Since taking adderall my bf hacks, coughs, scrocks, whatever you wanna call it, CONSTANTLY. It's gross and it actually seems to be unproductive. He will do it for five minutes straight, claiming it feels like something is stuck way back in his throat but he never actually splits anything out. Ten minutes later, he starts again. Sometimes a teeny chunk of white (I'm sorry this is so gross) will come of it but not anything the warrants hours of phlegmatic coughing. He's also a smoker and def smokes more when on adderall but I'm convinced it has to do with the dry mouth effect more than cigs bc he did not used to do this. It drive me absolutely insane as I find it repulsive to hear it constantly. Anyone know of this being a dude effect and if there is anything to help stop it??
Adderall - Anyone else have a side effect of obsessively hacking up what turns out to be nothing?
Question posted by Adderall users gf on 10 Nov 2014
Last updated on 23 October 2022 (5 weeks ago) by IvyB78
I've been taking Adderall XR 30mg for years and have never had this problem. But for about 6mths now I've been having this thick mucus that builds in my throat and sinuses and I have to constantly spit it out. Just last sat&sun I had an empty 8oz apple juice bottle and filled that bottle (to 4oz)halfway in 2 days taking only 1/2 of the tab a day. So I decided to stop taking multivitamins, and Adderall to do a 7day detox. I didn't realize it was the Adderall until l took it about an 1hr ago and began spitting the mucus back up again. Which lead me here. The only thing I can think of is that what ever change was made recently to the tab may be the cause of the mucus.The tab use to look like a dark orange football and now it it's like a light orange flat antacid tab.
YES! Like many other comments, I am so glad I found this post. I too have been taking adderall for many years but only the past few months have I been coughing almost non-stop and always white foamy phlegm. I thought it was lung or heart disease related but my physician has ruled that out. I couldn’t think of what it possibly could be, until now! I exercise frequently and don’t have SOB . I just have a constant nagging, hacking, phlegm filled cough. People look at me in horror if I have an episode in public and it keeps my house up most nights. I guess now I will have to make a choice between the cough or the medication. I appreciate all the feedback.
I have experienced this issue with Amphetamine myself. Occasionally coughing up a hard rubbery like mucus.
I believe this may be due to the over stimulation of the oesophagus muscle. The oesophagus is designed to open to allow food and liquids to pass through into the stomach, then to close itself to prevent food, liquids and stomach acid from making it's way back up into the throat.
The medication may be stimulating the opening of the oesophagus muscle tube when it's not supposed to be opened, causing some of the stomach contents to make their way back up through the throat, triggering the symptoms.
Unfortunately there's no real solution for this. I seen one commenter suggest the use of Proton Pump Inhibitors to reduce the acid reflux. But I would strongly urge against this when using Amphetamine based stimulants, as PPI's are highly alkaline and are known to greatly increase amphetamine concentration levels in the blood, which can lead to a potentially dangerous overdose. So it's strongly advised to completely avoid PPI's when taking Amphetamine based stimulants.
This is great I have had this issue for years. Didn't even consider it being Adderall but now it makes so much sense. I like to sing and I just can't anyone because of this. Vyvanse does not have this effect. I stopped taking Adderall and got Vyvanse but before taking the Vyvanse I waited for the phlegm to stop (about two weeks) then I took the Vyvanse and now nothing. I'm so happy now. If you don't want to switch then I recommend this, gargle warm saltwater, take a few antacids, nasal spray, hot shower. This helped alot but not completely. Easiest thing is to just get Vyvanse
I can’t even begin to tell you all how grateful I am to have finally unlocked the impossible puzzle that is the combination of things needed in a precise order to Google to have found this thread.
For the last 16 - 18 months I have dealt with “hocking” and clearing mucus and a sticky nose with crap that won’t ever come out and I’m CONSTANTLY miserable and it’s embarrassing and humiliating I’m always spitting and I have spent hundreds on nasal crap and throat junk and pills and potions and lotions and GI meds and solutions.
