Heart damage with Adderall???
I'm 22 year old male with ADHD. I have been taking Adderall 10mg 2x daily for the past few years. The adderall worked wonders with my life. BUT...about two weeks ago I was cramming for two exams late one evening and I found myself unable to concentrate. After considering what I felt to be the pro's and con's, I greatly exceeded my daily dosage to help me cram. Before I realized it, 8-10 hours had passed. I'm not sure how many I actually took. But I'm estimating 5-7 in addition to my dailiy dose. So an estimated 80-100 mg in a 24 hr period. I did ace both exams the next day, but aside from insomnia my chest hurt.
I didn't take any adderall the next few days in order to get my supply back on track. Then I took my first adderall, and about 30 min found my heart racing uncontrollably. I thought I was dying. I called 911 and went to the ER diagnosed me with Supraventrical Tachycardia. They gave me Tenormin 50mg "take as needed", but tagged the event as an anxiety/panic attack. I did tell them I had just taken the adderall, but didn't mention anything about the previous adderall overdose.
Being concerned, the next day I wore a heart monitor used during exercise to count calories when I took my adderall. The same thing happened, and my heart rate went from about 70 to 150bpm in a matter of seconds almost exactly 30 min after I took my dose. I followed the necessary procedures to low my HR and took a Tenormin, and other than chest pain was fine. I tried that again two days later. Same thing.
I fear I have caused permenant damage with overdosing with the adderall, and I'm scared to take it again. I'm also hesitant to tell me regular doc about overdosing as I fear he could pull me off the meds for good. I dont want that because the adderall has helped so much with my life. For the first time in years I feel accomplished, but at what cost? Could the damage be permenant? What could it have caused?