How Long Does Adderall Stay in Your System?

You may be wondering, how long does Adderall stay in your body once you stop taking it? If you are, you're not alone. So many people wonder the same thing in preparation for withdrawal symptoms to begin.

If you have been taking Adderall for any period of time, you may have formed an addiction. If you have, it can take some time before the medication leaves your system. It’s also possible that you’ve been taking this drug for quite some time by prescription. You’ve been taking it appropriately, but you’re ready to stop taking it. It’s important for you to get answers too.

It can still be detected via different types of tests for varying lengths of time. There are a number of factors that come into play where this drug is concerned. You need to get the answers you’re looking for, and we can help you with that.

Adderall can begin to leave the body very quickly. As it does, people start to feel the effects of this early on. Within the first couple of days, you may go from having high energy to having almost none. This is typical because of the way it works in your system.

Adderall is a drug made up of different amphetamines and it’s used to treat ADHD. These drugs have different half-lives. The body eliminates them at different rates. Most people find that it is eliminated from their systems by about 3.2 days. However, this can vary, depending on whether or not you’re taking the immediate release tablet or the extended release medication.

What is Adderall’s Half-Life?

In order to understand Adderall's half-life, you have to understand what a half-life is. You also need to know what the different drugs are in it, and what their half-lives are.

What is Adderall

A half-life is the amount of time it takes for half of the drug to leave the body. Adderall is made up of dextroamphetamine and levoamphetamine. The half-life of dextroamphetamine is between 10 and 12 hours. The half-life of levoamphetamine is between 11 to 14 hours. This means that the dextroamphetamine will be eliminated from your body first, and the levoamphetamine shortly thereafter.

Sometimes people become concerned that their bodies aren’t eliminating Adderall like they should. It’s normal to feel like the medication is still there after it’s gone. Those lingering effects are the result of your body adjusting to the changes you’ve made. Over time, they will fade, and you should find that you’re feeling a lot better.

There may be additional factors that could impact the half-life of Adderall after you quit. Many people are poly-drug users, meaning they use more than one drug at a time. If you are someone who drinks alcohol, smokes marijuana, or uses another type of substance, it will affect its half-life.

Your liver and kidneys are working really hard to eliminate all substances, and it takes time. If you’re using more than just Adderall, you should expect it to take longer.

How Long is it Detected in Urine?

Urine tests are the most popular. They are easy to administer and easy to use. Adderall can generally be detected in the urine between 2 and 8 hours after ingestion. This, of course, depends upon the strength of the dose and the type of urine test being used. Usually, a urinalysis is the type of test you will receive.

Different tests may have varying cutoff levels for detection. They are often set to 1000 ng/ml. However, some tests may be reduced to 500 ng/ml. This allows for easier detection if you have taken it recently. As you may suspect, taking a lower dose of Adderall is going to result in faster elimination from urine.

Once Adderall is detected in the urine, it should stay positive for as long as 3 days. For some people, it can stay positive for a bit longer. This is because everyone eliminates the drug at a slightly different rate.

How Long Will Adderall be Found in Saliva?

Sometimes it is necessary to take oral fluid samples to check for Adderall in the body. These tests are more rare, but they are done under certain circumstances. They may be used if a urine test isn't available. If there is reason to believe the person took a large amount of drugs, a saliva test may also be used.

The test itself is called a high-performance liquid chromatography, or HPLC. This type of test may be getting used more in the future. Medical professionals may eventually use them to make sure patients are taking their medications correctly. They can be adjusted to help detect amphetamine intoxication.

Saliva tests for Adderall do have their advantages. One of these is that the substance will show up quicker in saliva than it will in urine. It may be detected in saliva as soon as one hour after the last pill. Some tests may be so sensitive that it can be found in as little as 20 minutes. Once positive, the test should remain positive for 48 hours.

How Long do Blood Tests Detect Adderall?

In hospital settings, blood tests for Adderall are often used. These tests also have their advantages. It will show up in blood even faster than in saliva or in urine. A person may test positive for the substance just a few minutes after they took a pill.

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Even so, blood tests are highly invasive, and test sites are not always able to perform them. Also, Adderall will leave the blood very quickly. A positive test for the drug through a blood test will only be positive for about one day.

