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Random Nausea and Sweating
Amphetamines (Adderall), Sleep Deprivation & Tobacco
by Incidental
Citation:   Incidental. "Random Nausea and Sweating: An Experience with Amphetamines (Adderall), Sleep Deprivation & Tobacco (exp62192)". May 5, 2018.

T+ 0:00
20 mg oral Amphetamines (pill / tablet)
  T+ 4:00 1 smoked Tobacco - Cigarettes  


I am an experienced amphetamine user, having taken small doses in various forms on and off for six years. I am not a regular smoker, but I have smoked occasionally, though never while on amphetamines. Notably, I've never experienced the rush most people report from their first cigarettes. My first cigarettes were not taken with any other psychoactives. Speculatively, this may be related to my use of amphetamines and an ensuing tolerance to stimulants, but I doubt this, as my amphetamine use has generally involved low doses, and my tolerance remains relatively low. (Though higher than when I first used them.)

I initially smoked cigarettes socially, and because I like the taste. More recently, I've been very busy with school, and have had no time to smoke pot. Missing it, I've found that smoking a cigarette can, in a small way, replicate the habit of smoking a joint. This morning I got some bad personal news and, upset, went for walk. Prior to that, I'd been studying, and had taken the Adderall about four hours earlier to help stay awake after not sleeping the night before. I decided to smoke as I left the house, and bummed from a housemate, whose cigarettes I have smoked before.

A minute or so after lighting up, I began to feel very light headed, though I kept walking. Shortly thereafter, I became very dizzy and had to sit down on the steps of a building. Not connecting the cigarette with what was happening, I was very confused and kept smoking.
Not connecting the cigarette with what was happening, I was very confused and kept smoking.
My head was aching slightly, and I began to feel nauseated, I had to concentrate to keep from throwing up. I became hyper-focused on the sensations in my head and in my torso, and at some point dropped the cigarette. As the nausea faded, I got very hot, despite it being less than 5C out. I took off my jacket, which helped a little bit, but I had already begun sweating and kept doing so for several minutes after. I forced myself to stand up and begin walking back to my house. The dizziness and light headedness persisted, albeit much less severely, for another ten minutes or so, while the headache took about half an hour to subside.

I'm quite at a loss to explain what happened. My best guess is interaction between the nicotine and the adderall, but this doesn't seem to be consistent with other's reports. A number of other factors could have been an influence, including lack of sleep, and lack of food. (I hadn't eaten since the night before.) Psychological state may have also played role: as I said, I had just gotten some bad news, and I have a family history of panic attacks, though I myself have never had one.

Exp Year: 2007ExpID: 62192
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given 
Published: May 5, 2018Views: 954
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