How Long Does Adderall Last?

One of the most asked questions about Adderall is how long does it last in 2018? The answer to this question is about six hours. However, it is not that simple for everyone, this drug affects everyone differently and this article will go into detail about the effects and how long Adderall lasts.

How Long Does Adderall Last?

When a person takes Adderall the effects of the immediate release begin in as soon as thirty minutes. However, for some it could take about an hour for the immediate release to work. The effects however, last four to six hours after consumption. A tablet that is prescribed for someone is usually prescribed every six hours or longer, never should you take more than one every six hours.

There are different types of Adderall as well, there is an Adderall XR which will last an entire twelve hours. This type of Adderall was created to reduce the risk of possible overdose. This is because Adderall XR can only be taken once every 24 hours (once a day).

Effects of Adderall

The drug Adderall is a central nervous system stimulate. This drug is made of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. The combination of these salts is meant to stimulate the central nervous system. Dopamine is increased in the brain when this drug is taken. When a person with ADHD is taking this medication therapeutically it can be helpful to their concentration and focus.

Abuse of Adderall

However, not everyone who takes Adderall is prescribed this medication. Some athletes have used it to enhance performance and there are addictive properties. Those who do not use this drug properly may experience:

  • Increased Heartbeat (Fast/Pounding Heart)
  • More Alert
  • Excitement
  • Mood Changes
  • Behavioral Changes

Those who abuse Adderall are more likely to become addicted because Adderall is a highly addictive drug. When one becomes addicted to Adderall, they may have uncontrollable cravings, extreme withdrawal symptoms, and continued use of Adderall no matter what the negative consequences are.

For those who take Adderall to experience a high, their high is likely to peak at about four hours. This is because the pills half-life is at this point. After four hours the high starts to decline and mood and behavior can become questionable. Many people who are coming down from an Adderall high can show these traits:

  • Angry
  • Hostile
  • Aggressive
  • Mean
  • Agitated
  • Jittery

Adderall Lasting in the Body

When you consume Adderall, it will take time to leave the body whether you are taking it every six hours or 24 hours. If you are taking immediate release (every six hours), your urine will most likely be clean after two days. However, if you are taking a hair or saliva test is may still show up in those types of tests. The Extended Release Adderall (24 hours) may take up to hour days to start clearing from your system. This is because it takes a full 24 hours before you take another dose when your first dose leaves your body.