33 pm

      The effects are not necessarily going to be similar to withdrawals. Tolerance and side effects associated with taking the drug are different than what you’ll feel during withdrawal. Although there may be symptomatic overlap, usually withdrawal is a different experience. Best of luck.

  • Adela August 7, 2014, 6:13 am

    My name is Adela and I ran out of adderall 2 days ago and I won’t have anymore until school starts back on the 25th. I am a mental wreck. I didn’t realize how much I depended on it and now I feel as if I need it to complete the most simplest task. I feel tired and foggy and I feel like I can’t do anything. I can’t socialize because I’m always angry. I’d say things and not remember them almost as if I hadn’t have said them at all. Im always paranoid that someone’s watching over my shoulder or standing right behind me. I’m struggling with this and I had no choice but to stop cold turkey. I have no idea what to do, there’s no way I can stop because I need them for school. So if there’s anything that will help all these symptoms go by smoother please please please let me know.

  • Cindy August 14, 2014, 5:35 pm

    Adela, I currently take 5mg two xs a day and want to come off . I’ve only been on it a month but this drug scares me, my bf came off recently he took L tyrosine, multivitamin , fish oil, seemed to help him a lot! Anyone know how long it should take for me to level out after taking this low dose for a month??

  • amanda August 22, 2014, 4:03 am

    I have been taking Adderall for about 7 years. I started with 30 mg xr once a day. It was great the first few years until I had my first panic attack. Ever since then I’m convinced I am going to die of a heart attack from taking this drug I think I need. I stayed on it constantly afraid and I believe it has caused muscle problems as well from constantly being tense.

    I got pregnant and had my daughter in 2013. My dr told me to stop taking it “cold turkey” so I did. The first week I remember being in bed. Not only was I withdrawing from Adderall I was pregnant. I ended up having to take a leave of absence from work. But I didn’t have 1 panic attack when I was pregnant. I was happier. I have been back on ir 15 mg 2x a day for about 6 months or so and just feel horrible all the time. So I am going to try taking a lower dose for a few days and then get off completely.

    I would not recommend this as a long term drug to take. I couldn’t imagine being on a higher dose than 30 mg a day. I hope this transition off the drug goes smoothly. I really just want to stop cold turkey but I cant sleep like I used to being a mother. I want to get off this drug for her too. You don’t have any personality on it. Like a robot.

    • Sarah April 10, 2016, 12:49 am

      You sound like you have adrenal fatigue. You feel better while pregnant because your adrenals kind of get a break due to pregnancy hormones or something. I have it pretty severely at this point because I didn’t get my chronic stress under control. I took 5 mg of adderall daily from last year till now and I gained a lot of weight in my abdomen, like ten lbs and I’ve always been thin.

      I had other symptoms too and it took me till now, having had a nervous breakdown (which is actually just severe adrenal fatigue) to realize that adderall was just exacerbating the adrenal issues. If your adrenals are burned out, adderall will only make it worse. As will caffiene. And stress! Big time! I suggest you educate yourself on this condition.

      I recently started taking 500 mg of L-Carnosine (not to be confused with l-Carnitine) twice a day and I feel amazing. I can focus much better than on adderall and I am calm and feel much more in control of my life. Most people are deficient in this amino acid, and it’s also very anti-aging so I look forward to seeing the benefits in my skin as well. I hope this helps someone here, also if you find you have adrenal fatigue you need a lot of vitamins and healthy diet, sleep and laughter.

      Most doctors don’t diagnose it because it can’t accurately be tested for, but if you fit many of the symptoms, have had a lot of stress, and stimulants are making your health worse you probably have it.

      • Mereloo May 10, 2016, 5:41 pm

        Yeah, no. I’m not writing this for the poster but more for other people who might believe the info above. Adrenal insufficiency has become a popular fad diagnosis in alternative health circles. There is such a thing as adrenal insufficiency, but it CAN be tested for by an endocrinologist. It’s called Addison’s disease. Chronic stress really does mess with your health, though; but I’d always check with a doctor or pharmacist before messing with supplements, especially if you take any other medications or have any conditions that may affect your liver or kidneys.

  • Leah August 24, 2014, 3:04 pm

    My experience w/ Adderall withdraw- I quit cold turkey. First day- Horrible. I was shaking couldn’t sleep. I don’t recommend quitting cold turkey. I had anger

    Day two- I had couldn’t concentrate. I slept alot and ate alot. Isolating myself. I never went outside I didnt want nobody to see me like this because your just not yourself. I had depression crying mad. It’s a rollercoaster.

    Day three- Still no concentration. I would start working and would stop. Hard to get through your days. I really admire everyone for staying strong through there struggle through withdrawal’s

  • sandy August 25, 2014, 8:56 pm

    So my purse was stolen two yesterday and my adderals were in it. I take 60mg a day of the xr’s. My face is shaking and its to the point that people can notice…i find my hunger more intense and i am forgeting a lot more than i wouldve before i took this medicine. I am also very adgitaded and cannot focus at all. I cannot focus on my daily job. This is a horrible feeling. I feel lost and so overly tired and lazy. Dont wish this experience on anyone!!! Hope that my doctor calls me soon so that i can get my meds back. I cant continue to feel this way for too much longer.

    • Kerrie January 31, 2016, 10:10 pm

      I know how you feel. First trying to get out of bed is awful. The lack of concentration is horrible. I just suffer the whole day at my job. I’ve been on 60 mg a day for over 7 years and always take more a day and end up short before my next script. Now I’ve got 2 weeks to go before my refill and I’m scared as hell about the withdrawals. I know how hard it’s going to be. I’m thinking after I suffer through the next two weeks I shouldn’t take them again… but it’s so hard because they help me function.

  • Jeffington August 26, 2014, 2:23 am

    I had been on Adderall XR 15 mg (and Lexapro 20mg) from my sophomore year of college in 2006 until just recently, with a few periods of “Adderall vacations” in-between (usually because I was trying to quit). Whenever I tried to quit I would usually get back on it once I really started experiencing the fatigue, foggy thinking, and anxiety. It just never seemed like a good time to be feeling that way; I was trying to establish myself in my job. Now I’ve got a wife, a house, and a good title at work, so with some support groups in place, I’m getting off Adderall once and for all. But it’s been no bed of roses to get there.

    I tapered extremely slowly. 15 mg to 13.5ish, to 12, to 10. Then I stuck w 10 for a while to level out. Then I lowered my Lexapro equally slowly to 15 mg before my doc urged me to quit Adderall first. From Adderall 10mg I went to 7/8. That’s when some stronger fatigue started settling in, but I got over that. You’d think I’d go to 5 next right?, well I pretty much went to 3.5/4. And then the real trouble began. Anxiety, depression, fears and worries all had me broken for a good while… But I made gradual progress, even feeling extremely joyful in the evenings sometimes.

    Once my mood leveled out, I said goodbye to Adderall altogether; losing that last 3mg should have been cake, right? Wrong. It’s been almost been 3 weeks since that, and this Monday was worse than the last. Anxiety is my big Achilles heel, but I handle fuzzy thinking with “baby steps”; one thing at a time at work, and less thinking about getting things done – which stresses me out – and instead more doing. I had a pretty wretched day of uncontrolled anxiety today, but I know this is temporary…

    I also believe in God and Jesus Christ. I’ve believed in Him through feelings of invincibility on Adderall, and feelings of weakness and despair. He is the #1 reason I can safely say that this too shall pass, because even if my ills were going to be permanent in my life, I trust there is a bountiful life to come which will dwarf the trials of this one.

    I hope I have helped someone somewhere. Now back to my tireless fight against this stubborn drug that makes you feel like a million bucks until the day you quit it. Just know that you’re not any less awesome of a person if you decide to never quit it.

    • Sherry huang October 1, 2014, 3:30 pm

      Thank you for sharing, you helped me. your statement about Christs help and this to shall pass, gave me hope. Thinking of heaven someday gives me the motivation I need to continue this process and accept the “not so good feeling” I’m having now.

    • Johnathan April 4, 2015, 2:47 pm

      Hey Jeffington…I hope you answer this…I’ve had VERY SIMILAR reactions to quiting, minus lexapro as I’ve never used it before. How did things end up for you? I quit 2 months ago cold turkey after a serious anxiety attack. I’ve never felt addicted, so it wasn’t too hard to stop. Now I’ve have a lot of seemingly uncontrollable anxiety…never had this issue before in my life. What was your experience? Did the anxiety simply eventually just taper off? Anyone is with anxiety issues over a month after quitting… please respond. I’m really confused and would like to know what others have experienced. Thank you for your time.

      • Morgan July 8, 2015, 10:45 pm

        Yes! I quit adderall a month ago and have had back to back panic attacks. It’s so scary. I’ve had anxiety in the past but nothing like this. Idk what to do.

      • Kaitlin October 25, 2015, 10:37 pm

        I was on 30-40 IR for seven years before I quit about 3 months ago. I am having severe anxiety/depression. Have you had any luck with this Johnathan? I’m not doing great on exercise or eating well, but I haven’t been able to get enough energy to do so.

      • Karen Rogers December 20, 2015, 10:42 pm

        I quit six weeks ago and I have severe anxiety. I take antidepressants and I’m going to ask my psych dr about something for anxiety as long as it’s not a schedule II drug like Adderall. Never again! Maybe Buspar…

        • Matt June 30, 2016, 8:00 pm

          Buspar was not good for me. It always gave me these feeling of electrical impulses surging through my body. I gave my body time to adjust but it never did. I kicked buspar to the curb. I never even noticed any positive results from taking it.

    • Nicole April 7, 2015, 3:49 am

      Jeffington, I love the fact that you believe in Jesus Christ. I’m currently facing such a terrified and lonely life. I’m on 40mg of adderall a day along with 4 other physciatric drugs. Im 33 years old and I feel like my whole life revolves around these drugs, and I’m basically spending all my days behind a door on my bed starring at the wall. Today I’m fed up with it and my faith has come in strongly. I’m going to stop taking all these meds. I really don’t need them. I’m really hoping and praying that God will help heal me and take this all away. Anyway, I guess tomorrow will be day number 1 for me. I don’t want to think about the misery, that comes with withdrawing but keep my focuse on a brighter future. God bless you.

    • Bill September 16, 2015, 5:29 am

      I’ve been as low as 20IR and as high as a 30xr + 20IR each day since about ’07.. I quit cold turkey a few weeks ago, just had some crazy anxiety attacks the past few days and I feel like my brain is eating itself away looking for adderall! It’d be too easy to take another one though. Thanks for your help!

    • Taylor October 15, 2015, 9:58 pm

      I have had the same problems. I was taking fat burners or adderall for about 3 years. I decided to stop cold turkey because I started having major anxiety and occasional panic attacks. If only I had known how horrible this would be. I had to drop my classes, I’m taking a leave of absence from work, I feel sometimes like I’m losing my mind. God is all that’s getting me through this, I know that it’s just temporary.

      Over the past 3 weeks, I’ve had times when I seem to feel okay, but then the anxiety, paranoia, intrusive thoughts, all come back. My therapist says I’m in a perfect storm of stressors and detox, but I never could have imagined that I’d go from this strong can do person, to a depressed anxious mess. It’s unreal what this med and supplements like it can do.

    • Terra November 12, 2015, 6:19 am

      WOW… I’ve been thinking about my comment on this blog as I continue to read with my situation crippling me… BUT I HAD TO STOP ON YOURS. THANK YOU FOR THAT, YOUR WORDS ARE ENCOURAGING.

    • Meredith August 12, 2016, 6:03 am

      Thank you so much! God is good…all the time. I tried quitting without tapering and lost my mind. Been taking 20mg 3x’s a day for ten years. I want to have children one day and don’t want to rely on a drug. When I reduced my dosage without consulting my doctor, worst mistake ever. Panic attacks like never before, paranoia- psychosis like thoughts, extreme feelings of impending doom, crying spells, extreme depression…

      I was literally losing my mind. Right now back up/down to 15mgs 3x’s/day. It’s much better now. I will be on a very slow taper as described above. Reading your experience was tough, but Christ always wins. If He is for us, who can be against us. This is possible, through Christ all things are. He gives hope to the hopeless. So even at my worst, I praise Him.

  • caitlin September 2, 2014, 2:09 am

    I have been on adderall for almost 8 years…and the past 2 have been my tapering years. As amazing as this drug is…it is also equally as terrible. My personal experience with the drug allowe’d me to get through high school and college. But now I’m realizing I lost myself in the process. …once I tapered down from 5 mg to now nothing (4 weeks ago) I have laughed and smiled more than I have in years. I can finally feel emotions again.

    Pros
    . Feeling like myself
    . Not as anxious or have constant running mind
    . Other health issues…heart racing. Rashes. Losing hair have gone away.
    . Learning my body’s. At natural state…rather than being on turbo speed all the time (naps are a beautiful thing)

    Cons
    . Withdrawl symptoms. Nausea hunger ( really bad) fatigue (coffee got me through the first 3 weeks) inconsistent sleep and some add symptoms. The biggest symptom I’ve noticed is a headache that feels like I’m going to throw up….but still hungry
    . Lack of drive and motivation to do things like I use to

    I’ve gone to a natural dr. And she told me my liver has been over worked for years ( makes sense) and I should try a liver detox diet and regimen. Im starting that tomorrow. However have noticed a big difference in energy when I eat really clean.

    My biggest piece of advice for those quiting is doing it when your ready and have a support system. It’s so freeing not to think about getting medication to function every month. Just like anything in life. It takes time but you can do it!!!

    If anyone has any information about metabolic damage reversal after quitting I would love some resources and techniques that worked for you.

    Good luck to all and know you. Are. Not. Alone. In. This.

    • Cec U December 16, 2014, 5:06 am

      Thank you! I thought I was going nuts!

    • allison strong June 8, 2015, 12:10 pm

      There is an old Edgar Cayce (health psychic from the 40’s) for liver detox that doesn’t require your liver to actually process it. In other words, this works to oxygenate liver. Get a flannel cloth, soak it in Castor Oil and put it on liver. (Upper right quadrant of stomach and above.) Get a heating pad on medium or high and stay under it for an hour. Three times a week. 25 years of psych meds…a lot of them…and my liver function tests are still normal. I am detoxing off Adderall now, it’s the devil of depression.

  • Jim Richards September 10, 2014, 12:10 am

    I have been taking adderall for 2.5 years, between 20mg and as high as 120 mg per day. The withdrawal at that point almost felt as terrible as opiate withdrawal (which I also battled years earlier and beat using suboxone and kratom) – there are ways to get Immediate relief.

    What I’ve tried that worked for me:
    – St. Johns Wort (herbal supplement) – for me this works best, its amazing! It is a natural SSRI, but also prevents reuptake of norepinephrine and dopamine without the SSRI side-effects because it does not bind the receptors, but instead works some magic through the sodium channels at the neurotransmitter synapses.
    – Cats Claw (herbal supplement) – used for many health problems including chronic fatigue syndrome. Worked great for me.
    – Vitamin B6 and B-complex – instant energy boost, works great as a helper
    – Magnesium and calcium – worked great on the achy muscles
    – I have not tried L-tyrosine yet, probably won’t as I feel great now but I hear this helps a ton also

  • Molly September 14, 2014, 5:17 pm

    I’m in my late 20 ‘ s and I’ve been taking 15 mgs of adderall ir for about 3 years. I have inattentive ADHD. My doctor has suggested taking breaks from it time to time, so often on the weekends I’ll just take one dose a day or even skip it altogether. Now I’ve just moved states and I’m between pcps, so I’m taking an unintended break!

    I must say, I’m not having any problems at all. In fact, reading these withdrawal symptoms, I’m prone to think that my tolerance may have raised as it seems like I’ve been experiencing those things on a daily basis between doses; midmorning around noon and then in the evenings. That’s really weird!! I also want to add that my doctor says side effects are always worse with xr drugs, which is why he put me on two doses instead.

    • Katie February 19, 2016, 12:12 am

      I have been taking 20mg twice a day of Adderall IR for 2 months. My doctor prescribed it to me for treatment-resistant depression. At first it helped, but now I feel like I go through withdrawal twice a day every day!! I feel the Adderall wear off and I get hit with a wave of intense depression, shaking, and sweating. I want to taper off the Adderall altogether but I am afraid of how severe my depression will be!

  • John September 22, 2014, 3:39 pm

    OK, I have been looking deeply into this. Right now I am awaiting the call from my doctor saying my script is ready. I feel foggy and tired but I have not had Adderall for more than 2 weeks. What I do is get the script, abuse it and then sorta taper. I usually have none for 2 to 3 weeks before the cycle starts again. My script is for 30mg per day, down from 60mg per day some years ago.

    I have been on it for over 7 years and have never really taken it as prescribed. I feel like it would really help me if I would follow the script but I get it filled, start slow but by the end of the week I’m pounding Adderall. This irritates me as I know I have more control than this – especially since I can go without for 14-20 days and still get to work and do what I need to do. However, I always have a crash and I do not want to keep going on this road but I do not want to give up the Adderall. I just want to take it as prescribed but I have been unable to.

    Any advice? I seem to be getting more compulsive the longer I do this, especially with eating. For example, I bought a fitness app – I have logged over 150 miles/50,000 calories burned in 5 months with NO WEIGHT LOSS. Because I eat poorly – not all the time, but enough to negate my fitness. Seriously – 50,000 calories and no weight loss. I feel like I am spinning my wheels yet I do not want to give up the Adderall. God I feel crazy sometimes.

    • Cec u December 16, 2014, 5:09 am

      I thought it was just me! Hanging in there I hope? How are you now?

    • Jason March 19, 2015, 11:15 pm

      John-I’ve gone through the same cycle as you with my Adderall prescriptions for the past 3-4 years. I wanted desperately to take Adderall as I was supposed to, but could not do it no matter how hard I’ve tried. Over Christmas I ran out of Adderall yet again while my doctor’s office was closed. Between my abuse of Adderall, taking Xanax daily for 7 years, and drinking, I went to a treatment facility. Now this is absolutely not necessary for someone to get off of Adderall, but it has been the best way for me to stay off of Adderall.

      I’m coming close to 90 days, and I feel no where near 100%. I crave the drug nearly every day, mainly because Adderall destroyed my self-confidence and I feel I can’t do anything without the drug. So it’s going to be a while until I’ll be normal again. But if you’re able to get through those 2-3 week periods after you’ve burned through your script and function, then I think you’d be OK if you stopped. Me, I just felt like a victim and slept all the time before. This time I’m sticking to a routine and hoping that within 8-9 months I’ll be back to normal.

