Originally Posted by SoundofSilver
When I think of people who use prescription stimulants to study for an exam, I picture them taking a pill and cramming for 12 hours the day before an exam. Then taking the exam and moving on to the next unit. Cramming like that is not going to allow for consolidation of that information into long term memory storage. Space based repetition, the slow and steady approach, is the best way to consolidate information into long term memory. When I think of adderall, I don't think of repetitive, slow steady learning which is why I suggested they might not remember everything. So it isn't the pill that's hindering long term memory formation but rather the studying method that I believe is conducive to stimulant use.
But then again I've never taken a prescription stimulant, so what do I know.
Some people actually take low doses of ADHD meds, just enough to help them stay focused during the day. Other people abuse their medications or have excessive doses, but that doesn't mean everyone who uses ADHD meds is abusing them.