How Long Does Adderall Stay In Your Hair?

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D. on April 30, 2021

Adderall is a prescription ADHD medication that is commonly abused for its stimulant effects. If a doctor is concerned about potential Adderall abuse, they may order a drug test. Adderall can be detected in the urine, blood, oral fluids, and hair after use.

How Long Can Adderall Be Detected In Your Hair?

Hair drug tests have the longest detection window of all drug tests. This can be used to detect Adderall use for up to three months prior to when the test is taken.

Detecting Adderall In Hair

Adderall is a prescription stimulant drug that can remain detectable in hair for up to 90 days, or three months, after a person’s last dose.

What Factors Can Affect How Long Adderall Stays In Hair

Some bodies metabolize Adderall at slower or faster rates than others. The amount of time Adderall takes to leave a person’s system can depend on several factors.

Factors that can affect how long Adderall stays in hair:

  • dose taken
  • formulation (i.e. immediate release vs extended-release)
  • how Adderall is used (e.g. swallowed, snorted, smoked, injected)
  • body fat percentage
  • metabolic rate
  • overall health status
  • use of multiple drugs (including alcohol)

Trace amounts of Adderall can remain present in hair samples for longer if a person is abusing Adderall or has taken it regularly as prescribed for a long period of time.

How Do Hair Tests For Adderall Work?

Hair tests can be conducted in a laboratory setting or at home. If you get an at-home hair test kit, you’ll need to send a sample of hair to a laboratory to be tested.

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Testing for amphetamines in hair requires taking a small sample of hair from either the scalp or another area of the body, such as the armpit. Medical supervision may be required.

How To Get Adderall Out Of Your System

The only way to get a negative test result is to stop taking it.

Getting off Adderall long enough to get a negative test result may be difficult if you’ve become addicted to Adderall or are dependent on Adderall through regular prescribed use.

If you’re unable to get off Adderall alone, a detox program may be recommended, followed by counseling or a full drug rehab program.

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Getting off Adderall and recovering from addiction is possible. Call our helpline today to find an Adderall treatment program that’s right for you.

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Medically Reviewed by
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