Adderall is a prescription medication that is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children who have trouble in maintaining focus. These children usually suffer from not being able to maintain their attention on one task for even a short time. So pills like Adderall that improve their attention would be of an immense help. But of late, the pill is a subject of many controversies and we wish to discuss some of them in this article.
Why is it the most misunderstood pill?
The manufacturers produced this pill with a noble intention to aid people who are afflicted with ADHD. Millions of children who have ADHD or ADD can rely on this pill to perform their daily tasks without any hindrance. This is because to greatly improves the cognition capabilities of ADHD children. But due to the same effect of this pill, it is also being used by many healthy adults to improve their focus and cognition abilities. Eventually, anyone who lacks focus started using this pill. Especially students who want to perform well in their exams started to rely on this pill. Once a pill enters the student world it gets a rapid craze and as a result, more and more people start using it. This marked the beginning of the misuse of Adderall. Some students also noticed the mild euphoric effect produced by this pill and started enjoying this characteristic of the pill. So with the increasingly high number of youngsters using the pill, there is obviously a higher probability of abuse. Students started getting the pill illegally through online pharmacies and started using it as per their own discretion. According to a study done by health survey, the percentage of students ordering this pill without a prescription is increased by 0.5% in the last 10 years.
This pill has a high potential for abuse and so many people started noticing withdrawal symptoms after using the pill for a duration longer than recommended. Now all the people who can benefit from tarnishing the pill, for example, its competitors and people who stick to natural memory enhancing methods jumped at this opportunity and started to defame the pill by classifying it as dangerous and addictive. Yes, this pill does have a potential for addiction or abuse. But this only happens when a person uses it without consulting a doctor. Even the manufacturer of Adderall expresses their regret regarding the misuse of the pill. The misuse is more prominent among young people in the age group of 18 to 25. But even with all the misuse happening, this pill does provide great benefits to people who are actually suffering from ADHD and narcolepsy.
Imprints of its efficiency
Given below is the proof of the efficiency of this pill.
- Clinical studies performed in Harvard medical school suggest that people with ADHD can greatly benefit from long term use of Adderall XR in terms of improvement in their ability to pay attention for a longer period of time and maintain the required concentration.
- A person with ADHD claimed that he always used to feel sluggish and lack sufficient mental energy to focus on his task at hand. He was diagnosed with a chemical imbalance in the brain. After he started using Adderall he could significantly improve his work efficiency and feel happier. Even though ADHD develops at a very young age, it can linger on through adulthood which happens in 4.4 % of US adults. Such people need to rely on Adderall for their treatment.
- Another study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital, to determine the efficiency of Adderall XR which is an extended release version of Adderall, also proved the improvement this medicine can provide from the baseline behavior of children with ADHD.
This proves that when used the right way, this medicine can be a ray of hope in the lives of children diagnosed with ADHD.