Adderall is a prescription medication that affects the central nervous system (CNS). It is commonly prescribed to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
When people use Adderall and vitamin C supplements together, they may experience diminished levels of dextroamphetamine in the blood and other Adderall drug interactions.
What Happens When Vitamin C And Adderall Are Mixed?
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a vital nutrient that plays a role in controlling infections, wound healing, and helps regulate hormones such as melatonin and other chemicals in the brain.
Adderall works by increasing levels of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine in the brain. This typically results in higher energy levels, improved focus, and decreased fidgeting.
Types of Adderall include extended-release (Adderall XR) and delayed-release Adderall. High doses of either formulation can lead to the development of a substance use disorder.
When used together, vitamin C will interfere with the absorption of Adderall into the body, decreasing the intended effects of the drug.
Foods high in vitamin C and citric acid include grapefruit, oranges, and other citrus fruits.
How Adderall Affects Vitamin Deficiency
One of the most common adverse effects of taking Adderall is a loss of appetite. In the short term, this can lead to weight loss. Over time, it may result in nutritional deficiency.
To help combat this effect, healthcare professionals recommend eating a nutrient-rich diet and taking an over-the-counter multivitamin for any supplements that may be deficient in the body.
ADHD medications such as Adderall, Ritalin (methylphenidate), Vyvanse, Strattera, and Concerta may also affect the absorption of minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
What Side Effects Can Occur When Mixing Adderall And Vitamin C?
In addition to suppressing appetite and adverse drug interactions, there are a range of other potentially dangerous side effects associated with Adderall addiction.
Side effects include:
- irregular heartbeat
- shortness of breath
- muscle weakness
- increased heart rate
- high blood pressure
- gastrointestinal issues
- chest pain and other cardiovascular issues
- aggressive behavior
- blurred vision
Treatment Options For Adderall Addiction
Adderall dependence is both physical and psychological, but help is available in the form of evidence-based treatment services at rehab facilities such as Bedrock Recovery Center.
Addiction treatment programs may include:
- medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
- cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- group therapy
- medically monitored detox
- residential treatment
- outpatient treatment
- support groups
- case management and wellness services
- motivational interviewing (MI)
- aftercare services
Attending a substance use treatment program for Adderall addiction will help people avoid potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms and learn how to cope in long-term recovery.
Find Substance Abuse Treatment At Bedrock Recovery Center
At Bedrock Recovery Center, you or your loved one can find the behavioral health services you need to overcome substance abuse.
Call our helpline today for more information. Our team can also provide referrals for medical advice.
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- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-stimulants
- National Institute of Health (NIH) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507808/
- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) https://www.fda.gov/drugs/information-drug-class/information-about-medications-used-treat-attention-deficithyperactivity-disorder-adhd