    • Terra November 12, 2015, 6:33 am

      You share my story!!! I WANT TO GIVE UP TOO! I know it’s WRONG and I’m RIGHT and/better off. BUT, the feeling of “need” or wanting it again sets in, even after this “detox”! …Yes, weight gain sucks sucks too.

    • Kerrie January 31, 2016, 10:33 pm

      I do exactly the same thing. I know how you feel. It’s a terrible vicious cycle every month. I’m so tired of living like this.

    • Polina April 1, 2016, 4:09 am

      My dear, you just described me of myself! I’m quitting too. I lost half of my hair, stopped losing, but rather started gaining weight from not sleeping, staying up night after night after night. I also go on a binge drinking… Not that much long ago I started having heart issues, irregular heart beat, excessive sweating (not just alcohol related), I swear, I started experiencing backwards effects, nausea, gain wait, headache, severe anxiety and anger, unpredictability.

      Being so miserable and feeling that the END is coming… and I am only 34. :( But reading all of these posts makes me think I can try! Again! Which more like whichever last time I’ve abused, ran out and had to wait at least 2/3 weeks…). I thank you for your courage and everyone else’s!!!

    • Steve April 16, 2016, 8:39 pm

      I’m 35 now & been off addie for 2.5 years. Started when I was 19 & upped my doses every 6 months or so. By the end I was taking 120 mg daily & usually ran out with 2 weeks of nothing. Those 2 weeks were always horrible! I finally told my doctor addie was controlling my life & I wanted nothing to do with it any longer (trust me this was the scariest thing I’ve ever done)!

      I didn’t leave my house for months & my dr refused to take my calls or see me for 2 months per my request. It worked, cold turkey but “normal” withdraw symptoms lasted about 6 months. But the depression, laziness & major fatigue continued & 2.5 years later it still continues although not as severe. Although after 2.5 years I would think I would be doing better & over the last few months have been contemplating getting back on addie because my life is not working.

      My thought is I’ve been off it long enough that I’m more mature & will be able to manage properly as its intended use. I wrote this because I’ve been battling ongoing depression, laziness & fatigue for so long & when searching these boards hoped to find someone going through the same thing as myself… not a one person. Not to take away from all these short time quitters, I was just hoping to find someone like me.

      • christi April 29, 2016, 1:37 am

        Well, Steve, here I am. I also have wanted to find some one like me. I have scanned multiple boards but I have never found anyone with a similar story. I also don’t want to minimize anybody’s struggle but there is no way most forum posters are going to “get me”: I have been addicted to amphetamines longer than a lot of them have been alive.

        I think I’d sell my soul (what’s left of it) for the chance to be”only” addicted for 2, 5 or even 10 years! I am 48, have been addicted since 1993 at the age of 25. This week I started a taper. I’ve never tried that before, so if anyone out there uses prayer, please pray for me? My last “vacation” was from Feb 2014 until Aug 2014… a whole 6 months (not being sarcastic; for me this was hope-restoring)!

        • A August 10, 2016, 4:32 pm

          I have faith in you! You can do it!

  • Brenda September 28, 2014, 9:35 pm

    I had been on Adderall for years for ADD. For the second time in eight years I finished my prescription a few days early, three. I felt a chronic fatigue and just wanted to sleep but my body would not let me, I just layer down for twelve hours a day for three days crying, did not know why. I also felt borderline line suicidal and for no particular reason. I did realize it was due to not having my Adderall for three days so I talked myself through and just road it out loving on my two dogs. They helped me keep positive. I strongly recommend take your prescription as directed so you don’t go through this insane phenomenon . It’s just not worth the pain and suffering, God forbid you can’t handle it, then you may hurt yourself, so NOT WORTH IT!

  • Shannon October 9, 2014, 1:06 am

    I have taken Adderall XR for about 14-15 years ( I believe I started it in 4th grade, but could have been earlier. I’m now 25 ) w/ no breaks other than a few days max. I’ve been on 60mgs of the extended release for a very very long time, other than when I thought I wanted to take it down to 50mgs which didn’t last long because I was having more ADHD issues again.

    I can truely say this drug has me feeling trapped. I start to go through w/d the same day I don’t take it, no energy, mood changes, increased appetite, exhaustion. More than one day & I just can’t control my attitude and mood swings, almost impossible to get myself to have enough energy to leave bed. Honestly I would love to never take this drug again or to even wean myself off of it but I’m just entirely too scared of the withdrawal.

    • Dylan October 10, 2014, 7:32 am

      Withdrawal isn’t to terrible. I’ve been taking it for about 3 years (well I switched between 50mg-100mg Vyvanse daily and 20mg-60mg Adderall daily) and just recently decided to (foolishly) abuse it, taking 7 20mg Adderall XR capsules over the course of 20 hours, my last dose being yesterday at 2:15pm. After I crashed (still in my blood, but not strong enough to help with my sleep deprivation) I ended up sleeping for 13 hr straight, waking up mostly due to a bizarre dream.

      I was groggy at first, but now I’m just a tad bit grumpy and already pulling another all nighter, unassisted by adderall or any stimulant for that matter. How you ask? First, before going to sleep yesterday morning (3:45am) I took L-Tyrosine, which your body turns into dopamine, and melatonin + 5htp (serotonin) and L-theanine. Then after waking up yesterday evening (4:50pm) I killed any remaining adderall in my system by taking as much Vitamin C as possible. I also took a multivitamin with minerals, a B-Vitamin complex with Choline and a fish oil supplement.

      Then I went on an eating spree, just let yourself go wild the first day of w/d, it really helps. After less than 12 hours I can honestly say the worst of it is done, but not over. I am still prone to sudden rage (although, you can’t blame me, there’s a stink bug flying around my room and it’s driving me nuts). In short, if you want to quit do this:

      Day of quitting: take multivitamin, multi-mineral, B-Complex (with Choline is a good idea), vitamin c (on top of what the multivitamin has), L-tyrosine, fish oil and try to relax as well as eat/hydrate plenty.

      Night of quitting: take melatonin, 5htp, L-theanine and L-tyrosine and vitamin c + plan to sleep for 10+ hours.

      Repeat until you feel baseline (although, you may not know what that’s like anymore). Avoid caffeine, I drank coffee today and for whatever reason got extremely lethargic. Stimulants are known to have paradoxical effects in certain situations so I’m not surprised. I did find that nicotine (e-cigarette so only nicotine, no MAOIs like cigarettes) does help, so if you’re into that go for it. If you smoke cigarettes, however, you’ll probably crawl right back in bed after one.

    • Ali H January 3, 2015, 7:24 am

      My suggestion would be to switch from the extended release to the immediate release because you could taper much easier if your body is used to having hours out of the day without being medicated and that helps your body learn to cope without it. I am on 20 mg. 3x daily = 60 mg a day (non-XR) for 10 years now and have tried going cold turkey 3 times.

      I have lowered my dose to 40 mg a day (went down one full pill) the past week and it’s definitely much more tolerable than quitting cold turkey. Although I am finding myself still somewhat depressed and unable to feel much excitement over anything. But at least I’m not sleeping for weeks straight :-) Keep up with the drive to quit! I myself am quitting because I am 27 and would like to have children.

      This crap will cause you to miscarriage and possibly give your baby severe heart conditions (not to mention hurt YOUR heart and liver too). I would suggest getting bloodwork done to make sure everything is OK like my Dr. Did with me before he could prescribe me more meds and switch to non-XR. You might find you don’t need as much as when you were on the XR. Good luck!

    • Lauren June 24, 2016, 8:51 am

      I have been taking adderall for 13 years (30 XR am- 20 IR pm). It has always been my lifeline, and more or less the control over my life. Almost 3 weeks ago (I know that’s not long) I decided that I was done and that I wanted my life back. I was done living in fear, but not because of life but because of the fear of living a day unmedicated. Anyone who has ever lived day to day on this drug knows what I mean.

      Taking your last pill and knowing you have 4 days until your script can be filled gives you the upmost feeling of anxiety. Knowing you will be worthless, full of anger, hungry, agitated, unsociable, etc. No one looks forward to that. More importantly no one ever wants to be that and I will never be that again. The first 6 days of detox were as expected.

      I was all of the listed above. But on day 7 the worst was finally over. I went for a run, stocked my house with healthy food, bought some good books, and made goals. I AM DOING THIS FOR ME. I am determined to become the person I know I can be without adderall and take back my life, and you can too! I know I will find out what it’s like to be normal, smile genuinely, want to socialize because I want to not because adderall makes be sociable.

      I will feel the natural high of feeling good and healthy and happy. Exercising helps the most. It makes me feel free and so incredibly happy. The only negative thing I have to say is… I’m having a lot of trouble sleeping. The insomnia is pretty intense, but I’d rather be dealing with that issue than living the adderall life.

      I don’t know if this will help anyone in any way but I promise I thought I would never be able to live without that lifeline, the thing that I thought was saving me, when all in all I needed to be saved from it. To be honest.. I am no where near where I want to be but the best advice I can give is the first day you decide to quit, even with the pain, you’re already a step ahead and in more control of your life.

      13 years and I’m finally free and the absolute happiest I have ever been!! This too shall pass. Anyone and everyone that is on this journey or deciding to take it always remember “a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor”… The struggle is well worth it!

      • Sheila July 7, 2016, 7:51 am

        It took you 13 years after quitting adderall to feel good again?

        • Bridget August 26, 2016, 11:26 pm

          I hope it doesn’t take 13 years. I think she meant that she took Adderall for 13 years. Keeping my fingers crossed.

      • Christi Brewer July 19, 2016, 5:08 am

        Thank you so much! I too, am doing this because I don’t want to be a prisoner! Thank you very much again!

      • Bridget August 26, 2016, 11:22 pm

        Hi Lauren, I just read your post from June 24, 2016 about stopping adderall. I have been taking 60 mg IR for 9 years. On August 10, 2016 I decided that I needed to quit and get control of my life like you did. I’ve been taking 1 1/2 IR for 16 days and today I went down to 1 1/4. I’m doing this slowly and I pray to God I can do this. Adderall really does take over your life.

        At first it makes you feel great, but after a few years you realize that it’s not you that is happy it is the Adderall that’s making you be happy. The reason why my doc gave it to me in the first place was because I tried every antidepressant out there and none of them worked. I was just wondering how you are doing now? You started this journey 5 weeks before me.

        Did you stop cold turkey or taper off? I just want to know if you feel super depressed or have your natural happy juices started to kick back in on their own? Hoping to hear back from you good or bad it doesn’t matter. Please reply. P.S. I can’t seem to make myself exercise.

  • Raenah October 22, 2014, 11:43 am

    I used to take 20mg or Adderall XR starting in December/January of 2013. Things were great! I took it for my ADD and it made me concentrate so well. I felt like I was on top of the world and my attitude reflected that. I always had energy to workout and go to work. I literally felt like superwoman. I was really loving life. I was making great money for my age and my fitness goals were almost where I wanted them to be.

    I was down to 130lbs and 21% body fat. Around May 2014, I noticed that I had built a tolerance to it. So I went a couple days here and there not taking the drug. I didn’t want to increase my dosage to 30 for fear that I would become even more dependent on it. I felt my appetite coming back and was eating everything in sight. However, my stomach wasn’t digesting as fast as it used to. So it felt like the food was just sitting there, in my stomach.

    I couldn’t stop eating and my body stored everything as fat. I ended up gaining 20lbs and was up to 29% body fat!!! This all happened in 2-3 months!! I instantly fell into a deep depression and had thoughts of suicide. I had no interest in even the small things. It has been 4 months since I’ve taken Adderall XR 20mg and I’m still struggling. My depression is slowly going away and I’m beginning to get my body back.

    I’ve always eaten healthy, it was just the amount of the food I was eating. Yes the drug has helped me short term. Long term, however, it ruined my life. It is now mid October 2014 and I am studying holistic nutrition and finding ways to heal my body from the drug naturally, by using food and exercise of course.

  • Paula October 28, 2014, 12:01 am

    I am bipolar and I have been on 30 to 60 mg of adderall and nuvigil 250 I usually don’t take both on one day but I have other medications that I have to take like 6 mg of klonopin, 200 mg seroquel, remeron and pristq. I am trying to reduce the seroquel and the klonopin and stop adderall and nuvigil. I have stop cold turkey for 3 days and today I took 30 as prescribed. It was like I took nothing. I have had horrible anxiety and depression and crying spells I want to get off the stimulants but don’t know how. Does anyone have any suggestions. I want to work with what GOD gave me with the bipolar drugs.

  • Ashton November 1, 2014, 10:15 am

    This is day six sober off adderall for me. I was taking 300mg a day. I quit cold turkey. I have a support network and I am continuing to go to work through my detox. On my days off all I do is sleep. I feel stuck in bed. I have insane crying spells especially at night. This is so hard. I had three years sober off meth and opiates. I know I can do this but I just want this feeling of misery to end. I am so exhausted mentally and physically.

    • Christi Brewer July 19, 2016, 5:06 am

      Oh god, thank you so much for this!

      • Bridget August 27, 2016, 12:35 am

        Hey Christi, How are you doing now? I read your post that you wrote on July, 19, 2016. I started tapering off Adderall on August 10, 2016 (just a tad behind you). How are you managing now? I just wanted to keep up on your journey. It’s a struggle, but the alternative is a death sentence. I can see why the docs gladly prescribe Adderall. Doing that makes their business flourish, Please get back to me. Sincerely, Bridget

  • Paisley November 4, 2014, 9:47 pm

    I have to go cold turkey tomorrow. I have been there before when I got pregnant I should have never started back. I am only on 15mg XR, but believe me the withdrawals are very real. I wonder if Xanax will calm the storm?

    • Anonymous April 9, 2015, 4:42 pm

      I hope this is not too late. Please, please, I beg you do not take Xanax!!! Truly it (its class, the benzos: Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, etc.) is the worst drug ever invented in all this wretched world: it causes permanent brain damage, is more addictive than heroin, with a potentially deadly withdrawal that lasts for years.

      • ShyGuy3 May 29, 2015, 9:14 am

        Do you have any evidence for these claims about benzodiazepines? I haven’t read or heard anything that claimed they are “more addictive than heroin,” or that they have a “potentially deadly withdrawal.” I’m fairly certain amphetamines are much worse in terms of potential for abuse and withdrawal, and the benefits of benzodiazepines would outweigh these risks.

    • Cheyenne July 8, 2015, 4:39 pm

      Please don’t take xanax! My mom became addicted to benzos for 8 years, she became a monster. She is just now deciding (after my first car accident) to quit. It’s a mess, hallucinations, seizures, no eating, no sleeping, jitters, racing heart. Study xanax, it reduces the ability to form new memories. I’m quitting adderall xr 15 MG now before I get too addicted.

      I have adhd bad, I think since puberty, but only diagnosed as an adult. I don’t care I’ll go back to dealing with my symptoms of ADHD by myself, drink red bull and coffee and try adding these vitamins everybody talks about. It’s better than the long term affects of adderall. Although I love addies, it’s just going to make my life worse.

  • Allison November 6, 2014, 7:08 pm

    I took low doses and switched Ritalin and Adderall for a year. In the last six months neither drug worked as well and I had to take the full 60 mg of Adderall at the End. Then I realized that my psychiatric well-being was totally dependent on how much Adderall I took. I tried to quit cold Turkey. I went for four days and switched antidepressants. Then what I did was switch to Ritalin, which does not pump out serotonin but works on reuptake.

    I still had really Bad Adderall Withdrawals at two weeks, so I put 20 mg back in one day. It totally relieved my symptoms. Then I cut down to 10 mg and am really hurting again. I am definitely addicted to this drug to feel OK. It works like magic, but only lasts a few hours. I think I’m in for withdrawal for the long haul. I’m anxious, suicidal, worried, and so forth. I feel like killing myself when I wake up. Have a huge appetite but everything seems gross.

    • Susie November 22, 2014, 5:24 pm

      In the fall of 2013 I got a prescription for Adderall. This was almost alarmingly easy to do. I was 53, and finding it more difficult to focus on my work, often sleepy in the afternoons, and, frankly, wanting more of a stimulant than my shots of Starbucks espresso could deliver. The dosage was 20 mg of time-release per day. I loved the effects of the “high”–lots of energy, lack of appetite, crazy focus–and minimized the downside: almost too much focus, so I’d spend waaaay too much time on a task and actually end up being less efficient than before. Still, I felt so great!

      I didn’t want to stop. I could clean the house for hours, take on projects I’d procrastinated on, and do it all happily, at least until evening when the drug wore off and I sometimes got irritable and snappish. Keep in mind that I am not and have never been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. People with a legitimate diagnosis will no doubt have a different experience. I learned over the last year that when I was “high” I had to be careful of what I did and said. I was more apt to “add to my cart” when shopping online. I was prone to writing verbose emails. I’d talk too much or too fast. I trained myself to pause before speaking or “hitting send” to prevent missteps.

      As time went on I also realized that I was feeling slightly paranoid. I look back on my behavior at work during this time, and while it wasn’t extreme enough for co-workers to remark on it, I was clearly not myself. As a writer, I thought the amphetamines were helping me. I could write and write and write. I thought my work was good. Later, rereading the pages, I realized–not so much. In the last few months I discovered I could even out the effects by taking a little less a day. In the mornings I’d open a capsule, pour out about half, and swallow (I never crushed, chewed, or snorted–though I thought about it.

      I didn’t let myself: that would be, I knew, “true addict” behavior). Around noon I’d take a little more. I never took all 20 mg. This worked pretty well. I especially liked it for the appetite suppressing effects, though by evening I was pretty hungry. Still, I could stabilize my weight by not eating much during the day. I wasn’t sleeping great, so sometimes I’d take a day off from the drug, but that got harder–I’ve definitely been becoming more and more dependent on the drug, if only psychologically. I reasoned that if I wasn’t feeling so great I could take just a little, why not? Then I’d take a little more, and be back where I started.

      Around April of 2013 I came to terms with my alcohol dependence. I’m a high-functioning alcoholic: never really hit bottom, no trouble with the law, never lost a job or a friend, was a good mom, etc. Still–I drank 2-5 glasses of wine every night (a lot for a 5’7″, 125 lb. woman). I often regretted the drinking, vowed to stop, and then drank again that evening. I realized I was not a normal drinker. One drink created a craving that was difficult or impossible to resist. When I white-knuckled my way through a few months of sobriety, I was in a dry drunk–still obsessed with alcohol.

