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My name is Anna.....and I have a slight question for anyone who can help..
About 2 months ago, I went above and beyond the regular dosage of adderall (i had taken 5, 20gs in less than 12 hours), without the slightest thought of any of the long term effects I was going to put my body through.
I'm only 15 years old, 100 pounds and 5'2, in the 10th grade. Basically, through this forum, I was wondering if a side effect I have noticed recently, is an almost overdosing on adderall effect.
My problem is....For the last 2 months and a couple of weeks..I have not had my period, and i'm still a virgin. I definitely don't do as many adderall as I had, but I do occasionally take the required dosage every once in a while.
I'm basically a healthy person, I mean, I'm in shape, I'm in school sports, and eat healthy and mostly only drink water..
I have never had this issue before, until I had been taking adderall, so I guess I had just assumed. Does anyone know if adderall could be the cause of my issue?
thank you so much
the irresponsible teen.
It's quite likely that the Adderall is causing this problem but what concerns me more is that you abuse it occasionally.Here is a warning I got from the goverment of Canada.......On February 9, 2005, Health Canada suspended all sales of Adderall XR after data collected by manufacturer Shire Pharmaceuticals linked the drug to 12 sudden deaths in American children between the years 1999 to 2003.So you can see why I'm concerned for your safety.Because Adderall uses amphetamine stimulants it can be very addictive.Cocaine is an amphetamine, so think about that the next time you want to take more than prescribed,ok.You seem like an intelligent young lady and if I were you I would see my doctor asap about your mensturation problem.Never assume anything when it comes to taking medicines even though they are prescribed.Good luck and let us know how you made out......Dave
its kind of a hard situation asking my dad to take me to a doctor because i can't just tell my dad, "hey.....i basically overdosed on adderall, and now i'm having menstual problems..." i have tried to talking to online pill specialists and they have told me they haven't found any connection from adderall to my issue, so I'm not sure what to believe...I'm confused on what to do.
I woould go to your doctor and tell him your having irregular menstual cycles.Can't you tell your dad that your seeing your doctor for woman's reasons and leave it at that.....Good luck.....Dave
i just wish it could be that easy with my dad.
I couldn't imagine what you're going through... Not having a close relationship to the parent you live with to be able to tell him you're worried about your body. I can tell you, though, to ease your mind, that your menstrul cycle does go off of your body and stress and food, and lots of other things. Heck, I haven't had my period all this month, but I've been so stressed out, I don't put any thought into it.
Have your eating habits changed? Your lifestyle changed? Have you been working out more/less? Drugs (even perscription) *can* have an effect on your period. If you're taking adderall, which is an amphetamine, it can abrupt your sleep pattern, especially when you took too many. All of these things can affect your period. And now that you haven't gotten it, you're worrying.
My suggestion is to just relax, and stop taking the adderall, unless you absolutely need it. I was on the shot and missed a period for 2 years. You're at a young age when your body is adjusting.
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i'm not prescribed to adderall, or any pill medication, i just take them for the feeling, you know. I know it's wrong, but....what can you do, i guess.
I'm just going to let everything be for now, I'm just going to ease down with drugs all together, and stay on a healthy diet. Hopefully it will eventually come back, I am just hoping I didn't hurt anything for...a permanent type thing. I guess I can only live each day one at a time, worrying about it will make things worse. If you think of any other ideas or any more questions to figure out my case, i'll be sure to respond asap. thanks for all the advice and help, it means a lot. --anna
Thank you Joeyc07 for setting the record strait.You're absolutely right that we don't ever want to mislead to give false info out......Dave
i hated being 15. just putting that one out there before i touch base on a few things. me telling you that 15 will soon pass and that there are so many other things in your life to look forward to isn't going to help your current situation one bit. i know that because it never did help me either. one thing i didnt have either was someone to console me during this time and understand the issues outside of those that already plague adolescence.
