Since Adderall is generally prescribed by doctors, many fail to understand that mixing the drug with alcohol and other substances can have adverse consequences on their health. Adderall is a stimulant, which means combining the drug with other stimulants can lead to faster heart rate and hallucinations, while combining the drug with depressants like alcohol can negate the effects of the medication. Before mixing Adderall with other substances, take a moment to review facts about mixing to lower your risk for serious health problems.
If you are struggling with addiction to Adderall or another substance, understand it’s never too late to get help. Call our 24/7 confidential helpline at 800-768-8728(Who Answers?) to learn more about local drug rehab centers devoted to helping you achieve lifelong sobriety from addiction.
Adderall and Alcohol
Since many people drink alcohol in moderation as part of their lifestyle, many tend to forget that combining a stimulant like Adderall with a depressant like alcohol can negate the effects of both substances. As a result, you might drink more alcohol than you should in an effort to feels its effects, and put yourself at risk for alcohol poisoning. Additionally, mixing a stimulant with a depressant can lead to irregular heartbeat and increases the risk for a dangerous condition called arrhythmia.
Adderall and Marijuana
As marijuana use becomes more legal and widespread across the U.S., more people are turning to the drug for recreational use — including those already taking prescription medications like Adderall. Like alcohol, marijuana is a depressant, and increases your risk for irregular heartbeat and arrhythmia when mixed with Adderall.
Adderall and Antidepressants
Most antidepressants treat depression and related mental health disorders by increasing serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for controlling your mood, behavior, memory, and more. When Adderall and antidepressants are used together, you may experience serotonin syndrome — a condition caused by too much serotonin in the brain.
Serotonin syndrome can lead to nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, and other adverse symptoms. If your doctor has prescribed Adderall and antidepressants to treat you for two or more co-occurring health conditions, take your medication exactly as prescribed. Abusing Adderall and antidepressants greatly increases your risk for life-threatening health complications.
If you’ve been combining Adderall with other substances and are unable to stop mixing, understand you might be suffering from addiction and need help. One of the safest and most effective ways to overcome addiction is going to a drug rehab center that helps you overcome physical dependency on all substances. If you must continue taking Adderall for conditions such as ADHD or narcolepsy, your doctor can help you manage Adderall use, and stop abusing alcohol and other substances.
Drug rehab centers also offer counseling services to help you overcome mental aspects of addiction. For example, if you’ve been abusing Adderall and other drugs to face problems with social anxiety, the addiction counselors at rehab can help you overcome social anxiety.
Nobody should ever have to overcome addiction on their own without help, including you. If you’re struggling with addiction to amphetamines, call our 24/7 confidential helpline at 800-768-8728(Who Answers?) to speak with a drug abuse counselor about your rehab options.