Adderall and Xanax

An old man looking outside the window

Prescription drug abuse is a severe addiction. Specifically, Adderall and Xanax are two of the most commonly prescribed medications in the U.S. While individuals with various psychological difficulties can find them helpful, people often abuse them because they can be very addictive.

Sometimes individuals will mix these medications for increased effects, which is extremely dangerous and has significant health risks that could potentially be permanent. Drug rehab treatment is an effective solution for addressing addictions.

What is Adderall?

Adderall is an amphetamine drug often prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, such as ADHD, as well as narcolepsy. Doctors sometimes will prescribe Adderall off-label to treat weight loss and improve memory, energy levels and focus for those who need it. 

Adderall is known for mimicking the effects of meth. It is a highly addictive stimulant. 

What is Xanax?

Xanax is a benzodiazepine drug and is a type of central nervous system depressant. Doctors can prescribe it to treat anxiety, panic disorders, seizures, sleep disorders, and stress.

 Similar to Adderall, Xanax is extremely addictive and often abused. 

Is it Safe to Combine Adderall and Xanax?

No. Taking Xanax with Adderall can cause severe symptoms that require immediate medical attention. Over time, individuals who become addicted to Adderall and Xanax might increase their dosage of the drug to receive the same effect they used to feel when they first began taking it. Sometimes they will also combine them for an added “high.”

Dangers of Combining Adderall and Xanax

Below are some of the potential side effects and risks of combining the prescription drugs Adderall and Xanax:

Altered Brain Function

Both drugs affect the way the brain functions. When mixing drugs, it increases the risk significantly of altered brain function, which could potentially lead to permanent brain damage or even death. 

Cardiovascular Difficulties

Combining both drugs can permanently damage the heart.

Blood Pressure Issues

Taking both drugs at the same time could cause significant changes in blood pressure, which could either increase or decrease it. Each change in blood pressure has its own risks and potential effects on the health of the individual.

Liver Failure

Combining these two drugs can cause liver failure.


A common side effect of taking Adderall and Xanax together is the risk of seizures. This would require immediate medical attention.

Increased Psychological Effects and Anxiety

Taking Xanax and Adderall together can actually make psychological issues worse. Despite the fact that they are supposed to help with various psychological issues.

This can include increased levels of anxiety, dramatic changes in mood, and trouble focusing, among many others.

Heart Attack

The risk of a heart attack can increase when mixing Xanax with Adderall. 

Impaired Memory

Since both drugs affect the central nervous system, this can also interfere with memory. This could be temporary or long-lasting. 

Respiratory problems

Combining Xanax and Adderall can lead to difficulty breathing to the point where the person needs immediate medical attention.


Taking just one of these drugs can lead to severe dependence issues. Mixing Adderall with Xanax over time can potentially cause individuals to become dependent on both drugs, significantly interfering with daily life and increasing the risk of severe side effects. 

Suicidal Thoughts

Some individuals might experience suicidal thoughts when taking both drugs together. 

Overdose & Death

Adderall and Xanax are each powerful, dangerous drugs. When combined they can lead to drug overdose deaths (the risk of overdose is much higher when combined).

Can ADHD Be Treated with Xanax?

No. As mentioned above, Xanax does not treat symptoms of ADHD. Xanax is a very addictive drug. Taking Xanax without a prescription and not following the correct dosage can lead to addiction.

Never combine Xanax with Adderall, even if just temporarily. A medical professional should prescribe it only for specific reasons, including panic disorder, anxiety, stress, and other reasons.

Can Alcohol or Illicit Drugs Be Taken with Adderall and Xanax?

No. Never take Alcohol with Adderall or Xanax. Additionally, never take illicit drugs (such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin) with Adderall or Xanax.

Doing so can significantly increase the risk of overdose and death, as well as many other side effects.

Common medical issues include difficulty breathing, liver damage, heart issues, impaired memory, changes in behavior, and others. 

Get Substance Abuse Treatment for Adderall and Xanax Addiction

4 Seasons Detox and Recovery House is a drug abuse treatment center providing clients with in-depth, around-the-clock support and therapy. We tailor our treatment options to meet the unique needs of each patient, including those who struggle with addiction to Adderall or Xanax. Start your recovery journey today and reclaim your life. 

Contact Us

More To Explore

Functioning addict sleeping on a pillow

What is a Functioning Addict?

Addiction often conjures images of individuals whose lives are visibly falling apart. However, not all addicts fit this stereotype. Some manage to maintain their jobs,