Living with ADHD is a struggle for many. The inability to pay attention combined with impulsivity can be a lot to bear by yourself. Luckily, ADHD treatments and medications exist. One of those medications is Adderall. Here is how you can get prescribed Adderall.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a brand name for mixed amphetamine salts (dextroamphetamine/levoamphetamine). These two stimulant drugs help patients focus and manage their ADHD symptoms.
Stimulants are an effective way of managing ADHD symptoms, such as short attention span, impulsive behavior, and hyperactivity. These drugs improve ADHD symptoms in about 70% of adults and 70–80% of children.”Advokat, Claire, et al. “Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) stimulant medications as cognitive enhancers.” Frontiers in Neuroscience, 7: 82. 29 May 2013. frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnins.2013.00082/full
Adderall is a short-acting stimulant medication used to treat ADHD. It has an onset effect of about 30-45 minutes and lasts for about 3-4 hours. Adderall XR also exists, and it lasts for about 10-12 hours.
Effects of Adderall
Adderall and other stimulant medication, like Concerta, Vyvanse, and Ritalin, helps you focus by increasing two brain chemicals: dopamine and norepinephrine.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for controlling pleasure and reward system. It creates motivation that makes patients want to complete their goals, which is why some people use it to study.
Norephemepheine is a stress hormone. It affects attention and also controls heart rate, blood flow, and blood pressure. It regulates yoru sleep cycle, memory, and attention.
By increasing the presence of these chemicals in your brain, Adderall and other stimulant ADHD medication helps patients focus and controls their ADHD symptoms.
Positive effects of Adderall
When Adderall is correctly prescribed, you will see the following improvements in your symptoms:
- Better attention span
- Greater ability to control impulsivity
- Increased focus and ability to ignore distractions
- Better memory and recollection
- Lower likelihood of substance abuse disorder
Some people even paise it as a miracle pill. Most patients (70-80%) who take stimulant medication for ADHD see an improvement in their symptoms. With that said, there are still potential side effects.
Stimulant medication for ADHD is very effective according to several studies. ADHD medication can improve hyperactivity and inattentive symptoms in ~70% of adults and ~70-80% of children and teens. Stimulant medication can improve concentration and hyperactivity.
Some pediatricians and psychiatrists also claim that starting ADHD medication in children and teens can reduce the risk of substance abuse later in life, however, this is not true. Stimulant medication for the treatment of ADHD in children and adolescents does not affect substance abuse later in life.
“Both conclude that…stimulant medication to treat young children with ADHD does not affect—neither increasing nor decreasing—the risk for substance abuse in adulthood.”Volkow, N. D., & Swanson, J. M. (2008). Does childhood treatment of ADHD with stimulant medication affect substance abuse in adulthood?. The American journal of psychiatry, 165(5), 553–555. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ajp.2008.08020237
If you want to manage your symptoms, and you are ready to try a stimulant medication, the next stop is to talk to your doctor.
Getting an Adderall Prescription
Before getting an Adderall prescription, you should consider whether or not you actually have ADHD. We recommend and Adult ADHD Symptom reporting screening tool. You can find the tool here.
If you find yourself answering often or very often to several or most of these questions, it could be possible you have ADHD. The next step is bringing the results to your doctor.
Talking to a doctor about ADHD
Since Adderall is a prescription medication, you need to talk to your doctor before you receive an Adderall Prescription. ADHD can be effectively treated with medication your doctor may be able to prescribe. If he or she is willing to prescribe medication, it will can allow you to focus and succeed academically.
Follow these tips to have a successful and helpful conversation with your doctor about your ADHD.
Tell the doctor your symptoms. It can be helpful to print out the self-diagnosis test you took and share your results with your doctor.
Make an appointment to discuss you ADHD symptoms. Usually, the best type of doctor to make an appointment with is a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are best equipped to handle ADHD diagnoses and treatment and can help you get an Adderall prescription. However, you can also consider talking to your PCP about your ADHD. Psychiatrists are best suited to prescribe Adderall since they specialize in treating ADHD.
Give examples of your ADHD symptoms and how it affects your life. How do your symptoms affect you? Does it make you not get assignments done? Do you take a long time to complete assignments and tasks since you have trouble focusing? You should be mentioning these types of examples in your conversation with your doctor.
In your conversation, you may be tempted to outright say you are looking for Adderall when you first arrive at the appointment. However, some doctors may take such a bold suggestion as offensive and may see you as drug-seeking rather than as a suffering patient. We recommend allowing your doctor to make a recommendation, then suggest Adderall as a possibility.
Other ADHD Medications
There are other medications that work similarly to Adderall like Concerta, Mydayis, and Vyvanse. These drugs affect the same brain chemicals we talked about before: dopamine and norepinephrine. The benefits of these medications are they last longer so your symptoms are controlled throughout the entire day.
Non-stimulant ADHD medications such as Intuniv ER (Guanfacine ER) and Strattera (atomoxetine) can also be useful in treating ADHD.
TreatADHD knows how hard it can be for struggling students to receive an ADHD diagnosis and an Adderall prescription. That’s why we specialize in College ADHD diagnoses. We work with doctors all around the country to help you get the medication and treatment you need. Contact us today to book a free consultation and to learn about affordable ADHD treatment options for students and adults.