I'm a 47 y/o female and was diagnosed with ADHD at age 6 but I did not take the meds, (can't remember why). At age 44 I decided to get tested and was diagnosed as having ADHD (of the inattentive type). I've also suffered from anxiety all of my life. Since beginning Adderall XR 15 mg, now 20 mg for 2 months, I have been experiencing muscle pain, cramping/tightening and weakness. Adderall changed my life for the better, (except for the pain if that's the cause). Not thinking that my pain was caused by this med my Dr. began sending me to one specialist after another, a Psychologist, 2 Psychiatrists, a Neuro Surgeon, a Spine Specialist, a Neurologist, and a Rheumatologist. All specialist say there is nothing wrong. I've had a CT scan, 4 MRIs, a nerve test and several X-Rays. All show no abnormalities. I've had 4 months of physical therapy, 1 yr. of Chiropractic care and spent thousands of dollars on in home equipment to ease the pain. Nothing has helped and I refuse to take pain relievers, I don't believe covering up the problem is the answer... Recently, I was told by my Rheumatologist that I had "Myofacial Pain". REALLY?! I'm no Dr. but I believe that was the reason WHY I made the appt. to see him. What I'd like to know is the cause of my pain... :/ Needless to say, I'm completely frustrated and becoming increasingly depressed. It hurts to do simple household chores, I rarely leave my home, and out of desperation I spend up to 10 hrs a day on the internet looking for answers. I'm beginning to wonder if the Adderall XR is the cause. Has anyone else experienced these issues while on this med? If so, what ADHD med were you switched to? PLEASE HELP!!! (Sorry for the lengthy question) Thanks!
Is Adderall XR causing muscle pain, cramping and weakness?
Question posted by painhell on 16 Aug 2011
Last updated on 8 November 2022
It can. I had it and the pain subsided after a month.
Hi! So today I was (apologies for TMI) peeing for the 500th time today and thought god this only seems to happen when I am on XR. I told my boyfriend I noticed it since I had been more inclined to only take my IR over my XR. My doctor has prescribed both of them to me and this is what I notice:
1. I am less sore from work with my IR. My work is VERY physical and I have usual exhausted feelings but some days are wayyy worse and I believe to link this to adderall.
2. Some days I feel like I could pee for a full minute. Finish and 2 seconds later feel the urge to pee yet again. I also believe this is different with IR, I notice it less if at all.
3. Eye pain is on and off, but I do work with acids and other chemicals in my lab at work.
4. Muscle tensions have decreased since I favored my IR. I just read side effects of adderall and all of these are correlated to them. My lower back pain which I was concerned to be kidney issues is also a symptom. I would say find an alternative, or switch to IR. Don’t take it everyday, and watch your weight. Don’t sit around all day either. You are just increasing your blood pressure, and chances of clots doing so.
To help I elevate my legs at 90 degrees for 30 minutes a night. I take a multivitamin, cranberry pills, and Ginko belboa got clots. I stretch and use a foam roller on my body for ear pain. I also use a heating pad on my back. I walk my dogs almost everyday to move the stimulations. I do not take my adderall on weekends or off days. Hope this helps!
I understand completely! I am a 55 year old woman and have been suffering with horrible neck and upper back pain for 3 years now. I have done PT, Myofacial therapy, massage therapy, cannabis therapy, muscle relaxers, chiropractic care and acupuncture with no relief. My doctor then referred me to pain mgmt and I had a CT scan, an MRI and a nerve block all to no avail. I also took magnesium as I heard a lack of this mineral can cause issues with your muscles, but that didn’t help either. The chronic pain is ruining my life. I can’t enjoy anything and basically can’t function. My joints hurt and because of the pain and stiffness in my neck, it is hard to drive, get dressed, and perform simple chores. I was sitting here desperate And thought I would search a different way looking for answers and found your comments and I couldn’t believe how similar they are. Im going to try going off the Adderall for a few days and see what happens.
