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Stay Away From Adderall

In the 2011 film, Limitless, struggling writer Eddie Mora, played by actor Bradley Cooper, uses a fictional drug called NZT-48 to become rich.  The drug accesses so-called “80%” of the brain that isn’t used and magically makes Eddie smart.  What if that drug actually existed?  People would be buying it and selling it to the highest bidder.

Realistically, there is no drug that can make you rich and powerful, but if anything exists that has even a glimmer of the same affect on the brain, it would be adderall.

What is Adderall?


Adderall is a prescription drug, given to people who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, or ADHD. It helps these people focus.

Let’s say someone doesn’t have ADD or ADHD, but they do a major project or assignment due. They may get access to Adderall, and abuse its purposes. In 2003, 15 million Americans used Adderall for non-medical reasons (source). Adderall has been shown to increase alertness, attentiveness, and energy, giving students and employees what they think is an edge to getting their work done.

Dangers of Adderall

When the drug is overly abused for non-medical purposes, it can cause:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dangerously high blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Feelings of paranoia or severe depression (source)

Aside from the dangers to your body, possession of Adderall without a valid prescription is a felony (source).

Alternatives to Adderall

When faced with a big project or major assignment, don’t consider Adderall if you don’t need it medically. Have a study partner, or teammate who can share the load. Take regular breaks. Get a good amount of sleep (if the project is worked on over a longer period of time). Make sure you’re eating healthy foods.

Don’t use Adderall unless you have a medical diagnosis that requires its use.  It’s not worth the side effects, or the legal implications. Instead, be smart about how you work through projects, whether you’re in college or working to make a living. I

  1. November 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I have actually heard of people using Adderall to lose weight, among other things already stated in this post. There are so many natural remedies to these illnesses and reasons for use that I don’t see any need for anyone to use this prescription drug.

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