How Long Does it Take to Detox from Adderall?

Adderall is used to treat Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD/ADHD) but some people are using it for the high. Withdrawal symptoms from using the drug can begin hours after the effects wear off. The length of withdrawal time varies weeks to months with post acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) factoring in as well. General duration and length depend on many factors. Explore Adderall, symptoms of withdrawal and learn what the process entails.


Duration and Length

Overall Adderall detox duration will depend on many factors including dosage, frequency and total time a person has taken the drug. Individual medical and health factors also make a difference. Most symptoms of Adderall detox resolve several days to weeks after the last pill is taken. Delayed detox may set in where symptoms reappear weeks or months after acute detox. Getting off Adderall cold turkey is, therefore, not usually recommended or necessary. The side effects can be dangerous including seizures, extreme depression and paranoia.


Detox Timeline

Each individual will experience detox symptoms differently. The body may take days to weeks to completely remove amphetamine salts from the system when a person has developed physical dependence. Several weeks or months may be required to fully rid the body of detox symptoms. Here is a timeline of what to expect during the detox or withdrawal period.


24-72 hours post usage – Shortly after the last dose, symptoms will begin. Many people report fatigue and extreme sleepiness. Intense fatigue, continued stimulation and drug craving are typical symptoms which occur during the first days after coming off Adderall. The worst onset of symptoms (fatigue, depression, disorientation) often occur at this time also.


Week 1 – Symptoms tend to even out with return to feeling more normal though drug craving may continue along with disrupted sleeping habits. Symptoms may include inability to feel pleasure, waves of intense craving, depression, exhaustion, extreme fatigue and excessive sleepiness.


Week 2 – Some stimulant detox properties may still be present such as fatigue and exhaustion, depression, unpleasant dreams, increased appetite or irritability.


Weeks 3-4 – Apathy, irritability and depression may still be present. Long periods of disturbances in sleep can continue for awhile in this phase.



Adderall impacts each person’s body and brain differently. The dosage and length of time a person uses Adderall makes a difference. If a person takes Adderall for medical reasons in prescribed dosages, symptoms of detox may tend to be less than a person who abuses the medication or takes higher than prescribed doses. Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) can last several months after a person stops taking Adderall. Increased fatigue and experiencing less energy are typical of people who use Adderall. Individuals who struggle with depression or mental health problems during this time are suggested to speak with a trained specialist or counselor who can help.


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