Can Adderall Make You Gain Weight?

You may be surprised to know that Adderall, a controversial and at at times abused medication for “speed “dieting, can actually make you gain weight. Many doctors, in fact, wish patients would not link the drug to weight loss but would rather focus on its intended use, which is defined by the Food and Drug Administration to be a prescription drug to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD).

Celebrity Pill

Celebrities are known to use Adderall for quick weight loss because the pounds come off very quickly, just in time for their next filming project, photo shoot or appearance at a grand event. Some doctors have attracted criticism and concern from other medical practitioners for prescribing it as a weight-loss solution for their patients. Doing so is not illegal but is considered as “off-label,” meaning the drug is being used for something other than its main purpose.

A brief look at the components of this drug explains why Adderall succeeds in weight loss, and also why it may be dangerous in triggering weight gain later on.

No Appetite

Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. You probably recognize how anything with the word “amphetamine” suggests speed, and in this case an accelerated process of some type in your body. Adderall is a powerful prescription drug, and its warning labels make you wonder why you would want to take it inthe first place. Dry mouth and stomach upset are just a few of the possible side effects. Warnings also include pain, nausea, vomiting and the risk of addiction. Used correctly, however, Adderall has been a successful aid to ADD victims because the drug helps such patients to concentrate.

Amphetamines stimulate the brain to release the hormones norepinephrine and dopamine, which can help improve the ADD sufferer’s brain disorder. They succeed in slowing such patients down. In the case of weight loss, you never feel really hungry. The drugs that this pill releases into in your system give you a false sense of being full, even after long periods of not eating anything.
Nutritionists, especially worried that children are not getting enough nutrition because of a sluggish appetite, often urge Adderall users to make sure to eat a healthy breakfast before the medication takes effect during the day. They also recommend a bedtime snack like a nutrition milkshake, or a small bowl of ice cream, when it wears off at night.

Pounds off, Pounds On

Adderall for weight loss is a short-sighted solution. Medical experts say that any quick-fix weight loss solution can never guarantee that the weight will stay off. Some users find that once they stop taking Adderall, their appetite returns and is even greater. They gain the weight back. The appetite that was suppressed while on Adderall increases.  

Another negative factor is that Adderall is addictive. You may need larger doses than when you began taking the drug because your body builds up tolerance. Reported abuse of the drug includes taking increasing amounts in order to get the same level of appetite suppression.

Nutritionists advise you to avoid quick-fix solutions in general and amphetamines in particular, if the goal is weight loss and not the treatment of ADD. In either instance, you must never take the drug without the guidance of a doctor.

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