      In spite of a lot of fear and misgivings I started going to AA meetings, and while I’ve yet to hear anyone’s story that’s as mild as my drinking was, AA is not, as I assumed, filled with only Skid Row drunks and people with multiple DUIs. Nor is it a cult or an organization that pushes any particular religious views. Suffice it to say that I’ve found AA hugely helpful, a great source of support, and–weirdly–a lot of fun. There’s a lot of laughter and joy in those rooms. I’ve made some good friends, people who are both like me (educated, middle-class, employed, etc.) and people very unlike me, too. How refreshing to be someplace where everyone is trying to get better–and many have been sober for years.

      Sobriety isn’t the problem for these “old-timers.” They are trying to be better human beings, and they’re honest about themselves in ways I haven’t found anywhere else. Many haven’t craved alcohol in a long time, but they know they have alcoholic ways of thinking about relationships, daily life, everything. So they “keep coming back.” I no longer crave alcohol or think much about it. Sure, there are occasions when I wish I could have a glass of wine like everyone else, but then I remember how much more I enjoy those occasions sober. And I’m learning so much about myself by working this program.

      Anyway, the lessons I’ve learned about my alcoholism have made it impossible to deny my (mental?) addiction to Adderall. I’m behaving the same way as I did with my nightly drunk: the drug, whether I take it or not, takes up a lot of space in my head. “Am I addicted? Should I quit? Naaah, it’s okay, it was prescribed after all, and why shouldn’t I feel good? OK, how about we stop for a few days, that’ll prove I don’t have a problem… But… let’s take a break from it next week. Next week would be better.” Around and around. Same as my glasses of Pinot Gris every night.

      I felt guilty, going to AA meetings essentially high on amphetamines. I felt I was being dishonest with others, with my sponsor, with myself. So here I am, 7 months sober today, and day 5 of no Adderall. I’m not ready to throw out the last 5 pills in the bottle, or the last prescription I have, folded up and hidden in the back of my planner. “I can’t be THAT dependent, after all that prescription is dated AUGUST and here it is November, the truth is I haven’t been taking THAT much.” See? See how I rationalize, convince myself it’s okay, obsess over my usage? That, my friends, is a very bad sign.

      Yesterday, after some potentially bad health news (girl-stuff–unrelated to any of this), I spent the day in bed, crying and sleeping. I didn’t feel like I was reacting to the medical stuff, though. The crying was uncontrollable and felt unrelated to my doctor’s phone call. After all, everything is probably okay, health-wise. I know the fatigue I’ve been feeling all week, the lows, the lack of motivation for writing, the lethargy, the depression, is all due to the withdrawal from this drug. I’m pretty convinced (“pretty convinced”–there I go again) that I’m better off without it.

      GLOOM’s article was so helpful to me, as were the comments from everyone who has posted here. Thanks to all who took the time to share their stories. Everyone has a different experience with this drug. It’s been helpful to me to write this post, and get clear about what’s really going on. Maybe I can finally flush those last pills down the toilet, and throw out that prescription, and rely on exercise, meditation, good eating, and naps to feel clear-headed and energetic and happy. And continue to learn from others who struggle with addiction, both online and in the rooms of AA.

      • JC March 16, 2015, 2:40 am

        Hi Susie, thanks for sharing your story. I too am an alcoholic. Was sober for many years. Now, I’m on adderall. How are you doing now? I’m on my 5th day without it and depressed, moody and angry.

        • Susie April 26, 2015, 3:40 pm

          Hi JC. Just saw your reply to my post this morning; I returned to this site because I was looking once again for a time-frame: How long will this last??? Because, yeah, my attempt to quit that I posted here didn’t stick. Sort of embarrassing, seeing the November 2014 date of my original post. But… this time I did in fact flush all the remaining pills down the toilet, and am now 8 days clean.

          Also picked up my one-year-chip at AA this week. And I told my sponsor about the Adderall, which I hadn’t done before because I didn’t want her to tell me I needed to stop! (Addict behavior.) I hope I’m on the right track now. Even though I was only taking about 5-10 mg a day in recent weeks, quitting has still really affected my mood. As you said–“depressed, moody, and angry.” Especially those first two. I feel sad and hopeless.

          I keep telling myself, It’s just your brain, don’t believe anything you’re telling yourself right now, this feels like how it’s always going to be but that’s not true. So, I’m waiting to feel better. I hope you’ve done better than I did, and if you return to this site and see this, please let me know how things are going for you now. I don’t regret throwing out the pills–I know that taking more would just put me back on that merry-go-round–but I’m also eager for some relief.

  • Alec November 9, 2014, 9:42 pm

    I was prescribed Vyvanse after taking Adderall for about 6 months or so. However, the dose I was prescribed was equivalent to a third of what I was taking of Adderall. Even this is a slight tapering since I’ve simply moved to another stimulant/amphetamine, but I’m experiencing withdrawal nonetheless. Depression, and ADD that’s worse than it was before ail me at the moment. I hope it doesn’t last too long…

  • Anonymously November 12, 2014, 6:44 am

    So I was prescribed adderall after a mind altering break up with my girlfriend years. I used to abuse it with her before prom and homecoming every year to get a little buzz at the dance (we smoked weed too). Once I was prescribed I immediately thought my life was great even with the break up still in my head everyday. I was getting sh#t done and feeling better than ever about myself, which isn’t common for me.

    Anyways, adderall and my addictive personality didn’t mix well like the dude above said happened. Its been almost half of a year since I quit. And guess what?! I’m permanently f#cked. I have to get drunk or high to even be maybe a little happy. Everyday I don’t enjoy anything and I don’t look forward to anything. Deep down I know I care about the things I used to, but I don’t care anymore I just know I should. I’ve been thinking it’s a “withdrawal” symptom but I’m almost positive the copious amounts I took every single day really f#cked up my levels. Neurotoxicity I think is what its called.

    Anyways I basically said f#ck everything and I just got a job at mcdonalds. All and all adderall was telling me to kill myself every night. I wasn’t a b#tch and I didn’t but psychosis is crazy and still gets to me. BTW I had severe depression, OCD, PTSD, severe anxiety, insomnia, and ADHD. I haven’t felt normal for a couple years and it seems like everything I did when I was high is a blur. Sleepless nights and no nutrients really f#ck your head up. I said and did things I never would of done without it. Im really twisted right now though so enjoy that messed up paragraph I jotted down for the world to enjoy. I’m a lethargic retard forever, haha JK. Dopamine is coming back.

    • Steve April 16, 2016, 9:16 pm

      I’m 2.5 years off addie & actually took it the same way you did. Eventually getting my own script, I felt like nothing could stop me then. Anyways after abusing “my happy little friends” for 12 years I quit cold turkey. 2.5 years later I don’t care about anything still, thinking I would be better by now & still depressed with major fatigue.

      I forced myself to get a job at walmart just to get myself started again. Then felt better got a better job then feeling better last year got a good paying job in sales but can’t stay focused. All through school I got high, if I wasn’t high people thought I was sober. Getting high pulled everything together for me. But I got to a point where I was smoking an OZ a day so I quit… and was introduced to addie.

      It kept everything together for me but I abused it. Now 2.5 years clean, no addie, no weed & no alcohol and I feel dead. Over the last couple months I’ve even started to talk myself into getting another script but with the last 2.5 years sober my justification comes that I am more mature & now know how to manage the use.

      I’m at the point where I might lose my good paying sales job & losing my wife & being known to my 7 year old son that “my daddy does nothing but sleep”. I’m tired of being dead inside and maybe I did or have destroyed my brain somehow over the past years of use or maybe I always was missing something in my brain & that’s why I love chemicals… it makes me feel normal, but it’s time for me to make a change.

      Your story is the most relatable to me & I don’t know why I wrote this but I did. Maybe it’s because I understand your inner thoughts very well and want you to know there are others that feel the same since posts on here are “mild” in my opinion. Good luck.

  • Joe November 20, 2014, 7:24 am

    Was on 20xr daily, tapered down to approx 10 mg of the XR (wrapped in cellulose) over 3 days, then 5mg over 2 days. The jump down to 5mg was rough, but I also had some seasonal rhinitis (probably rhinovirus). Anyways, 4 days off and I feel like a king!

  • Brandon November 20, 2014, 11:08 pm

    Hello, my buddy gave me some adderall and I took 30 mg for 4 days and quit cold turkey. I’m having bad withdrawals. It’s the third day and I’m still feelin depressed and can’t think straight. But it has gotten better. Does anyone know how long the withdrawals will last?

    • Christina November 29, 2014, 4:06 pm

      Brandon, after about 2 or 3 weeks you will feel fantastic off of it. But after that you will still feel sluggish. But you will feel much better and clearer mentally. Hang in there. Don’t go backwards.

  • Stefanie November 22, 2014, 10:19 am

    Ughhh i really want to stop taking this medication. Everything is just a thousand times easier to do when i take it. I cant imagine working an entire day without taking a non therapeutic dosage. I dont remember what “normal” feels like. I want to stop but i dont know how to. Crappy existence. Blah.

    • Christina November 29, 2014, 4:04 pm

      Stefanie, Good support helping makes a difference. If you have close friends that can help, let them help. If you stay busy, that’s helps. It is hard. Trust me I know, but hang in there girl!

  • Christina November 29, 2014, 3:59 pm

    I have been on Adderall for 4 years. Started off at 20mg 3x a day…then my Dr bumped me up to 30mg 3x a day. I couldn’t take the impulsiveness and the crashes 3x a day… it was hard on my Family to understand me or even want to be around me. I lost one of my best friends of 36 years and I was completely socially withdrawn… it affected my job and the relationships important to me in my life. I hated the way I felt. I have been off of Adderall for 45 days and it is still affecting me. I have no get up and go. I’m extremely tired and it is hard to get myself motivated even after 45 days. Hang in there because slowly but surely it will get better.

  • Holly December 6, 2014, 7:19 pm

    Unlike others I had no plan at all to stop. My doctor told me he had to see me for an appointment and that he would not allow a partial refill. I hate him right now. The meds helped me so much with little things and these side effects suck. I feel like a sleepy nervous wreck. I just want to stay in bed. I think it was wrong to force me to stop cold turkey. I take my prescription properly and sometimes take less.

    I can’t concentrate when driving and everything seems even harder. It makes me wonder if taking this was a major mistake. I wish they could make a med that helped without hurting you. I never could function as well before meds and I can barely function at all right now. Uggghh… I feel like I’m in a bad dream and if I try to do anything I feel nervous or scared? Effing bleepity bleeping mo foe bleepers!! That’s my opinion.

    • Janice October 1, 2015, 12:07 am

      I hear you Holly. I ran out of Adderall early again (because sometimes I take more than the 20 mg. twice a day) because I need to due to fatigue. Anyway, I ran out on Saturday. It is now Wednesday night at 8 p.m. and I am awake now, but have been sleeping since Saturday. It feels like something sucked the energy out of my body. I fell asleep on the recliner and couldn’t get up for two straight days — then moved to the couch and just got up about an hour ago. Right now, I’m feeling so tired I can hardly type.

      It sucks really bad. I am going to get my adderall filled on Friday (I will be at the pharmacy 1st thing in the morning) but what do I do about tonight and all day tomorrow and tomorrow night? Should I just stop altogether? I feel like Adderall is the only thing that keeps my depression at bay (along with the antidepressant) and the only thing that lets me function as somewhat of a human being. Help!! What should I do?

  • Mark December 9, 2014, 6:32 pm

    I’m going to be brief because I am currently experiencing some withdrawal. Initially though I was on 2, 30mg XR a day, one at 8am the other at 12am. This was great for a while, no crash each day, no mood swings, definite issues with weight loss and dehydration but I compensated for it. Long story short I decided to quit cold turkey, I lasted 4 days before I decided to take my adderall again. I was immobilized on my couch, in extreme pain and very suicidal.

    I made a friend stay with me those 4 days. At times I was screaming and crying “make it stop make it stop” or “it hurts so bad”. I’ll admit at times I used adderall in higher doses than prescribed, but I just felt the need to say that adderall is certainly a wonderful and helpful drug for those of us that need it. Just pay attention to what your body is telling you and do your best not to let it control you.

  • Lost December 14, 2014, 1:27 pm

    I took adderall for 2 years for adhd. I am a middle aged college student. I have had adhd all my life. I dropped from 20mg to 5mg about 2 months ago, I didn’t like who I had become. I only thought of myself and obsessed over stupid stuff. I became rude, spoke my thoughtless, insensitive mind all the time. I offended and hurt everyone around me. I lost several good friends. I just blurted random, inappropriate stuff out, usually in the middle of another person’s sentence. That was kind of embarrassing. Couple of things lead me to quit.

    For one, I couldn’t remember anything. 2 years of intense studying… wasted. I always had an amazing memory. I was always just hyperactive and couldn’t sit still. As a FT college student, I couldnt sit still to read 8 to 10 chapters a week, but I remembered everything in detail. On adderall, I had EXTREMELY bad short term memory loss. I could study all day long. Pass a test. 2 weeks later… the chapter didnt even look familiar. I was as if I never saw it. If I skipped a day of my meds, I couldn’t stay awake.

    I was a useless, lethargic mess. I had to take a state exam and a had to re study everything!! Luckly I passed. Main reason to quit… I needed to pass a drug test and get a job. I kind of weaned myself off, at 5mg I just stopped. That was 5 weeks ago, what a living hell. I slept the first few weeks. If I was awake, I had no energy and within an hour I felt like I was going to collapse and fall asleep. I have gained 20 lbs so far. When I start eating I am unable to stop. I have vivid horrible nightmares. These nightmares wake me up several times a night with my heart racing and pounding and my chest aching.

    Lately I am intolerant, impatient and just irritated and mad all of the time. My husband and children avoid me now. When I wake up they all quickly leave. I think my husband is about done with me, (what a shame – he is the most patient, passive,”kind-hearted person). If I am not asleep then I am ranting and raving. At this time, everyone just drives me crazy. Everything anyone one does irritates me so much.

    It is unfortunate for everyone around me that I am awake a little longer between my napping. (Before adderall, I was fairly passive, it took alot to make me mad). Wow, I really hope I can eventually return to who I used to be. I miss the days when I was just hyperactive. If this this doesn’t end soon… I may be divorced and disowned by my kids. When my energy finally returns, at this rate I may be too obese to get out of bed. I now have a degree that is currently useless because I am stuck in bed, lethargic and can’t remember anything.

  • Joe Lee December 16, 2014, 10:47 pm

    I started taking adderall in college, like most, i imagine. About 8 years ago, I talked my doctor into prescribing the drug because I was struggling with my focus and keeping up at the office. The truth is, I was smoking too much pot and drinking almost every night, so I needed something to help keep my head clearer. I took the drug for almost 8 years straight with two or three periods where I tried to get off. It seemed the drug would always help, after i first would start back up. It was always the same string of events from then on.

    I would have SEVERE anxiety, SEVERE paranoia, EXTREMELY high blood pressure and it would always lead me to drink to calm my nerves. 8 years later, my doctor was prescribing sixty 30mgs rapid release. These were the orange oval pills. I would constantly go 8-10 days near the end of my script, mostly because I would share them with my friends while we would party. I NEVER once felt what I am feeling now. On November 16th, 2014 I flushed my last prescription. Honestly, it got to the point where I literally thought adderall was going to be the death of me.

    Either by a heart attack or the anxiety would lead me down a much darker road. Today is December 16th, 2014 and I still feel f*cking terrible. My anxiety is worse than it ever, I have no motivation to exercise, my appetite is hit or miss, I look forward to almost nothing and I am depressed. It blows my mind that I continued to take such a hard drug for so many years. I am also surprised to see how long the withdrawals are lasting. On a positive note, it gives me hope that others have experienced similar lengths with their own struggles. I am going to get through this, I have no doubt.

    To all who are currently taking this drug for recreational purposes, you honestly have no idea what you are getting into. I never once in 8 years thought I was actually addicted. It took my poor health to realized I needed to discontinue the use. My friends and I had a great time taking this at parties or on the lake but I can promise you that the road you are traveling is a dead end. The walk back to sobriety is up hill and miserable. Fight to get back into the gym, fight to bring back those meaningful relationships you lost. Whatever you do, get off this filthy drug.

  • Elektra Vallens January 2, 2015, 5:15 pm

    I want to encourage people thinking of quitting Adderall, and let you know that the withdrawal may not be as bad as you fear. I was on Adderall XR everyday for about three years, and at the end I was taking 60-90mg/day. I definitely abused it, taking up to 150mg sometimes. I knew I was facing a major challenging coming off, not just because of the Adderall, but because I also take 150mg/day of Seroquel (I’m bipolar), and it makes me extremely tired.

    It was one of the reasons I was started on the Adderall in the first place. In any case, I had to quit cold turkey because every time I tried to taper down over a long period, I simply took most of the pills the first week I had the prescription and then wound up begging for more. When I finally quit, I only tapered down for about two days, and then just stopped. In order to deal with the extra tiredness from the Seroquel my doctor started me on Provigil, and I think this has been a major factor in my recovery.

    Coming off the Adderall, I slept most of the first few days and felt pretty confused. Now it’s been about two weeks, and I haven’t experienced any major depression, anxiety, or physical sickness, and I’m able to stay awake and do most of the tasks I have to do (although I’m not working at the moment- I start a new job in two weeks). Anyway, good luck to anyone who is trying to do this. You can get off it!

    • Elektra Vallens January 18, 2015, 7:31 pm

      I came back to update this post and say that I have been successfully off Adderall for almost a month now, and I am still doing fine in terms of side effects. I don’t know why I didn’t have a worse time of it- especially judging by the stories shared by others here and elsewhere. Perhaps it was the Provigil, or another medication that I’m on. In any case, I actually feel happier now, not being a slave to the Adderall everyday.

  • Anne January 6, 2015, 1:06 am

    I am so glad to kick this drug to the curb. The withdrawals suck! I was on adderall xr 20 mg twice a day then on 20 mg in the morning and 10 mg in the afternoon. I had too much coffee to drink one day and felt my heart fluttering and had a panic/anxiety attack which brought me to my dr. She ended up putting me on concerta 18 mg but that made me more confused. Then I just cut cold turkey cause I couldn’t take the anxiety especially since I’m not one to worry. I have been having crying spells and anxiety at night not to mention feeling heart abnormalities and pain/numbness in my left arm.

    I am going for blood work tomorrow to make sure my heart is OK. I didn’t know how hard my heart was working on the medication until I had an EKG done in one of my classes (before coming off of it) and saw my heart rhythm was at 110 BPM and my blood pressure was 120/80. Now being off, it is about 72 BPM and my blood pressure is 120/65 huge difference!! So anyone who is coming off or still on and feels anything with their heart, please get it checked!

