Side Effects & Dangers Of Snorting Adderall

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on August 20, 2023

Snorting Adderall can increase the effects of the drug such as euphoria and increased concentration. However, abusing Adderall in this way can result in nosebleeds, a deviated septum, and severe health problems such as cardiovascular issues.

Adderall (a brand name for the combinations of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine) is a prescription drug used to assist those struggling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. 

This central nervous system (CNS) prescription stimulant is a Schedule II controlled substance, which means it has a high potential for abuse and physical dependence.

As a form of Adderall abuse, some may turn to snorting and inhaling the drug. An Adderall pill can be crushed into a powder and snorted, creating a number of serious side effects.

Side Effects Of Snorting Adderall

When Adderall is taken, it affects the brain, targeting the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine. This causes a person to experience euphoria, increased concentration, and other side effects of Adderall.

Short-Term Side Effects

Those snorting Adderall can experience the effects of the drug much more quickly. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), some of the short-term side effects of snorting this prescription stimulant may include:

  • euphoria
  • increased heart rate
  • increased blood pressure
  • high body temperature
  • potential nosebleeds
  • weight loss

Long-Term Side Effects

Long-term Adderall abuse may create severe health problems. When nasal inhalation takes place over a long period of time, damage to the nasal passageways can occur.

Chronic insufflation of Adderall can result in bacterial infections of the mucous membranes. A deviated septum can develop, along with persistent sinus infections and recurring sinusitis.

Because snorting Adderall causes the drug to enter your bloodstream faster, certain cardiovascular events can occur, including an irregular heartbeat or a heart attack. The side effects can be life-threatening and may require immediate treatment.

Dangers Of Snorting Adderall

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), young adults, especially college students, may abuse Adderall and use it as a “study drug” in order to stay awake for tests. Snorting the drug to assist with this can create dangerous side effects.

Adderall Overdose

Adderall XR, the extended-release form of the drug, can remain in the body’s system longer than the normal 4-6 hours of the immediate-release tablets. Those abusing either drug option may not realize the amount of the substance in their system if they snort Adderall.

This can lead to an increased risk of overdose. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), some of the symptoms of an Adderall overdose consist of:

  • hypertension
  • psychosis
  • fainting
  • seizures

If you believe someone is suffering from an Adderall overdose or if they are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, contact 911 and seek urgent medical attention.

Adderall Withdrawal

Adderall withdrawal can create a number of serious health issues. Those snorting this prescription medication may develop severe cravings for the drug if they abruptly stop using it.

Other withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • fatigue
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • mood swings
  • confusion
  • paranoia

Adderall Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one are struggling with prescription drug addiction or another substance use disorder, treatment options are available. At our inpatient treatment center, we provide a number of treatment programs such as detox and evidence-based individual and group therapy.

To learn more about our Adderall addiction treatment options, please contact us today.

  1. Drug Enforcement Administration
  2. Food and Drug Administration
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse
  4. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus
  5. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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