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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Effects of Mixing Adderall and Alcohol

04/23/2007

Question:

I have recently started taken Adderall a few months ago. It has really helped me a lot on many levels. I hear of some people taken the drug for partying and it saddens me. I trying to do research on the effects of Adderall and Alcohol, and all I can come up with are people who abuse it and take them at the same time. Here is my story. I not a big drinker and well I only been on Adderall a short time, and it states nowhere on the bottle or on the print out from the pharmacy that you are not to drink alcohol with this medication. I took a 20mg pill around 8 am and had my first drink around 10pm, that night, and within 15 minuets I was plastered. I don’t drink all the time but that has NEVER happen to me in my life and I am 30 now. Did the Adderall, cause this to happen?

Answer:

Stimulant medications such as four dexedrine salts (Adderall ), dexedrine, methylphenidate (Ritalin, Metadate, Methylin, Daytrana, Concerta) or lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) should NOT be taken with alcohol. They form a new chemical that is even stronger on the brain and can make you less able to have control over yourself. I worry about things like driving (Oh, I can always drive fine on one drink), date rape, physical injuries, and just plain making a fool of one's self.

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Response by:

Susan Louisa Montauk, MD
Formerly Professor of Family Medicine
University of Cincinnati