  • Eddie January 9, 2015, 7:30 pm

    Weight gain. Anyone have any advice on how to curb it? I quit Adderall cold turkey one month ago after almost 3 years of abusing it. I’m extremely thankful to say that the withdrawal process has been so far not terrible for me fatigue-wise or mood-wise, but I’ve gained 40 pounds in that single month of being off it. I knew to expect the rebound appetite after quitting, so I’ve kept that relatively in check, but my metabolism is AWFUL now.

    Long story short, does anyone have any experience with this? I’m succeeding at making myself be active, but I want to get my metabolism back to normal as quickly as possible. I also don’t want to keep gaining weight at a rate of over a pound a day for much longer. My heart has been through enough when I was ON the drug. At the very least, does anyone who gained weight after stopping the drug know how long that symptom tends to last before it dies down (as long as you’re keeping it in check)?

  • justplainnuts January 11, 2015, 11:56 pm

    I took Adderall 30 mg back in the 90s and then 60 mgs a day from about 2003 on. This was for ADHD. I was taken off of it 1.5 weeks ago. First week I slept nearly all day and night. Now this week my appetite has taken off big time. A couple of panic attacks, nothing I couldn’t handle. And now tonight i’ll be going off Abilify full dose and starting Trileptal full dose. Side effects are just no fun. Either are withdrawals. Hang in there.

  • Tigerfly January 18, 2015, 10:30 pm

    Reading this article may have just saved my life. I’m on day 18 of detoxing. Adderall gave me intense cravings to smoke cigarettes, so it’s day 18 of quitting adderall & cigarettes together. And I feel like I’ve become bat sh*t crazy. I knew the withdrawal would likely include fatigue, lethargy, difficulty concentrating & a bit of emotional ups & downs, but I had NO IDEA what I was getting into.

    At 2 weeks+ in, I thought the worst was behind me. But the past few days I have been more depressed, more emotionally volatile & more lost than I have every felt before. I was sitting in my car this morning, feeling utterly hopeless like this awful feeling of anger & worthlessness would never go away. I was having very serious thoughts of suicide, with the cloak of despair draped abound.

    But instead, I found this posting. & I realized there was hope- that this feeling really is just a symptom of withdrawal. And that others are experiencing the same thing.. That I’m not alone. Hang in there, to all those trying to detox, re-balance and start living a truly robust life.

  • John January 19, 2015, 4:48 am

    I began using adderall about 2 years ago, I was a freshman in college and my grades weren’t excellent so I went to a neurologist and gave him some symptoms he did testing and said “the tests came back fine but would you like to try the medicine anyway” it was somewhat like signing a contract with the devil in a sense. I kept increasing my dosage enjoying the weight loss and extreme version of my already larger than life personality, but I felt like it wasn’t real, none of it was the “real me.” After a while I noticed I became detached from others, no longer had a desire to have sex and became extremely routine like.

    I just felt like a robot, so I stopped cold turkey. That kind of depression I don’t wish on anyone. It’s interesting looking into the type of depression neurologically speaking, a dopamine deprived depression is excruciating with low energy, feelings of hopelessness, it’s the kind of depression that makes you look at the world differently. To be honest I don’t even know what’s worse dopamine depression or serotonin, but I stopped cold turkey for about 5 months. I don’t even know how I did it, but I went from 25mg XR to nothing. I think it got better towards the 3rd month but then I started back up again this summer, currently cutting it in half so now I’m taking around 12-13 mg XR.

    It’s been 5 months on it and I sort of want to stop taking adderall again. But I am a college student and work a full time job and I feel completely dependent on it now, but also feel like I’m no longer in touch with my emotions. I mean I can’t put my finger on what I truly hate about adderall but there’s just something not right about it. Like I traded in my creativity and uniqueness for a 8 hour roller coaster ride of productivity and rushing. Just needed to vent my situation, but ultimately my question is: I’ve been taking adderall XR for 5 months around 13 mg and I don’t want to go through the withdrawals, what should I do?

    • GLOOM January 19, 2015, 1:14 pm

      John, unfortunately if you want to stop taking it, you’re probably going to feel somewhat uncomfortable. Nothing will completely mask the low dopamine resulting from withdrawal. However, with proper self-care (e.g. healthy diet, light exercise, mindfulness, rest, and supplementation), you may be able to offset some of the symptoms you’d experience. Best of luck.

    • Daniel November 13, 2015, 4:52 am

      I give Adderall a score of 6.5 outta 10. I’ve been on it for 10 years – I’m 24.

      -PROS
      I eat healthy. I don’t drink sodas, except clear sodas once or twice a week. I drink solely water and healthy juice at home. I exercise for 15 minutes 5 days a week. I take a multivitamin(when I haven’t had a proper/healthy meal which is frequently). I experience slight appetite loss when I take it. Sleeping issues have long since subsided and only occur the night before something important (exam, speech, etc). I expect this to occur and so, work out really hard that day. Good for reading boring and dense material for several consecutive hours at a time.

      -CONS
      I take adderall because I am dependent on it, not because I need it, and I know this, but I haven’t stopped. I take this because it helps me read graduate and collegiate text books for 8-12 hours no problem. In fact, I fucking hate taking adderall in public and purposefully lower my dosage when I know i will be in a public, communicative setting. I only like taking adderall when I’m going to be studying solo and have no plans to go out.
      Its basically the only issue I’ve had since I started taking it 10 years ago.

      -Final Notes
      Like someone else below said, adderall, after a while, is only good up to the extent you have a plan and a schedule. Personally, I cannot multi-task on it, so I start with the easy tasks and move through 1 by 1 to the hard tasks attempting to keep a solid pace. This doesn’t always work out as you may imagine. You may tunnel vision on one assignment and forget you still have other assignments due.

      Don’t expect adderall to control your focus the way it does when you first start taking it… Sure it’s fun as hell to check facebook, text, play games, rant on forums (lol), or jerk off on adderall, but it will be 2 am before you know it and you will have gotten 0 progress done. At least for me that’s why I’m taking this pill–because the pros outweigh the cons.

      Each of you should evaluate your own pros and cons for taking this drug, and if the cons outweigh the pros, then you know what to do.

  • RP January 20, 2015, 1:20 am

    Prescribed 60mg XR for 2 years then 90mg XR the following 2 years; four years total use. Abused heavily. I took 2X instructed dose almost the whole time. Withdrawls between scripts only lasted 4-5 days. Now I’m quitting cold turkey on day 10 and have 21 of 22 listed withdrawal symptoms of considerable degrees. I attempted suicide which is not a (anywhere near normal) characteristic of mine, yet it happened. This drug was the biggest mistake of my life. All to pack in a few extra study hours while I finished my Bachelor’s.

    • Solo January 20, 2015, 11:32 pm

      Please keep us posted!!

  • Solo January 20, 2015, 10:38 pm

    I’ve been taking Adderall for a year now, I started at 10mg moved up to 20mg then within two months was abusing at 40-50mg. I have been taking 30mg for the last 6 months. The last month I leveled off to 20mg and that was fine but I started to notice:

    1. I never sleep anymore
    2. I get mad and irritated at the slightest things
    3. I become fixated on some stupid stuff
    4. I noticed tremors and irregular heartbeat

    I stopped taking it cold turkey today and I feel in a fog. Does anyone have A SUCCESS STORY ON ACTUALLY GETTING OF IT? I will keep you guys posted monthly. I am truly worried because my personality is not the same and I feel like a zombie. I don’t care about anything anymore, not even getting laid or sex!

    • Bees Biscuit January 22, 2015, 6:40 pm

      I took Adderall XR for twelve years. I started with a dose of 10 mg daily. I was prescribed it to lose weight – ridiculous I know. Over the years tolerance set in and I was being prescribed 90 mg daily. My Dr would mess up the do-not-fill until date on the script occasionally and I was elated when I could fill my script early at 25 days instead of 30. This allowed me for a few years to take 120 mg daily. I moved states and decided it was time to stop taking Adderall for good. I had stopped taking it a few times in the twelve years.

      I would sleep for a week, the sleeping was filled with crazy dreams and I would wake up sweating, waking up only to eat. I would consume such a large quantity of food but could not get full. I would be constipated and it would take my system a few weeks to normalize. I would gain 10 – 15 pounds within a month. I would hate the weight gain and start taking Adderall again. I was tired of Adderall controlling my life. As soon as I woke up I thought of Adderall, I would spend the day counting the hours until I could take more, constantly counting how many pills I had left.

      I decided not to find another Dr. When I moved states and began tapering off. I spent roughly a year tapering down. I got down to taking 7 mg daily (I opened the capsule and split it myself). I thought I would be fine when I ran out of pills and I stopped completely. It has been so hard, a daily struggle. That was June 1st. I sit here today after sleeping for three days straight in the same clothes feeling worthless. I have gained 25 pounds. I think if I just took it again my life would be great again.

      I know this is not the case. Most days are good. I love the quality of sleep I get now (besides the few setbacks I have had when I sleep too much). I enjoy waking up and knowing whatever I do will be because I did it and not Adderall. I don’t get fixated on stupid things that are meaningless, like scraping paint off a wall instead of cleaning up, running errands, doing laundry and making dinner for my husband. I feel more relaxed. I don’t have cottonmouth all the time. I don’t feel my heart beating in my ears or get chest pains.

      I don’t get angry and lash out. I don’t go all day without eating. I surely don’t miss the looks I got from the pharmacy staff when a filled a script for 30mg XR taken three times daily. I always felt guilty – I knew what I was doing was wrong. I get frustrated when I have a bad day. I ask myself over and over – Its been 7 months, will I ever be normal again? Or is this the new normal? Will I ever lose some of this weight? Why can’t I just get up and fix this worthless feeling? I allow myself these setbacks. If I feel like sleeping, eating, crying or just feeling sorry for myself – I allow myself this. I feel like some days I grieve for the person I used to be.

      A superhero who lost their super powers. I loved who I was on Adderall and I know that person is gone. I am learning to love who I am without Adderall. My advice is to keep pushing through it, minute by minute, one simple task at a time if need be. It will get better – I know!! Allow yourself bumps in the road, it’s part of the process. Listen to your body and keep focus on the person you want to be when your Adderall free!

  • amy January 25, 2015, 9:44 pm

    I’ve been on and off adderall for 14 yrs. For the last year I’ve been on 30 mg – 3x daily. I was told that I have to have surgery,but before I do,I have to be off adderall for 2 weeks. Its been 5 days so far and I’m miserable, I’ve slept all day since I stopped, today is the first day I’ve been able to stay awake but I can’t think clearly, and have anxiety. For me I think it’s a little different because I also have lupus, thyroid disease, celiac disease, and degenerative disc and joint disease. But I’m a strong woman and very determined that I will beat this. Like scripture says “I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.” God bless everyone who is dealing with stopping adderall. Don’t give up!

  • will January 29, 2015, 2:26 pm

    Hey everyone, my name’s Will, and, I’ve withdrawn from this before multiple times at different intensities. The first being after the first two months of taking it. I would take somewhere around 30-50mg a day of adderall, I was prescribed it. When I stopped it wasn’t that bad. After a few months my school started back up and I started taking it again following a 35mg a day prescription near perfectly. 2 months into school I decided to increase my dose because I noticed not only did the “high” feeling I got from it started fading, but so did its ability to help me study and stay focused.

    It still wasn’t bad but eventually I thought it might become a problem so I quit. Withdrawal was a bit tougher, but nothing some good sleep, food and the right attitude could fix. The third time, I’m still only two weeks in and it has been by far the worst. I am in many hard classes and because of using adderall so much in the past, it became very difficult to do good in school without it. It wasn’t bad, but I was taking 60-80mg a day, way more than prescribed. A month or two in I broke my ankle, it was a bad break.

    I was put on oxycodone for pain but because of my tasking classes that had high standards I still had to function in school. I already had a good tolerance to my medication but the oxycodone I was on countered the effects even at 80mg of my adderall. I was still in school though and being a stupid young kid determined to give anything to focus, I decided it was worth increasing my dose even more. My tolerance shot up. Two weeks ago I was taking almost 200 miligrams a day, the last time I used it was for my last test in high school, 3 days ago.

    I took 170-190mg in the course of around 12 hours. The sad part is once I got off my oxycodone, which was a experience on its own, my tolerance to adderall did not drop, and I still required the same unhealthy dose to benefit from it. I mentioned that my test three days ago was my last, and it was for at least the next few months. I’ve been accepted into many colleges that I want to go to and have graduated a semester early from high school. I’ve set the next few months aside, hoping that it won’t take that long to withdraw.

    This is day three coming down from adderall abuse / addiction. I cold turkey’d, and have stopped smoking. It’s almost unbearable. I haven’t slept, feel like throwing up constantly, and am so depressed I can’t speak to even my closest of friends. That being said, what always got me through in the past, even though I do know it is going to be a lot harder now, is a good mind set and knowing it’s just chemicals. With time you can get through it. 200mg a day is a very hefty amount, but even at this amount, I know I can get through it.

    The one good thing that came out of it is I don’t think I will do any drug again, for any reason that’s not near hypothetical. I still am happy to be here and love life, and if I don’t die now, I will continue to strive on as if it never happened. I hope this helps anyone going through something as bad as I am. The walls around me may be spinning, but with enough thought, you and I can make it and return to normal. Please don’t relapse, please don’t go down the path I have put myself through. The best time to quit is now. Even if it sucks more than anything, just stop, and move on.

  • Samantha February 1, 2015, 2:58 pm

    I am 25 and a mother of a 2 year old and 4 month old. I was diagnosed at 13 with ADHD due to poor grades, forgetting homework, etc… it turned my life around tremendously all through school. I have also tried Ritalin and Vyvanse – both of which they did not work nearly as well as the Adderall. Now, I find my 20 MG dose wears off by lunch time and the w/d immediately begins. I feel helpless without them. I just educated myself and found out the depression, mood swings, suicidal thoughts, rage, anger and weight gain were withdrawal symptoms. I’m so dependent on this, but without it, it affects my mothering capabilities, my marriage, and almost every aspect of my life. My marriage always seems to be on the brink of divorce. I yell, scream and rage out over stupid things. Also on issues that I shouldn’t be dwelling on at all. I love my husband and children more than anything! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  • Susan February 11, 2015, 6:42 pm

    My son goes off to college and the campus nurse prescribes him adderall. Being that I’m his mother I don’t find out about this until he has become addicted and has been abusing it for years. While on it he zoned out and doesn’t function at all. He talks non stop and if you try to speak he will speak over you. He will not bathe or wash his hair and will eat all the time.

    He agreed to let me have control of his prescription to keep him on track but all I am doing is feeding his addiction. His last pill was Monday morning. Tuesday he was out of control with yelling, talking irrational and sleeping. Plus, he turns to alcohol and gets drunk to cope with the withdrawals. How can a pill cause a 25 year old man turn into Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde in less than 24 hours?

    If I had the nurse’s name that put my son on this mess I would probably rip her head off. You send your kids off to college (Wake Forest) to get an education and instead they come home a junkie. Frustrated mother who will fight for her son to get his life back to normal.

  • Stephanie February 11, 2015, 8:44 pm

    I quit taking adderall, cold turkey, two months ago after 6 years at 90 miligrams a day. Will I ever feel normal again? I feel like I can’t get anything done. This sucks!

  • Unknownlol February 18, 2015, 8:09 am

    I was prescribed to adderall XR 30mg halfway through last semester. After a couple months i began to abusing my prescription. After heavily abusing it one day about 3 months after I was first prescribed it, I threw out my remaining pills. From then life has just seemed like it sucks. I’ve been depressed and at times severely depressed. I’ve had panic attacks and high anxiety. I’ve even had a few small episodes of psychosis.

    I was once a very outgoing person and now you could even say I’m shy and have no self confidence whatsoever. Its now been a month since I last took adderall and I’m still experiencing some withdrawal symptoms, but I can tell it’s getting better. But now is the first time where I’ve actually read about the withdrawal process. The whole time I’ve been wondering what the hell is going on with me.

    This article has put my mind at ease. Going through this phase I kept telling myself that this is only temporary. Now all I’m wondering is how long until I’m fully back to myself again, but at least I know this is not some permanent thing.

    • co2 February 24, 2015, 1:41 pm

      100% same story here. And I don`t know when it’s going to end. The only thing is helping me to feel better is having sex. At least for an hour or two after the extreme anxiety again and panic attacks.

  • danilyon February 19, 2015, 10:37 pm

    So I have been on Adderall for about six years now with about a one to two year break in between. I have two left right now and so much to do and I’m scared to take it because I’m worried it won’t work and now I’m stuck on this site reading and trying to figure out if there is a way to get off this roller coaster. This month I have gone through it a lot faster than the one before, it varies a lot. I have been trying to have family members dole it out to me so it lasts as long as it should, but I always manage to talk them into giving it all to me early.

    I don’t get my next RX until the 6th of next month and I am dreading how I will be feeling the next few weeks. The first few days all I can do is sleep. I don’t care about anything else and can barely stay awake or alert enough to do anything at all. After that, even once I start spending more time awake, it’s like nothing matters. The world turns gray instead of full of colors and nothing is enjoyable or interesting. After about a week I start having a lot of trouble sleeping, yet still have no energy or enough focus to think much less try to do homework or anything else that requires concentration.

    No matter how long I have been off of it, it seems I never get to a point where I have energy or happiness or much interest in life or even the ability to half-way function in every-day life. I don’t know what to do, if it’s even possible to ever be “human” again without Adderall or how much longer I can deal with living in a gray world 90% of the time. I really don’t like who I am without it, but I am also learning that there are things I don’t like about who I am with it as well. And no matter what I try or how well I plan, I fail to remember how bad it starts to hurt after being up for days.

    I also can never remember in the gray, tired times, the things that I “enjoy” and that make me “happy,” because during those times, it seems as though these tasks are far beyond my abilities and the effort it takes to even attempt them is impossible for me to make. Please help, if anyone has any advice or words of hope, it might give me the strength to continue the fight and to believe that someday I may be able to find the me that “lived” without all of this, instead of the zombie slave addict that I have become.

    • Beesbitc February 25, 2015, 8:04 pm

      You are the only one who can make the decision to stop taking Adderall. I took 12 years to get to that point. Every night I would lay in bed wanting sleep, feeling my heart beat throughout my body, my mind racing and swear it was the last time. The morning would come and I would convince myself I was overreacting and that Adderall was not that Bad. I was prescribed it by a Doctor after all and a lot of people take it.

      It is a crazy powerful Drug. When you decide to stop have a plan. Know it is not easy and write down the road blocks you know you will encounter. Share it with the family and friends who you can count on. I only had one, you will need the encouragement! The scariest part of stopping for me was the unknown of who I was going to be without Adderall. What would I feel like, look like, what things did I really enjoy, what would people think of me, how would I function day to day? Eight months I have been off Adderall. I still think of taking it some days, I can’t throw my last few pills away.