I want to THREE ENTs and a Specialist at OSU Wexner Medical ENT, where I saw who was supposedly one of the premier ENT Doctors in the country. Only to be told by the last ENT, as I sat in his chair sobbing uncontrollably, that I “needed to see a psychologist and that it was mental like a nervous tic”. Because he. Also could find nothing wrong with me physically. I even had a ct scan of my head and face done.
For many, many agonizing months I’ve cried myself to sleep and cried in the shower and cried in my car at work. Unfortunately for me I was taking 30mg twice a day and my situation got SEVERE. I was ready to end it all. That’s how bad my nose and throat and the mucus and plegm and hocking was. I couldn’t even eat anything!! Forget about ice cream or chocolate and no way to the creamer for coffee or anything with sugar. Yep changed my diet, changed my cologne, you name it I tried to change it. But can’t change ADHD sadly.
I was lost, out of options and ready to relieve my family and friends of my horrible bodily noises and I’m not exaggerating or kidding. I knew I wasn’t crazy but after almost 2 years and 3 ENTs and a Specialist and trying anything I could to get better I was mentally done. I even had to take time off work. So impossible to explain this issue to someone who has never dealt with it. This thread will save my life. I have had a feeling for about 4-5 months it was the amphetamine salts and I just couldn’t “google the right combo” of words and symptoms. I even told one of the ENTs and the Allergy Doctor that I thought it was related to the medication. They literally blew me off. I even put it in writing on my chart.
So today is a special day I get to tell my wife and kids I have identified the root cause. Now I wonder how long my body will take to correct the damage. I literally feel like I need to find a support group like AA or NA now to get support and share stories. Blessed and grateful for all of you for sharing.
Okay... hear me out! For the post nasal drip, I use heat. Like a hot rag OR lay/tilt my head back (on my back) and have a heater blow on my face for awhile and sometimes do it multiple times in intervals if it's really bad. Sounds weird but it works for me... If your desperate you try anything lol. It gives some relief but doesn't always go away fast. It seems to break it up for some reason. Now everyone is different so don't come at me sideways if it doesnt work
I have struggled with the feeling of something in my throat and excessive saliva which makes me clear my throat or cough. There are a couple of things I have found helpful. One is I take the regular adderall not the XR and have slowly increased my dose letting my body getting used to it. The other thing is I take a peppermint gel pill every night. I have read some people say this reaction is allergies and others acid reflux, Peppermint is good for both of these. I hope this helps some of you. Would love to know if anyone else has found something that helps. Allymarie33 Let us know how mucinex works for you and how often you are taking it. Thanks everyone.
I'm so glad I found this. My boyfriend slept on the couch last night cuz he couldn't stand it any longer. I just took some mucinex and am crossing my fingers that it works!!! So thank you to whoever suggested doing so and I am going to be so thankful if it helps. And I'm also so glad I'm not alone ♡
I've been taking Adderall for more years than I can remember. I do not have a cough but I do have constant thick, sticky mucus in my throat when taking it. I do not remember having this issue when I first started this medication ( 15 years ago?) but for the last 5 years or so I'd say it has been very noticeable. If I clear my throat into a Kleenex the substance is extremely thick - colors vary- depending on what I have had to drink. The running joke is it's like wallpaper paste. Obviously, like the rest of you, the doctor looks at me like I am nuts if I mention it and wants to change my medication. The medication works great - it treats exactly what it is suppose to so I do not want to change what I take. I can't say any one thing makes it worse or better ( ie. eating, fluids, sleep, taking your prescribed dose ... ) but I can tell you, as with a lot of medications the last year (the pandemic) , when i refill my prescription they are out of stock a lot of times.
In turn, the pharmacy has to get the drug from different manufacturers so the shape and color may be different than my last prescription.
