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The Downsides of Using Adderall for Weight Loss

It would be nice to be able to take a pill and wake up skinny the next day. It would be nice to find a medication that makes it easy to shed the pounds without a lot of effort. While there are multiple products available today that can help a person get closer to his or her weight loss goal, not all medications are ideal. In the case of Adderall, the main purpose of the prescription has nothing to do with weight loss. Instead, it is used for individuals that suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Weight loss may be a side effect, but there are other effects that could be more of a hindrance than a help.

Patients taking the medication may find themselves more alert and more focused. At first glance, this seems like a great side effect. However, for many people, it can cause things like restlessness and irritability. It can increase the heart rate, and for those with cardiac issues, cause a whole host of other problems. These symptoms can continue through the day and into the night, making it tough to be able to go to sleep. As a patient continues to take the medication, it is possible for these symptoms to increase in frequency and intensity. Weight may be lost, but an increased heart rate and little sleep can really bring a person down.

At some point, the continued use of this prescription medication could lead to dependence. This suggests that both the body and the mind need it in order to function properly. This can be a real concern for individuals that may be experiencing negative side effects and are looking to walk away from the drug. It isn’t as easy as just stopping. Instead, patients may need to be weaned off the drug over time. This requires more medical attention and could be more difficult than it sounds.

Many experience withdrawal symptoms as they attempt to walk away. In addition to a serious craving for the medication, they may have an increased desire to eat, completely going against the original goal of weight loss. They may not be able to cope with the boost that was provided by the pills and may even struggle to come up with the energy required to get through the day.