Many users of kratom are interested in the interactions that this drug has with prescription medications, such as Adderall. They both have stimulant properties and the ability to affect the functions of the brain. This is an important question to ask. In this article, it is addressed by looking at what kratom is, what Adderall is, the effects of drug interactions, and what experts are saying about all of this.
If you are going to take more than one prescription or other drug or herbal product, it is very important to first understand the interactions that these different products have. Some drug interactions are harmless, while others diminish or enhance the effects of the different products. In some cases, there can be side effects associated with these, so you should pay attention to this kind of information.
History of Kratom
Kratom is an herbal substance that comes from a tropical tree known as kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa. This tree is related to the coffee tree and is found in Southeast Asia. Kratom has been used for hundreds of years in traditional medicine in that region. It has many useful properties and found its use in pain relief, increasing appetite, intestinal deworming, mood enhancing, as well as in ritual ceremonies.
The use of kratom has now spread from the Southeast Asian regions. In the United States, the use of kratom increased significantly since around 2010. The reasons for the boom lie in the special chemical properties of the herb.
Properties and Modern Use of Kratom
What is in kratom that makes it so popular? Kratom is usually ingested as a crushed powder, which can be smoked, brewed as a tea, or taken in the form of capsules. It can also be eaten raw in leaf form. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), kratom has stimulating effects in lower doses. In higher doses, kratom is more of a sedative. Kratom contains a chemical known as mitragynine, which functions like an opioid drug.
People take kratom for different reasons. Some take it to help deal with drug addiction because it eases the symptoms experienced from opioid withdrawal. For others, kratom helps relieve pain and calm their anxiety. Recreational users of kratom use it for its ability to increase energy and lift the mood. There are many other uses of kratom, and these include helping in weight loss, increasing focus, energizing, lowering inflammation, improving sleep, and as an aphrodisiac.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a prescription drug made from a combination of different drug products. It is used, for example, in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy, which is a chronic sleep disorder. In terms of classification, Adderall is a stimulant drug that affects and increases brain functions and focus. This is why it is very powerful and effective in dealing with behavior problems.
Before you take this drug, your doctor must have assessed that you try could use it and it is not harmful to you. As already mentioned, Adderall is a prescription medication and is well regulated. Some people are allergic to the drug, so it is important to bring this up if you are one of them. In other cases, existing medical conditions and other medications may not interact well with ad Adderall. Some examples include those with blood circulation conditions, heart problems, as well as various mood-related and mental disorders.
Adderall can have side effects. If you witness these, it is important to consult your doctor or pharmacist. Some of the side effects associated with this drug include weight loss, loss of appetite, stomach pain, vomiting, and nervousness. The drug can also affect blood pressure, so this should also be monitored.
As already highlighted above, Adderall is made from a combination of several different drug products. While this means greater potency and benefits, it also increases the chances of drug interactions. The effects of interactions may be minor or very major, so it is vital that you consult your pharmacist and refer to the drug informational sheets to learn about these. Examples of drug products that must not be mixed or taken while you are on Adderall include MAO inhibitors such as methylene blue and some antidepressants and other drugs that increase serotonin.
The Kratom and Adderall Combination
Now comes the question of whether kratom and Adderall make a great combination, or is it a bad move? It should be noted that Adderall is a well-known and well-researched pharmaceutical product. Its functions, properties, and side effects are well documented. On the other hand, kratom, although hugely popular, is still being studied and researched. The studies so far highlight the amazing properties of this drug, but also raise concern about the possible negative effects if this drug is abused.
Although kratom is legal and not fully regulated, there are plans to make it a class 1 compound by the DEA, which is going to lead to more stringent controls and regulations of the use and possession of the drug.
Many people have been experimenting with drug combinations of kratom and Adderall for years. The results have been different depending on how they went about it. This is a safety concern, and it is better to rely on proper scientific studies about the interactions of these drugs to avoid any form of toxic and negative side effects.
If you suffer from anxiety and depression, two conditions which are often relieved with the use of kratom, it is a good idea to consult a professional to help you map the way forward for your condition. They can also advise you on the different drug interactions possible and alert you to the risks.
As more and more studies on kratom get completed and published, you can expect to have greater clarity on all the effects of the drug and how it interacts with other medications. Kratom has great properties and ability to relieve many common conditions. With more knowledge comes greater awareness of the right way to use the drug and how to avoid the negative effects.