What Happens When You Combine Adderall and Alcohol?

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Adderall is a prescription drug that is used primarily to treat individuals with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.  Composed of four different drugs of the amphetamine family, this stimulant medication is also administered to sufferers of narcolepsy, obesity and depression. Adderall is a “black box” warning label product, which means that it must have a label on it that explains the dangerous effects of the drug when misused. Because it is a Schedule II substance, the FDA regulates production of the drug.

Adderall and alcohol are often combined by individuals hoping to experience a high. This combination of substances can be incredibly dangerous — and even life-threatening.

Dangerous Effects of Adderall and Alcohol

Although alcohol is a depressant and Adderall a stimulant, this does not mean that the two substances cancel each other out. Instead, the two actually can wreak havoc on an individual’s body and mind. Here’s what happens when alcohol and Adderall are combined:

1. An increased risk of alcohol poisoning

Adderall interferes with one’s ability to notice the effects of alcohol, resulting in the individual drinking more alcohol than usual. As a result, the risk of alcohol poisoning is significantly heightened by consuming Adderall and alcohol at the same time.

2. Heart problems

The combination of a depressant and a stimulant can increase the risk of heart problems. Individuals who consume Adderall and alcohol together are at greater risk for a heart attack.

3. Reduced inhibitions

Alcohol alone is known for its ability to lower one’s inhibitions or to produce aggressive and reckless behavior. Add in a dose (or two) of Adderall and the effects of alcohol are only intensified.

If you are taking prescription Adderall, it is recommended that you consume no more than one alcoholic beverage. By drinking more, you are putting yourself and those around you at risk.

 

Resources:

Health Line: Dangers of Mixing Adderall with Alcohol
http://www.healthline.com/health/adhd/adderall-and-alcohol#Adderallandalcohol2

Adderall: Adderall XR Side Effects and Warnings
http://adderall.net/

WebMD: Alcohol and ADHD Medication
http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/features/alcohol-adhd-medications#1

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