a friend in recent years has had lots of tooth decay. I recently read a drug counseling booklet given to a child at school during a drug prevention program and noticed the same pattern of decay on a methamphetamine user. I am wondering if this could cause the same thing with Adderall. The friend in earlier years had very good teeth and dental care. I don't know how long "friend" has been on Adderall.
hi friend 4 and alex274 - my name is danni and i am a 42 year old female, diagnosed ADHD last august 2011(wish i did this 25-30 years ago, it was a miracle i held in long enough to graduate highschool, just qualifying myself as an adderall user, btw : )) i've been taking adderall since time of diagnosis by a psychiatric nurse practioner. i do think of my life as a young adult and very regretfully wish people were as open as they are now in this country when it comes to behavioral disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, adhd, etc... Kids are pretty lucky today with being able to talk to their parents, teacher, guidance counselor or maybe team coach, about stuff that might be freaking them out, like wondering if he or she is gay, or struggling with an eating disorder, it's awesome and i wish it were like that for me growing up as a kid in the transitional 80s.
I did a lot of reading on adhd meds before my evaluation, so i could get somewhat of an idea on what to expect, and i can tell you depending on who wrote what you read on adderall, you may not always see all of the possible side effects in print... every time you think you have read it all, try another search engine, bing or yahoo, not just google, or ask.com, and u will find more info... not all of the side effects list tooth decay, and it should be in the top 5 of side effects, if you ask me! I can tell you that since august 2011 i have had 8-9 cavaties, just that i am not even sure of the exact number horrifies me a little. i am blessed to have a great job with an amazing small pharmaceutical company that handsomely rewards its employees with excellent health coverage, so regular dental visits and early detection by my dentist who was alarmed as we could not figure out what was giving me all of the cavaties as i am phanatical with flossing, brushing, rinsing and bi-annual cleanings... a good dentist will always ask you what, if any, medications you are taking, and if you haven't been there in a while, they should ask you if you are taking any new medications since the time of your last visit...
lots of meds are just as guilty as adderall, like a lot of the antidepressants on the market today... dry mouth - PLAIN & SIMPLE : ) if you can afford it, i highly recommend (to you or your friend) to invest in at least one of the products in the Biotene line of dry mouth oral care... they make tooth paste, gum, gel, mouth rinse, drops, toothbrushes, you get the idea... it's not that cheap, but just pick the one you think you would use the most... i like the gel because it comes in a tube i can carry in my pocketbook and you can just squeeze some onto your index finger and put it in your cheek and let it dissolve in your mouth. it helps replace the enzyme in your saliva that you lose due to dry mouth... most people know when they have dry mouth cause it's uncomfortable and u feel it, so you might drink more water, or brush your teeth more, but the biotene products will give you the enzyme naturally found in saliva, and water can't do that... i swear i am not a spokeswoman for Biotene, lol!!
it's been almost a year now since my last cavity and taking a few extra steps as well as dental care with dentist have totally made this crappy side effect of adderall highly manageable, in my opinion... adderall works wonders for me, so it was worth it for me to figure out how to make it work. good luck and feel free to ask me any adderall questions you may have... i see a lot of recreational users on here and it pisses me off a little, cause it's people like that who make it difficult for people like me, men and women in their 30s, 40s and 50s, to get help for adult ADHD, because women like Demi Moore draw negative attention by being prescribed adderall though not taking it for ADHD but as legal speed in order to look as LOVELY as she did prior to rehab, at 90 lbs skin and bones, and wondering why her husband left her... it's not a weight loss drug as primary indication today like it was in the 70s and early 80s (i think adderall was orbetrol before being bought by Shire and repurposed as an adhd med, and dextroamphetamine was the popular 70s weight loss drug Dexedrine, i think women swallowed the pills with Tab or Fresca, lol)... good luck and don't be ashamed to make an appointment with an adult psychiatrist or therapist who specializes in adhd... i would not recommend asking your regular primary care physician about adhd and adhd meds, most frown upon these meds and you really want the specialist for this... take care!
