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Yes, you can overdose on Adderall. Overdose risk may increase if you take other medication(s) or are dependent on/abuse the drug. The FDA classifies Adderall as an amphetamine, which is a drug class that poses a risk for dependence and/or overdose. The FDA states that amphetamines, including Adderall, hold a high potential for abuse, which in some cases, could lead to overdose.

What are the side effects of Adderall overdose?

Some side effects of an Adderall overdose may present as more severe than others. Furthermore, side effects and risks of an Adderall overdose will vary based on a person’s dose, health profile, and dependence on the drug.

Potential overdose side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Hallucinations
  • Panic
  • Vomiting and/or nausea
  • Increased heart rate or heart attack
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety

Follow your doctor’s instructions in regards to dosing, and if you are concerned about or have questions regarding your specific dose, feel free to ask them.

Please Note: If you believe you or someone you know is experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately to seek medical help.

For more information regarding risks of overdose and overdose preventative counseling, speak with your prescribing physician.

For more information on the risks and danger of consuming alcohol during treatment with Adderall, please visit our alcohol interactions page.

Getting Help

If you believe you have an addiction problem, it is eminent that you seek professional help immediately. You can talk to your prescribing physician, who can offer alternative medication(s) and treatment(s), as well as help you find a counselor to work with you as needed.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a great resource for immediate help, too. You can call their hotline anytime at 1-800-662-HELP.

Disclaimer: this article does not constitute or replace medical advice. If you have an emergency or a serious medical question, please contact a medical professional or call 911 immediately. To see our full medical disclaimer, visit our Terms of Use page.


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