Using Adderall over an extended period can increase the risk of critical cardiovascular problems and strokes. There are also significant mental health issues associated with the long-term use of Adderall, such as depression, hostility and paranoia. In children, protracted use of Adderall may inhibit growth.
In 2006, the United States Food and Drug Administration required its most serious warning, a black box label, for all ADHD drugs. The label for these drugs warns of a strong link between their use and an increased risk of cardiovascular impairment, heart attacks.
I would encourage you to look into alternative treatments to help you with your ADD and perhaps talking with your Dr. re how to go about this would be wise.
Adderall is part of a group of ADHD medications called stimulants. For most, Adderall is effective in treating their ADHD symptoms. However, as with all medicines, side effects can occur. Also, in some cases, the medicine may not adequately control a person's ADHD. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Adderall for ADHD treatment.
Some of these Adderall alternatives include:
- Lifestyle changes, including therapy
- Non-stimulant ADHD medication.
Psychotherapy works to help people with ADHD to like and accept themselves despite their disorder. It does not address the ADHD symptoms or underlying causes of ADHD. In psychotherapy, patients talk with the therapist about upsetting thoughts and feelings, explore self-defeating patterns of behavior, and learn alternative ways to handle their emotions. As they talk, the therapist tries to help them understand how they can change or better cope with their disorder.
I am posting a link for you to a support group site that has information that you may find helpful.
I wish I had more to offer but please know that I support you in looking for an alternative treatment.