Lantana Recovery
A modern, community-based approach to addiction treatment for Men and Women in Charleston, SC

Adderall Overdose | Can I Overdose on Adderall?

Jump to Section

Prescription medications such as Adderall, come with a certain level of risk – could it be possible to overdose on Adderall? Yes, there is a very high possibility. In this blog post, we’ll cover what exactly an Adderall overdose is and some symptoms to look out for in cases of overdosage.

We will also discuss how an individual can prevent accidental overdoses when taking Adderall or other drugs containing amphetamine salts, and finally information about treating an individual if they have experienced an unintentional overdose. 

Read on to learn all you need to know about Adderall dosage.

What Does Adderall Do? 

Adderall is a type of stimulant medication most commonly used to treat ADHD or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It works by increasing the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter in our brains associated with motivation and focus. 

By giving someone with an ADHD diagnosis a steady stream of dopamine, Adderall can be incredibly helpful in boosting concentration, sharpening focus, and sustaining energy levels throughout the day. 

That said, like any medication, it should not be taken without first consulting a doctor who can assess your individual needs and make sure it is taken safely and effectively. That is the only way to avoid overdosing on this stimulant drug.

Can you overdose on Adderall? 

As with all medications, taking Adderall in improper amounts or for unintended uses can be dangerous. Adderall is a combination of two stimulants, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, which can cause serious health problems when taken in higher-than-prescribed doses. 

Taking more of the drug than prescribed or taking it without a prescription can lead to an Adderall overdose, especially if combined with other substances like alcohol or illegal drugs. The stimulants in the drug when misused can lead to the excessive stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, which as result triggers the fight and flight response of the human body.

In extreme cases, an Adderall overdose can even lead to coma and death. It is important to note that it is possible to die from an overdose even if you are taking the recommended dose due to individual differences in sensitivity levels. 

Therefore it is essential to take this medication only under professional medical supervision and never exceed your prescribed dosage no matter the circumstance.

Normal dosage vs. lethal dosage?

Normal dosage of Adderall can vary depending on individual circumstances. Generally speaking, the typical daily dosage of Adderall ranges from 5 milligrams (mg) to 40 mg. The dose may be increased gradually up to 60 mg per day based on tolerance and effectiveness. It is important to note that Adderall should only be taken under the supervision of a doctor and at the lowest effective dose. As the amount of normal dosage can vary based on a variety of factors including… age, body mass, health complications, and drug tolerance.

For example, someone with a pre-existing heart condition or high blood pressure will be at a higher risk of overdose than someone without any cardiovascular disorders.

Conversely, lethal dosage of Adderall refers to an amount that would be sufficient to cause death in some individuals. In general, this amount is estimated to be between 400 mg and 500 mg for someone who has no tolerance for the drug.

However, anything above 100 mg per day can result in severe side effects from overdose-related complications like cardiac arrhythmias or seizures.

Symptoms of Adderall overdose?

An overdose of any stimulant can cause a wide range of symptoms that range from mild to severe depending on the amount ingested and individual factors such as age and body size. Some common signs of an Adderall overdose include 

  • Chest pain
  • Confusion and dizziness
  • Fever
  • Irregular heart rate or rhythm
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Agitation or seizures
  • Rapid breathing or shallow breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tremors or shaking in the extremities
  • Coma in extreme cases

If you experience any of these symptoms after taking too much Adderall it’s important to seek medical attention immediately as an overdose can be life-threatening if not treated quickly.

Lastly, most of these symptoms are quite similar to Adderall withdrawal symptoms, so if you’re calling medical help for someone, make sure to consider the time elapsed since the last ingestion of Adderall.

What to do in case of Adderall overdose?

If you or someone you know experience any of the above symptoms after taking Adderall, it is best to contact your local poison control center immediately or call 911 if you suspect an Adderall overdose. 

If available, have the container or label of the medication that was taken ready, to provide information to medical personnel when they arrive on the scene. It is also important to provide as much detail as possible about any other drugs or substances taken in addition to Adderall so medical personnel can make a proper diagnosis. 

This information includes… age, the amount ingested, other health conditions, allergies, or the possibility of polydrug use.

Who is at risk of Adderall overdose? 

Adderall overdose can happen to anyone taking the medication, but it is more likely to occur in those who take higher doses and/or abuse the drug. Those with a history of substance abuse are also at increased risk, due to the potential for addiction and abuse. 

In addition, children and adolescents may be especially vulnerable due to their smaller body sizes and less developed brain chemistry, which can lead to a greater likelihood of adverse reactions when taking Adderall. 

People who have underlying mental health issues such as anxiety or depression may also be more likely to develop an addiction, as Adderall can provide an artificial sense of calmness and relief from such conditions. 

Most importantly, people who suffer from heart problems or breathing difficulties may be at higher risk for negative side effects from taking Adderall. It is important for individuals taking the medication to be aware of all possible risks associated with its use and discuss any concerns they may have with their healthcare provider.

Can Adderall interact with other drugs? 

Yes, Adderall can interact with other drugs, although the risk of this happening varies depending on the type of drug. For example, when taken in combination with other stimulants such as Ritalin or Concerta, Adderall can increase blood pressure and heart rate as well as cause insomnia, headaches, and restlessness. 

Additionally, when taken with antidepressants such as MAO inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants it can increase the risk of serotonin syndrome which is a potentially deadly reaction characterized by confusion, fever, muscle stiffness, and seizures. 

When taking any medication in combination with Adderall it is important to talk to your doctor first to ensure there are no adverse interactions. This also includes over-the-counter medications and nutritional supplements.

How is Adderall overdose treated? 

An Adderall overdose is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical treatment. Treatment for an Adderall overdose typically involves supportive care, which consists of treating the symptoms that arise as a result of the overdose. 

Depending on how much Adderall was taken and if other drugs were involved, medication such as activated charcoal may be administered to help limit the absorption of Adderall in your body. 

Additionally, there are medications given to counteract the effects of an overdose, including beta-blockers and benzodiazepines. In some cases, dialysis may also be used if it is necessary to filter out toxins from your blood. 

In order to prevent further damage due to an Adderall overdose, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. 

Final thoughts on Adderall overdose

An overdose of Adderall can be extremely dangerous; however, it is possible to prevent one by following your doctor’s instructions carefully when taking the medication. Always keep in mind that if you suspect someone has overdosed on any type of medication seek medical attention immediately—it could save their life! 

By being aware of the signs and symptoms associated with an overdose you can take steps towards avoiding one before it happens; keeping yourself safe along with those around you who may also have access to Adderall.


Warren Phillips

Warren is a Licensed Master Social Worker, who specializes in substance abuse and mental health treatment. Clinically, Warren has developed a therapeutic skillset that utilizes a strengths-based perspective, Twelve Step philosophies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Related Articles
Addiction Treatment
Contact Form
We’re here to help you or your loved one on their path to sobriety

Chat with us.

Reach out now and join our supportive community

Charleston South Carolina

Charleston South Carolina

Located on the historic peninsula of Charleston, South Carolina, Lantana Recovery takes a modern approach to Substance Use Disorder treatment, offering intensive clinical care while also immersing our clients in local Charleston culture.