first of all, being that your such a small girl and only 15, im guessing you didnt get your period until maybe a couple years ago? when i was 15 i was about hmm...5'3" and 115? if i remember correctly? anyways, i didnt get my period until i was 13, and even then my period was never regular until years later, which is normal for our age and for our size. so rest assured knowing that. are you on any birth control? if so, this can have a definite affect on your menstrual cycle. are you active in any sports? that too will affect it. even if you answered no to both questions, the disturbance in your menstrual cycle isn't shocking, nor is it uncommon - and i especially wouldnt be worried if you're not sexually active. i was on adderall at that age too, and it did not affect my cycle. stimulants, even with their vast range of side effects, rarely impose anything onto your menstrual cycle. if you are truly worried, i would make an appointment with a gynecologist, or if you fear your dad finding out or something you can make one with your family doctor. i have found that when it comes to discretion, especially with female related issues, they take special care. also, planned parenthood can be a good source for information and help. going to the gynecologist the first time is terrifying - but trust me, it's not bad at all. it's actually not a bad idea that you start going at this age.
as for your use in adderall - the fact that you not only abuse it but have access to it without a perscription is terrifying. adderall is a drug that needs to be taken with an immense caution. above everything, being that you are 15 and not done growing, stimulants can greatly affect your development and growth permanently. starting an addiction now will make the negation of that addiction that much harder. kicking an addiction is an obstacle all in its own - but to be kicking an addiction that stemmed its growth at such a developing age is a whole other challenge tacked on. i urge you to stop completely - if anything at all, seek a licensed therapist. i began seeing mine when i was 15, although it took filtering through a few quacks before i found her, and i have been seeing her ever since. i was skeptical about the whole situation, and a lot of information wasn't divulged unil after several months of once-per-week sessions. at the time i didnt reap the benefits; i didnt understand how it was helping me. it took maybe a year for me to fully recognize how much it was helping and lord knows where i would be today had i not found her.
good luck with everything anna, and dont ever be afraid to ask for help. put an end to self destructive habits before it gets to be too late. youll regret it for the rest of your life if you dont.
the only choices i shall ever regret will be those made with an apathetic disregard, rather than those inticed from a yearning desire to have experienced.
you entered the world alone, just as you will leave it alone - live for no one but yourself.
i'm no where close to having an addiction, believe me. I barely take it these days considering what my body has endured with adderall..but honestly, My situation isn't anything out of hating myself, or my current situations either. I just kind of got out of hand for one night because the feeling of being on so many was amazing. I honestly am aware of how stupid and irresponsible I was, and believe me, my mindset has grown since then. I'm not in need of a therapist to talk about my problems either....I want to assure everyone, I don't have any big enough peroblems to need to talk to someone, so please don't assume anything of the sort. Adderall is in my past, it has been at least a few months since I have randomly taken it, and I only take one becuase even with one, I'm up all night, taking it early in the morning. Thank you for the information, I'll keep everyone updated... :]
Everything is fine. You have not done any permanent damage. You are healthy and active. You have just put your body on overload. In general, our bodies are very resilient especially when we're young. This is your body's response to your actions. Although if this type of physical and emotional (from worrying) stress is continuous long term, you will start to recognize other changes. Your body uses a number of different hormones to regulate your system so it functions normally. If your body is under constant stress whether from stimulants or out of control stressors in life for extended periods, your body works overtime and tries to overcompensate by releasing excess hormones and can result in an imbalance. This can effect you body in any number of ways from becoming more susceptible to viruses, skin and hair problems, anxieties, to irregular periods. This is just to name a few.This is just for your your info., and it sounds like you have everything under control. If you've never been to an OB-GYN, you may just start thinking that at some point soon you will need to address this. Especially, when you become sexually active. Taking care of your general health should be you top priority. Sounds like you want a family in the future. What would you want your daughter to do? Good luck, you'll do the right thing.
Be careful, Anna....
Hi Anna...Hi Everybody...
I just wanted to add on to what everybody else is saying, I guess.
I'm one of those people who had a NEGATIVE experience on Adderall which I was prescribed and received under a doctor's supervision for the treatment of ADD/ADHD. I currently am taking a different ADD medication and have had a lot of success with this other medication.
One of the things that I've found out about Adderall, and I include my own personal experiences in this, is that it seems to affect each person differently. Some people have had great success with it, while others have noticed no difference or, as in my case, have had a very negative reaction to it. All of those people, though, took Adderall under a doctor's supervision and with a prescription for the definitive and clinical diagnosis of ADD/ADHD.
