Review: could Adderall cause Memory loss?
Summary: Memory loss is found among people who take Adderall, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take medication Adderall 10, and have Depression.
We study 11,319 people who have side effects while taking Adderall from FDA and social media. Among them, 296 have Memory loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Memory loss and more.
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Adderall has active ingredients of amphetamine aspartate; amphetamine sulfate; dextroamphetamine saccharate; dextroamphetamine sulfate. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (latest outcomes from 16,953 Adderall users)
Memory loss has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, depression, pain, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol. (latest reports from 63,324 Memory loss patients)
On Feb, 11, 2015: 11,266 people reported to have side effects when taking Adderall. Among them, 296 people (2.63%) have Memory Loss.
Time on Adderall when people have Memory loss * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Memory loss||5.61%||20.56%||17.76%||17.76%||24.30%||11.21%||2.80% |
Gender of people who have Memory loss when taking Adderall * :
|Memory loss||73.19%||26.81% |
Age of people who have Memory loss when taking Adderall * :
|Memory loss||0.00%||2.91%||9.82%||18.18%||21.09%||24.36%||17.82%||5.82% |
Severity of Memory loss when taking Adderall ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Memory loss||11.25%||50.00%||35.00%||3.75% |
How people recovered from Memory loss ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Memory loss||2.33%||2.33%||95.35% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Depression (76 people, 25.68%)
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (71 people, 23.99%)
- Insomnia (40 people, 13.51%)
- Bipolar disorder (30 people, 10.14%)
- Adhd (28 people, 9.46%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Adderall 10 (133 people, 44.93%)
- Adderall 5 (53 people, 17.91%)
- Ambien (51 people, 17.23%)
- Xanax (37 people, 12.50%)
- Wellbutrin (36 people, 12.16%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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It started with just me feeling a bit off which happens because I take Adderall, and I'm pretty sure I took it that day, I do experience some side effects, so just an anecdote I guess. I curled up with a blanket as I was starting to feel a bit more odd. I could hear voices coming from the TV in the other room but they didn't make any sense. Lights started to seem bright/blurry, and that's when I saw a black blob resembling my cat (he's black) sitting at my feet in my peripheral. When I looked down, it disappeared. The aphasia went away but I started to get a little freaked out because well there was no cat. This is when the headache started. Out of sorts, I got up still wrapped in my blanket and went to get ready for bed so I could sleep off whatever this weird thing was. As I walked upstairs I began to feel a bit more like I was in a dream or not quite fully in reality. Once I got upstairs I noticed repetitive flashing lights in a dark room which was quite startling so I ran into my room. I distinctly remember looking into my closet and seeing the shelves bulge out and feeling like my room was bigger than usual. I quickly got changed and went to the bathroom to brush my teeth and such, more flashing lights, and the real lights in the bathroom seemed weird/blurry and bright. I dropped the blanket I was carrying and was hit with inexplicable confusion, I still don't know what I was confused about. I thought I was losing my mind and just stared at the blanket. When I got back to my room I was beginning to get extremely paranoid I was going insane (and based on what I was experiencing I think that would be a typical response) and settled into bed. I was starting to feel better, no more visual distortions and then the headache went away and I felt back to normal. Anecdotally, I feel I should note my cat (not a hallucination) wouldn't leave my side during this episode which is just cute and probably not important but anyway...
The entire thing lasted about 7-10 minutes but it's hard to be sure. I had experienced some peripheral vision hallucinations before this, which seemed to be a side effect of Adderall as they started to happen after I started to take it. They were all like the one of my cat at my feet - black silhouettes. I pushed this incident to the back of my mind out of fear that I was going insane or had experienced some form of psychosis because of the hallucinations.
Just this week I stumbled upon simple partial seizures when doing some research for a genetic disease project (I explored epilepsy out of curiosity). I became intrigued when it reminded me of this event because it explained quite a few of the symptoms (flashing lights, visual distortions, etc.) but the episode lasted too long for that to be the explanation and some things just weren't explained by that. I don't know what this was, and I haven't been able to find an explanation. I even explored the possibility of strokes and migraines but nothing fits. I don't want to say anything to a doctor or my parents because they'll probably send me to a psychiatrist and that is not something I'd like to do.
Still at a loss and confused...
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I have suffered with hs since 2006 with upto 15 abcesses and boils under each arm pit at any one time more so in summer. Early this year i ttied taking speed amphetamine for weight loss as I was having no joy as much as I was trying. Due to me being antidrugs I was reluctant to tske it so kept to a low dose so I didn't get the high (april 2014) but due to the low dose, basically the smallest paracetamol capsule u can get filled up to half way with amphetamine On a mMonday Wednesday and Fridayhad no effect on weight loss so much just kicked my metabolism into shape. Slightly** but I did start noticing that the HS had subsided and fewer outbreaks( 1 lump to two every month but small). I MUST STSTE AT THE TIME OF ME STARTING THE AMPHETAMINE MY OUTBREAKS WERE AT THE PERIOD TIME OF MONTH AND NOT ON THE SCALE AS STATED AT BEGININGOF POST.. APPROX 2-3 UNDER EACH ARM BUT WOULD BE QUITE BIG AS THRY WOULD INTERLINK INTO OLD SCARING!! So thinking this was a fluke I stoped taking amphetamine (I was on my 3rd week of taking it) I stopped for 4 weeks and sure enough I had a bad breakout of a large abcess and another two... i stsrted taking it again mid june and have done upto the start of NOV 2014 in this time I have had one outbreak of just one lump on a old operation area And all the small lumps that lay under the skin wwaiting to flare up have either dissappeard or to the size of pin head. I stopped using the amphetamine for 3 weeks I h just started with a lump to same place and some smaller lumps are starting to reappear so I am going back onto it see if it has same effect by suppressing it or whateverIits doing. This year is the first summer I have not had to cover up due to endless messy lumps,no hhospital visits to have op to drain. I AM WRITING THIS POST AS I SENT A MESSAGE TO THE HS SITE IN UK WHERE I LIVE AND A PROFESSOR FROM CARDIFF UNIVERSITY GOT BACK TO ME AND THEY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF ANY CASES OF AMPHETAMINE BEING USED BY PATIENTS THAT HAVE HS. I WANT TO FIND IF ANYONE ELSE HAS AND IF SO WHAT WAS YOUR OUTCOME??? please. ... I believe this maybe a studfy they can do as if it has same effects as on me could help other suffering people. Im not saying its a cure but omg its definitely a break from the agony and discomfort and horrible feeling of having hs.
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Have you ever had a fall or injure to the head? (I never had it) but I can relate to you. Because I had a dog that gave birth to these 5 puppies. One of the puppies that I gave away later had continues epilepsy. I later found out that the dog's owner abuse her a lot (hitting in the head.) But none of other 5 or the mom or dad had it (I own the mom & dad). The owner ended up giving the dog away to get killed. I had to go the shelter to take the dog back. One thing I noticed that the dog would get seizure whenever she heard loud noises (like my mom yelling) couple hours prior that. May be you could try to figure out if there was any pattern that could help you to prevent the seizures from happening. Some people think it's silly but one thing helps me going through difficult times is to focus on the positives by listening to the audio "The Secret" & "The Power" from Rhonda Burne. I hope you can get cured soon; miracles do happen. I wish you all the best.
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