Using Adderall For Opiate Withdrawal?

Opiates are considered the most difficult class of medications to discontinue and possess the greatest abuse liability. In this article, I'm going to discuss drugs that can help alleviate opiate withdrawal.

Adderall For Opiate Withdrawal

Since Adderall has mood-elevating properties and is widely available, many opiate-dependent individuals who have recently discontinued use may wonder whether Adderall helpw

Unfortunately, Adderall is unlikely to be effective at relieving the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. That does not mean that there is nothing that can be done to reduce the suffering of opiate withdrawal.

There are other combination of medications like clonidine plus naloxone or even trazodone which can make opiate withdrawal less dysphoric. Dextromethorphan has also been reported to be effective for opiate withdrawal.

Other Drugs For Opiate Withdrawal

Low efficacy of non-opioid drugs in opioid withdrawal symptoms(2005) asked 89 opioid-dependent patients to estimate the potential of several non-opioid drugs at being able to relieve opioid withdrawal symptoms. They then asked the participants to score non-opioids by a 5-point Lickert scale, where 1 = "very good at relieving opiate withdrawal" to 5 = "no reduction or even exacerbation of opiate withdrawal."

The authors reported the following results:

Drugs For Opiate Withdrawal

Unsurprisingly, opiates (heroin, methadone, buprenorphine) were the most effective at relieving opiate withdrawal, followed by benzodiazepines.

Amphetamines (like Adderall) were ranked 4.7 on the Lickert scale, indicating that they're ineffective at reducing opiate withdrawal symptoms.

These results are in line with expectations.

Adderall (mixed amphetamine salts) is a catecholamine-releasing agent, that is, it induces the release of dopamine and norepinephrine. Adderall's mechanism has clinically insignificant effects on the opioid system.