      I hate looking in the mirror, I am trying to find out what I really enjoy. I coast through a lot of days, similar to what you describe as gray days. When you decide it is time to stop have a plan, take it one day at a time. When you feel like going back, look to the reasons you stopped, talk to someone who knows your situation. I read this blog and write my feelings and frustrations down. Allow yourself time and do not expect to feel normal, Adderall normal, again. Take pride in your new normal.

  • dmc March 2, 2015, 1:41 am

    12 year addict here, 80-100mg regular strength with few if any breaks in-between. I’ve been off Addys cold-turkey since mid-December, so roughly two and a half months. Here’s the bad news: I’ve endured most if not all of the shit you’ve read above. Kicking this sh*t is a total b*tch, and there don’t appear to be any shortcuts. Here’s the good news: It gets better, and you’ll eventually reclaim the person you were (20 pounds heavier, mind you, but I’m working on that as well… hehe).

    My advice to anyone going through it right now would be to do something everyday that reminds you of the person you were before you started, the person you’ll be once again once you’ve cleared the hurdle. Listen to a song you’ve always loved. Go for a run or a walk. Call your mother and just let her talk. Love on a big stinky dog. Whatever makes you happy to feel alive, even for for a moment, once a day. When you do these things, you’ll feel yourself start to brighten; you’ll feel it awaken in your brain.

    That’s the bridge back; by remembering who we were, we allow ourselves to reclaim it. I know that may sound crazy, but trust me it’s true. And it works. One more thing: When the going gets rough, and it will, be sure and ask for help. Not from others, but yourself. Your internal guides, your higher self. The help is there, just be honest with yourself and ask. We created this mess, and it’s okay to admit we need a little help cleaning it up. Just read the comments in this thread, it’s crystal clear we all do.

    You’re closer to getting through this than you think. Just remind yourself of who you are on the daily, and whenever you’re feeling weak take a quiet moment to go within and ask for strength. It’s a beautiful feeling when you realize you’ve got this, that no one but you gets to determine your needs.
    You have everything you need, now go live long and prosper. :)

  • Kyle March 10, 2015, 11:07 am

    I am a college student who tricked his doctor into prescribing adderall do I could have it available for learning benefits. Stupid I realize now after being on 25-50mg a day for about 4-5 months that I am totally dependent. I did not realize withdrawals would turn me into a complete lunatic. So much anxiety I literally have had to leave in the middle of tests, parties, even just sitting in the library. I quit cold turkey for the first 9 days before researching and realizing that is awful. So I have now gone to an unsupervised tapering method which is a little better, but the anxiety is still crushing me. I really hope it goes away soon, I’ve dealt with depression before adderall, but this anxiety makes me feel downright hopeless… Vent session over. -Kyle

  • TeriG March 21, 2015, 12:14 am

    I have been on Adderall for about 2 years. They prescribed it for depression and no energy. This has to be one of thee hardest medications to come off of. I do not think I can do this alone. I am looking into an inpatient program. Every month I go through withdrawals because I take too many. It is debilitating. I have extreme fatigue and mental fogginess . I have come to realize that I need help with my addiction. I wish anyone luck who is going through the same thing.

    • Clare December 19, 2015, 10:38 pm

      I’m coming off too. Day one. Can’t even think straight. Mood swings. If I could go back in time I never would’ve taken this drug. Ruined so much for me. Just want my old life back before drugs.

  • Dan March 31, 2015, 9:29 pm

    I quit Adderall cold turkey about 3 months ago after about 10 years of daily use, between 20 and 40 mg. I have experienced many of the more moderate symptoms described in the article, mostly related to feeling fatigued and even “lazy” a lot of the time, a little weight gain, etc. The symptoms seem to be subsiding, albeit a little more “gradually” than expected, or desired. Focusing on diet and exercise is helping. In general, it has been a positive experience, I am feeling more relaxed and a lot less stressed out than I was while taking it.

  • Chase April 4, 2015, 5:51 pm

    Hello friends! I am in my mid-twenties and have been a user of adderrall for almost four years. I began on two 15xr’s daily and climbed to one 30mg xr after my first year of being prescribed. I never took this drug during my teen years. I had a really great job was constantly recognized for surperb customer service. Many of my co-workers were just that to me co-workers and after my first year I became very paranoid found myself having trouble breathing and thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest.

    Even things I said became robotic I felt like a broken record. I’d come home from work feeling like I was the only one who did anything at all. I felt like the company was out to get me that customers were my bosses family or managers from other stores and at the end even under cover police checking to see how I was doing. Just couldn’t sleep unless I had been up for days on end. I always took mg medicine as prescribed one thirty mg xr a day very early and not as soon as I woke up if that makes a difference.

    I eventually switched to the instant release two 30mgs daily never at once, I felt better for the first few weeks. my hands would shake uncontrollably, trouble talking without sounding scared. So I put my two weeks in. Heard a lot of why would you do that from my parents rightfully so. I tapered down going from 30 to a half of that to a quarter of the IR for a few days. I should be at 2 months, completely nothing at all but sometimes I slip and take half an xr which is not good.

    I hope I haven’t hurt my progress the whole point of leaving my job was to stop working to spend my pay check on my script. Aside the fact I lived the first quarter of my life without it. I can’t even find the strength to play a video game maybe I don’t find them interesting off adderrall. I’ve dealt with withdrawal clouded thoughts no drive. I keep telling myself remember it’s for the best. This past week alone I have done more as far as getting out and trying to live than I did while I was on adderrall.

    I don’t feel enlightened, unmotivated dreading days where I have to follow through with situations where I have to leave my house. Let me say this though once I do these things like socializing I feel a lot better and following through is opening more doors for myself as far as allowing myself to feel okay with who I am. I actually wrote this right now. I know I’ll feel better and can’t beat myself up if I do slip up and take a little bit of an xr and try to not do it again. Taking walks helps for me, I drink a lot of water now.

    Used to be a caffeine addict. I have dealt with some severe headaches. I started doing yoga once a week to have something to do it helps. Everyday is a small victory. Does anyone have any suggestions as to a way of thinking to help me leave my house instead of the just do it. I used to have fun and want to do things but now I feel as though I have to force myself is this just growing up. I really need a suggestion on how to get the happiness flowing. I don’t want to feel detatched and scared. Good luck all.

  • Debi F April 7, 2015, 8:23 am

    I stopped Adderall of 40 mg (4x daily) for Narcolepsy. I weaned off in 7 days!! This was a month ago and for switched to Ritalin 20 mg 3x daily. I needed to take less meds. I, after a month, have started having an uncontrollable urge to stretch my legs, over and over and over again till morning!! Restless Leg Syndrome? It’s awful.

  • lauren April 15, 2015, 3:12 am

    I’ve been on adderall for 6 LONG YEARS. I would take 60mg-120mg per day. I have been off of adderall for 3 weeks and the only way I have been able to stay off of it was because I went into surgery. After surgery I had weeks off of work. I don’t think I would be able to quit without having the 3 weeks off. I was extremely fatigued. This drug is not a JOKE. Get off of it. It will ruin your life.

  • kim April 26, 2015, 5:07 pm

    I was on Adderall XR 30 2x daily for 3 years. Awesome first 6 months. Then Bad side effects kicked in… I quit cold turkey in December. Its been about 4 months. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but besides gaining 30 lbs. It’s the best decision I have ever made. These pills should be removed off the market. Period!

  • Bryan Muse April 29, 2015, 1:18 pm

    My wife has been taking adderall for about 5 years now. She is bipolar and ADD (adult attention deficit disorder). Hold on to your socks, she takes 30mg 4x daily! It is prescribed that way. I think its WAY TOO HIGH, and her crashes are super intense. I read the list of withdrawal symptoms…and she has them all, every month. More like every three weeks because she takes more than she should. She tweaks like crazy and crashes really hard. It’s a true storm to deal with. My advice: take lower doses, and don’t abuse this stuff. It’s almost impossible for this outsider to deal with.

  • Babs April 30, 2015, 4:17 am

    I am the mother of an adderall user/abuser. She is 28, and has taken it for about 6 years. She is also an alcoholic. She quit drinking after she went to rehab and that lasted for about 4 years. She said adderall made her not want to drink, plus she had always failed her math classes and after starting adderall, got an A in a high level college class. I knew nothing about the drug, so I was happy she was on it. She lived with a boyfriend for 3 years until he recently kicked her out.

    They still see each other but only when she has not run out. She is a delightful, productive, creative person while on it but when she runs out, it is really like night and day. She got drunk at work a few months ago and totaled her car. She just takes a bottle of whatever alcohol she can get her hands on, and goes to bed for 3 or 4 days. I tried doling them out, but as anyone who has lived with an addict knows, it never works.

    She gets very nasty, disrespectful, and I learned never to even attempt that again. She is terrified about gaining weight as she is very happy being a size zero. I’m learning to have more compassion for her, rather than anger. Her father is an alcoholic as well, as well as her grandmother. She was bullied all through school. It doesn’t excuse her behavior and I’ve laid down the law about not being disrespected and taking care of her own responsibilities. She agreed to go to counseling, but it will have to wait. Of course she is bedridden right now.

    I figure if she ever wants to get married, have kids, or live a successful life, she will need rehab again, but it will only happen when she is ready. Thank you all for sharing your stories. It helps a lot knowing she is not the only one with this struggle. It’s her journey and it’s hard to stand by and watch, but as parents, we have to take the good with the bad. Bless you all.

  • jessica May 4, 2015, 1:28 am

    I was adderall XR 30mg for 8 yrs and 2 months I quit! It’s the hardest thing I ever went through but I knew I had to stop. I was literally going crazy with myself. I was very particular with everything and would clean for hours. I smoked more cigarettes. I felt so overwhelmed with everything that I felt like I was ignoring my son and easily annoyed. Now I have a relationship with my son and am getting back to life. Coming off, I was so tired and had crying spells, numbness, and not to mention I gained weight. But at least now I have a beautiful relationship with my son.

  • Miki May 13, 2015, 4:50 am

    My Dr prescribed me 20mg IR twice a day, but I only took 1 because 2 didn’t let my body rest or eat. I’ve been taking them for 9 months, but recently quit cold turkey because my husband and I want to try for another child. I’ve been off for about 3 or 4 weeks now and this is terrible. I’m still not hungry, but I am so utterly depressed it’s scaring me. I cried in front of my toddler the other day and it made me feel terrible.

    I have am unbelievably irritable (not towards my child, thank goodness). Panic attacks have been pretty bad too. This is awful. Is it supposed to last this long when I only took a low dose for 9 months? I’d take nausea and headaches over psychological issues any day. And now I’m scared to ever start it again but I truly need it for my ADHD. I don’t understand how people like feeling hyped up 24/7 at abusive levels.

  • mike June 8, 2015, 5:50 am

    The reason for my Adderall usage is because of school. It is a great drug to use for concentrating and doing well, but I have not taken it in a week and boy do I feel sh*tty. My anxiety levels are through the roof and I just feel depressed every night. I feel that I am being very easily annoyed with the people that I am around the most, I am done with this drug – and so should all of you who do not actually need it. It puts my mind in a whole different world sometimes and right now I just feel foggy as hell.

    I know I am not the same person I used to be before taking it and I wish I never started. I can barely get out of bed now a days because of this withdrawal. I just hope there is some day I can wake up out of this funk and show myself that I am completely over this bullsh*t withdrawal. I feel that there is an extra conscience in my head that just makes me want to be alone and hide from the world, and that is not what I want. Godspeed.

  • Angela McDougall June 17, 2015, 12:24 am

    Hi. Two weeks now off of it I quit cold turkey, it was ruining me! My energy levels are AWFUL! I have slight Depression, NO MOTIVATION AT ALL, EXTREME FATIGUE, and LAZINESS! I read some comments on here that sound exactly like me… Andrea I completely vibe with you! This whole process of coming off of it is daunting to say the least!!! I just want to feel like me again.

  • Derp June 19, 2015, 5:48 pm

    I’ve been taking amphetamine (generic ER dexedrine for 2 years, sandoz IR adderall for 3 years) and while I often have great difficulty dealing with the “morish” abusability and habit formation of adderall (leading to missed sleep and miserably tired, unproductive next mornings), I’ve never felt any withdrawal from not taking it. At most I just need a big meal and 16 hours of sleep and I’m back to my old baseline. The only long term problem effect might be that I’ve forgotten any eating moderation skills I used to know.

  • Isaiah July 11, 2015, 1:43 am

    So I’ve been off of Adderall for a good 6 months now. I went to rehab and everything because the process was just too hard for me to handle alone. For some reason, though, I still feel like I’m withdrawing. My thinking is still foggy as hell, still feel like I’m going crazy a little bit…what gives? I was prescribed 40mg Vyvanse and 20mg Adderall and for the most part I would take them as prescribed…just doesn’t make any sense to me. My friend says it’s all in my head and that the recovery process is over, but I mean c’mon…how can someone REALLY say that I don’t know what I’m talking about/feeling. If I’m going through something, I’m PRETTY SURE I would know.

    • GLOOM July 11, 2015, 3:19 am

      I’ve been in a similar situation, bombarded with advice about what you “should experience” based off of others’ experiences. You are not the same person as your friend, and while there’s an outside chance they may be correct – I’d bet on your perspective over theirs. Some people are more sensitive to discontinuation and experience protracted withdrawals. Could all be a byproduct of other factors (e.g. sleep, stress, lifestyle, diet, etc.). Wishing you the best in your efforts to recover.

    • CSP August 17, 2015, 3:26 pm

      I can relate to what you’re going through Isaiah. I’m into my 4th month Concerta withdrawal and it is awful. Getting better a bit, not as much brooding, but still with the fatigue, no interest in anything, no focus, insomnia, and no zest for life at all. Sad, but it will get better I’m sure eventually….

      And it is all in your head: dopamine and norepinephrine are only slowly returning to normal levels. Some heal quicker, some slower; give it time (Things I Must Earn), take a deep breath, and don’t make the same mistake again.

  • Anonymous Adderall Abuser July 11, 2015, 1:47 am

    This post was extremely helpful to me, and because of it I decided to make a blog of my quitting adderall experience. I hope others can find my blog helpful and useful as I begin this process of weaning myself off my prescription. I currently get 45 mg a day and have been for going on 5 years. I’m on week 2 of weaning myself off and I didn’t see this post til last night.

    It helped me feel a lot better about what I’ve been experiencing over the past couple of weeks, and pronged me into doing further research on the withdrawal symptoms and how I should treat this process in the first place. Any helpful input would be much appreciated! Thanks to everyone that commented on this page! All of the posts I read were very helpful, I hope my blog can help others too.

  • Allie August 5, 2015, 12:55 am

    I was on adderall 10mg XR for 6 months. I do not have adhd of anything like that. I lied to my doctor to get the prescription to lose weight. Over the course of 6 months I lost about 20-30 pounds. Nothing insane or that I couldn’t do on my own. The adderall, even though it was such a low dose, was making me lose my mind. I couldn’t sleep and I was being mean to everyone around me. I was also having horrible thoughts about life and what not.

    I would find myself freaking out and having extreme anxiety over almost nothing. I love my job& because of adderall I started to hate every second of it for some crazy reason. I have been off of adderall for two days. I quit cold turkey but only because my dosage was so low that there was almost nothing to go down to. vitamins B12 & lots of vitamin C helps so much.

    Get lots of rest let your body sleep, but don’t over do it. Drink lots of water and try to stay away from caffeine even though it’s very hard during this. Exercise helps with the depression you might face, even though I haven’t ran into that yet, it only being two days off of it I could see symptoms down the road. Adderall is the worst drug I have ever taken, I have done ecstasy and smoked weed, I’ve drank myself silly.

    But I have never ran into a drug that messed with my mind and body as much as adderall. I could never imagine taking it for years and then quitting it cold turkey. My hearts go out to all of you. You will get through it though, it’s more your mind than anything.

  • CindyG September 3, 2015, 1:52 am

    I’ve taken Adderall for 19 years. I’m currently on XR 30 mg. I take it on weekdays to help me focus at work. I don’t take them on the weekends. When I’m on vacation, I don’t take them for many days. I’ve never had a single withdrawal symptom. NONE. ZERO. NADA. The posters on this site whining about withdrawal symptoms are malingerers and imaging their symptoms or they are taking illegal, HUGE doses.

  • Allison Strong bipolarbrainiac September 3, 2015, 9:38 pm

    I have bipolar disorder and have been on and off Ritalin/Adderall/Vyvanse and the new one, Evekeo for ADHD and Binge Eating Disorder. Evekeo is a safe drug to take for ADHD because it is milder and missing one of the amphetamines, dextramphetamine, I think. It doesn’t affect your mood or appetite as much. Last year, after a three month depression while on Adderall, I recovered from the depression all of a sudden and switched to ‘silly mania.’ So I decided to suddenly and cold turkey cut myself off. Bad decision.

    I fell back into a three month depression. I gained back thirty pounds. I am on atypical antipsychotics which have a terrible effect on metabolism, weight gain and diabetes type 2. This is what I am trying to avoid: silly crazy weight gain, obesity…I’ve been there and diabetes. If I had to do it over again I’d taper. Slowly, very slowly. And I’d switch from Adderall over to Vyvanse and go down by small increments, then switch over to Evekeo, or Ritalin and lower my dose on that and then stop.

    Very carefully and slowly. Of course my take is specific to people with depression or bipolar disorder and I am not a doctor but have had bipolar disorder for twenty five years. Right now I’m on low dose vyvanse and it doesn’t agree with me. I feel tired and nauseous.

  • Peter September 20, 2015, 12:09 am

    This article is very well written and accurate according to my experiences coming off adderall several times in the past year. I take it not for adhd but dopamine deficient depression after Wellbutrin started causing severe head & neck pain. It’s been a tough year for me as adderall is a very hard drug to manage. Taking it properly is next to impossible b/c tolerance.

    I’ve had to stop cold turkey four times in the past 12 months as it goes from wonder drug to anxiety pill as tolerance builds. I’ve found that tapering off is next to impossible b/c the smaller doses never get me to the point of efficacy or relief, only severe anxiety. Each time I’ve come off cold turkey b/c of this. Every time, the horrible depression and fatigue lasted exactly one week- 7 full days, after which I can feel the lights turning back on.

    I always swear I will never go through it again, but seem to always go back. I have discovered that L-tyrosine supplementation along with magnesium are very helpful in the recovery process but you will not escape waiting it out. Anyone coming off cold turkey should take at least a week off work to allow for sleep and to allow the brain to recover.