Blood testing is the most invasive form of Adderall testing. It will probably only be used in the event of a possible overdose on the drug. It may also be required if the person taking the drug refuses to comply with other testing methods.

How Long Will You Test Positive for Adderall with a Hair Test?

Finally, a hair test can also be used to check for Adderall in the body. However, this type of test isn't quite as reliable as the other tests. It can be used to check for long-term use, which is helpful in some situations. The problem with this type of testing is that it isn’t capable of checking for recent substance use. It takes some time before the drug is detectable in hair, so it’s necessary to wait a week or two.

The test itself is called a gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, or GC/MS. It requires the collection of hair follicles that are at least 3 centimeters long. The hair also has to be unaltered by any type of hair coloring product.

It takes a week after the last pill to determine if someone has been using Adderall through a hair test. However, once the test is positive, it will stay positive for about a month. In some cases, positive results may last even longer than that.

What Factors Influence How Long Adderall Remains in the System?

There are several factors that can influence how long it will stay in the body. Everyone is different, and so these numbers are just a guide.

What Factors Influence How Long Adderall Remains in the System?
Some factors that influence how long the drug will stay in the system include:

The person's genetics- Some people are just able to eliminate drugs faster from their bodies than others. This is due to the presence of the enzyme, CYP2D6 in the body. If you metabolize substances quickly, you are a rapid metabolizer. However, about 8% of people are poor CYP2D6 metabolizers. This means the drug may remain in their bodies, unchanged, for much longer.

The person's height and weight- Someone who is taller and weighs more will tend to eliminate Adderall at a faster rate. This is also true for those who have higher amounts of body fat. If you have more muscle, this is associated with more water storage in the body. Adderall is stored in water, and not in fat.

Liver and kidney function- The liver and kidneys are the organs responsible for eliminating drugs from the body. If they are healthy, elimination should happen quicker. Likewise, if they are impaired, it will take longer for Adderall to leave the body.

Hydration levels- The more water a person drinks, the faster Adderall should be eliminated. However, this only accounts for a small change in elimination rates.

Food intake- Someone who took their last dose with food will get rid of the drug more slowly than someone who didn't. If you took your last dose on an empty stomach, the drug will be eliminated more quickly.

FAQs About Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine Abuse and Addiction

You may have a lot of questions about abusing Adderall, or what it means to be addicted. It’s important to get your questions answered. We’d like to cover a few questions we hear all the time for the purpose of educating you.

This medication is a drug that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy. It has not been approved as a weight loss medication. However, according to HealthLine, it does produce the side effects of reduced appetite and weight loss. This might easily lead people to want to abuse it just to experience those effects.

Doctors have been known to prescribe specific drugs for off-label uses. If your doctor feels that you could benefit from the effects of Adderall, they may prescribe it for you.

It is possible to purchase this medication on the street for abuse purposes. Students may resort to sharing their medications with others, or even selling them. For those who are desperate enough, Adderall may seem like a viable weight loss solution.

It’s interesting to see how the abuse of this medication has changed over the years. Johns Hopkins released some fascinating statistics in 2016, stating:

  • The amount of prescriptions for Adderall has remained relatively unchanged over the last few years.
  • The misuse of this drug has increased about 67%.
  • The number of ER visits has increased dramatically between 2011 and 2016.
  • Studies indicate that they have gone up 156%.
  • This drug is being abused primarily by people between the ages of 18 and 25.
  • Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine is very attractive to college students, mostly.
  • Among abusers, 2 out of 3 of these individuals obtained the drug from friends or family members with prescriptions.

This is the misperception. College students will frequently turn to this medication to help themselves stay awake and study. Many of them also believe that using the drug will help them retain more information, and become smarter. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Most college students who abuse Adderall don’t realize the damage they could be causing.

According to Consumer Reports, Adderall can lead to serious side effects without much benefit. They cite the risk of heart attack, stroke, and possibly even death. Unfortunately, in a recent survey, 64% of students believed that taking stimulants gave them an edge.

