Are prescription stimulants addictive?

Yes, misusing stimulants can lead to addiction. Addiction is when you continue to seek out and take the drug even though you know it is damaging your health and life, even ruining your relationships and causing you problems in school or at work.

When a person who regularly misuses stimulants stops taking them, they may experience withdrawal symptoms. Stimulant withdrawal can cause:

  • an inability to feel pleasure
  • thoughts of suicide
  • anxiety and irritability
  • feeling very tired, lack of energy, and changes in sleep patterns
  • intense drug cravings

People who have these symptoms should seek medical help. People should ask their doctor for advice on how to safely stop using stimulants.