Is Adderall considered methamphetamine?
No, Adderall is not considered METHampehtamine.
Adderall is a combination of four amphetamine salts
1 racemic amphetamine aspartate monohydrate,
2 racemic amphetamine sulfate,
3 dextroamphetamine saccharide, and
4 dextroamphetamine sulfate
Adderall works as a reuptake inhibitor for dopamine and norepinephrine.
Amphetamine is the name for the chemical compound: methylated phenylethylamine. Methamphetamine is the same thing, but it is double methylated, instead of only methylated once.
Because of the double methylation, meth has a stronger, FASTER, effect on the body (not longer lasting). The strong/fast effect is what causes extreme chemical/physical dependence and addiction.
It is worth noting that methamphetamine breaks down into amphetamine when it is metabolized. This means that meth turns into amphetamine in the body, and is excreted as amphetamine.
Finally, amphetamines are very similar to nor/epinephrine, naturally made phenylethylamine substance from human adrenals. synthetic versions can/do severe damage to the sympathetic autonomic nerve system (e.g., cause of myocardial infarctions, rage/violence, etc.).
(note: "racemic" means mix of both levo and dextro enantomers of the chemical moity. "dextro" means right 'handed', levo means left 'handed'. Important since some drugs have only a certain shape (levo or dextro) that are effective, and some a mix of both is most effective).
It is considered an Amphetamine, but not a Methamphetamine. They are in the same family, but not the same thing. However, in certain drug tests, Adderall can show up as meth due to their similarities. ^^^^ Wrong. Adderall will not show up as methamphetamine in a drug test. It will show up as AMPH. Now, certain formulas of methamphetamine WILL show up as AMPH in addition to methamphetamine, but not the other way around. Adderall…