Why Does Adderall Increase Sexual Desire?

Adderall is a popular prescription stimulant used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Dextroamphetamine is the main ingredient. These substances increase energy, focus and alertness by speeding up the central nervous systems.

Adderall, like other prescribed drugs can cause side effects. Some Adderall users report increased sexual desire. Here’s why.

Why does Adderall increase sexual desire?

Adderall increases the effects of several neurotransmitters, including:

  • Dopamine, also known as the “feel good” hormone, influences memory, motivation and reward.
  • Norepinephrine is a hormone that influences alertness, energy and arousal.
  • Serotonin influences mood, appetite, and sleep

These neurotransmitters can also influence sexual desire.

Adderall can increase the blood flow in your sexual organs by increasing its effects. This may enhance your sexual drive, and your ability to experience sexual satisfaction. Adderall may enhance your sexual performance, by making you more confident, energized and focused.


Some people find the increased sexual desire enjoyable, while others find it overwhelming. Some people may be so aroused they cannot concentrate on anything else. Compulsive sexual behavior, such as masturbation, may also occur.

In extreme cases, they might even feel intense urges to sex with someone they wouldn’t normally do. This is called “hypersexuality.”

Hypersexuality has serious consequences including damaged relationships, sexually transmissible diseases and unwanted pregnancy.

How long does the increased desire last?

Your sexual desire can return to normal after a few weeks of using Adderall. Sometimes, however, your sexual desire will continue to increase. It’s vital to tell your doctor if you notice any changes in sexual behavior while on Adderall.

Adderall can reduce sexual desire.

Adderall can have the opposite of its intended effect. It can reduce blood flow to the sexual organs and decrease your sense of pleasure.

This condition can even lead to erectile dysfunction (ED). This condition makes it hard to maintain or get an erection. Adderall may or may no longer cause sexual side effects. Some people treat it with ED drugs such as Viagra.

Adderall may also lower your sexual drive indirectly by causing side effects like:

  • Nervousness
  • nausea
  • Constipation
  • diarrhea
  • Menstrual cramps can be painful

You may find it difficult to focus on sexual activities or sex if these side effects are too severe or frequent.

Sexual Side Effects: How to Manage them

Inform your doctor if Adderall has sexual side effects. Your doctor can offer you options if the side effects are uncomfortable or persistent.

You could, for example, try lowering the dosage. You may be able to treat ADHD or narcolepsy with a smaller dose without it affecting your sexual life.

Switch Formulation

You doctor may recommend that you switch to another formulation of Adderall. Adderall comes in two forms: immediate-release Adderall, and extended-release Adderall.

Extended-release Adderall has a longer duration of action than immediate-release Adderall.

You can control sexual side effects by switching to a different formulation. If Adderall causes you to feel uncomfortable, you can switch to the immediate release formulation to ensure that the effects won’t last the entire day.

Switch Medication

You doctor may also recommend switching to another prescription stimulant such as lisdexamfetamine(Vyvanse), or methylphenidate(Ritalin).

Sexual side effects can also occur with these drugs. Different people react differently to medication. Vyvanse may not cause sexual side effects in a person who is taking Adderall.

Adderall Abuse & Addiction

Adderall is often abused by people who want to increase their sexual desire, pleasure and performance. Some people may want to increase their energy levels and alertness.

Adderall abuse is using it for purposes not prescribed. You might, for example, use higher doses or without a prescription.

Adderall abuse can have serious side effects including:

  • Weight loss that is sudden and unhealthy
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  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations are the feeling, seeing, or hearing of things that don’t exist.
  • Confusing words and phrases
  • Sweating
  • seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

Adderall dependence can also occur. You may feel like you can’t stop taking the drug, even if it is a serious condition.

Adderall addiction is no different from other diseases. Contact a Specialist at Recovering Champs to learn more about the treatment options available. Our customized treatment programs include family counselling and 12-step therapy.






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