Is It Safe To Mix Adderall And Caffeine?

Adderall and caffeine are both stimulant drugs that can improve concentration, alertness, and energy levels. When taken together, they may pose a host of dangerous health risks.

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Dr. Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on November 11, 2022

Adderall is a prescription stimulant commonly prescribed for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy, and behavioral problems.

As a Schedule II controlled substance, Adderall has a high potential for abuse, which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

When Adderall and the over-the-counter stimulants, like caffeine-containing products, are mixed, there may be a higher risk of harmful side effects caused by drug interactions with Adderall.

What Happens When Adderall And Caffeine Are Mixed?

Prescription medications such as Adderall affect the central nervous system (CNS), causing people to feel more awake, energetic, and sociable.

Adderall works by raising the level of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. These chemicals are responsible for mood, memory, and the sleep-wake cycle.

Caffeine consumption works similarly in the body, and is responsible for the boost of energy felt after a cup of coffee, tea, energy drinks, or caffeine pills are ingested.

When combined together, the stimulating effects of caffeine and Adderall will feel more pronounced.

Is It Dangerous To Combine Adderall And Caffeine?

Due to the differences in body composition and metabolism among people, there’s no set amount of caffeine that you can safely consume while using Adderall.

The following are some of the dangers associated with taking Adderall and caffeine together.

Cardiovascular Damage

Caffeine and Adderall both cause an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. When both substances are abused together, they may cause damage to the heart and blood vessels.

Additionally, people who use Adderall as a study drug and drink coffee may be at higher risk for a stroke, heart attack, or other cardiovascular emergencies.

Increased Chance Of Developing An Addiction

When Adderall and caffeine are used together, the efficacy of Adderall may be greatly affected. As a result, people may start using more Adderall and develop a substance use disorder.

Overtaxing The Brain

Due to the way Adderall and caffeine affect the brain, using the two together may make ADHD symptoms worse.

High doses of Adderall coupled with caffeine use may cause trouble thinking, anxiety, tiredness, and inability to concentrate.

Receptors in the brain may become so overwhelmed with stimulation that it will have to work extra hard to keep other vital organs functioning as well.

Other Side Effects Of Adderall Abuse

In addition to the health risks listed above, there are an array of other side effects that may arise due to Adderall misuse and addiction.

Adverse effects of Adderall misuse may include:

  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • dry mouth
  • upset stomach
  • panic attacks
  • impulsivity
  • high blood pressure
  • heart palpitations
  • jitters
  • nausea and vomiting
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • nervousness
  • trouble sleeping

Treatment Options For Adderall Addiction

If you or a loved one are battling substance abuse, there are evidence-based and holistic treatment services available at rehab facilities such as Bedrock Recovery Center.

Treatment programs for addiction to Adderall may include:

  • medical detox
  • residential treatment for prescription drug addiction
  • outpatient treatment
  • dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders
  • partial hospitalization programs (PHP)
  • intensive outpatient programs (IOP)
  • cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • support groups for college students
  • mental health services
  • psychiatry services
  • wellness services
  • 12-step programs for stimulant medication addiction

Attending an inpatient or outpatient rehab program will provide the tools and treatments necessary to recover from the negative side effects and withdrawal symptoms of addiction.

Find Drug And Alcohol Treatment Services At Bedrock Recovery Center

Call the helpline at Bedrock Recovery Center today for more information about substance abuse treatment.

Our team of healthcare providers can answer your questions, provide referrals for medical advice, and get you on track to sobriety.

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  2. National Institute of Health (NIH)
  3. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  4. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

© 2024 Bedrock Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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