How To Stop An Adderall Headache? Symptoms and Coping Tips
Adderall is a powerful stimulant that improves a person’s attention span and reduces hyperactivity. This central nervous system drug is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Adderall is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. However, after prolonged usage of the drug, it’s not advisable to suddenly stop using it because that may lead to very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms generally referred to as an Adderall “comedown” or “crash.”
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How Do You Stop an Adderall Headache?
The mild headache that occurs at the back of the head at the end of an Adderall dose is typically a mild rebound phenomenon. Fortunately, you can relieve it with over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol or Aspirin. Also, drink plenty of fluids when you are on Adderall, as dehydration can potentially cause Adderall headaches.
Adderall Withdrawal Symptoms
Stopping the use of Adderall abruptly “cold turkey” may lead to a headache when Adderall wears off. Besides the headache, you may experience the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Trouble sleeping
- Extreme cravings for Adderall
- Intense hunger pangs
- Nonstop headaches
- Suicidal thoughts
- Panic attacks
Side Effects of Adderall
Remember, Adderall is a strong stimulant that slowly wears off your system when you stop using it. So, if you suddenly stop using the stimulant, you’ll feel somehow disconnected and sluggish. Adderall boosts the effectiveness of adrenaline and the dopamine neurochemicals in the brain, which helps intensify a user’s levels of concentration and alertness. While Adderall is a very powerful medication in terms of its effectiveness, it causes serious side effects. Since it is a habit-forming drug, the Drug Enforcement Administration has classified it as a controlled substance. The drug has a very high potential for dependence or/ and abuse and should only be taken under the supervision of a licensed doctor. Taking Adderall without a prescription can be dangerous. Doctors always recommend that a patient starts on smaller doses of Adderall when prescribing the CNS stimulant for the first time and perhaps increase the dosage gradually to produce the desired effect. That means that a patient takes the lowest possible dosage of the stimulant as needed. Unfortunately, some people start overdosing on the drug to get high or simply abuse the drug as one of the many prescription drugs that people abuse in the streets.
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Correct Dosage to Avoid Adderall Headache
There’s no way to tell how well Adderall will work for you. Some people often do better on one dosage than another, and it might take a few tries for your doctor to discover the right drug dosage. It’s advisable to ensure that a patient takes the stimulant at regular intervals to avoid the risk of experiencing adverse side effects. For example, patients who take the drug right before bedtime may experience difficulty sleeping. It’s, however, important to note that not every person who takes Adderall will experience a comedown when they discontinue its usage. The withdrawal symptoms tend to be prevalent or worse in individuals who abuse the CNS stimulant or those who take it in excessive doses. If you want to avoid its side effects, you must follow your doctor’s instructions when using Adderall. In other words, this is a very effective CNS stimulant for treating ADHD when taken under the supervision of a health provider.
Do Adderall Headaches Go Away?
Adderall headache doesn’t go away on its own. The first step towards dealing with the Adderall comedown is consulting with a licensed health provider. This is to avoid the risk of returning to abusing the CNS stimulant during your first days after stopping its usage. It also helps you deal with the withdrawal symptoms you may have started experiencing.
Your doctor will supervise the treatment process so you don’t end up developing suicidal thoughts or even being depressed. If depression or other mental health disorders become so severe, the doctor will know how and when to prescribe antidepressants.
When an individual is experiencing an Adderall crash, treating withdrawal from amphetamine effectively can be very challenging. The amount of Adderall that you have used so far and the duration you’ve been under the medication will determine how long the withdrawal symptoms last. Typically, the symptoms can persist for a few days to a few weeks. You can relieve the withdrawal symptoms by engaging in regular physical activities or exercises and eating healthy.
If you find trouble sleeping after discontinuing the medication, consider adhering to a regular sleep pattern or schedule. In other words, you should try to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time each day. You should also try engaging yourself in calming activities before going to bed, such as reading a book to help you fall asleep. Additionally, make sure your bedroom’s interior decor and temperature are as comfortable as possible.
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At Mango Clinic, we have licensed physicians who have years of experience helping people who have discontinued Adderall medication or battling its addiction. Our doctors will closely supervise the entire treatment process while tapering off the drug as we watch for signs of depression or other mental health issues. If you or your loved one is dealing with an Adderall crash or needs help with any other type of substance abuse, contact us now or click the banner below to book your appointment.