I make the distinction because if people who are prescribed it have such varied responses to it, I can only imagine how it must affect people who take it "recreationally." Adderall is a controlled substance since it is considered an amphetamine. It's purpose is to affect the neurology of brain activity. It's possible that your body reacted in a protective way because it is reacting to the Adderall as a foreign invader, so to speak. Your body isn't understanding how it is to handle the "invader" because your brain didn't send out the signal to the body that it needed help. The body does that to us sometimes. When we feed it fattening foods, it responds by storing fat which of course affects our weight and ultimately the look of our bodies. When we get tattoos, the body treats the ink as an invader and tries to eliminate it. Since it's not able to do that, the ink is absorbed by the liver. After death, cadavers of tattooed people are opened up and their livers are BLUE!! That may explain why sometimes people with tattoos can't be organ donors. There is an ADD medication that addresses its affects on menstuation, although I haven't specificallly heard it with Adderall.
Eventhough it sounds like you take it only every now and then, you may want to go to your doctor and ask to be tested for ADD. You may actually have a need for an ADD medication, and your doctor would be able to help you find one that is compatable with your body type and your brain and more imporantly, your lifestyle. Many medications, including Adderall, cannot be taken with certain foods, ie. grapefruit juice. Even orange juice lovers should wait a couple of hours after taking Adderall before consuming orange juice.
You may not have a job, yet, where they do random drug tests, and I don't know if your school does drug testing, but if Adderall tests positive for "amphetamines", and you don't have a prescription, you may find youself in some serious trouble, especially because it's labeled a controlled substance. Even a poppy seed muffin you eat in the morning can test "positive" for marijuana in a drug test.
We're all going to tell you not to take this medication without a doctor's prescription, Anna, but as with all drugs, be very careful, even if it's only occasionally that you take it.
Stay in touch so we know that you're doing alright, okay?
Last edited by renviss; 04-16-2007 at 05:14 PM.
I do not know if someone already stated this or if this question is really old and you do not have the problem anymore but here is some info:
The adderall most likely did not cause this to happen. You might be experiencing secondary amenorrhea which is when a women does not have her period for six to eight months or longer. If this is the case you should go to your doctor about the problem since it can be caused by many other things in which adderall does not need to be mentioned. Keep in mind, your doctor will not test or screen you for drugs like that.
Birth control can at times cause Amenorrhea along with stress. One thing that might pertain to you after reading how much you weigh, a major cause of secondary amenorrhea is low body weight for your body which effects your hormonal functions, potentially halting ovulation. This is why many women who are anorexic or bulimic experience this change.
I found this: The best way to avoid an interruption in your menstrual cycle is to maintain a healthy lifestyle:
* Make changes in your diet and exercise activity to achieve a healthy weight.
* Strive for a healthy balance in work, recreation and rest.
* Assess areas of stress and conflict in your life. If you can't decrease stress on your own, ask for help from family, friends or your doctor.
Hope that helps if the help is still needed!
As already stated by some people, you are 100 pounds, so it is not uncommon for you to skip periods. In the first few years someone starts their cycle, it is not uncommon for people under 105 pounds to skip periods (interesting side note: there is a trend for girls to start their periods at an earlier age v. what was normal historically because kids are overweight more often).
Now, for your size, that dosage of Adderall was pretty darn high. Given the half life of dextroamphetamine, it should have been out of your system in a few days.
Adderall, as already stated, is a stimulant that increases electrical activity in the frontostriatal region of your brain. Given its stimulant nature, it is going to affect your heart rate and blood pressure (example of this: males have a more difficult time getting an erection when on Adderall).
Although I can't find a lot of research that talks about the importance of blood pressure on menstrual cycles, this is probably not helping your regular cycle. Blood pressure fluctuates according to the stage of your cycle, so it may have knocked your system out of whack.
I was prescribed adderall in my early twenties, am 105 pounds and had issues with irregular periods after starting the medication (a few months previous). Your cycle should correct itself soon enough, but to make sure, take special care to eat lots of healthy foods and get some iron in your blood.
I think Adderall is a good medication overall, but it's got some dangerous side effects if abused. If you are thinking about getting a prescription, try for a lower dosage (there's a 10mg) and use it as prescribed.
PS- Someone wrote that poppy seed muffins would make you show positive for marijuana in a drug test. This is not true. The drug found in poppies is an opiate (opium, heroin, morphine). FYI.