Is there a connection between Adderall and weight loss? Yes.
Adderall is an amphetamine-based stimulant used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). One of the side effects of amphetamines and stimulants is that they can speed up the user's metabolism which can result in weight loss.
In fact, some teens and young adults who do not suffer from ADD or ADHD are beginning to abuse Adderall to lose weight.
There are even reports of some celebrities turning to stimulants such as Adderall for quick weight-loss prior to movie shoots and awards shows.
For fickle teens under pressure to conform to strict body types, the desire for quick weight loss can results in abusing stimulant medications such as Adderall.
What they do not realize, however, is that Adderall is not a weight loss supplement and the weight loss is temporary and generally returns once they stop taking the medication. In addition, taking such a powerful stimulant over long periods of time can result in increased dependence and possible abuse or addiction as the body develops tolerance.
The fact is that this medication is a powerful stimulant, not unlike speed and cocaine. Such "off-label" use such as abusing stimulants for weight-loss purposes can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
Remember: prescription medications should only be used to treat a disease
or condition for which the medication was intended.
For more information, read this companion article about the dangers of Adderall addiction. Amphetamine addiction is brutal, and the consequences can be life-long.
It is a good idea to monitor your weight while taking Adderall in order to specifically track any weight changes.
If you are prescribed Adderall for legitimate medical conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and you notice that you are losing too much weight, notify your prescribing doctor.
If the weight loss becomes too dramatic or poses potential health risks, your doctor may recommend certain dietary changes or alter your medication times or doses in order to help reverse any weight loss effects.
For those abusing this medication for weight loss purposes, my advice is this: be smart. Do not take any medication for purposes other than it was intended.
If you are already hooked, keep an eye out for these signs of potentially dangerous Adderall withdrawal.
As always, refer all questions and concerns about Adderall weight loss to your doctor.