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!
- Adderall Information for Consumers
- Adderall Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Adderall (detailed)
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