Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine, sold under the brand name of Adderall, is a stimulant medication. Doctors prescribe the medication to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Adderall is a controlled substance because it can become addicting. You may build up tolerance if you take Adderall regularly and the medication will no longer be effective. Consult your physician that prescribes Adderall if you are concerned about tolerance.
Adderall is an amphetamine, which has a calming effect on people with ADHD. People with ADHD have a difficult time focusing, sitting still or concentrating. Adderall also can be stimulating for people with narcolepsy, a sleeping condition where people fall asleep throughout the day. It is unknown how Adderall works in the treatment of ADHD. Adderall has some side effects, the majority of them mild. Common side effects include loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, dry mouth, abdominal pain, headache and weight loss.
Magnesium and Adderall Tolerance
Because your body becomes used to Adderall, you may build up a tolerance to the medication. You will not notice the same effects after a while at the same dose. You will likely have to increase your dosage, under a doctor’s recommendation, to continue to benefit from Adderall. Some users of Adderall suggest that taking magnesium supplements along with the medication helps to reduce tolerance. However, no authoritarian sources suggest that this works. In addition, no scientific research backs up these claims.
Although there is no research that suggests magnesium reduces Adderall tolerance, symptoms of ADHD may improve with magnesium supplements. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, some experts believe that children with ADHD may be experiencing mild magnesium deficiencies. Previous research has concluded that children with ADHD are more likely to be deficient in magnesium than their peers. A 2006 study published in “Magnesium Research” found that magnesium supplementation might help to improve ADHD type symptoms in children with the disorder.
Consult your physician if you are concerned about Adderall and tolerance. Do not increase your dosage of Adderall without a doctor’s permission because of the abuse potential. Adderall can interact with some medications and conditions. Talk to your doctor about checking your magnesium levels before you start taking a supplement. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences established tolerable upper intake limits for supplemental magnesium. Adults should consume no more than 350 mg of the supplement per day.
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- University of Maryland Medical Center: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Magnesium Research; Improvement of Neurobehavioral Disorders in Children Supplemented with Magnesium-Vitamin B6; M. Mousain-Bosc, et al.
- Office of Dietary Supplements: Magnesium