Thank you for sharing your experience. Hopefully we can get some relief soon!
Hi, I'm currently in the bathtub looking this exact thing up for myself. I've no history of this kind of pain. It only started 2 days after i began Adderall. Literally nothing stops the constant pain i feel, mostly in my back/legs. It started out with just my legs, now it's almost everywhere. I hate this drug.
So it’s probably just a electrolyte imbalance. I had severe facial tension and muscle pain that I could not relax, all I needed was electrolytes. Adderall depletes you of your electrolytes especially magnesium which is directly related to relaxation of your muscles. Take a magnesium supplement at night, not with your adderall as it will increase the absorption of your adderall if taken at the same time and then you may not feel good. Take a daily multivitamin I recommend Centrum Multivitamins and make sure your getting enough potassium and sodium In your diet. Also make sure to drink plenty of water your body will need more while on adderall as it goes through it faster which is another reason why your body eliminates electrolytes faster. Try all of these things together and I’m pretty positive you will feel better. It was a immediate fix for me. Also I highly recommend drinking coconut water for potassium. Overall adderall speeds your body up so you just end up needing more of water and vitamins/electrolytes.
When I take my Adderall 15mg xr I experience stiff joints especially in my legs and neck. I usually get a headache as well. My heart rate is consistently 120bpm for more than half the time I'm on it which is abnormally high i believe. I feel painless flutters in my throat that I'm not sure are caused by heart palpitations or GERD from the Adderall irritating my IBS.
I am soooo thankful I found this post!! Everyone I have told that I thought the adderall was making me hurt so much worse, making my legs freeze constantly, fingers tingle and knots all in my shoulders and neck thought I was crazy! Some evenings I can barely stand up straight I’m in so much pain. I wanna get off the adderall after only being on it 3 months but I have chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia so this has given me my active life back. I just went and got a banana and magnesium, praying this helps! I’ve been looking for a few wks to see if it were a possibility and now I’m 99.9% sure it’s the adderall.
Hi. First thing i'm really sorry you went through all that pain. I want to tell you that i had similar side affects to a lesser degree. I stopped taking Adderall 30 mg and my issues went away after a few months. First ask your doctor to change your prescription to something Ritalin based like focltan or concerta. You still might have side effects with Ritalin, I did. Or reduce your Adderall intake to 5 or 10 MG. Reducing my intake to 10 MG helped me a lot. I went to many specialist when i had my bad side effect and they all turned a blind eye when i mentioned Adderall might being the issue. It seems very few people suffer from this side effect that they don't contribute it to the cause.
Hoped i was helpful
I think it’s dehydration due to the medication. I’m 37 (female) and switched from 20mg of adderall twice daily to 30mg about 3 months ago. Last month I began experiencing a pinching pain in my upper left neck area and found a lump/knot at the base of my skull that was a size of a kiwi. I bought a hand massager and started to try to work out the knot. I was appalled when I found a huge cluster of knots all in that area (one under the other). I noticed that with the increase of the medication I was more dehydrated than normal and had mouth dryness. I’m bad about drinking enough water throughout the day and have been doing more house/yard work since the virus shutdown so I was sweating a lot. I’m almost convinced that the muscle knot that I have is because I wasn’t drinking enough water because the medication already dehydrates you so you have to drink double of what you normally need to drink.
I haven’t been to the doctor because of it and I’m not really sure how to approach it yet but I think I’m going to see a chiropractor. The area that the pain started in is an area that I’ve always had an issue with and I think that the medication and the dehydration just flared it up to an extreme, but I have never had knots under my skull, on my head or in the upper neck area. Also the skin on the left side of my neck in the back also feels numb to the touch like it does when the dentist numbs you’re mouth. I hope I don’t have any serious damage.