All that to say this ... I have noticed a HUGE difference in the amount of "wall paper paste" I have in my throat depending on the different manufacturers. I take 30mg twice daily and have for alot of years - most always I have received orange "footballs" (or oval shaped pills). The mucus was getting almost unbearable. Sometimes I would receive round orange pills - the mucus wasn't as bad and to be honest- the medication seemed to work better. Recently I received round yellow pills for a few months - almost no mucus at all and again my meds worked better than either of the others. After taking the same dose for as many years, to say I could tell a difference in how the meds worked is a big deal and has me wondering if anyone else has experienced or noticed anything like this?
I was disappointed to see when I picked up my refill for this month that we were back to orange "footballs" --- by midday the very first day I started this prescription, I was MISERABLE!!
Hello im 35 yrs old and have CF. I have been on adderall for about 7-8 yrs now. I do have tbe constant feeling of something deep down at the bottom of my, throat and it drives me absolutely insane and even gets me so frustrated sometimes that i just want to yell and scream as loud as i can. I dont know if this is related to CF or adderall related but sometimes its like I'm constantly clearing, coughing, hacking and huffing to try and get up something that rarely ever brings anything up but the urge to keep trying to get it up it what drives me insane. I almost can't fight/control the urge to want to keep trying to clear/ hack something up that feels like it needs to come up if that makes sense. But if I can fight the urge to do so than after a while the feeling of something in my throat/chest that needs to come up subsides or even goes away until I cough again a few times. But to answer the question of coughing up "chunks" of stuff.
I used to do that too and my dr told me it was dried out mucus he called it "mucus plugs". But since starting a new CF med called Trikafta i dont cough the nasty junk up anymore so coughing up "chunks" of stuff has resolved. I'm thinking that the smoking contributes to the brown coca cola colored stuff your coughing up. Just my opinion tho.
Oh thank God, this is something people are talking about. I’m sure I’m freaking everyone around me out, constantly clearing my throat. They probably think I have Covid. There must be some sort of link between adderall and sinus/allergies because there is something tiny that I do feel (come up) when I do the “machine gun” sound, clearing of my throat as properly and quietly as possible. If I’m this sick of hearing it, I can only imagine what others feel about it. Mine gets worse in the evening, as I drink and occasionally smoke as well. God bless us all.
I have this issue as well and my doctor at the time called it a "tick." I was 5 when I was diagnosed with ADHD. Adderall was not yet on the market. This was the late 80's and Adderall came on the scene in the mid 90's. I was given Ritalin and the throat clearing started almost immediately. It feels as if there is constant drainage in the back of my throat and the throat clearing was so bad it was disruptive, especially in the classroom setting. The doctor took me off ritalin immediately because he didn't want the throat clearing to become permanent. I was on a few other things before Adderall came about. The throat clearing did get better but it never went away completely. It is still noticeable but not disruptive to others. I started searching this symptom because after giving birth and resuming adderall the symptoms have gotten so bad that i gag and even throw up occasionally.
I am not sure why so many doctors don't know about this, and that is concerning. It may be a bit of knowledge that was lost over the decades as more and more doctors who don't specialize in these type of behavioral disorders started prescribing this to adults. My doctor at the time was Dr. Donald Eastmead in Memphis TN. He was a developmental behavioral pediatric specialist. Hopefully that will bring some legitimacy to your concerns when talking to your doctor. Thank you to the users who posted their tips on how to elevated the symptoms. Can't wait to try them. P.S. I do not smoke. However being near someone who is smoking or just smelling it on someone's clothes will cause the draining to kick into high gear.
I also had this problem after starting Adderall. I thought it was allergies. Took Allerga, then Sudafed, then Mucinex. None worked. Realized it started after starting Adderall and found online that many people have this problem. It seems to be more due to acid reflux. I don't have much too of a cough, just really thick mucus in the back of my throat that drives me crazy, can make me cough and hack at times cause I feel like I'm choking. I have been using Apple Cider Vinegar and it's so much better!! You need to mix it with water (do not drink straight!) 1TBSP to 8 oz water. I use hot water and also put in honey and cinnamon so it doesn't taste bad. Take in morning BEFORE you eat and USE STRAW as the vinegar is not good for your teeth. I brush right after too. I still have a very slight amount of mucus in throat but it is SO MUCH better and barely notice it. NO COUGHING OR GAGGING! I would ask your doctor before using, just in case you shouldn't take it, but apple cider vinegar has lots of other benefits too.
