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??
That happens to me too not all the time but usually within 15 mins and up to an hour after my med.in the morning . I smoke regurely too and I blame the smoking especially if around ANYTHING in clean, but even then I feel grossed out by the smoke (I still smoke though bcus I love it especially my first hour if day)I keep smoking and try not to throw up until it passes, and yes cus of the dry mouth too maybe.
I've been struggling with this for YEARS!!! Even though the benefits were amazing from stimulants, I tried them all from Vyvanse to Ritalin, I had to give them up back in 2008 because of the excessive coughing. My doctor would always give me a look of bewilderment when I told him that I'd developed a cough once switched to a higher dose. I was convinced it was post-nasal drip, not only because that's what it felt like, but I WAS smoker AND I have a deviated septum... I recently moved to a bigger city and took on a demanding job, so decided I needed to attempt the meds again in order to keep my edge. I started on Adderall this time, the only one I hadn't tried so far.
First month at 10 mg, once a day, no issues/cough, was so excited, but then when I upped the dosage to 20 mg twice a day, that damn cough came back! So annoyed, I tried every medication that targeted nasal issues, post nasal drip etc, (from cough syrup to Tessalon Pearls to Flonase) NONE of it worked, seemed to for a few minutes at a time at most, but NOPE. I started thinking outside the box and began to contemplate, maybe it's NOT post nasal drip, maybe it's originating somewhere else... turns out it is, I took a PPI/Prilosec, and the constant, irritating, awful cough was gone < hour of taking my first dose. From what I've read online PPI's may cut the effectiveness of the stimulant, so an adjustment may be needed, I'll be speaking with my doctor on my next visit. Good Luck! I know all to well your frustration! I truly don't understand how doctors can be so disconnected/uneducated regarding this seemingly common side-effect.
I had to resort to taking mucinex around the same time I take my adderall to offset this side effect. I'm not sure of the cause of the side effect, but seems the adderall or one of the fillers in the medicine must cause excess mucus in my throat. Like the post above states, reflux seems to be involved but if I take the mucinex, no cough, no reflux. Hth
I am prescribed adderall and this happens to me as well, whether or not I smoke but more so if I do. I have found the only way to avoid the coughing is to avoid the compulsion to cough. I believe this originates from adderall's stimulant properties, and the cough becomes a nervous tick rather than actual preventative action.
Well I'm relieved to know that I'm not the only one coughing up lungs! Sucks because when I told my doctor he looked at me like I had 3 heads, and didn't understand what I was talking about. The medicine helps me stay on task, and also helps with my anxiety, but I'm torn because I cough all the time! It's embarrassing! In the end I'm not coughing up anything, like you said before a nervous tick. I have tried Mucinex, cough suppressants, inhaler, you name it I have tried it, but nothing seems to work. Does anyone take anything other than Adderall, and still deal with this? Thanks for posting I thought it was only me, and I was going crazy.
omg!! i can't believe i'm reading everyone's comments & so many people experience this... I have been STRUGGLING with this too & like everyone says it's not only agonizing, even worse, it's embarrassing. :-( I always have a bit of a cough & issue with chronic post nasal drip, but when I take adderall it becomes so aggravated it's almost impossible to deal with. However it's the most helpful medication I've ever experienced in helping keep focused & diminishing anxiety. I also end up taking expectorants like Mucinex, cough suppressants, & decongestants, but like someone else mentioned they barely do anything, they work for a few minutes & then the coughing comes back. My conclusion about my cough minus the Adderall is that it's from a form of GERD (acid reflux) - that manifests in the throat as opposed to simple heart burn.
I wonder if Adderall increases the stomach acid content or somehow aggravates the GERD. Anyone have any ideas? Or does anyone have experience in managing this issue, like ways to try and suppress the cough?
I get the same, it annoys the hell out of co-workers. If you guys do find that it is acid reflux and start using antacid to treat it, be careful with dosing. Antacids potentiate the effects of Adderall by inhibiting the breakdown of the drug in your digestive tract and causing a higher level of absorption into your system.
I have just switched to Adderall and keep having a dry cough. I thought it was allergies but now I believe it's from the meds. Any pointers on getting it under control??
That's really weird I've had the same problem with my Adderall. I went to the doctor and they said I had a sinus infection and ear infection so I took antibiotics it was sick as a dog. I stopped taking them and then I started again and now I'm getting sick again. I was coughing up a lot of white phlegm so I know what you're talking about. I'm getting off my them before I get pneumonia. I'm glad I pose this question always extremely worried but I know what I got to do now unfortunately.
So, I've been pondering. Whilst I'm an optimist by nature, I do sometimes run the "devil's advocate" or worst case scenarios through my head. What do you think of this theory:
So we know that Adderall acutely increases blood pressure, both in therapeutic doses as well as those associated with abusive usage. We can agree, and thus assume for this discussion that this effect can and will be more pronounced in certain individuals based on some unknown, however possibly related variables. Let's also for the sake of reference that the blood pressure increase experienced by a given population of those administered Adderall would display broadly as a classic bathtub curve. On the far right is the sample of the population which for undefined reasons experience a higher than average increase in blood pressure.
My theory states that those of us who experience this "Adderall Cough" are either included in this sample of the population, or another sample based on a yet undetermined set of variables. Whatever the common variable is, I contend that it is causing a very mild (or mimicking the biological triggers of) cardiac overload condition resulting in a small amount of fluid collecting in the lungs and resulting in what I call the "Adderall Cough". If we were 80 years old and had a host of other symptoms, we would likely be diagnosed with a pulmonary edema condition which is associated with left side congestive heart failure (CHF).
