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People who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are generally prescribed one of two medications to help them with their condition, either Adderall or Vyvanse. As a result, many patients are curious what the differences are between these two medications. 

Or, another possible scenario is that some people who don’t have a prescription are using Adderall and/or Vyvanse to get high or to gain more energy. If you fall into this category, we at (Facility Name) addiction rehab program understand how hard it can be to break free of harmful habits like these. 

Let’s take a moment to talk about the differences between Adderall and Vyvanse and explore how they work inside of your body. 

How Are Adderall and Vyvanse Different?

Although both medicines are used to treat the same medical conditions, there is one main difference between Adderall and Vyvanse. Adderall contains four different kinds of amphetamine salts, whereas Vyvanse only has one. It is known as lisdexamfetamine, which must be chemically converted by the body before it is activated. 

Since Adderall contains free amphetamine salts, the possibility of it being abused is greater than Vyvanse. However, both are controlled substances and therefore have a high potential for abuse.

Another difference is that since there is no generic version of Vyvanse on the market, it costs more to buy than Adderall. 

About Prescription Stimulants

Prescription stimulants work to escalate levels of chemicals in the brain known as dopamine and norepinephrine. Dopamine is involved in the pleasure center of the brain, while norepinephrine influences factors such as heart rate, blood pressure, blood vessels, breathing rate, and blood sugar levels. When you take prescription stimulants, you become more alert, attentive and you gain energy. 

Useful for treating ADHD and narcolepsy, when misused, prescription stimulants can become addictive and dangerous to your body in many ways. If you don’t have a prescription and you are taking Adderall or Vyvanse, you should be concerned about this. 

Dangers of Abusing Adderall or Vyvanse

When you ingest chemicals into your body that are not meant for it to have, you are taking a big risk. You are gambling with your life when you take Adderall or Vyvanse to get high. 

First of all, if you take too many of either prescription, you risk overdosing. You could have a heart attack, a seizure, blood pressure that is too high or too low, or blood poisoning. Other symptoms of overdose from prescription stimulants include rapid breathing, hallucinations, panic or confusion, a spiked fever, and weakness.

Addiction is the most common manifestation of experimenting with Adderall or Vyvanse. One of the main concerns with becoming addicted is that you develop a tolerance for the amount that you have been taking, and you are left wanting more. 

Online medical journals give the following warning regarding Adderall abuse, “Taking Adderall at excessive doses or not as prescribed can affect your whole body, including your cardiovascular system, metabolism, and your brain.”

What If You Have Become Addicted?

We at Knoxville Recovery Center know how difficult it can be to kick a prescription drug habit. During your detoxification period, we will stand beside you, providing guidance and comfort during this challenging time. 

We will help you identify possible sources of the addiction and give you the tools to begin your recovery journey. We want to understand why you picked up the bottle of pills in the first place, find the places within you that are broken, and help you find yourself again.  

Why put it off another day? Your mind and body are waiting for you to become clean again. Our friendly staff at Knoxville Recovery Center is eager to speak with you.

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