How to Get Rid of Adderall Tongue (2022 Version)

How to Get Rid of Adderall Tongue (2022 Version)

What is Adderall Tongue?

Adderall tongue can be two things:

  1. Dry mouth (medically known as xerostomia; occurs in 35% of patients)
  2. An allergic reaction, which results in swelling of the tongue, throat, or face.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately. However, experiencing the allergic reaction version of Adderall tongue is considered a medical emergency.

The following are the signs and symptoms of Adderall tongue:

  • Bad breath
  • Tongue sticking
  • Swelling and fissuring of lips and/or the inner lining of the mouth
  • Biting of the tongue, inner cheeks, or lips
  • Dryness in the mouth
  • Taste disorders
  • Fungal infections such as oral thrush
  • Painful tongue
  • Increased need to drink water
  • Problems with speaking, swallowing, and chewing
  • Sticky and/or stringy saliva
  • Sore throat
  • Teeth grinding or clenching (medically known as bruxism)

What causes Adderall tongue?

The dry mouth version of Adderall tongue is caused by a reduction in saliva production, which is a common symptom of stimulants/amphetamines.

And the allergic reaction version of Adderall tongue is caused when your body's immune system overreacts.

How to get rid of Adderall tongue

The recommendation for those suffering with Adderall-induced dry mouth is to seek the help of the attending physician. The physician will give a medically sound advice or they might reduce the dosage of the drug or make significant changes.

Nevertheless, we have listed below the common practices implemented in order to deal with the phenomenon.

What you can do:

  • Stay hydrated by taking frequent sips of water or non-carbonated, sugar-free fluids
  • Chew sugarless gum
  • Use artificial saliva from gels, lozenges, or sprays.

What you should avoid:

  • Mouthwash with alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Sugary foods or drinks
  • Acidic foods or drinks
  • Dry foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Excessively hot or cold drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee

Other Side Effects of Adderall

Adderall is a highly regulated drug because of its high potential for abuse and dependence. With this, it is expected that it has a lot of side effects.

Common Side Effects

The following are the common side effects of the drug that may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. Seek medical advice if prolonged.

  • Stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Mood changes
  • Fast heart rate
  • Headache, dizziness
  • Sleep problems
  • Dry mouth

Allergies

There are people who develop allergies in Adderall, so watch out for the following signs and symptoms as medically-induced allergies have a high chance of progressing to anaphylaxis:

  • Hives
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat

If you show these signs and symptoms, immediately go to the nearest emergency room for appropriate medical intervention.

Systemic Signs and Symptoms

Aside from allergies, immediate medical attention must be sought if you are experiencing the following signs and symptoms:

  • Signs and symptoms of heart problems like chest pain, trouble breathing, fainting spells
  • Signs of psychosis in the form of hallucinations, new behavior problems, aggression, hostility, paranoia
  • Signs of circulation problems such as numbness, pain, cold feeling, unexplained wounds, skin color changes
  • Seizure
  • Tics
  • Vision changes

Serotonin Syndrome

Serotonin syndrome may also happen as Adderall impacts the serotonin level of the body. This syndrome is potentially life-threatening thus keeping a watchful eye for the following signs and symptoms is a must:

  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations,
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Shivering
  • Fast heart rate
  • Muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Potential Growth Retardation

Children’s growth may also be affected if used for a long period. Studies have shown that Adderall causes growth retardation in children (>12 years of age) who are in a long-term regimen of the drug.

Summary/Conclusion

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has a long list of treatment approaches wherein Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine drugs such as Adderall is one of its mainstay treatments. This drug has a long profile of side effects which includes dry mouth or more commonly known as Adderall tongue. It is highly advised for patients to seek medical consult if any side effects are being experienced.

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