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Long term adderall side effects

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by mpompliano, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. mpompliano

    mpompliano 2+ Year Member

    Jul 31, 2012
    Columbia, SC
    Hi guys, sorry if this isn't the appropriate place to post but I'm seeking more information on the long-term side effects of adderall and am hoping someone here can point me in the right direction. Specifically, my concern is that adderall is similar to cocaine, and I always hear about cocaine and cardiomyopathy, sudden cardiac death, etc, but never with adderall. Is there an actual difference between the two drugs that account for this or does using adderall still put you at risk for these cardiac side effects?
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  3. WisNeuro

    WisNeuro Board Certified Neuropsychologist Psychologist 7+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Probably have better luck with moving this one over to the psychiatry forum. You'll get a more nuanced answer, sometimes.
  4. SterlingMaloryArcher


    Jan 24, 2017
    It can raise your blood pressure over time leading to an enlarged heart. This is why blood pressure is particularly paid attention to on Adderall checkups. It is obviously a little different from cocaine.
  5. G Costanza

    G Costanza Psychologist - UCC 5+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2011
    Not sure if this is helpful but Adderall is chemically closer to meth than cocaine. The only real difference is that meth crosses the blood-brain barrier at a much faster rate (causing addiction and a more intense high) and obviously has a lot of extra toxins that are pretty unhealthy.

    Long term Adderall abuse use may be linked to long term lower levels of dopamine. I have yet to read anything about long term cardiac problems, but I also haven’t been in that lit for some time.

    The suggestion to ask the psychiatry sub forum is a good one.
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  6. hamstergang

    hamstergang may or may not contain hamsters 5+ Year Member

    May 6, 2012
    OP already took that advice 11 months ago.
  7. G Costanza

    G Costanza Psychologist - UCC 5+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2011
    Ha! Missed the date on that one.

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