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Working Out On Adderall: Is It Safe?

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Must-Know Information About Working Out on Adderall

You know exercise is good for you. It releases endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemical, which reduces your perception of pain, it can improve mental well-being, and it might even help overcome addiction

But working out on Adderall

Is it safe?

You’re not the only one to ask this question. That’s because Adderall is a stimulant; it can increase your heart rate and your breathing rate. 

So, exercising on Adderall comes with side effects that might not only harm your workouts, but increase your chances of having a stroke or heart attack.

Adderall is a stimulant, which is one reason people take it before exercising. They think it can improve the quality of their workouts and help them reach their body and fitness goals.

But is this true?

If you want information about working out on Adderall, suspect you have an addiction to Adderall, or know someone abusing this drug, call Zinnia Health at (855) 430-9439.

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Adderall, Explained

Adderall is a drug that contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.

Doctors typically prescribe this medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adult patients.

Both amphetamine and dextroamphetamine stimulate the central nervous system and impact the nerve and brain chemicals that influence hyperactivity and impulse control.

People with the following conditions shouldn’t take Adderall:

  • Overactive thyroid
  • Glaucoma
  • Severe anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Heart disease 
  • High blood pressure

But that doesn’t stop some people with these conditions from using this drug.

Someone might take Adderall even though they have problems with drug or alcohol addiction.

Only a doctor can prescribe Adderall. That means nobody should take this drug without being evaluated by a qualified physician. Those who use Adderall to work out without a prescription are breaking the law. 

But even if you use Adderall illegally or know someone who is, you need to know the facts about working out under the influence of this drug to avoid potentially dangerous side effects.

If you think you may have an addiction to Adderall or have concerns about someone using this drug, call Zinnia Health at (855) 430-9439.

Working Out on Adderall: What You Need to Know

There are entire communities on Reddit and social media about the benefits of working out on Adderall. Here are some things these people say:

  • Adderall improves endurance in the gym.
  • It enhances cardio.
  • It increases focus and mental clarity during workouts.

But is any of this true?

You might have also heard about famous athletes taking Adderall to improve performance:

  • A runner who takes the drug before stepping onto a treadmill
  • A bodybuilder who uses the drug to lift heavier weights
  • The basketball player, the gymnast, the soccer player

You might also have heard of the Adderall Workout, which promises to improve endurance, strength, and fitness in the gym.

While Adderall, like all stimulants, can improve your workouts when taking it at a low dose, there is the potential for an incredible range of side effects at higher doses. These side effects include:

  • Seizures
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Insomnia
  • Psychosis
  • Paranoia
  • Swelling
  • High blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Side effects increase for people who take larger doses of the drug.

Is Working Out on Adderall Safe?

Taking Adderall before exercising is safe when taking low doses of the drug. However, people often develop a tolerance to Adderall, which causes them to take higher doses. Sometimes this results in addiction.

Using Adderall at higher doses can also lead to side effects like those listed above, making the drug dangerous for some people, especially those with underlying health conditions or a history of alcohol or drug abuse.

Here’s the thing: If you don’t have ADHD, taking Adderall can have very serious consequences.

If you need an alternative to Adderall for working out in the gym, talk to a medical professional about the options available. 

What Happens If You Have an Addiction to Adderall?

Addiction to Adderall means you have become dependent on this drug. You might need to take higher doses because you have developed a tolerance. You might experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it.

The first step to overcoming an Adderall addiction is to get help. Asking for help can be a challenge for many people. It involves admitting there’s something wrong. But it also means they want to conquer their addiction and lead a more successful life — one free from Adderall addiction.

There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. If you think you have an Adderall problem or know someone who might, call Zinnia Health at (855) 430-9439.

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