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Q: Is it just me or can adderall age you faster?

I take Adderal prescribed by my doctor. 10mg in the morning and 20 mg at lunch. I'm 22 years old and since I have been on it I feel like I look so much older and fine lines and wrinkles are showing up. Is it just me or can adderall age you faster?I was switched to adderall about 4 or 5 months ago.

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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
6/ 1/09 2:56pm

Thank you for your question and welcome to


I have not heard any information on aging/wrinkles and the use of adderall. You should, however, discuss this with your physician. He or she would be better able to determine if this is a side effect of the medication.



gogogo, Community Member
6/15/09 10:58am

I am trying to find out the medical answer to this question myself. I have been taking it over a year and I really think it has aged my face slightly. I feel like my skin on my face looks a little more sunken in. I take good care of myself, eat healthy, exercise alot, I don't do drugs or smoke, so I really think it's the adderall. There seems to be no medical research on this that I have found, but I am intuitively starting to think it does age a person faster. AFter all, it is  speed, image how damaging that is to rev a person up and then have them crash afterwards?

Damon, Community Member
6/22/09 5:07pm

I have noticed the same thing; however, I only take adderall occasionally and only for the past few months.  I guess there are some things that you must consider...  Your bodys internal health will reflect on the outside as well.  Adderall is a stimulant (amphetamine) and increases your heart rate, dehydrates you quicker, ect.  Even when taken with a healthy diet and exercise, this can still be somewhat unhealthy...  If you exercise while on adderall, you will increase your heart rate even more than it has been increased from taking the drug...  I know people who have been taking it for a couple of years, and at higher dosages that have not experienced this...  I would suggest drinking a lot more water, up to a gallon per day.  This will do wonders for your skin, keeping it hydrated and clean which can help prevent premature aging.  Also try consuming more EFA's such as fish, flax seed oil, olive oil, ect...  EFA's also help promote skin health.  It may also be a good idea to not take it as regularly...  If you have an off day, skip the adderall, or only take it when you really need it.

Laurie, Community Member
11/26/09 10:56pm

I believe this as well and researched it a while back.  I think I researched under amphetamines.  I definitely think the medication dehydrates - most evident by less saliva.  I also recall discussion of negative interaction with vitamins that help build collagen.  If you aren't taking a multi-vitamin every day, I'd start there - along with drinking more water. 

drkatzjr, Community Member
4/10/10 2:23am

The scientific evidence is mixed on this issue, but we know that Amphetamine does increase the rate at which genes express themselves in some.


Think of it this way: it literally "speeds" up the brain  ---  this, in the most simple terms, can cause an increase in gene expression.  


For example, say you have a gene that, will eventually, trigger the growth of white/gray hair.  This gene, under the impact of chronic, moderate to high levels of amphetamine, may "activate" this gene before nature desired its activation.  For further reading, search for scientific neouroscience articles concerning gene expression and amphetamine.

AdderallIsSpeed, Community Member
5/19/10 10:27am



I'm no expert but I think it might.  I'm 33, have been on Adderall for six years and I'm starting to get some small but visible gray patches in my hair.  This is scaring the hell out of me to the point that I'm considering discontinuing use despite the wonders that it works for my concentration and ability to complete tasks at work. 


Although there's no medical evidence to prove it, the fact that so many on the internet are asking the question makes me very suspicious that it does cause premature aging. 

ultraSoundwavez, Community Member
6/ 5/10 4:53am

Having taken the medication for about a year and a half, my main gripe is that it causes me joint pain, and seems to have affected vision in my right eye. I believe it has caused my hair to fall out a little faster as  well.


As for aging faster, I have noticed I seem to have aged a bit in the last two years, however there are other factors inolved, such as spending time in the sun.


In of itself, I would not doubt that amphetamine salts are capable of aging you, as it releases a host of stress chemicals in your body, in effect mimicking the "fight or flight" response for a prolonged period of time.


I have since begun to take much less and this has helped immensely on all fronts. You should consider lowering your dosage.

LindseyHC, Community Member
6/10/10 11:43am

Yes! I am 26 and have always looked VERY healthy and young for my age; however, after taking adderall for 5 months this past year, fine lines and wrinkles literally "exploded" around my eyes.  Whatever the justification and reasoning behind it is, the fact remains that it made me look evidently older.  


After discontinuing for a month, taking up Bikram yoga and detoxing, the fine lines and ashen color have almost disappeared.  Whew!


The stuff is awful, get off it asap!


