Is Exercising or Working Out on Adderall Safe?

Adderall is a stimulant drug that has become quite popular in the past decade. It is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, and it is commonly prescribed to people who have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or narcolepsy.

Adderall was first introduced in 1996 as instant-release tablets, producing some promising results for patients. Since 2009, it is also given in a long-lasting format. Sometimes referred to as mixed four amphetamine salts, Adderall works by stimulating the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.

The main benefit of Adderall for patients with ADHD is that it helps them to pay attention and limit distractions. It also helps them to control impulsive behaviors. Additionally, it is known to help patients with sleep disorders like narcolepsy remain alert.



Side Effects of Adderall

As with most prescription drugs, various side effects come as a result of taking it. Side effects that can occur with Adderall are:

  • Not feeling like eating/upset stomach
  • Increased or irregular heartbeat
  • Losing weight
  • Dry or “cotton” mouth
  • Upset stomach/stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Fever
  • Feeling jittery
  • Sleeping difficulty

Adderall Abuse

Because of its ability to stimulate and give energy, Adderall is widely used as a drug of choice for reasons other than ADHD. Students and athletes, many under a lot of pressure from parents, peers, and professors, will use this drug as a performance enhancer. They rely on it excessively to stay alert and have an abundance of energy to help them pass tests and excel in competitions. Unfortunately, this is a practice that can have serious health and psychological consequences.

While Adderall is beneficial for people with ADHD and narcolepsy, it can be a hindrance to those who abuse the drug to help them run better, lift better, or get better grades. Adderall increases the heart rate, which causes people to feel more alert. It helps them to feel extra energized, giving them focus and energy to study longer or workout harder.

The thing about Adderall is that it’s not going to add health to your body when you abuse it. You may think the pills are a godsend for your grades or performance, but over time, abusing the drug can harm your organs, create an addiction, and mess with your mental health.

For these reasons, Adderall has been classified as a Schedule II drug by theUnited States Drug Enforcement Administration. Since it is considered a controlled substance with a high risk of addiction, taking Adderall without a prescription is illegal and subject to prosecution.

Working Out While Legally Using Adderall: What Are the Dangers?

Now that we’ve discussed what Adderall is, what it’s commonly used for, and how it’s abused, let’s discuss Adderall and exercising. What do you do if you have a legitimate reason (and a legal prescription from your physician) to take Adderall and want to work out?

The first thing you must always do is talk to your doctor. You’ll want to get approval from your physician that it’s safe for you to take the prescription and exercise, too.

Working Out on Adderall Safe?

Working out helps you to build muscle, lose weight, and strengthen your heart. Cardio workouts combined with proper cooldown periods go a long way to keeping your heart healthy.

Adderall is a stimulant that increases the heart rate. If taken in high doses while working out, the side effects mentioned above become dangerous.

However, if you’re taking Adderall legally for ADHD or narcolepsy, as long as you’re on a small enough dose, there shouldn’t be any negative effects when working out. Don’t exercise too hard, stay hydrated, and monitor your blood pressure and heart rate.

Monitor Effects

Many people who are on Adderall and exercise consistently report that they didn’t have any adverse effects. They recommend staying hydrated and not combining your dose with anything that has caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, some painkillers).

The key is to know your body to be aware of any changes while on the drug. If you start to notice any side effects, talk to your doctor immediately.

Is It OK to Use Adderall as a Pre-Workout?

When Adderall is prescribed, one of the many recommendations is to take it in the morning to avoid any effects on sleep. However, those who exercise in the mornings might have to alter when they take their dose.

Some people report no issues with working out while taking Adderall. But if you take other supplements as your pre-workout, combining Adderall could be problematic. Many Adderall users will wait until after their workout is over and then take their prescribed dose.

Another thing to keep in mind when taking Adderall and working out is whether or not you’re taking other medications. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about possible complications and try to schedule your doses around the times that you normally workout.

Furthermore, if you are already taking other stimulants to enhance your workout (Xanax, Ritalin, MDMA or ecstasy, steroids, etc.), putting Adderall into the mix could be severe and possibly deadly. Don’t do it.

Taking Adderall With Other Workout Supplements

When considering whether to work out while using Adderall, someone who only exercises occasionally isn’t likely to have any issues. They don’t work out enough to amplify the side effects that can occur with Adderall.

But for someone who’s a bit more serious with their workout game and already takes supplements, adding Adderall to the mix could be problematic.

Supplements that should be taken separately from Adderall include:

  • Energy supplements (caffeine, ma huang, guarana)
  • Sports supplements with energy producing ingredients
  • Amino acids: These can affect how your body absorbs Adderall. If you take these, your doctor may need to adjust your Adderall dosage.
  • Diuretics: Adderall already has a drying effect. If you flush your body of fluids, you could risk severe dehydration.

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Conclusion: What Do Doctors Recommend?

The consensus among physicians is to pay attention to your body. Understand how your body reacts to exercise and your dosage of Adderall. If you don’t experience any adverse side effects, don’t worry about it. However, be extremely careful. As stated before, the effects on performance can easily become addictive, and there’s a chance of building up a tolerance.

If you’re unsure what to do, or you find yourself becoming dependent, talk to your doctor. If you’re using or abusing Adderall because you like the way it makes you feel, be careful because it’s easy to get addicted to it.

Reach Out for Help Today

If you’re addicted toAdderall, and you’ve tried to stop using the drug to no avail, it’s time to reach out to an addiction specialist to help you. There’s no shame in admitting that you’ve become addicted to something. In fact, it’s fairly common to become dependent on a highly addictive drug, especially if you’re misusing it.

Call The Palm Beach Institute at (855) 960-5456 today and allow us to answer any questions you may have concerning Adderall, exercising, or addiction treatment. Get the information you need to make any changes you may need to make. We’re here, and we care.