Adderall is a short-acting stimulant containing both dextroamphetamine and another active form of amphetamine (l-amphetamine) that is commonly used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Common side effects of Adderall include dry mouth, anxiety, stomach pain, weight loss, and a loss of strength.
Adzenys XR is a long-acting stimulant containing amphetamine that is used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Common side effects that can occur include appetite loss, dry mouth, stomach ache, weight loss, and voice changes.
Dexedrine is a short-acting or long-acting stimulant containing dextroamphetamine that is used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some of the side effects associated with this stimulant include indigestion, weight loss, constipation, changes in taste, dry mouth, and skin rash.
Ritalin is a short-acting or long-acting stimulant containing methylphenidate that is used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD). Side effects that can occur with Ritalin include irritability, vomiting, stomach pain, and appetite loss.
Concerta is a long-acting stimulant containing methylphenidate that is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Concerta is known to be habit-forming and can cause several side effects, such as appetite loss, stomach pain, irritability, and vomiting.
Ephedrine is a stimulant that is used for treating symptoms of bronchial asthma, such as shortness of breath and wheezing. This stimulant can cause a few side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, and restlessness.
Stimulant abuse can affect people in different ways, such as physically and behaviorally. Some common physical symptoms of stimulant abuse include:
Behavioral symptoms that may occur include the following:
Stimulant abuse can also affect people’s mental well-being and cognitive abilities. Cognitive signs of stimulant addiction can include racing thoughts, delusions, paranoia, poor judgment and confusion. Symptoms of stimulant abuse that affect mental well-being include depression, mood swings, and anxiety. Keep in mind that signs and symptoms of stimulant abuse can vary widely depending on certain factors, such as how long the stimulant abuse has been going on.
Stimulant treatment focuses on building effective ways to overcome addiction mainly through therapy. Behavioral therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, can help people struggling with a stimulant addiction learn to recognize and change harmful thoughts and behaviors and develop skills for healthy living. Individual therapy, group therapy, or both are commonly used for treating this type of addiction.
If you or someone you love is dealing with an addiction to prescription or illicit stimulants, help is available at Riverside Recovery. Contact our admissions team for more information regarding our treatment program and available options to overcome stimulant addiction.