How Long Does Adderall Withdrawal Last?

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

Adderall (the brand name for amphetamine-dextroamphetamine) is a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The drug helps people focus and concentrate by boosting levels of dopamine in the brain. But when you suddenly stop taking it, your body and brain can experience withdrawal symptoms such as severe tiredness and trouble sleeping. If you have been taking this medication for a long time or at high doses, talk to your doctor before you try to stop it. They may lower your dosage slowly over several weeks before stopping the medicine completely to help you avoid withdrawal.

The first stage of Adderall withdrawal usually lasts one to three days. You may feel irritable or anxious during this period and have trouble sleeping. During this phase, it’s important to ask for support from friends and family. It can also be helpful to use mindfulness or meditation apps or online videos for distraction. It’s also a good idea to keep a journal so you can express your emotions and thoughts.

After the initial symptoms fade, you’ll likely have more intense emotional and psychological effects during the second week of withdrawal. These include depression and anxiety, which can be caused by changes in brain chemistry. You might also have trouble concentrating or feeling overwhelmed by everyday stressors. It’s also common to experience intense cravings for Adderall during this period. You can minimize the severity of these symptoms by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of rest.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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