Hey guys. I’ve been lurking this thread for well over a year given my comparable symptoms. I got prescribed vyvanse in high school but never took it regularly until like 3 years ago when I went back to college. I soon switched to Adderall IR, and very shortly after that I developed a hacking-phlegm type cough. It constantly feels like there’s something caught in my throat and I have to hack to try and get it out. I’ve talked to several doctors (waste of time) but after observing my symptoms for well over a year and doing ample research, I’ve concluded that FOR ME (not saying all of you have this), it is a condition called Laryngopharyngal Reflux (LPR). It’s closely related to GERD but has a different mechanism of action and, although the 2 conditions are often linked, it is very common for those with LPR to lack any sort of heartburn.
The mechanism of action for LPR as it relates to adderall, as I’ve surmised, is linked to the various bodily effects of the drug. Given that it’s a vasoconstrictor, it not only constricts your blood vessels, but also your throat and intestines and most bodily tubes. It also causes dry mouth, clearly. Additionally, as adderall is potentialized by an alkaline stomach, the presence of the drug increases your stomach acidity. Going long periods of time without eating or sleeping (we all do it) also greatly increase your stomach acid production. Given that your GI tract is constricted and your stomach is overflowing with acid, the stomach acid begins a retrograde flow up from your stomach, past your esophagus and into your larynx and pharynx. This creates the sensation of something being caught in your throat (the scientific term is globus). Given your dry mouth, it is automatic to want some sort of lubrication, so we attempt to cough up what we think to be mucin, although it is actually stomach acid. All these factors lead a certain predisposed group of adderall consumers to experience what is known as LPR. I have found, and I’m not sure about any of you, that these symptoms continue even when I go without adderall for weeks at a time. Although taking adderall drastically exacerbates the condition. I have a few tricks to help with this condition. #1 ABC: always be chewing (gum). #2 tums and occasional H2 blockers (e.g., Zantac, Pepcid). #3 alkaline water. It’s a dumb fad but it actually helps when fighting stomach acid getting caught in your throat. #4 occasionally gargle salt water. LPR often leads to tonsil stones which further exacerbates the condition and make your breath smell bad, and a salt water gargle helps. Those are the first lines of defense, but I’ve developed some more weird coping mechanisms as well. #6 taking a benzo (e.g., Xanax, Klonopin) as you begin to come down from adderall. It opens up your throat and causes you to salivate regularly, and as an added bonus, it also helps with the crash of adderall and helps you eat food as soon as your done with your homework or whatever you have to do. Obviously this is not an easy recommendation, but if you’re lucky like me, and you have a Xanax prescription, it’s a lifesaver. And if you’re not lucky like me, I would *never* recommend ;) buying ;) them ;) illegally ;). My final, and by far strangest tip: if you feel as if your condition has become unbearable, take a toothbrush, and gag yourself with it repeatedly. It won’t make you vomit unless you keep at it for too long because there’s a whole bunch of stomach acid in your throat and esophagus that need to get out before any vomit could see the light of day. It really does help. Just brush your tongue, then go back to your uvula and you’ll feel the stomach acid from your throat come up and you can actually cough it up and spit it out. Hope this helped some of y’all; it’s hell living like this but there are ways to make it more tolerable.
I find it interesting yet crazy that this is not listed as a side effect. I have never smoked and just started taking Adderall and within about a week I had this horrible cough and feeling something was stuck in my throat. I went to the doctor and was given steroid shots not once but twice for this issue. But I started realizing on the days I did not take the Adderall I did not have the issue so after experimenting I concluded Adderall was definitely the issue. I have tried a saline rinse which does help some but not fully. Adderall is the only adhd med I have tried and works great on helping me concentrate and in addition it has helped my hypoglycemia. I am completely bummed I have such a horrible side effect. Has anyone had success with another adhd med not causing this issue?
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