The term "study drugs" refers to prescription drugs used to increase concentration and stamina for the purpose of studying or cramming. Study drugs are prescription stimulant medications that are used improperly by a person with a prescription, or more often, illegally by a person without a prescription. These medications are used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which affect attention span, impulse control, self-discipline, and hyperactivity in the case of ADHD. Prescription stimulants used to treat ADD and ADHD include Ritalin®, Adderall®, Concerta®, and Focalin®. Using or buying these medications without a prescription is illegal. Selling your own prescription is also illegal.
Aside from legal repercussions it is important to be aware of the side effects of these medications.
· Irregular heartbeat
· Increased blood pressure
· Mouth dryness
· Suppressed appetite
· Diarrhea or constipation
Prescription stimulants like Adderall® and Ritalin® have potential for physical and psychological dependence, especially among people who do not have ADHD. Continued use will result in higher tolerance to the drug and eventually require larger doses to reap the same effects. Once discontinued, withdrawal effects such as depression may occur.
We understand that some students may feel like study drugs and cramming are their only options for success. There are a number of resources at Westlake to help deal with academic and more generalized stress.
Reminder of free Tutoring Hours – Monday and Wednesdays 4:30 – 6pm and Tuesday and Thursdays 6-8PM. Additionally, most teachers offer tutorials before the class day starts. And a reminder to look at Study Skills 101 to study smarter, not harder! Finally, Katie and I are always available for help dealing with stress and anxiety.