ive been on adderall for a month now... it makes me very hyper..anyways im gaining weight instead of loosing..i dont understand..anyone else havein this problem?
Adderall XR - anyone had weight gain while taking Adderall?
Question posted by fara35 on 2 May 2011
Last updated on 21 October 2022
Yes. I have gained significant weight ion it. 20 lbs. There are times I take the medication and within an hour I am out cold for 3 hours. I don't take Adderall to lose weight nor to stay awake but I did not expect to be sleep so deep I can't even force myself to keep my eyes open. I have tried to explain this to my provider... I am struggling so badly. I don't know what to do.
Yes! I'm 45 and taking for a year -25 lbs gained went off a month ago and down 7 lbs already with no intentional changes-ugh
ive been on adderall for 20 years, i dont lose weight from it i eat like a horse, i think im up about 70 pounds since when i started. adderall doesnt effect me like most people which is exactly why im on it ;)
The weight gain is caused due to slowing metabolism as we age but also because it puts a lot of stress on the adrenal glands and that raises your cortisol levels. Cortisol levels make you fat because it’s a stress hormone. And the stress hormone back in the day was useful for us to hold onto calories to pack on a little bit of weights so if we went without food for too long then we would have reserves. But nowadays it’s just a pain in the butt. So try and reduce your stress hormone response by drinking plenty of water, lymphatic massage, relaxing epsom salt baths, yoga, eat 6 small meals a day (3 large ones just throws the metabolism all over the place and get plenty of sleep.
Yes! About 60lbs. I think Initially when you first start this medication it makes you lose weight but after being on it long term... you gain it. How it worked in my experience anyways.
I am a 51 year old male. I have talked with my psychiatrist and my primary physician. Neither one of them can figure out why I have gained about 55 lbs. in 4 years. I am on a high dosage of the Generic Adderall ER and IR. I am one of two patients that my psychiatrist has out hundreds and also he has been in practice for over 28 years. They, he and my primary physician are testing me for any and everything. The only thing they have found is my testosterone was extremely low. I am not happy with the way I look and embarrassed that instead of losing the weight, i go and buy larger size clothes.
Oh my gosh yes I have gained weight Adderall I was losing weight like crazy then I got off of it for a little while got back on I quit losing weight and now I’m gaining weight so depressing
Yes. Slowly, but consistently. I've gained one pound each month for 4 years. I now find myself 50 pounds overweight. You aren't alone
I started on 20MG XR, and got up to 30MG XR, i had no appetite throughout school hours and wouldn’t have an appetite unless i smoked marijuana, my appetite would come when it was bed time, so i’d fine myself eating a whole days worth of calories right before bed which led to massive weight gain. when i got put on Adderall i was around 215, when i stopped taking it i was around 275. now that i’ve been off it for almost a year and my appetite is more controlled and predictable my weight has gone down to 235ish. It’s definitely a person to person type experience with too many variables to actually tell if it’s adderall driving the weight gain, or simply my minds reaction to the adderall which caused constant weight gain over time. i hope this helps.
The latest Adderall tablets which are a lighter tint of pink or blue are causing immediate weight gain. I'm thinking its intentional. It's a certain batch of them. I'm hoping its just that group and not permanent. But they are definitely lighter in color which came out late 2019 or early 2020.
I take Adderall for narcolepsy and ADD. I haven’t gained weight but I do get extreme hunger and my stomach growls louder than it ever has. I have always been into exercising and staying fit so I curve the hunger with drinking a lot of water and snacking on peanuts or coconut chips etc.If I was not so active and mindful of this issue it definitely could lead to weight gain. The medication does make most people lose weight but because it is a stimulant it can increase your metabolism and burn off food quicker in your body. Just because most of the world has one reaction to a drug doesn’t mean you can’t have the total opposite. Get this. It helps me stay awake and does most people but it also can make others very sleepy and it’s a stimulant. So your issue is one I have and hear of quite often. Hope this helps you.
Adderall makes me severely hungry all of the time. Then if I eat something I might feel full for about thirty minutes and then I get severely hungry again. It's got to be a brain thing because it doesn't matter if my stomach has food in it. I'M FAMISHED!!!
I have been on Adderall for years but in the last 6 mths I have gained alot of weight and don't know why. I asked the doctor about the weight gain and he also was surprised Adderall wasn't helping me lose weight.
Oh my God - I am SO GLAD to see these answers! I thought I was losing my mind. I have been on this drug for less than a year and have put on 20+ pounds - after initially losing 15. The only time I don't eat is when I'm asleep. (I probably dream about it, though) And I eat in a horrible way which I have never done before - if it's sweet, it's in my mouth. I can't stop eating. I'm anxious, sleep like a LOG, - none of the things my counselor told me that this drug would do for me have happened. Well - it's slowed my brain down - WAY down.
I have been taking rapid release, generic adderall for several years. Initially, I lost about 10lbs, was very energetic and able to multi-task throughout the day and actually complete all of those tasks. I was upbeat, focused and efficient. Now, the medication makes me tired and I've gained about 15lbs. I'm very petite so that is significant. My focus is gone along with efficiency, and my mood is ok at best. It's a struggle to even want to do anything. I hardly ever complete a task, even small ones. It takes me forever to do anything, including getting dressed and I'm never on time anymore. At this point, I am going to try and get off this medication. I'm worse off than before I started. Based on all of the similar responses, adderall can absolutely cause weight gain, lethargy, or any other "opposite than normal" response.
The medical community can deny it all day long, but there is measurable and verifiable proof that adderall can have the "opposite of normal" effect on a person. Just read the comments.
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