Cramming for a big test or important meeting can be draining and overwhelming, which is why some people are tempted to take certain drugs to help ease the process. Although it might sound appealing to pop a pill to get through a long night, there are a number of shocking side effects of taking Adderall and other "smart" pills even just once in awhile. If you're not prescribed these medications, it can be quite dangerous to take these pills, even if it's just occasionally to get a big project done.
"All prescription medicine is potentially dangerous if taken without your own Rx because each type of medication has its own list of warnings and side effects, with properties designed to correct or treat specific health issues," Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor Dr. Ehsan Ali tells Bustle. "Without doctor oversight, it is impossible to know how these drugs will affect you. Stimulants such as Adderall can cause increased heart rate and skyrocketing blood pressure, as well as tremors, anxiety, and dehydration. There is also the potential to overdose on Adderall, especially when self-administered."
You might feel like it's harmless to take these medications just here and there, but you might want to think twice if you're not prescribed them. Here are seven side effects of even occasionally taking Adderall or other "smart pills" that have the same effects, according to experts.