Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Includes Expert Content
    Adderall, what's it doing to my head?
    KrazyKat91 posted:
    For about four years I've been prescribed to 10mg Adderall (The blue circular ones) What my doctor doesn't know, is that I've been heavily abusing it. I'm supposed to take one in the morning one at lunch but some days It, I take two around midnight(additionally to my regular dose), because it keeps me awake all night, then one or two at 7am so I can stay awake for school. If I need it, I'll take another one four hours later then another one after school. About four hours after school I may take another, depending on how late I want to stay up. If I go a few days without taking it I can't think, or hardly pay attention to one thing. My brain feels wired, like I'll go insane if I don't take a pill. I just really like the feeling it gives me. I've never attempted to mix it with alcohol, thank god, but I'm curious to what this could be doing to my body.
    Betty Ford Center
    Anthony Tornay, MD responded:
    More pertinent, you might ask, "What is it doing to my brain?"

    By bombarding the brain centers with a dose of a chemical many times what it was 'designed' to receive, changes occur.
    The brain centers 'adapt' and come to 'expect' this onslaught.

    The bad feelings when you do not take your drug are basically withdrawal. It is these changes that lead to dependence - addiction.

    Featuring Experts from Betty Ford Center

    Harry L. Haroutunian, MD., is an internationally known speaker on the topics of Addictive Disease and its treatment. He is Board Certified in Family M...More

    Helpful Tips

    Will smoking weed effect my everyday life and health due to my age?
    I'm 14 and I've been smoking marijuana since I was 12 due to family problems&a family loss and my grades seem to me slowly going down ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 1 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.