With the pressure to succeed always rising, the consumption of study drugs follows. Although they may seem attractive, these substances come along with a long list of risks for the user. This article attempts to briefly list a few popular study drugs and the risks associated with them.
1. Amphetamines (Adderall, Dexedrine, and Vyvanse)
According to the DEA, although amphetamines are often prescribed legally to those with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), they can be very dangerous if they are being used without regulation. The effects of amphetamines are most closely related to those of cocaine. The DEA goes on to explain that although they share similar characteristics, amphetamines have a slower onset and longer duration than cocaine. In addition, “increased body temperature, blood pressure and pulse rates, insomnia, loss of appetite, physical exhaustion” are all common effects of the use of amphetamines. These side effects are what create a feeling of alertness and focus that encourages users to utilize amphetamines as a study drug. This being said, the DEA states that long term chronic abuse “produces a psychosis that resembles schizophrenia: paranoia, hallucination, violent and erratic behavior.” It is also stated that overdoses on amphetamines can be fatal.
2. Methylphenidates (Ritalin and Concerta)
Also used as a medication to regulate ADHD, methylphenidates can be extremely dangerous and habit forming if used without regard to a doctors orders. Users of methylphenidates take the prescription as a study aid that increases alertness and focus. However, there are many negative side effects such as: nervousness, irritability, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Long term effects of the chronic use of methylphenidates include depression, psychosis, disorientation, apathy, and malnutrition. Much like amphetamines, overdoses on methylphenidates are possible and can be fatal.
It is essential that individuals only take medications that are prescribed to them by their doctors, and that they use them as directed. Although the pull to use study drugs may be strong, remember what is being risked. If you or someone you know is utilizing study drugs and experiencing negative effects, call of visit Wayne State University’s Campus Health Center.