joeygk Posted May 20 Report Share Posted May 20 In a city of weight-obsessed work-aholics, it comes as little surprise that the amphetamine Adderall has become the new drug of choice. The blue pill has replaced Ritalin as the go-to upper for the under-30 crowd, who are faking attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder to nab prescriptions, or buying pills from friends whoâ€™ve had it legitimately prescribed. The rampant pill popping is prompting longer, more efficient workdays, with the side effectâ€”some say bonusâ€”of weight loss, since Adderall is essentially fancy speed.But the drugâ€™s sudden popularity has doctors concerned. â€œIt can make you paranoid and crazy,â€ Ivan K. Goldberg, a Manhattan psychopharmacologist, says of improper usage, adding that addiction, rapid heartbeat, and insomnia are other side effects. â€œIt is a dangerous thing.â€ Some doctors worry that their colleagues are prescribing it too readily to New Yorkers who are hopping on what one 25-year-old banker calls â€œthe A train.â€ U.K.-based Shire Pharmaceuticals, which makes Adderallâ€”a blend of amphetamine saltsâ€”to treat ADHD in children and adults, posted an 18 percent rise in profits, to $74.6 million, in the first three months of this year compared with 2003. And Joel Eichel of Bigelow Pharmacy confirms that Adderall sales are swift. Generic versions are also popular.If Ritalin is like coffee, says a 28-year-old law-school graduate, then Adderall is like cocaine: â€œOnce youâ€™re accustomed to the real amphetamine in Adderall, you canâ€™t really enjoy Ritalin anymore.â€ But itâ€™s also designed to be gentler than Ritalin. According to Adam Stewart, 23, whoâ€™s had a prescription for about two years after taking Ritalin for almost a decade, â€œAdderall is a more gradual up-and-down. It doesnâ€™t slam you down like Ritalin.â€ He claims itâ€™s helping his career, too: The first word on his most recent work evaluation was industriousness. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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