I never had a cavity at all, Strong healthy teeth. After three years of being prescribed adderall salts 30 mg i have 3 top teeth on top and 4 bottom. They are popping off leaving root. I am devastated. I know without a doubt adderall is the reason. My dentist did a study ever 6 of 10 loose two teeth in first five years. Class Action Suit
Hmm I wonder how many other people have an issue with this? I've been prescribed adderall since 2005, only took a break for 3 years to have my daughter and didn't need it until I started working again. I didn't think any tooth problems happened in that time frame for the adderall? I was bulemic for a year or so in 2007 and then later was a wineo for a few years... so my dentist said that the decayed teeth (wisdom teeth) that grew in while bulemic, were destroyed due to stomach acid and wine acids and sugars. I've since had my teeth all fixed and will keep an eye on it from the adderall. I haven't found anything yet on adderall and tooth decaying, but best believe I'm about to research the heck out of it. Maybe also check into malnutrition from not eating properly while on adderall. You have to replenish your body with required amino acids and nutrients each day after taking adderall to ensure you are healthy.
Coconut oil pulling is a great idea but really weird and my mouth gets tired of swishing quickly. Id suggest taking vitamins at night to replenish whatever your losing, make sure to eat all meals, even if small. Try to eat healthy, not a lot of sugar or refined carbs because if the adderall does somehow weaken enamel, sugars will eat through it quickly.
My daughter and her two children were all prescribed Adderall for ADHD and took the meds for roughly five years. My daughter has lost all of her teeth and has severe osteopenia from the Adderall. Both children have severe dental problems and even in their early 20's are presenting with bone loss. They know of at least ten others whom have had severe tooth decay.
We are interested in a class action suit against the makers of Adderall as they did not disclose the severe issues that the drug causes to bones and teeth.
I know that dry mouth is one if the leading causes of decay, if you don't have dry mouth as a symptom, then you should be jist fine. Before adderall I had almost clear teeth cause they were so vivid white. But jusr shelled out $500 in removal if one tooth, it was a wisdom tooth, which i never knew I had, but when it crumbled like chalk I knew there was an issue.
YES, IT CAN CAUSE TOOTH DECAY BUT THE COMPANY BACK WHEN IT CAME OUT THAT WAS NOT A SIDE EFFECT AND IT STILL HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED TO MY NOLAGE. And many people have had this problem since it came out the best you can do is make sure everyone brushes extra well and also if the mouth is too dry use some of that liquid mouth lubricant Biotene gum or rinse works well and make sure you keep up with your dentist. best of luck to you all Chuck1957
Within 2 years of being on adderall I began noticing a little bit of tooth decay on my bottom teeth that started at the gum and over time worked it's way up to the rest of the tooth. Piece by piece, chunk by chunk, enamel erosion. I actually started using the Biotene mouthwash at the first sign of dental problems. I kept a bottle in my car and at home and used it often as well as chewed sugar free Trident gum. Anyways, I've been on adderall for 6 years now and I have 7 nasty nubs for lower teeth and a few has a little enamel partially left on them but not many. They literally look like fence posts standing in mud. Oh and I don't have any upper back teeth. I'm 33 years old and I'm completely devastated because of my mouth. My whole personality and lifestyle has changed because of this. I want to get implants so bad but I can't afford it.
Dentures is the only thing I can afford at the moment but I can't convince myself to get them just yet because the thought of having dentures at the age of 33 screws with me mentally and emotionally in a way I never knew something could. I have researched for a case many times over the years concerning this situation and never came across anything. I wonder if enough people spoke up about this then maybe something could eventually happen??? Maybe I'm just wishful thinking. I have an appointment with an attorney next week so hopefully things will look up after that. Fingers crossed!!
I was on adderall for only a little over a year and now I am down to 21 teeth and they all have to go. Spent thousands getting them removed because they are breaking off. I broke one in half opening a sauce packet so they are in horrible shape. Never had the problem before taking it. I was never aware it could cause this.
Adderall could certainly contribute to tooth decay/poor oral health, I would think. Amphetamines can reduce a patient's appetite and thirst throughout the day, and as a result, result in the patient eating and drinking less frequently. Failing to consume an adequate amount of liquids throughout the day can leave the mouth short on saliva, and very dry. Prolonged periods of having a dry mouth can contribute to tooth decay, as saliva is necessary for oral hygiene. This would be in addition to any other factors that would contribute to poor oral hygiene.
- Adderall Information for Consumers
- Adderall Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Adderall (detailed)
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