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How Is Ritalin/Adderall Abuse Prevented?
When taken according to doctor’s instructions, Ritalin and Adderall are relatively safe drugs. When abused, however, they can lead the user to dependency and addictions, conditions from which it’s very difficult to recover. To decrease the risk of becoming dependent on or addicted to these drugs, follow these guidelines:
- Use Ritalin and Adderall only as directed. Don’t take more of the drug–or take it more often–than your doctor advises. Don’t adjust the dosage on your own without consulting your doctor. And don’t take the drug expecting an effect other than as a treatment for a medical condition.
- Never take any else’s prescription drugs. Ritalin and Adderall can be dangerous when taken in combination with other substances. Don’t take either of these medications unless they’ve been prescribed by your doctor after you’ve let him or her know what other medications you’re taking.
- Don’t get prescription drugs from any unreliable or illegal sources. Illegal sources often sell drugs that have been mixed with other substances or that don’t contain what they claim to contain. Taking these substances can be extremely dangerous.
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