I began adderall 3.5 years ago and am now prescribed up to 60mg (instant release)/day. I had only been taking 20-40mg a day up until recently but the pandemic has made everything so much harder and I began taking my full daily dose a couple weeks ago. I have been experiencing horrible calf cramps, no matter how much water I drink. I notice it is worse when sitting all day and doing desk work. It’s only been a couple weeks but on the days I take 40mg or less, I *typically* don’t feel the leg cramps.
That said, I’ve had terrible back, neck and jaw muscle spasms the last three years regardless of dose. Some of these I had long before adderall and some have noticeably worsened. A lot of it may be due to the desk job I started 3 years ago too, but it seems to me that adderall and muscle cramps over time are unfortunately very related. :( Someone else online mentioned that trying another stimulant that’s not “sodium based” could help alleviate muscle cramps from adderall, but I haven’t personally been willing to deal with all the side effects of switching to try this out. Best of luck and sorry you’re in pain! Highly recommend getting frequent 2 hour massages and working with a PT to strengthen your core and offset back pain.
Yes, same pain, from add 20 xr, it restricts blood flow , an can severely dehydrate you . 5 years now , magnesium an hydration, don't overdo with water, it can flush electrolytes out , as the Adderall probably makes you urinate more, Pedialyte, mild exercise, sit in the sun for warmth if possible
How many of you have also suffered from anxiety? If so, are the reported flare ups usually in the parts of your body where you hold tension?
Hi, I’ve experienced almost the SAME exact thing. IYes, definitely think there is a strong correlation between Adderall (stimulant ADHD drugs) and body pain. In my experience the pain was dose related, higher the dose worse the pain. With my doctor I worked to find the right dose to manage both symptoms and my body pain. Essentially she lowered my dose, spread it out and I faithfully started doing mild exercise.
Hope this is helpful.
I started Adderall In 2013 and it changed my life for better. The initial problems occurred when my pharmacy switched generic manufacturer, got jaw clinching and muscle aches. That cleared up when I started taking the brand Adderall. Over time my dose from 10mg went up to 10mg in am & 10mg early afternoon. The dose worked great at same time my body started feeling 100yrs old however the connection to ADHD drug was overlooked. I tried Adderall XR, which didn’t work for me and then a newer drug Vivance. That drug sent me over the top with pain. I was convinced I had gout in both big toes they hurt so badly; my body felt like it was coated In Icy Hot, I couldn’t handle taking a shower; was bedridden for days. I ended up on lyrica diagnosed with fibromyalgia and being told it most likely all anxiety induced. Stopped taking Vivance, over a matter of weeks the symptoms disappeared. Went back to Adderall at 10mg am/pm symptoms came back but at lesser degree. That’s when I knew it was the drug causing all my problems. I lived with all my body issues for 4 years and was incapacitated for days on end. I understand and feel your frustration that no doctor took the time to put our puzzle together. If it isn’t a skin deep issue, toss your hands up, there isn’t an issue.
I am 39 years old and three years ago I had to stop taking adderall due to an on set of auto immune issues. Before my health went South, I was perfectly healthy. Since being taken off the drug, I have tried getting back on it. The times that I did I never will forget. My whole body hurt from shoulders, hands, legs, etc. The first day I was put back on it was great, but that night was horrible... Night Sweats, Muscle Aches, and so much more. I finally told myself having ADHD untreated is way better than my body aching all day. Your symptoms are real!!! And I am pretty sure it is coming from the meds. Just talk to your doctor about another ADHD Medicine. I will never take that medication again. I sometime think it triggered my auto immune disease.
To those concerned about the side effects of adderall I would highly suggest monitoring your blood pressure and heart rate throughout the day for a week - especially if you are increasing the dosage. In hindsight I can’t believe my DR never asked about the side effects - there was no monitoring at all. When I wAs on 60mg my Resting heart rAte was 15-20bpm faster than normal and my blood pressure was through the roof. Of course this is going to cause other issues. Numbness, soar muscles, shortness of breath, etc.
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