The term "study drugs" refers to prescription drugs used to increase concentration and stamina for the purpose of studying or cramming. Study drugs are prescription stimulant medications that are used improperly by a person with a prescription, or more often, illegally by a person without a prescription. These medications are used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which affect attention span, impulse control, self-discipline, and hyperactivity in the case of ADHD.
Prescription stimulants used to treat ADD and ADHD include Ritalin®, Adderall®, Concerta®, and Focalin®. Using or buying these medications without a prescription is illegal. Selling your own prescription is also illegal. UT Police Department, Student Judicial Services, and City of Austin Police Department treat illegal use of prescription drugs as they would any other illegal substance.
Feeling like everyone is doing it?
The misuse of prescription drugs, especially study drugs, is a growing problem on our campus. Some students feel like everyone they know is using study drugs, and they feel pressured to use or to 'catch up' with peers. A recent UT survey found that the majority (87%) of students do not use study drugs. Many Longhorns choose to 'study natural'.
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- Increased blood pressure
- Mouth dryness
- Suppressed appetite
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Impotence or changes in sex drive
Prescription stimulants like Adderall® and Ritalin® have potential for physical and psychological dependence, especially among people who do not have ADHD. Continued use will result in higher tolerance to the drug and eventually require larger doses to reap the same effects. Once discontinued, withdrawal effects such as depression may occur.