Lohan Adderall: 5 Things To Know About Lindsay’s Adderall Use

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 1, 2013 3:47 PM EDT

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Lindsay Lohan, who is set to star alongside Charlie Sheen in the upcoming “Scary Movie 5,” has been using Adderall for years, sources told TMZ. And now, the “Mean Girls” actress is refusing to enter rehab without it. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Lindsay Lohan is adamant that she be allowed to take Adderall while serving her 90 days in rehab. According to TMZ, sources told the celebrity news website that the 26-year-old actress, who has been taking Adderall for years, says she needs the drug to function, and will agree to rehab only if the facility will let Lohan keep taking Adderall.

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If Lohan refuses rehab, she will have to go to trial for lying to police about an incident she was involved in 2012. If convicted in a trial, the actress could spend up to eight months in jail. She has until May 2 to enroll in rehab, or she will be put behind bars.

As part of a plea deal, Lohan will spend 90 days in rehab after she plead no contest to reckless driving and lying to police after an incident in June 2012 in which she crashed her Porsche 911 into a dump truck on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, California. The International Business Times reports that Lohan's lawyer is working to find a rehab facility that will allow Lindsay to continue taking Adderall.

Adderall is used to treat both narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Symptoms of ADHD include poor attention, restlessness, excessive procrastination, difficulty completing tasks and forgetfulness. Adderall treats these by stimulating the release of adrenaline.

The main ingredients in Adderall are amphetamine and dextroamphetamin, both of which are central nervous system stimulants. According to Drugs.com, side effects of Adderall use can include feelings of extreme happiness or sadness; tremors, hallucinations or unusual behavior; fast heartbeat and high blood pressure. Using amphetamines for long periods of time can lead to drug dependence.

Here are five things to know about Lindsay's Adderall use:

1. Lohan was previously diagnosed with ADHD, and received a prescription for it while in jail back in 2010. Sources close to her told TMZ she has been taking the drug for years.  

2. Doctors believe Lohan was misdiagnosed. Doctors who evaluated Lindsay at the University of California, Los Angeles, Resnich Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Westwood back in 2010 say she was misdiagnosed and did not have ADHD, which is routinely confused with bipolar disorder.

3. Lohan has been accused of using Adderall recreationally, which can lead to manic behavior and is dangerous when combined with alcohol. Side effects of taking the Adderall when the drug is unnecessary can experience feelings similar to those associated with cocaine use.

4. Some people believe that Adderall is responsible for Lindsay's demise. It's not hard to imagine that, with manic symptoms being a side effect of recreational Adderall use, Adderall could be an explanation for all of Lohan's erratic behavior.

5. Lohan may not be allowed to take Adderall with her into rehab, putting the celebrity at risk of withdrawals. Symptoms of Adderall withdrawal can be minor or severe, with issues ranging from the more benign, like mood swings and tiredness, to the more serious, like delusions, depression, hallucinations and panic attacks.

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