Should I take my Adderall today?
October 8, 2010 7:08 AM   Subscribe

I have a prescription for Adderall XR. I'm very hungover. Should I take my Adderall as prescribed or skip a day?
posted by chris p to Health & Fitness (8 answers total)
Hangover, as far as I know, isn't a contraindication for use of Adderall. You should be fine taking it, in my opinion.
posted by scblackman at 7:12 AM on October 8, 2010

Best answer: I've been told that Adderall actually helps you recover more quickly.
posted by runningwithscissors at 7:14 AM on October 8, 2010

Best answer: Sometimes adderall can make me more nauseous. Otherwise it'll be fine.
posted by anti social order at 7:19 AM on October 8, 2010

If you take Adderall regularly, you'll probably experience (mild but unpleasant) withdrawal when you skip a day. (For perspective: your question is a little like asking "I'm very hung over — should I choose today to quit drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes?" You could, and it wouldn't harm you any, but you probably wouldn't enjoy it.)

The one thing to watch out for is that you're getting enough food and water. Adderall can dehydrate you and/or spoil your appetite, and if you don't eat or drink it'll make the hangover worse. I don't drink much these days, but if I'm having a rough morning because I'm sick or slept badly or whatever, I usually wait until after breakfast to take mine, just to make sure I don't look up at 2 in the afternoon and realize I'm starving and parched and miserable.
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:26 AM on October 8, 2010

I'm no expert, but I used to take Adderall.
I would take it, and drink plenty of water.
posted by kidbritish at 7:41 AM on October 8, 2010

I also take Adderall XR, and would not think twice about taking it while hungover.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:04 AM on October 8, 2010

AFAIK, you can take it. You can also skip a day and go back tomorrow. You won't have the benefits of it for today.

Then again, if you're that hung over, maybe just spending the day in bed is a good idea - in which case, you won't need the Adderall, anyway. :) (Mostly kidding.)
posted by Citrus at 9:44 AM on October 8, 2010

Do you want to spend the day on the couch nursing yourself, or are you trying to get up and get going? If it's the former, skip it (you'll never nap if you don't). If I (knock wood) find myself in your situation and can't be a layabout, I take one, give it an hour and see how I'm doing, and possibly add a little more. I AM NEITHER A DOCTOR NOR YOURS. If you don't know how that will affect you, ymmv. disclaimer disclaimer yadda yadda.
posted by mimi at 8:14 AM on October 9, 2010

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