  • Ken September 21, 2015, 8:05 am

    I took Adderall IR for 8 years for ADD and depression. I started on 15 mg and at the end of my use was using 40 (20mg twice a day). I agree with some of the other posters here that though my cognition and mood were improved, I felt like I “lost myself” in the drug. Those 8 years flew by and I couldn’t function without it.

    Earlier this year, I was unemployed without enough $ to see a doc but still had a month script. My somewhat new girlfriend, without my knowledge, threw the prescription away. She was concerned, but I had no choice at that point except cold turkey. Ultimately I think she did a good thing for me.

    The initial/acute withdrawal symptoms lasted maybe 10 days. It wasn’t bad, like opiates which I have also withdrawal from twice (horrible). Mainly it was restlessness, depression and anxiety. I was hit with major insomnia, which lasted a little more than a month (ironic, I always slept like a baby on Adderall). It has taken me a while to learn to function without Adderall.

    So it’s been about 4 months. How is it going? I feel like me again after almost a decade. I laugh more, am more conscious of social interaction and I don’t throw myself into crazy long work days (where I was as productive as 2 people, but that comes at a price).

    On the negative side, I am still quite depressed, I think I am dopamine deficient to begin with. I am looking into options for this. I can function without Adderall though, something I really had trouble imagining after so long on the drug…

  • Phil September 26, 2015, 2:11 pm

    I was diagnosed with adult ADHD in 1996 and put on a regimen of medication. When Adderall was approved, I was placed on a combination of Adderall and Dex every day. Initially, it was fantastic! I lost weight, began to work out three hours a day, and wrote prolific intellectually based material every day.

    However, after several years symptoms popped up that baffled my physicians. I developed symptoms of Reynaud’s disease. I became intolerant of heat and cold. I would often “flush,” with symptoms of Rosachea and developed rashes. My sexual drive was erratic and my once healthy penis shrank expinentially. I even paid for a battery of tests at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and those experts could find nothing wrong with me.

    I became convinced it was the “Speed” I was taking for close to twenty years. Three months ago I began to wean myself off of both the Dex and the Adderall. Now I have been “clean” for about a month. Yes, I have gained weight, lost some motivation to “obsess” at the gym. In addition, I must combat fatigue and laziness, but I make lists and force myself to stay active.

    Many of my annoying and debilitating symptoms have dissipated, and actually, being less hyper has made me a bit more pleasant to be around. I believe the “Speed” masked my ADHD by making me seem functioning due to being a “Speed Freak.” I’m hoping in time I will reach a modicum of normalcy. Adderall and Dextroamphetermine are dangerous drugs that have horrific ramifications for their long term usage. I can testify to that with accuracy and candor.

  • Taryn October 2, 2015, 3:36 am

    It honestly feels good that I am not the only one. I thought there was something really wrong with me. I’ve been taking adderall XR since second grade. I am now a senior in high school. This is my eleventh year on it. I started at a low dosage, but now I am at 50 milligrams every day. I don’t take it over the summer or like when I moved I ran out and well I couldn’t get it for a long time.

    I experienced ALL of these withdrawal symptoms. I feel so tired, so lazy, irritable, angry, useless. And my eating habits.. Out of control. Absolutely out of control. It’s hard… It’s honestly really hard to get off of it. People don’t understand. Some say “oh just use your mind to stop eating to stop feeling all of these things” or “use your will power”… It’s not easy.

  • Crystal October 3, 2015, 7:20 pm

    I don’t even really have ADHD. (at least I didn’t when I started taking the drug) Someone else introduced me to Adderall and I fell in love with how it made me feel. So I went and got a prescription. I have about 3 and a half months supply of extended release Adderall in my possession. It’s been a blessing and a curse. More of a curse maybe because I’m addicted, at least psychologically, to the euphoria it gives me. I’m trying to quit using it however, or at least “slow down,” because I’ve become dependent on it in order to feel outgoing, happy and “normal.”

    What I’ve learned to do is open the original Adderall capsule and pour the beads into these clear capsules that Trader Joe sells that contain Alpha Lipoic Acid. I empty that stuff out and pour the beads into the capsules instead. The result is a much quicker, much more intense rush, high and stimulation than one would feel using the prescribed capsules. Also I can decide exactly how much I want to use.

    Today is the second day however of trying to stop using Adderall. last night was horrible. I was incredibly irritated, upset and angry at the most trivial issues. Today feels the same. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to last the weekend without using some at least. It’s not that I want to quit entirely. I just don’t want to need it daily.

    I’ve noticed some odd things since I stopped just yesterday however. Though I feel irritated, my thought process is clearer than when I’m on the drug but my sex drive is lower. Unfortunately I’m having trouble relating to people, even friends. Because I’m not my “normal self,” I’m behaving in a way they don’t normally see me.

    The withdrawal symptoms are brutal. I can’t explain it. I don’t want to talk to anyone. I feel irritability, paranoia, anger, and my mood swings suck. It’s just a really crappy feeling. I’ve been on it daily, 20mg and higher for about a year and a half.

    • Milly October 27, 2015, 2:59 am

      Hi, I just wanted to reach out as a fellow adderall patient and remind you that you are not alone in this. I have been on 80mg daily for almost 3 years. I am weaning off now because I am honestly one grouchy mama, to say the least, when the comedown sets in. Whatever your direction is, I wanted to suggest melatonin to promote sleep and let yourself rest through those icky symptoms.

      It is funny to me that the drug is used to treat narcolepsy in some cases, yet it causes full on insomnia in others. I prefer the fast melt melatonin that is carried in just about any pharmacy section. I buy a bottle of 250 at Sam’s for $12. That will last a long time. Rest easy and best wishes. -Milly

  • Lety November 2, 2015, 2:00 am

    I’ve been taking adderall for about 4 years now for ADHD. I was started on XR but after a year, I was switched to IR. Recently I ran out of medication beginning of the month and was off of it for about 2 weeks. After the first week, I started having panic attacks and depression. I felt nauseated all the time. I also can’t sleep at all. By the time I got my prescription, I was already suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

    I started the medication again and instead of taking a lower dose, I took my regular dose and made my symptoms much more worse. I was having an adverse reaction. I went back to the doctor because I thought it was my heart. Every thing came back normal. Doctor said that I need to start at a very low dose since I’m still having panic attacks and depression. Loss of appetite as well. I’m praying that I will go back to my normal self.

    What I didn’t realize or even knew was that my body became dependent to Adderall. I don’t have the addicting personality. And being off of it for 2 weeks, you would think… Eh nothing can happen. My anxiety and depression is severe. And even though I’m on my second day of low dose, I’m still having it hard.

    • mike November 3, 2015, 2:00 am

      Same issue here. I posted my story the other day and apparently it never went through for post.

  • Alissa November 9, 2015, 8:40 pm

    I’m currently weaning myself from 60-80mg (been taking this for 20 years) and am down to 30. Lessen 10mg every 1-2 months. This month has been rough for whatever reason. (the jump from 40 to 30) Does anyone sweat profusely in the morning/afternoon from weaning? I’m gross! Also would really appreciate hearing more stories from people about the weaning process and how they felt after.

    Scares me I have all of these symptoms and I’m halfway there. Wondering what it’ll be like when I’m done. (I do realize everyone’s story is different- a lot of these stories seem to be cold turkey). I’m trying real hard to keep a positive mindset! Also are there apps for withdrawal with support? Or something of the sort?

    And any ideas for metabolism or preventing/understanding weight gain? Really want to get that under control before it could possibly be an issue. Thanks!!

    • El January 5, 2016, 12:33 am

      Katy, I think you are really brave to be doing this. I sweat a lot in the mornings. I’ve only been off of a 20 milligram dose, once a day since last Friday, before New Year’s. I’ve been on it over a year. I would say about the weight, don’t be so concerned about that right now. Once you get to where you need to be, you can work on your weight. I’ve been on a Paleo Diet and it really worked for me.

      You may want to look it up. It’s simple, but requires you to give up all carbs except those from veggies. Right now, if you’re going through what I’m going through, you most likely need that comfort food. I’ve been eating sweets a lot. Of course as I said, I’m just beginning. You’ve come this far, I’m sure you will do great!

  • Nick December 11, 2015, 9:38 pm

    I just turned 25 and will soon be off of my mom’s insurance. This means that I will have to buy my pills out of my own pocket. I just got hired at an engineering firm, but requested to start a month later so that I can get through the withdrawal period. I was worried because I have used adderall every day since I was 13 for ADHD. Reading this article and the comments has given me some assurance. Thank you, -Nick

    • Ben July 28, 2016, 7:02 pm

      If you landed a good job I don’t see how prescription cost would affect you? $60 for 60 generics a month + a possible bi monthly dr visit @ 80-100 even if just for you to take time to step down and wean off would be worth your peace of mind.

  • Omar December 22, 2015, 2:59 am

    Hey everyone, I’d like to share a story that might change your life regarding this matter. On November 5th, 2015, I was on 50mgs of adderall and at 4pm, I felt like I was about to die. I’ve been taking adderall recreationally (on/off) for about a year just for studying. That day I felt like I couldn’t breathe, like I was on the verge of fainting, everything was fading away, it was the worst experience ever.

    After rushing to the ER, I went through 1-2 weeks of severe anxiety, depression, I even got similar attacks like before till I gradually began going about my life again. Just recently (2 weeks ago), I had a large cup of coffee with an espresso shot. 2 hours later I had a sudden similar attack but this time I handled it better. Drs told me that caffeine is a stimulant and that’s what triggered it.

    Thankfully, it took me like 3-4 days to go about my daily life again. Now that it’s been around 1.5 months since my initial attack, I fear that I have caused brain damage to myself. Sometimes I get crying spells (and trust me I never shed a tear before hand) or felt dizzy under any anxiety situation or sleep deprivation. I hope that my brain will heal and recover back but this brings me to my last point.

    Most people reading articles like this one are already addicts or going through symptoms like myself. And my message is that nothing is worth playing around with your health/brain power. I’d give all the As in college back if it meant I wouldn’t damage myself in that way. I hope by writing this response, I would change someone’s life to stop using adderall recreationally and only under medical supervision.

    • Ben July 28, 2016, 7:18 pm

      If you don’t eat and don’t stay hydrated it is dangerous stuff! The effects are far stronger and more of a recreational drug feel especially at that mg would be dangerous, taking arginine and other supplements can curb the negative side effects, “also the brand of addys you get can be as different as coke and mountain dew “teva generics are the safest with least side effects” but too high of a dose in any form is counter productive.

      Putting your heart into overdrive can make you feel on the verge of death, or at least kill your motivation “high blood pressure/overdoing your heart” doesn’t create motivation it creates the same demotivated state as depression. Most don’t think about severe depression being linked to high blood pressure, your brain can take over 50% of your usable energy… hence when overwhelmed with life some give up or get to a couch lock state, or lose their sh*t “a lot of angry people are just depressed”.

      Your emotional state can be coming from lack of the euphoria as well as lack of the machine like lack of certain emotions amphetamines can provide. Although you may not have been emotional before, adjusting from machine to man will make you feel more hence the emotional distress. While not promoting it, it does work better to cure depression in those with a higher IQ or arts/hands on manual labor skill set than antidepressants, certainly can get them off the couch and going.

  • Cb December 27, 2015, 2:30 am

    I was prescribed Adderall for chronic fatigue. I found it really helps however I don’t want to take it because coming down during the day I get depressed. I also don’t want to become addicted, although I was only taking a small dose 2.5 to 5 mg about three times a week. I seem to be having more fatigue now when I go a couple days without taking it. I don’t want to take it anymore. I noticed you have alternatives for a ADHD to Adderall… wondering If you have any alternatives for chronic fatigue instead of Adderall? Thanks for all the great work!

    • El January 5, 2016, 12:42 am

      There are alternative medicines that are natural and don’t play havoc on our bodies. We have a local pharmacy in my city that has assisted me with hormone replacement therapy. It is the only medication that is approved by my insurance. Even with the discount, it still costs $46 a month. It’s well worth it however, and since there is cancer in my family, I’d rather not take a chance on the chemicals prescribed by doctors. You may want to look into alternative medicines.

  • katy December 31, 2015, 12:48 pm

    I am prescribed 40 mg (2, 20mg pills/day) of Adderall IR. I tend to take all 60 pills in the first 10-12 days of filling the prescription (averaging 5-6 pills/day or 100-120 mg/day). Then, each month, I quit cold turkey for the next 20 days. The first 2-3 days of the withdrawal are terrible, but after that, I start to regain my energy and function like a normal human being.

    Anyone else have a similar situation? I have been doing this for about 9 months now and I can’t determine how bad this this is for me and if this will eventually lead to worse withdrawal symptoms. Thanks!

  • El January 3, 2016, 3:18 pm

    I’ve been on Adderall for over a year. When I first begin taking it, I had to really think about it and even pray about it. You see, “uppers” were my drug of choice in the 70’s. Now looking back, I’m not sure I was diagnosed properly. Yes, I had focus issues and forgot a lot of things. Although the Adderall helped some, the last I would say 6 months have been heck for me. I didn’t feel like myself.

    It felt as though my brain was in some kind of a vacuum. The symptoms I read about that take place when one is withdrawing from Adderall are the symptoms I had started feeling 6 months ago. I went to my doctor and asked if I could be weaned from this, or get a lower dose. He simply said, “No!” I was afraid to wean myself off of it because of the side affects I read about.

    I work as a management assistant and am have to take care of not only external customers but internal. I couldn’t imagine attempting to do my job without the medication. I since have made an appointment to see another M.D. but the appointment is not until February. I took it upon myself to attempt to withdraw from this horrible experience. I was taking 20 milligrams daily of the XR Adderall.

    It got to the point that I dreaded having to take it! So, I went to my pastor and spoke with him. He is not a psychologist but we prayed and I decided I was going to do this on my own. I’ve been addicted most of my life on meth, diet pills, back in the early 70’s. These were my drugs of choice. When I begin my new life, I was able to just quit everything, even alcohol. Now, I found myself in this situation, with this “prescription drug.”

    Psychologically, I know in my mind that I don’t have to have this garbage, at least not in the dose prescribed and not for as long as I have been. The major symptoms I’m experiencing are physical. I feel muscle pain, kind of like flu-like symptoms, I’ve been sleeping almost all three days. I have noticed a little bit more appetite, and cravings for sweets.

    Today was the first time I’ve had coffee in a while, I don’t like drinking it because it elevates the Adderall symptoms. I have noticed issues with breathing, I feel like I’ve been running miles and have noticed some back pain. Not sure if it’s related, but I feel 10 years older. The real test will be tomorrow when I have to go back to work.

    This morning, when I have to go and teach a Sunday School class. I’m totally dependent on my spirituality to get me through this. I don’t want to be enslaved to any drug. I’d rather have to note things down, and work harder to get my work done then to go through this again. I hope something I’ve said, will help someone. I will come back and give an update. I wish everyone good wishes if you are going through the same thing.

  • Nicole January 4, 2016, 1:55 am

    I had ADD and was prescribed adderall 20mg XR once a day and 10mg IR as needed, most days I would take about 40-50mg total/day for the past year and half. Lately I have been debating on whether I want to stop taking it or not, I like how it helps me focus and get things done but I do not want to have to rely on a stimulant – there has to be another way my brain can be stimulated right?

    Anyways, I recently switched doctors – the new one prescribed me the generic brand of adderall (same doses) but honestly it did not feel like it was working. I waited and waited for that energy kick to happen but I continued to feel tired as ever on the generic stuff. Has that happened to anyone else? I called my doctor who told me to continue trying it and we would meet again in a month to discuss it.

    Well… after a week and a half I still was feeling nothing so I decided to myself “hey if this isn’t doing anything for me, why put it in my system?” Basically cold turkey-stopped taking my adderall (40-50mg/day to nothing!) I have been feeling so bipolar and as if I have chronic fatigue, I cannot seem to function for long periods of time and it’s been making me depressed and binge eating.

    The last couple days I have been so tired of being tired that I began taking the generic adderall again hoping it would help but nothing seems to work. I meet with my doctor at the end of this week but if anyone has any advice or has been through this, let me know- It would really be comforting to know that I’m not crazy and that it’s not just a psychological concept in my brain :( Thanks.

  • Doug January 16, 2016, 7:23 pm

    Today marks 5 weeks since I quit adderall. I had been taking it without fail everyday for about a year and a half. I started out with 20mg IR, and then after 2 months upgraded to 30mg, and then 6 months later up to 40mg (20 IR and 20 XR). I started taking it to help me with my schooling as I was working 30 hours a week in a call center and taking 14 credits at my university.

    For the most part, I stuck to my prescribed amount everyday, but during exam weeks I could easily take up to 80 or 100 mg. I would also drink Redbull or NOS to boost the effect. While I can say that adderall helped me to learn a few things about myself, ITS NOT WORTH IT. Adderall turned me into a depressed, anxious, self-conscious loner. It hurt my relationship with my family, friends, and amazing girlfriend. I had no patience for anyone.

    I didn’t care about anything except getting home to my desk where I could be pissed off at my professors for not clearly explaining assignments. I hardly ever ate food, and when I did it was always unhealthy food. I lost all my muscle and whenever I was on adderall I would sweat excessively and it caused me to smell badly. Before taking adderall I had never got a grade below a “C” in my 3 years of college.

    That year on adderall I got a C in one class and a D in another. To make things worse, adderall prevented me from being able to sleep at night so I got a prescription for ambien. Well, adderall is much more powerful than ambien so I had to be creative there. This mixture turned me into a zombie. One night after not sleeping for 2 days due to exams and studies, my girlfriend and got into a fight (this will happen a lot when you take adderall).

    I was exhausted and had no patience to get through an argument. I snapped and grabbed the closest thing to me and threw it at the wall. Fortunately it was an apple and not something more valuable. The apple exploded all over my room… It was a bad scene. This may not sound like a big deal, but to me it was. I’m not a violent person, ive never done anything like that. I guess that was when really decided to quit.

    Since I’ve quit I’m pretty amazed at what I’ve done in 5 weeks. I got a promotion at work, I declared a major and set plans to graduate with a bachelors degree next fall, I’ve put my weight/ muscle back back on, and I’ve purchased an engagement ring for my lovely future wife. I have regained my spirituality and donated $1000 to charity. Most importantly though, I have found happiness again.

    I feel so much more energized and happy than I did under the the bonds of adderall. Quitting has been difficult, but not nearly as bad as everyone makes it sound. The key for me had been staying busy (I’m still working 30 hours a week and taking 14 credits again this semester). Another tip I would give is stay away from pop and unhealthy foods. I drink a lot of tea (look up Yerba mate) and take daily vitamins.

