Last Updated on by Dr. Ronaye Calvert-Conley
How long does Adderall stay in your system? Here’s the quick answer:
Adderall stays in your system for approximately three days but traces of it can be found for up to a month after last use.
Adderall is commonly prescribed to children and adults to relieve the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Narcolepsy. Developed as a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, the drug is classified as a stimulant.
When used recreationally, Adderall is highly addictive and like most drugs, as time goes on, higher doses are needed to recreate the original high.
Adderall also has an added danger if used with alcohol.
As Adderall is a stimulant, it covers the usual signs of intoxication. Hence, you may not realize that you are, in fact, drunk. This increases the risk of consuming alcohol to a dangerous level which can result in serious illness or death.
How Is an Adderall Drug Test Taken?
There are four main ways to test for Adderall use:
- Urine Test – How long does Adderall stay in your urine? Traces of Adderall can show up in your urine for up to three days after use. However, it is easier to detect in urine samples up to 18 hours after use.
- Hair Test– Adderall can be found in a hair sample for up to a month after use. However, it may not show up until one week after
- Saliva Test – Saliva testing is not often used to detect Adderall, but a saliva swab can provide a positive result after only 20 minutes of last use. It remains in a saliva for up to 48 hours.
- Blood Test – Blood testing is also rare due to it being an invasive procedure and Adderall can only be detected up to 24 hours of last use.
Adderall will pass through your system in around three days but as we’ve shown, traces can still be found for up to a month after last use.
What Factors Can Affect How Long Adderall Stays in Your System?
There are several factors that can affect how long Adderall stays in your system.
- Body weight and size – If your body is high in fat and low in muscle tone, Adderall will pass through your system relatively quickly. Adderall is constructed from substances which are hydrophilic. This means they mix well with water and people who have high muscle tone have more water coursing through their bodies. Therefore, the Adderall has more space and volume to circulate around in.
- How much food you’ve eaten – If you’ve taken Adderall on an empty stomach, it may pass through your system quicker. This is because your body will work to metabolize any food in your system at that same time as it works to metabolize the Adderall. This means that both the food and the Adderall will take longer to completely leave your body.
- Dosage and frequency of use– The higher the dose you take, the longer it will take to be eliminated from your body. In the same way, if you’re using a lot of Adderall, it will build up in your system, and again, take longer to leave your body.
- Liver and Kidney function – The liver and kidneys play a huge part in metabolizing substances so if either one of these, or both, are not working properly, elimination from the body will take longer.
If you’re concerned about your Adderall use, or a loved one’s use, seeking advice from a medical professional or treatment facility is the first step to recovery.
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Dr. Ronaye Calvert-Conley is the CEO and Founder of Revive Detox, a Joint Commission Accredited and Legit Script Certified Addiction Treatment Center in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in Los Angeles in 2007 and has extensive experience working in the addiction and recovery field and the LGBT community. To learn more about Dr. Calvert-Conley click here.