How long does Adderall last?

What is Adderall?

It is a prescription drug used in the treatment and management of patients with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

This drug improves the patient’s concentration, attention, and focus. It also helps control behavior. However, it is also one of the commonly abused drugs. To know if someone is abusing Adderall, drug testing is performed.

Students usually abuse Adderall because they use it as a study aid. There are instances when Adderall is used in social drinking because it increases the person’s alcohol tolerance level. Some people used it for weight loss purpose because of its appetite suppressing effect.

Adderall is introduced into the body using various routes such as oral route, through injection, and snorting. (1, 2, and 3)

(Adderall extended release capsule, one of the primary drugs used in the treatment and management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.)

(A figure illustrating Adderall withdrawal symptoms.)

(A tool used to determine the level of Adderall in the urine.)

How long does Adderall last in your system?

The components of Adderall can be traced in the blood, urine, saliva, sweat, and hair. How long does Adderall stay in your system? It depends on the mode of administration, frequency and length of use, and the biochemical makeup of the body. (2, 3)

How long can Adderall be detected in urine?

Urine testing is one of the commonly used methods of detecting traces of Adderall in the body. Through this test, Adderall can be detected one to four days after the last dose. For chronic users, the drug can be detected up to seven days after the last use. (1, 4, and 5)

How long does Adderall stay in blood?

Blood tests can detect if the person has been abusing Adderall. It can detect the level of Adderall in the blood 12 to 24 hours after the last used. (5)

How long does Adderall stay in your hair?

The hair follicle testing is one of the most reliable methods for checking drug overdose. It can detect traces of the drug even if the patient has used it a long time ago. It can detect traces of the drug for up to three months after the last use. However, hair follicle testing is expensive that is why it is rarely used. (6, 7, and 8)

Adderall withdrawal symptoms

If you decide to abruptly stop taking Adderall, you will experience withdrawal symptoms. In fact, the withdrawal symptoms start a few hours after the effect of Adderall has worn off. Withdrawal symptoms include fatigue, disorientation, easy irritability, and depression. (1, 4, and 5)

How long does Adderall withdrawal last?

Withdrawal symptoms can last for a few days, weeks, or months. One should understand that the effect of Adderall varies from one person to another. If you are taking Adderall for therapeutic purpose, the withdrawal symptoms are less intense than people who abuse Adderall.

If the Adderall withdrawal symptoms are intense, to the point that it affects your activities of daily living, then you need to seek medical help. (2, 5, 7, and 8)



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