    Things can only get better when you quit. The 1-2 hour “high” is not worth the 5 hours crash or addiction that adderall brings. Stay positive!

    • Sherri April 14, 2016, 3:07 am

      Did you stop cold turkey?

  • Sam D January 20, 2016, 3:33 am

    Hi… Need some advice. My Friend’s son took Adderall for 5 straight days (30mg) to keep him awake to study, didn’t go to sleep those 5 days. He also was taking weed regularly every day for the last four years. It seems that he started distancing himself from his close friends within the first few weeks and became very delusional within 4 weeks. Now, he has been admitted to the hospital as he was ranting on the social media which didn’t make sense along with being rude. Are these withdrawal symptoms or did that trigger Bipolar or Mania? Please give me some input to help the family.

  • sally January 20, 2016, 6:43 am

    I stopped taking adderall about 6/8 weeks ago. One day I just realized I didn’t want to live with it forever. I am 32… I had been taking it for about 20 years (except while I was pregnant) I was taking 30mg, one 20mg and one 10mg of IR. When I stopped, I was tired but did not experience anything else really.

    I had not weaned myself off it either, but I did read about the withdrawals so I could prepare myself for it. I had no energy, so I ate tons of beef jerky and believe that and the Greek yogurt helped me a lot (LOL)… good luck to all.

  • Becky January 28, 2016, 8:52 pm

    I’ve had withdrawal from adderall many times, as I’ve been taking 200mg+ daily for 8yrs (really). The two times that were easiest for me to cope with withdrawal were in controlled settings – detox/hospital. I think the schedule they kept forced my body to also readjust and develop a scheduled sleeping/eating/activity pattern. I was never prescribed above 50mg/day (and no longer am prescribed it at all) but “supplemented” to this excessive level.

    If you are someone who’s currently using over 100mg/day, I truly believe, as much as it sucks, doing an inpatient detox or rehab is the best way to get through the withdrawal. It is much less painful/uncomfortable and, for me, the symptoms went away so much faster than trying to quit on my own. It also gives you a much better chance of staying off the drug long-term.

  • Natascha March 7, 2016, 6:31 pm

    I’ve always lacked concentration, everything distracted me, couldn’t complete tasks, got bored easily. Although, I have been successful with jobs. I had good dreaded in school but I know I boy is have gotten better. I always knew my abilities and could have been much more successful, but almost never could complete tasks. I daydreamed a lot. Last June my friend at work gave me to try Aderrall. I loved it!

    The high was awesome, so much more concentration. I completed so much in a day, always wanted to do something, to read, write. I felt like a genius and I am pretty smart. It was also much easier to cope with my relationship break up. Emotions were always in check. Easy way out for sure. So I got it from my doctor, was very easy to get. I’ve been on Aderrall on and off since June, 2015, usually 30-60mg until November 2015 and until now, March, 2016 20mg.

    I started to feet like I’m losing a human in me, my humor, emotions. I couldn’t sleep well. I looked sick. I feel like I lost some friends too because I acted differently. I tried quitting a few times but failed because the feeling on it is pretty cool. But doesn’t last. Two days ago I quit cold turkey. I miss my old self; funny, fun, emotional, kind, friendly, always smiling.

    I’m sticking to quitting this time, it’s not worth loosing who I am. Today is my third day and it’s the worst so far. I had nightmares last night, probably the worst ones I’ve ever had. I woke up being scared for my life. I have loud noise in my head. I feel no energy, dizzy, today very sleepy and nauseous.

    I spend all day on the couch, don’t want to go outside, all I want to do is read. No motivation. I haven’t been on it that long but I did overuse it in the beginning. I’ll try the natural substitutes. I hope they will help! Thank you very much for your article!

  • Morgan March 14, 2016, 4:54 am

    I took 30mgs of adderall for about 7 years, started in college after failing my first round of exams my doctor suggested it. It was a great help to get me through college and into the door at my current job (it’s demanding and stressful and adderall helped me with the long days). After my mother and I both had a cancer scare at the same time I could feel my heart beating out of my chest.

    And while I was on vacation I didn’t take it, thinking nothing of it. Until I had my first panic attack, in public, after not taking it for 4 days. It was awful. In that moment I decided to never take it again. It has been 2 & 1/2 months and I’m still dealing with anxiety and depression (I’ve never been depressed before or had any issues with it that I wasn’t able to handle).

    This is such an awful process. I definitely don’t recommend just quitting cold turkey. Work is so exhausting just to get myself through every day. Some days are great, and some days are so terribly low. I hope this ends soon.

  • talita March 16, 2016, 7:37 am

    Honestly, this is the best and worse drug ever. It helped me a lot in the beginning. Now, I struggle to deal with the simple instruction of “taking the normal dose”, which has made my life pretty hard. If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t choose to take it.

  • Sponge Bob March 22, 2016, 12:28 pm

    When I first took adderall, I took 15mg on Saturday and 15mg on Sunday. Instant release, one dose. This was to work on my projects and get a lot done. I did not take Adderall during the week. I found that Mon-Wed I had a harder time concentrating but by Thursday I got back to normal.

  • Dale April 11, 2016, 5:00 pm

    I was taking Adderall for 20 years. I was up to 20mg immediate release and 30mg XR a day. It’s been 2.5 months and I feel like it’s getting worse rather than better. At first I noticed the anger thing, not that I’m carrying around a baseball bat or anything but things I might normally bite my tongue over are evoking angry responses.

    I have been sleeping like crazy and wake up tired and extremely depressed. The depression and lack of motivation wasn’t bad at first but it’s epic now. I told myself I would try to last 6 months. I also have suicidal thoughts which I have never experienced before either. Reading your article made me feel a lot better, as you say several times that the symptoms should pass. Thank You!! Dale

  • Mania April 19, 2016, 11:05 am

    I took Adderall 30mg IR for 4 years 10 mgs 3x’s a day. For the first 2 years it was great but then it really just stopped working (each pill would work for about 1.5 hours.) I also found that my short term memory was really terrible. I decided to quit cold turkey one day. I was tired of having to take so many pills during the day to function and realized I could not live the rest of my life being a slave to this drug.

    I knew the withdrawal would be difficult and actually took time off from work – I still have not returned to work. It’s been nearly 3 months. I essentially slept for 2.5 months. I wouldn’t wish this experience on anyone. I really regret that I ever started taking this medication. My main withdrawal symptoms have been sleeping all the time, lack of motivation, and the worst is just a total lack of interest or drive to do anything.

    I feel like I’ve wasted 3 months of my life doing nothing trying to recover from this drug, oh and also the terrible depression and anxiety, even though I’m already on an SSRI and have been for decades. The lack of energy/interest in life comes and goes in waves. After 1.5 months I seemed to slightly recover to barely normal where I would walk 5 miles a day.

    But after 2 months I was back in bed constantly, days where I would not leave my house. It’s really terrible. In retrospect, I think taking time off from work was not a good thing as you need structure to actually get you out of bed and force you on your way to be active. UGH. It’s terrible. I can’t wait to feel normal again and go back to my pre-Adderall self even though I was not focused and all over the place. I would take that any day over the days that I feel now.

    • Joy April 23, 2016, 9:56 pm

      I understand what you’re going through… see my comments below.

  • Joy April 23, 2016, 9:55 pm

    I was on this type of drug for over 10 years. First, Adderall… then Vyvanse. I’ve been off of them for 9 months now and I am still exhausted and it’s hard to accomplish my daily responsibilities. It’s truly a horrible feeling. Every day, I look for ways to help myself during this period.

    I’m taking a ton of natural supplements now, which are helping to some extent, but the exhaustion is extreme. Now I understand that these drugs severely impacted my Adrenals over the 10 years and I am working to repair that system over the long-term.

  • Aiden May 13, 2016, 6:20 pm

    I was prescribed Adderall at a very early age (13). I used to spit them into the snow bank outside my house because I hated taking them. Once spring came, my mother found about 160 pills laying in the grass. After that she no longer made me take them. It wasn’t until 7 years later I got back on the Adderall.

    I was gaining weight in the army and I was worried I was going to fail my weigh ins. So I went to the doc and got prescribed. I continued taking it for 7 years until I decided to get off of it and I did it cold turkey. I was in very good physical shape so that definitely helped with the withdrawal and it was bad but not that bad.

    I was off for about a year and I gained over 70 lbs in that year. Fearing I was on my way to being obese I got back on the Adderall. I have been taking it for over a year now and I want to stop because I’m getting old (29) and I know there is a reason I was spitting them out as a teenager and the reason is that it changes you as a person. I might not ever be the same because of this drug.

    I remember when I gained that 70 lbs in a year. I remember feeling so lazy and irritable the entire year. It felt like I was withdrawing every day… for a year. Shame on these doctors and drug companies pushing these stimulants on our youth. You see it everywhere, they knew we would need it for life once we got on it.

    So they got us through the schools saying I had to take it because I couldn’t sit still. I was a 13 year old boy! I wanted to play! Now I don’t want to play or run or do anything without my stupid ungodly pill.

    • Melanie May 26, 2016, 5:12 pm

      Isn’t that crazy! Take it to calm down in youth while leads to not being able to function naturally as an adult without it.

  • Rachel May 19, 2016, 9:42 pm

    I am on my first week quitting adderall xr 30 mg which I have been taking for a year now. I was diagnosed with ADHD a year ago and started on 20 mg and upped to 30 – 5 months ago. It was a lifesaver for me and after having a dose increase I noticed my typical anxiety and anger responses had stopped and I was a much calmer, easier person to deal with. I chose to stop because I had decided to stop hormonal birth control and during that period, I broke out with cystic acne all over my torso and some on my face.

    Assuming it was hormonal I was put on new bc pills and antibiotics to clear it up along with topical treatments but to no avail. I realized it may be indirectly caused by the adderall as I read has happened to some other people. The first couple of days I didn’t notice any symptoms. I felt fine. In fact my acne began to start clearing or at least it seems to be clearing. The last couple of days have been rough though as I have become increasingly sleepy, cranky and headachey.

    I’ve been waking up angry/cranky at my significant other whether he has done something or not. Our relationship had gotten rocky because of my ADHD but had become very healthy once my prescription was increased. Although my overall understanding of myself and mental health is much better since going on adderall allowed me to better reflect on myself, I’m worried that being off it I won’t be able to maintain my “good” behavior off the drug. I’m a much happier person while on it. However the acne is so painful I’m not sure what to do.

    • Kennedy May 20, 2016, 2:59 pm

      Rachel, I am currently going through the exact same withdrawal and having the exact same problem. I have been on 30mg for six months and take it everyday. I have been hardly wanting to get out of bed and have been fighting with my boyfriend all week. It’s hard to explain to others the way this withdrawal makes you feel.

      I have been taking 10mg and I find that when I drink coffee with it I seem to feel less anxious and upset. My doctor told me it may take up to two weeks to feel better, but if after that long I still don’t feel right I am going to go back up to 30mg.

  • Mike May 20, 2016, 5:30 pm

    13 years on Adderall XR, dependent for about 10 of them and prescribed max dosage (60mg xr/ daily) for the last 3. I def was abusing it and had to stop for I was taking around 90mg a day and going cold turkey one week out of the month to let my body recover. Today is my 26th day of going cold turkey.

    Withdrawing has been difficult and although the crying spells have subsided I remain almost completely unmotivated. I keep telling myself it’s better to be off the stuff and I’ve already gone almost a month with out adderall (as well as cigarettes/ alcohol) then why stop the purge now. Not easy but totally worth the withdrawal.

    • Melanie May 26, 2016, 5:07 pm

      Thanks Mike! You give me hope.

  • Julia June 9, 2016, 12:18 am

    I’m so happy I found this beautiful webpage. I took adderall every day from Jan 2010 to April 2016. I started on a low dose my freshman year if college then was up to taking 15 mg twice a day. Towards the end I was tapering off, taking about 7.5 or 15 mg a day. Within the 1st week of quitting, I had a panic attack so bad I went to an urgent care.

    When I realized it was just anxiety, it was easier to cope with. It’s now been 4 weeks of no adderall. Each day the anxiety gets better. I’m also very depressed and foggy. I’m currently having horrific headaches and ringing in my ears as well as blurry vision. I don’t know if that’s withdrawal related for not, my ENT has ordered an MRI so we will see.

    It takes me much longer to do simple tasks and completing a report for work is truly an accomplishment. What’s worked for me is aromatherapy (stress relief candles and lotions) and long walks. I have good days and bad days. I wish more than anything that I had never gone on this drug but I truly suffer from ADHD.

    I’m strong in my faith and praying helps immeasurably. My hope for a full recovery is my anchor. I’m so glad I’m not alone. Stay strong my friends…don’t let a drug control your life!

  • David June 12, 2016, 10:47 pm

    I started stimulant medications at 15 with 36mg concerta. This (quite quickly) became 54mg daily. Then 54mg daily + 5mg methylphenidate tabs. Later depressive side effects set in and I switched to Vyvanse. Then Vyvanse + 10mg adderall PRN. This story went on until I was 21.

    Now I’m on week 2.5 of withdrawal (cold turkey) and the symptoms are very real. Depression, crying, anxiety, the occasional bout of psychosis, suicidal thoughts, fatigue. I was relieved to know others have gone through the same.

    I’m very aware of my psychological issues. It’s not uncontrolled, but it’s a hell. It’s hell to hate yourself, and I struggle daily to find reasons to love myself and have confidence. I’ve started psychotherapy for the first time in years because I’m concerned with my mental health.

    I wanted to be on these pills, but I realize it’s not my fault. I was just a different learner, and I’m wicked smart. I needed to indulge my creative side, but for so long anxiety and low self esteem pushed me to conform to others’ expectations.

    Don’t conform. Be who you are. Amphetamine withdrawals are real and have tested my mental limits. I never expected that it would happen to me in such a way, but the symptoms and side effects grow worse over time. Some days I just want peace; hopefully it won’t be long till I find it. This drug can break you down from the inside.

  • Isaiah June 18, 2016, 8:33 am

    I’m starting to get worried. I have posted here before about a year ago. I have been off of Adderall for a year and 5 months now. Have no idea why, but I’m STILL having after effects. Random bouts of depression, and most of all, I can literally feel the brain chemicals finding their way back. The best way I can describe it is that it feels like there’s a bunch of pins and needles walking around in my brain (kinda like how you would feel when coming down from Molly/Ecstasy.)

    It also feels like there’s a bubble forming inside my brain as well….has anyone else been experiencing this at all? What gets me the most is that I didn’t even consistently take this medication every day until 3 years ago (June 2013). That’s when I started working. Before that I would only take it if I had to study for a test.

    So basically I was taking it every day for about a year and a half until I finally went to rehab to get my shit together…and that was in Jan 2015. I really don’t know what to think right now. I’m scared it might be a tumor…these effects don’t last this long…do they? From the research I’ve done meth takes 2 years to recover from but they’re not the same drug… idk what to do.

    It also doesn’t help at all that one of my psychiatrists (I have 2) says that it shouldn’t be Adderall affecting me if it’s been a year. The other one believe me, though. I could just be overthinking it, but still. :/

    • Miss July 9, 2016, 9:58 am

      Oh dear, I would definitely get blood work done and get a referral from one of your psychiatrists to see another specialist. In my opinion, you are correct, it’s not the adderall making you feel this way. However, it’s important to get to the bottom of why you are experiencing the symptoms you are having. I don’t mean to scare you but the pain you are feeling is not normal at all.

      I’ve been taking adderall on and off for the last 11 years and haven’t ever experienced what you are describing, besides having bouts of depression which is very common due to your dopamine levels trying to get back on track. Great job on going to rehab and putting your life together! Get to a specialist ASAP tho!

      Nip what you are experiencing in the bud. Blood work and results from other tests such as an MRI/PET scans etc. will be able to rule things out. Good luck!

  • Bell June 19, 2016, 1:10 am

    I started taking the medication five years ago, currently I was on 40 to 50 mg of IR a day but was noticing that lately my mood was very unstable, I had no motivation or energy to do anything and this was on the medication. I had been wanting to wing off the medication for a while now but never found the appropriate time. However I flew out of the country for business and ended up staying longer than expected, I ran out of medication and the country in which I am in does not allow me to fill my prescription here.

    This will be my third day off the medication and so far I have not experienced any withdraw symptoms, and if I have, they have been so minimal that they do not bother me. After reading several things online I was horrified that I would go through a life crushing withdraw so I prepared as much as possible, I ordered and have been taking L-theanine, L-tyrosine, Rhodiola, vitamin d, and two teaspoons of pure raw organic bee pollen. This combination has really helped me out to the point I am surprised I have been handling not having the medication so well.

    I also have tried keeping myself busy because that is what I was use to on the medication and that has also helped. I create a long list of everything I need to get done the next day even if it’s something minimal, like brush teeth or walk the dog. I noticed it really gives me satisfaction when I cross each thing I accomplish out from the list. I hope this helps. Good luck.

  • MPanther7AdderallComment7-4-16 July 5, 2016, 7:21 am

    What is happening to all those in withdrawal pain is awful, it’s wrong, it’s inhuman and nobody got to this point without “help” from your health care providers. I could go one for hours about this, but that won’t help. Perhaps these suggestions may help some. I hope so. I will leave out “niceties” here and will be rather sharp.

    Know this however, I am not in the healthcare profession. This is less than anecdotal advise, it’s my 1 opinion, based on experiences and Biochem knowledge, it’s not scientific or anything. When in withdrawal or dealing with toxic substance problems, you are in a very weak and dangerous state that very few can relate to. You are very ill, caused by the medicine, created with the most advanced biochemical and molecular biology techniques to act with precision and force upon your body’s systems.

    To bring relief and healing. Or relief alone. They work, these medicines. Very well. Maybe too well. No one anywhere can take these powerful medicines, without dependency or addiction occurring at some point. NO ONE I have ever known could STAND ALONE, against this powerful biochemical technology. You need help. Especially from someone, anyone, close to you. I hope you know such a person.

    This should bankrupt anyone, and treatment centers are… an unknown to me, so I won’t comment. Just find a friend, ally, anyone to help you. Someone needs to be your voice. A calm persistent, never give up voice. Because it may be necessary to DEMAND TREATMENT from the same person who is 1/2 responsible for your condition, and another person can be your forceful voice to make this happen.