When I need mental alertness, I take a vegan sports enhancer which, for me, works even better than adderall without the negative side effects. I'm also big on bee pollen and kambucha tea.  And of course, daily yoga.  I've never felt better or had more focus and energy in my life. 

danigeeez, Community Member
6/16/10 1:07am

I am 19 years old and have been taking adderall on and off for about a year now. I have noticed the amount of stress i feel when taking it and i sometimes even forget to breathe. Anyways, a couple weeks ago I noticed about 8 GRAY HAIRS throughout my head!! I freaked out and did some research. I stopped taking adderall and started drinking apple cider vinegar and blackstrap molasses. I have never felt better! so much energy and you even get a good nights sleep!! i will never take adderall again!! i promise it works! go to and see for yourself!

Bon, Community Member
11/18/11 2:03pm

59 year old female...I've been taking 30 mg. adderall daily for ten years..have always looked about 8-10 years younger...good skin, no wrinkles .people still say I look younger than my years...drink one to two cups of coffee a day..lots of water..about 7 to 8 glasses a day...use olive oil in diet daily...don't drink alcohol..good diet lots of fruits and veggies..good genes maybe?

Hector, Community Member
4/10/12 11:00am
I am 30 years old and have been taking adderall xr for about 15 years for add. I'm one of those people who have a "baby face". When I tell people my age they are in disbelief and am always carded on the rare occasion I buy alcohol. With that said, I have not noticed any change with my appearance or skin since starting added all. In fact, sometimes I feel like I look even younger and my skin is more healthy looking at times, perhaps it's huts genetics but in my case adderall has not aged my appearance at all and I've been taking 60 - 75mg every day for the past 15 years with occasional 1 - 2 day drug holidays every few months to lower tolerance. I also get regular EKG tests for my heart and physicals which have all been just fine each year. Reply
ED, Community Member
4/21/12 4:06pm

I am 21 and have been taking adderall for 2 years now and I swear that I am getting wrinkles too! I have been noticing them the last few months and I can't figure out what their from.But this is depressing so I'm going to my Dr. to find out whats up.

Uniqone, Community Member
8/ 7/12 12:13am

It does! & This is because It keeps you awake unwillingly when your body truthfully is tired and wants to sleep. Taking it in a pattern will worsen you over time, I am 19 years old and have always had a baby face. After one year of adderal Max doseage ER 30mg People now say I look 26 and are in SHOCK that I'm 19. YES I HAVE ADD, The worst of the worst BUT I'd rather kill myself than look like this, taking only 5 mgs every other day or when I need it now. Soaking my stressed crows feet bags under eye and expression DEEP lines in Aragan Oil EVERY DAY! Benifits of this drug are weight loss, focus, task managing and clearance of emotional inbalance. If I knew this would happen to me I would've never started. I look like a long term METH abuser. I don't drink or smoke. Going in for botox, and plastic surgery soon. Hope I helped. 

OrganizedADD, Community Member
10/ 6/12 10:06pm

I'm a 32 yr. old female and have always looked younger..I started taking adderrall only about 8 months ago and I have noticed that it can age you. As stated in another comment, it keeps you wide awake depriving you of sleep, it dehydrates you like crazy and decreases your if your alreay thin, it'll make you look gaunt and fragile. You have to keep in mind that this medication is also prescribed for patients who not only have ADHD/ADD but for weight control and narcolepsy. You just have to use it when really needed and try to not abuse it. Drink lots of H2O and try to catch up on your zzz's. Hope this helps. 

Suzyq, Community Member
9/ 3/14 2:59am

I have been on addaral for 15 years 10 years consistently every day 80mg percribed two 30 time releases and one 20 mg solid addaral decays your teeth, Addaral causes severe joint pains including tendentious and even worse arthritis, this medication also over time can cause heart failure, this medication if u are dependent on it like i was can cause permanent damage, like one said blindness cause your pupils are dilated and constantly strained Addaral might help some but over all I'm 26 years old a mother of 2 and tonight i was admitted to the hospital to find out my heart is in rough condition Addaral is a medication that is giving out by every pyschatrist in the untied states, And being 7 years old started on ritilin then Addaral in my teen years becoming codependent and addicted in my adult years has taken a toll on my physical and mental i had a pyschlogical test done that indicted I do not have adhd nor anything else wrong i knew that!! My point is you think this drug is harmless you think its great cause you can loose weight and you can talk to the neighbors without Being shy or you can stay up all night and finish that test you needed to pass but all of everyone's questions are questions i didn't care to think abt or ask but all of your thoughts all true! And i advice everyone to think long and hard and to read the drug info very carefully as well as looking up the long term side affects, would you SMOKE meth??? Sounds crazy huh? But if a meth addict smokes meth and ages has heart problems rotted teeth sunken in eyes don't take a scientist to see that long term use of AMPHETAMINES Will do the same think long and hard not licensed MD but a prime example,,,,, 

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