Prescription amphetamines, such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse, are commonly subscribed for attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD). These drugs, however, have a high potential for abuse. These drugs act as intense uppers in higher doses, and produce effects similar to that of methamphetamine and cocaine.
They are particularly popular on college campuses for their ability to greatly increase productivity in those without attention deficit disorders. Long-term abuse of prescription amphetamines causes several changes to the brain chemistry that can persist for a long time after use stops. Here we discuss the long-term effects of prescription amphetamine abuse.
Prescription amphetamines are powerful appetite suppressants. This, in turn, causes those who abuse them long-term to experience drastic weight loss in a highly unhealthy manner.
The brain naturally attempts to restore balance while long-term drug abuse is occurring. Once stopping the drug, this change in the brain chemistry will often result in great difficulties in concentrating, whether this was a problem before use started or not.
Loss of energy/motivation
Coming down from prescription amphetamines typically causes a reversal of the effects one took them for in the first place. A common example of this is a complete loss of energy and motivation once stopping drug use. This “crash” is very commonly associated with ceasing using stimulant drugs, such as prescription amphetamine.
While prescription amphetamine causes severe insomnia in heavy users, the opposite is true once abstinent from the drug. Ceasing drug use typically causes one to sleep for extended periods of time. These sleep disturbances can typically last for extended periods of time after drug use has stopped.
The changes in which prescription amphetamine abuse causes to the brain is serious enough that when stopping the medication, intense drug craving typically will follow.
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