I know, that's a huge leap, and listen, I'm not saying in any way that I believe we are all dying of CHF because of Adderall. What I am saying is that some of Adderall's key demonstrated and known side effects which directly affect a patient's respiratory and cardiovascular systems are, as I read it, very similar to, if not consistent with some of the specific conditions associated with the causes and/or symptoms associated with left-side CHF. One of the initial cardinal symptoms associated with a left-side CHF diagnoses is a pulmonary edema which is characterized by fluids backing up in the lungs. A pulmonary edema manifests initially as a progressive cough very similar to our Adderall cough, albeit much more severe quickly deteriorating into audible signs of fluid when breathing.
One of the root causes of the more serious pulmonary edema condition associated with CHF is a hypertensive crisis event, which is defined as an acute and dangerously severe increase in blood pressure. I submit that the must less severe, but nonetheless acute increase in blood pressure associated with the administration of Adderall is manifesting in some individuals as a minor, and apparently reversible pulmonary edema condition.
The cough for me is progressive, meaning stuff comes up. That tells me that there is stuff somehow getting into my lungs. My nose and sinuses are dry, so that limits the possible sources.
So thoughts, arguments, agreements, emotional and/or intellectual beat-downs? I'm OK with cyber-bullying too, as long as we can cuddle after!
What do you think? If enough people say it sounds good, I'll start telling people I'm a doctor. I'm pretty sure that's what Dr. Phil did!
I have the same exact thing happen. However, I also have this reaction with sudafed, coffee, caffeine in pill form (like excedrin). So it is based on stimulants alone not just adderall. FYI I am also a smoker and have a history of acid reflux. The coughing almost always accompanied by gagging. Also happens if/when I overheat or over exert myself.
As I sit here hacking my head off I was determined to prove I'm not crazy. I knew my Adderall had to be causing it! I drive my coworkers, family and myself with it. It gets worse when I'm sitting and at night but it's pretty much all day. I have taken it for years but it's only been the past 2 or so that I've had the cough. I've had very little mucus ever come from it but when I do it's thick and tacky. I will be discussing this with my doctor when I go back. I'm so glad I Google this.
Sounds like tonsil stones to me..
As bad as I'm bummed out right now for knowing my thoughts were correct I'm also glad I seen this to really push it into my head cause now I know how to get rid of this horribly annoying & beginning to be painful cough. This is one time I didnt wanna b right but on the plus side I can let my wife know once again I'm right & shes wrong & get rid of cough as well haha.
I'd say over a year ago I developed a dry cough where felt like there was something in my throat preventing me from swallowing I thought so Id cough over & over then hark real hard with the intent of pulling it up to spit out or take a drink or bite of food with the intent of pushing it down but nothing ever came up & nor took the feeling of blockage away so I started going to doctors after listening to my wife & boss complain of the rukus that was inconveniencing them to have to listen to or the occassional show of concern & doctors really didnt do much besides walk n for a second listen to the parts they wanted to hear, say allergies & send me out the door with a new medicine & mail me a fat bill for their use of a wasted education & I saw no results so the doc would give me another allergy medicine or inhaler & after about 5 times I gave up & 2 weeks ago i ran out of my adderall & it went away then once I was able to afford refill & started back bam theres the cough again so I told my wife I bet money it has something to do with adderall & she argued with me & when i found this describing word fot word every single detail of my experience.
Hi. I started a higher dose of Adderall a few months ago (20mg twice a day )and noticed, besides having constipation (for which I take stool softener daily), that my BM's are a lot more pungent. I recognize the smell as mucus being dumped into my system. I don't have the dry cough so many of you have reported (or really a cough at all) but I'm assuming I'm producing a lot more extra mucus; which is dumped right into my stomach.
Occasionally I become quite dizzy. I recognize this as excess mucus deep in my sinuses which is not draining correctly. My solution is to take a decongestant/expectorant cold syrup and then drink water like a camel. Within an hour I'm usually feeling better. Do NOT use an antihistamine unless you are suffering post-nasal drip at night. Antihistamines thicken mucus (ref: Sinus Survival by Robert Ivker, MD).
For those of you with persistent coughs, have you tried nasal irrigation? Warm and properly prepared saline solution results in no pain whatsoever to your sinuses. It clears your lower sinuses and throat and shrinks related sinuses. You can do it as often as you like with no side effects. I do it as a prophylactic before bed (for post nasal drip) and upon rising, when mucus is its thickest. It is also the best way to treat post-nasal drip during the day and, in my opinion, morning breath.
Here's the recipe: 2 C's warm, previously boiled (for 10 minutes), water with 1/2 tsp salt fully dissolved. If this produces discomfort, add more salt. Why boiled? Tap water can occasionally have microorganisms which can cause a severe sinus infection.
Pour some saline into the palm of one hand, pinch a nostril shut with the other hand and sniff hard. See how far you can get it up your sinuses (it will never reach your forehead sinuses but may fill your maxillary sinuses). If you have a normal septum, the saline and mucus will exit out of both nostrils and your mouth. If you're like me and your maxillaries fill up, you may not feel that and find yourself gushing saline out your nose the next time you bend over. Prevent this by holding your head upside down over a sink when you drain (i.e. the maxillaries drain from the top only).
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