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    Does Adderall Cause Back Pain?

    Abusing Adderall can lead to lower back pain or pain on one side. 

    Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine (brand name Adderall and the extended-release Adderall XR) is a prescription stimulant medication used to help treat symptoms of narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 

    This prescription drug is a Schedule II controlled substance according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), meaning it has a high potential for abuse.

    In addition to back pain, this central nervous system (CNS) stimulant may create a number of side effects which can be increased when the drug is abused.

    Back Pain & Other Side Effects Of Adderall

    This ADHD medication affects the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine in the brain, attaching to receptors in the CNS. This enhances the effects of the drug, creating side effects.

    Depending on the period of time you’ve taken Adderall, the side effects you experience may range in severity. For instance, those who abuse Adderall for a long period of time may experience more aggressive pain in the lower back region.

    Common Side Effects

    Back pain is just one of the many side effects which can occur when Adderall is taken or abused. Other side effects may include:

    • rapid heart rate
    • high blood pressure
    • nausea
    • chest pain
    • weight loss
    • constipation
    • dry mouth
    • headache
    • changes in sex drive

    Seek the medical advice of your prescribing doctor if you take medications or have any health problems before taking Adderall.

    Withdrawal Symptoms

    As stated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), those who abruptly stop taking Adderall may experience withdrawal symptoms such as:

    • fatigue
    • suicidal thoughts
    • sleeping difficulties
    • fever
    • cravings for the drug
    • high blood pressure

    Dangers Of Adderall Abuse

    Adderall abuse can lead to more severe side effects. Back pain can become more severe and other health issues can occur. Additionally, those who combine Adderall with certain drugs and substances may suffer from adverse effects.

    Drug Interactions

    Serious drug interactions may take place if Adderall is combined with other drugs and substances. In fact, some of the drugs to avoid include:

    • certain supplements and vitamins
    • other prescription stimulant drugs such as methamphetamine (Desoxyn) or lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)
    • opioids
    • illicit drugs such as heroin or cocaine
    • alcohol
    • benzodiazepines
    • antihistamines
    • stimulants similar to Adderall such as methylphenidate (Ritalin)
    • certain alpha blockers

    In addition to these substances, certain antidepressant prescription medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) should not be taken with Adderall.

    Speak with your healthcare provider before taking Adderall, as serious adverse effects can take place if certain medications are combined.

    Adderall Overdose

    Those who abuse Adderall or ingest the drug in a manner not as prescribed may have an increased risk of overdose. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), symptoms of an Adderall overdose may include:

    • fluctuations in blood pressure
    • cardiovascular events such as a heart attack
    • blurred vision
    • seizures
    • panic states
    • breathing problems
    • restlessness
    • vomiting
    • muscle pain
    • coma
    • sudden death

    If an Adderall overdose is suspected, contact 911 and seek urgent medical attention.

    If you or a loved one are struggling with Adderall use, our healthcare professionals can help monitor you during detoxification and can assist you with substance abuse treatment. To learn more, please contact us today.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.
    Article Sources

    Clinical Case Reports - Severe muscle pain and stiffness due to dexmethylphenidate
    Drug Enforcement Administration - Amphetamines
    National Institute on Drug Abuse - Adderall
    National Institute on Drug Abuse - What Are Prescription Stimulants?
    National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus - Dextroamphetamine and Amphetamine

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