Introduction to Adderall
The generic name for Adderall is amphetamine/dextroamphetamine, and it’s classified as a stimulant.
While there are approved medical uses for Adderall, as with so many other prescription drugs, it has a high abuse potential as well. Adderall’s effects, when it’s used recreationally, are similar to cocaine.
The effects are in part due to the increased dopamine levels Adderall creates in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter responsible for pleasurable feelings. This can create a reward response in the brain, which can lead to Adderall addiction.
Adderall is a schedule II controlled substance in the U.S., indicating its significant potential to become addictive. This central nervous system stimulant is also the most frequently prescribed amphetamine.
“In 2010 alone, the total number of Adderall prescriptions topped 18 million,” according to Everyday Health.