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Can you get a DUI for taking Adderall?

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2021 | Dwi |

As someone who has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, you may take Adderall to control your symptoms. If those symptoms impair you and make you an unsafe driver, then you could end up facing a DUI. If you take this drug without a prescription, you could also face drug charges for being in possession during a traffic stop. 

Even if this is prescribed to you legally, there is a potential to be impaired by Adderall’s side effects. Around .31% of people taking the drug, out of 37,527, reported having an impaired driving ability. That’s 115 people at risk of a DUI or other penalties. It’s important to note that impaired driving ability was found most often among women between 40 and 49 years of age who had been taking Adderall for between one and six months.

What are the side effects that make Adderall dangerous for drivers?

Adderall has a significant number of side effects that could impair your driving ability such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Nausea

These, as well as serious side effects such as mental or behavior changes, uncontrolled movements or outbursts of sound or words, could all impact the way a person drives and their behaviors behind the wheel.

Can you be convicted for a DUI while taking Adderall?

Yes, even though you may be taking Adderall legally, it could lead to DUI charges if you drive erratically due to the medication. If this happens, make sure you look into your legal options. Our website has more information on the steps you can take next to protect your rights and your license. 

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