    Healthcare doesn’t have an approved way to help you. A true dedicated healer will try. Adderall is nasty. It is an AMPHETAMINE. Where you told this? And it’s not an ordinary stimulant. It’s closer to methamphetamine than many other stimulants. That’s “crystal-meth” the street drug, in a crude impure form. Were you told this? If I was in your human body right now, withdrawing from Adderall, this is what I would try to do;

    1. Calm your nervous system down. You need a benzodiazepine. NO CLONAZEPAM, NO XANAX, milder Valium will do and comes in much lower doses. 1 mg Xanax is close to 20 mg Valium. You might need only 5 mg of Valium, maybe 10 mg, or less. This should help you relax a little, maybe you will sleep better, which is crucial. NEVER EVER TAKE THESE CHEMICAL ENSLAVERS FOR MORE than 3 WEEKS!!! Take a week or more off.

    Then you may take them again, but try not to. Please! Benzodiazepines, the strong ones, are the among the very worst things to withdraw from, few people actually make it unscathed. Especially after taking “benzos” for a month – 1.5 month straight or more. Some doctors have patients on them for years. It’s horrific. Irresponsible and actionable. After 4 weeks a person has a high chance of being Severely ADDICTED. (My humble opinion… experienced opinion, just so you know).

    2. Your friend will need to make sure you eat ok and get up and around everyday. Keep moving, any way you can when you are not in bed. Go lay down when your tired and rest. But then get up and please, please, walk, sit then stand, turn, twist, swim, move your arms, legs, whatever… Just move your precious body all the time… it helps a lot, MORE THAN ANYTHING YOU DO… MOVE, because being motionless is step 1 toward paralysis, and the end of life.

    3. Try to get ONE of these prescribed, MODAFINIL, 50 to 100 mg twice daily, or METHYLPHENIDATE, at the lowest mg per day that helps you. This second one is Ritalin, and I don’t know which is least dangerous to you. Modafinil has a very long half life and it keeps people awake. And alert. And focused. Astronauts, military pilots, other military on long missions use this “intellectual – stimulant.” Always a down side… Modafinil will turn long term users into zero-empathy, machine-like, detached, unloving, logical, extremely focused, unemotional, detached, minimal need for sleep, and non-Creative creatures.

    Hence the military. Hence Attorneys. Hence Politicians. Hence Ivy–Leaguers, intellectuals, wealthy and insatiable people, pilots everywhere, and wanna-smart asses. And DOCTORS. Find 3 practicing physicians. 1 of them is one Modafinil. Another takes it a few times a month. The third doctor knows what it does and won’t touch it. 75% of medical students (might) take it everyday. Some future Pharmacists in college take it all the time.

    But it was CREATED IN A LABORATORY TO TREAT SLEEPY LAB MICE… AND SOLDIERS, AND PILOTS, AND NUCLEAR LAUNCH TECHNICIANS… A MILITARY LAB. (I maybe wrong, this could all be false… ). The pills may give you some relief and bridge the time needed, by you and your body, to adjust to a non-adderall state. Your friend needs to just be there for you, help you eat well. Important… doctor or and friend will need to LET YOU CONTROL the medications and THE HARD PART WILL BE HOW YOU CONTROL USING THE MEDICATION AT THE LOWEST LEVEL THAT BRINGS RELIEF.

    You will need to taper off the new meds eventually and that is why YOU MUST, take as little as possible. But YOU must control the amount, NOT HEALTHCARE providers who are 1/2 responsible for your Adderall problem. That’s my quick opinion, as if I were you… but I don’t know much about you, or your situation…. DO NOT DO ANY OF THIS WITHOUT THE HELP OF A TRUE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER, that understands these things much better than I.

    You must be important to this person. Your life is important. As important as any other human anywhere. Some say that withdrawal is part “mental” and part “physical.” It’s nonsense. It’s all the same human flesh, it’s you. The mental and physical are all one in the same. Know this. Don’t make the mistake, of thinking you are important to the pill makers and pushers.

    You do matter to them, but not in a good way. Go to a trusted website or maybe a REAL PRINTED BOOK! And look at Adderall and its chemical structure… Then look at methamphetamine. Read about them. Ask your Doc to explain the difference. First easy step in Pharm-biochemistry :: > the general 3-D shape and size of the molecule is crucial, for the human nerve receptor to accept it.

    Then the subtle changes in the small “reactive” sections of the molecule make it a strong sucker. Agonist/antagonists… They find the natural molecules on the nerve, then they KICK THEM OUT, and then THEY TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR NATURAL molecules. Really. It happens. When you read that “…. (paraphrased) We don’t know how this stuff works exactly…” That is BULLSH#T. And those in the industry know this.

    While you are looking for Adderall, check out Modafinil (Provigil). It went off patent… and a new “better” thing was patented. “Nuvigil (sp)” or something. Look it up. They added atoms to Modafinil. And the new stuff is stronger acting (according to a few people… nothing scientific…). And they DON’T KNOW EXACTLY HOW IT WORKS, IT JUST DOES?”

    Then why do low level biochemists with a mere BS degree, like me, know?? I stopped doing chemistry 16 years ago. But I can still read. These drugs… They work. Perfectly as designed. Very very very well. They are chemically “exquisite and elegant.” And nuclear re-entry war heads are engineeringly “exquisite and elegant.” But they are horrific as well. All have unknown and unintended consequences.

    Why do so many good people need them? And why are they so addicting? Please, take as little of this stuff as you can. Please. Right now, you all need to take care of just You! Until you get better. Allow yourself to look at all the great wonderful things, not the other worthless information everywhere. Get Away From This Internet! …Get healthy. It may take a while.

    Give yourself lots of time. Just my opinions here, and I am only 1 person of 7 + billion, so all this isn’t a fact or near factual, to anyone… but it is to me. When healed, try to find those who need an ally or a friend as they face these same problems. Peace be with you. I hope this might give someone a better approach. Please never ever give up.

  • Miss July 7, 2016, 9:54 pm

    I have been taking adderall since I was 19. I am now 31. I have stopped cold turkey after taking 20mg 3 times daily. For a while there I was doctor shopping and taking sometimes twice the amount. I tried quitting a few months ago and felt terrible so I went back on it. I really wish I would have just held out longer.

    This time second time around trying to quit, things are still rough, but after doing a lot of research I am sure that I will be feeling better soon. I think adderall tricks you into thinking that it helps you out more than it actually does. I’m sick of being a prisoner waiting for my next script and struggling not to take more of my monthly amount.

    I’m just done done done with this medicine. This medication caused me to drink more than I would not being on it as well as take medications such as xanax or ambien to try to make up for the sleep I wasn’t getting. Now unfortunately all I do is sleep, but it’s been about 3 weeks of not taking the medicine and for the past 2 days I actually feel like I’m starting to feel better.

    I do not feel like the need of sleeping ALL day long and have actually had enough energy to go on walks etc.. I hope this happy state isn’t just a phase. Thanks to everyone who has posted comments about their experience. Knowing that I am not alone and also not the only one struggling getting off this medication makes the process much more bearable.

    We are so much more than a stupid medication and I can’t wait to be in charge of my life running simply on my own naturally produced chemicals. Hang in there everybody!

  • Ben July 16, 2016, 1:58 am

    I have been prescribed to adderall for 16 years. I was put on the drug at age 13 and it destroyed my childhood. I refused my prescription throughout most of high school and then got back on it in college. It helped me study and keep a part time job while in college. Most of the jobs I’ve worked I would have never been able to withstand without adderall.

    I am terrified to begin this journey of detoxing from adderall because I don’t even know myself without it. I have to get off of it though because it is really destroying my personal life. It’s amazing how the things adults do to you as a child come back to haunt you when you’re an adult. The fact that I’m prescribed to adderall has hurt my chances of convincing the State to permit me to be a parent to my child.

    I’ve never been charged with any crime and have had no major personal problems while on the drug, but I can tell it’s time for me to put it in my rear view. My 60 mgs per day don’t even effect me anymore, if anything I feel just as tired and unmotivated as I did without it. I’m quitting cold turkey. I weened myself down to 50 mgs today, but tomorrow I am taking nothing and am starting the detox process.

    I’ve done this before, exercise helps. I’ll sleep for 16 hours for a couple days and then hopefully forget I was ever prescribed to the stuff.

  • Masterkushm July 23, 2016, 8:22 am

    I’m not prescribed adderall nor do I have ADHD, but during my freshmen year of college I started taking the stuff. Now I didn’t overly abuse it during the fall semester and took it only about once every 3 weeks for a test or an essay that was due. During the spring semester is where things started getting a little out control.

    This is where I started taking magic mushrooms and a lot more adderall; maybe about 60 mg every two weeks, which isn’t a lot to say. By the end of the semester during finals week I took an 20mg adderall and the day after tripped on 1.7 grams of shrooms (I took way more than this too during my other trips). I meditated on the shrooms and had the craziest trip of my life and it wasn’t a bad trip either.

    The following day I felt very out of it as if I was disconnected from reality, trouble concentrating, didn’t sleep, brain was fogged up. Two days later I took another generic 20mg IR adderall. it’s been two and a half months and I don’t feel any better, I haven’t taken any adderall since then. Now I have chronic insomnia and extreme anxiety and other symptoms listed above.

    Could it be possible be that the magic mushrooms magnified the adderall and put me into a state of withdrawal? I feel like I can relate to all the symptoms here. I’m afraid that I won’t ever be able to recover and be my happy normal self again. I was very happy and content with my life before and now everything just seems to be dark and bleak; as if there’s no hope for recovery.

  • Oliver August 15, 2016, 8:44 am

    I am a few days into having quit after tapering down quite slowly to almost nothing… I have also quit drinking. I had been taking micro doses of IR generic along with l-tyrosine and a few other supplements to help me with my dopamine levels. I have experienced a bizarre roller coaster of moods. Sometimes euphoric, but mostly terrible.

    Anyhow, I am currently in the midst of a bout of mania… like negative anxiety ridden irrational mania… the likes of which I am completely not used to. I feel downright speedy… and I never felt speedy while taking Adderall. I had to quit my meds because I can’t afford my doctor so quitting with his assistance is not really an option, and I am pretty sure that finding another doctor willing to treat Adult ADD is downright impossible.

    I have felt very speedy, negative, irrational, all kinds of stuff like that… when not feeling depressed, inert and useless.

  • Dave August 23, 2016, 6:07 am

    Hey there. I’ve been struggling with abusing my prescription for a long time now. I’m at the point where I use it up within a week and a half, then go without after. I’ve gone as long as a month without it and almost all the side effects noted above I have. I am seeing my doctor tomorrow. The best thing for me is to slowly taper off over several months: she knows my issue with this and this is her opinion.

    My problem is the fear I won’t be able to do that alone. I live alone, have had friends dose me out daily, but I’ve kind of used up that resource. I can’t afford to go “cold turkey,” I’ve turned down jobs because of it, and money is really bad right now. I’m trying to figure out how to do this. Are there out-patient repositories that will dose you out daily?

    I can’t ask my friends to do this over several months. They are tapped. I’m tapped. I’ve had intense mood swings, depression, suicidal thoughts, etc. I know that I can learn to function without it. It’s just that, for me, the withdrawal symptoms will probably last a long time if cold turkey. What do I do?

    • Dan August 28, 2016, 4:25 pm

      I have quit both adderall and dexedrine cold turkey, several times. I always find that I feel totally normal after a couple good nights of sleep and a few big meals. The only thing that needed to be adapted to was learning to portion meals and avoid sweets and snacks that give quick dopamine highs, because I would eat a ton of them.

      Also, I’m more paranoid than I was before before the amphetamine use, but it’s pretty easy to get over that stuff with cognitive behavior techniques. If you really know you’ll be able to handle work/school/home/etc, just stop taking it and you’ll probably be fine. I actually improved in a lot of ways at work after I stopped taking it.

  • Dan August 28, 2016, 4:17 pm

    Didn’t Shire Pharmaceuticals spend a ton of money to prove that amphetamines are not dependence-forming? It’s certain that they are habit-forming, but the studies are pretty clear that amphetamine does not build tolerance or dependency unless the amount being taken is very high, tweaker-level dosages.

  • Mike August 29, 2016, 10:19 am

    To all going through Adderall withdrawal I want you to hear from someone recovered from possibly the most grueling withdrawal experience imaginable! Firstly, I swear this is a 100% true first hand experience. Secondly, sorry for the lengthy post but I feel it’s worth the read if you are really struggling

    DOSAGES/FREQUENCY:
    I abused a combination of Adderall and MDMA (ecstasy) for about 8 months with such massive doses as 260mg Adderall in a single day. With tolerance build up towards the end of a multi-day binge I sometimes would take up to 1.3 GRAMS of MDMA in a single DOSE! I even survived a 900mg OVERDOSE of MDMA at one point (for those unfamiliar, Ecstasy tolerance about doubles with consecutive dosing in a single day. It also tapers back down after only a day or two of abstinence). I was binging on both substances intermittently and sometimes mixed the two. Never was I more than 4 days sober.

    INITIAL WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS:
    I know now that I was stupid for all that I did back then and still notice a change in myself from who I was before. It has now been a little over 3 years since my last time using. When I quit cold turkey the first 3 months were hell. I had random rolling black outs lasting anywhere from 1-6 hours where I would do things and have no recollection of doing them, often followed by “naps” lasting up to 8 hours.

    I was sleeping anywhere from 2-22 hours a day (A major point not touched on in this post is the periods of insomnia intermixed with hypersomnia). This early withdrawal phase took away everything; my girlfriend, my job, my house and car and almost left me on the streets and dead (thank God for my miraculously forgiving parents).

    PROLONGED SYMPTOMS:
    After the 3 months I stabilized to a consistent mid-grade depression and constant need for 12 hours of sleep. I was able to find a job ( that I still hold to this day and love :-D) that consumed all of my time awake. Over the next 6 months symptoms gradually tapered VERY slowwwwlyyyy. But ultimately, it was the 1 year mark that I realized I was a functioning human again.

    Permanent Symptoms:
    *I should note here that I attribute most of my depression and permanent emotional changes to the MDMA more than the Adderall though, both are amphetamines and neither substance is truly innocent*

    To this day I now suffer from what is called dysphoria. Basically I’m not depressed but nothing gets me very excited or brings joy to me. This makes it hard to motivate myself. I rarely have uncontrolled crying fits (maybe 1 episode lasting 5min or less every three months). It is virtually impossible to wake me from a sleep and I still need about 12hours per sleep. Due to my job working in a restaurant sometimes until 10pm other times until 4am I still do not have a regular circadian rhythm but I do not attribute this to my drug history.

    RECOVERY/REFLECTIONS:

    I have learned to live with my scars now and am always improving myself and my attitude. I learned two things from my ordeal that fuel me and motivate me every day now.

    1) that one days I was able to move or do any kind of physical effort I felt infinitely better if even for short bursts. One time I couldn’t sleep and an infomercial for P90x workout was on so I decided to exercise along, even though sitting made me dizzy. After a 4 hour recovery nap from the grueling exercise I felt completely normal and slept normal and everything for 4 whole days!

    2) The hardest part from my experience was the depression and suicidal thoughts thinking of myself as such a failure and worthless drug addict literally spending months stuck in bed with these thoughts. What kept me going was one alternative thought. When I imagined my own suicide I thought of all the people I would hurt and all they would go through financial hardships, grief, and lessons I might never teach them. Even though the idea of not existing comforted me, I decided it is not fair and insanely selfish of me to ever do such a thing. No matter who you are, who you’ve pissed off or how many people have cut ties with you, your death will always have repercussions with those left behind.

    I love you all and wish you the best in your recovery, M.T.W.

  • Keri Ann October 12, 2016, 5:14 pm

    In all honesty, I never knew that Adderall withdrawal existed, which is especially crazy when you know my story. I’ll do my best to give a brief nutshell, because I don’t want a bunch of people to be scared off from taking their medicine or even from just trying it solely for fear of withdrawal.
    Ok! So about 10 years ago, I was a chronic recreational user of Adderall and the like.

    I was typically dosing at minimum 60mg multiple times a day, most days of the week for a good 2 years straight. I eventually got tired of never being able to eat or sleep and looking and feeling like poop every day, so I just stopped taking it. Now, I’ve gone through extreme opiate withdrawal and minor/moderate alcohol DTs, and I remember each and every time VERY vividly in my mind, but I certainly did not go through any sort of withdrawal when I quit Adderall.

    Perhaps it’s because I am always agitated, depressed, and tired (lol) that I did have some sort of minor withdrawal, but I didn’t notice anything awful. Having said that, I know people that have gone on heroin binges for months and never have to feel the crippling pain of withdrawal. Please, be mindful of what you take and what you do. All substances, prescribed or not, come with side effects and risks; use with caution and keep all possibilities in the back of your mind at all times!

  • Verena Nelson October 14, 2016, 1:53 pm

    I have been off Adderall for about 5 months. I was on XR – 20 mg for maybe 5-6 years, and had been on other ADHD meds before that on an off, concerta, strattera. I tapered 5 mg/3 months at a time. The last step from 5mg to nothing was the hardest, and brought unexpected challenges, and I am still dealing with the after effects.

    I don’t know how normal this is, I have looked seemingly everywhere and haven’t found much information. Mental fog, confusion, depression, constantly hungry, noticable and very challenging loss of impulse control. I am still constantly hungry, and seem to crave much more food than my body needs – based on the fact that I am still gaining weight. The other symptoms have become manageable, I feel less foggy or at least like I have adjusted to it at this point.

    I struggled quite a bit with binge eating before Adderall and I thought it way behind me, now I am having issues with it again. Overall I feel fine other than constantly craving food and feeling depressed with my continuous weight gain and feeling a loss of control/poor self esteem due to that. It’s so bad that I am actually considering going back on Adderall now.

    I wish I could find some information/timelines of people’s long term adjustment after Adderall- after 5 months I am feeling more than a little frustrated that I still haven’t leveled out and continue to gain weight.

  • John October 26, 2016, 6:47 am

    Hey all. I’ve been seriously abusing my adderall prescription for nearly 2 years now. I was prescribed it 4 years ago, and as time went by I was able to get my doctor to up the dosage. I started out on 10 mg once a day and now I am at 30 mg twice a day. I eventually started seriously abusing it by taking way to much at once and then get extremely interested in doing something entertaining by myself.

    Now I am at the point where I often go on binges where I am up for 2 or 3 days straight taking it. I used to be able to be I guess what you would call a “functioning adderall abuser” but now that I am about to enter the real world, so to speak, I have realized that this habit is not sustainable now that I have graduated. I don’t know whether I should start tapering my dosage or go cold turkey.

    When I do run out and have none left and am waiting to refill my next prescription I am COMPLETELY useless and don’t do anything except watch TV or play video games. I think I might be pretty screwed because I think this habit has given me a pretty severe anxiety disorder.

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