Taking any drug for any period of time will result in you forming a tolerance to it. This means that it takes more of the drug for you to get the same effects. This is actually one of the most common signs of addiction.

If you have found that you need more Adderall than you once did, you could already be addicted. This is a sign that it’s time for you to get some help so you can recover.

Before you take any other medication, be sure to let your doctor know you’re taking Adderall. It could be dangerous for you to mix it with other drugs. For instance, there are no known interactions between Adderall and Xanax. However, that doesn’t mean it might not be a problem for you, depending on your medication history.

On the other hand, there is a major drug interaction between Tramadol and Adderall. Taking them both together can increase your risk of seizures. The same may be true for other medications or drugs in combination with Adderall.

Sometimes people assume that it’s OK to take Adderall and drink alcohol at the same time. They believe that because one is a stimulant and the other is a depressant, they’ll cancel each other out. This isn’t the way they work together. Instead, they actually compete with each other in your body, potentially causing a host of problems.

If you drink alcohol while using Adderall, you may not realize that you’re getting drunk. This puts you at a risk for dangerous behaviors and possibly even alcohol poisoning.

Adderall also carries a risk of heart problems. Drinking alcohol while you’re using this drug could multiply that risk. You might notice that:

  • You experience chest pain
  • Your body temperature is increased
  • Your heart rate goes up
  • Your blood pressure is increased
  • You have an irregular or erratic heart rate

If you’re taking this medication and you don’t have ADHD, Adderall is addictive. If you have a prescription for it, you may become dependent on it. This is slightly different from addiction, but it can be difficult for you to stop taking it.

In those who don’t have ADHD, Adderall will result in sensation of euphoria. This is what draws people to it, and it works differently in them than it does in people with ADHD. They experience an increase in their serotonin and dopamine levels when the drug is misused. This will cause them to feel strange unless they use it regularly. It is at that point that it becomes an addiction for them.

According to Wikipedia, in the U.S., amphetamine is classified as a CNS stimulant drug. It is a Schedule II prescribed medication that is available only by prescription from a doctor. This means that it is not illegal to take Adderall if you have a prescription for it. However, it is illegal to take this drug without a prescription. This includes getting it from a friend or family member, or purchasing it on the street.

There are two different versions of this medication – Adderall XR and IR. It’s important to know the differences because they don’t work the same in the body. You should know that:

  • The IR version is short acting, and it works for about four to six hours.
  • The XR version is long acting, and will work for about 12 hours.
  • The IR version is a tablet that is realized into the body immediately.
  • The XR version is a capsule, and 50% of the medication acts right away, 50% is delayed release.
  • The XR version’s generic name is Amphetamine Salt Combo XR.
  • The IR version’s generic name is Mixed Amphetamine Salts.
  • The XR version is newer, and is likely to be prescribed more frequently than the IR version.

You should know which version of the drug you’re taking. This will help you understand how long it might take for it to leave your body.

Most doctors agree that ADHD medications shouldn’t be taken long-term. Doing so, even with a prescription, can put you at a high risk for their long-term effects. If you’re abusing Adderall, or have become addicted to it, you need to know the risks.

Some of the long-term effects of Adderall may include:

  • The onset of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • The onset of seizures
  • The risk of addiction
  • Aggression or hostility

It’s important to weigh the risks against the benefits when deciding if Adderall is right for you. Always make sure your doctor knows of any pre-existing medical conditions.

Recovering from an Adderall Addiction

You may want to consider going through amphetamines detox. This will keep you comfortable as you begin the early phase of your recovery from Adderall addiction.

Recovering from an Adderall Addiction

Afterwards, you should participate in an excellent amphetamines rehab program. This is essential so that you can address the psychological part of your addiction. When both components are utilized, the rate of recovery is very good.

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Getting Help for Your Adderall Abuse or Addiction

We want to assist you as you go through your Adderall recovery. We understand that it is a hard drug to recover from. This challenge should not be faced on your own.

At Northpoint Washington, we’ve had the privilege of working with many people with this addiction. We know the stress you might be under as you consider what your next steps should be. It might be overwhelming for you right now, but we can help you get through this trying time.

Do you have additional questions about how long Adderall will remain in your system? If you do, please contact us right away.

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