We’re here to tell you about the dangers of Tiktok, and how it can affect your life.
Tiktok is a dangerous app that is currently sweeping the nation. It has made its way into schools, workplaces and even hospitals. The app allows users to create videos and add effects, filters and music to them. Users can then share these videos with other Tiktok users or people across the internet. While this may seem harmless at first glance, there are some serious consequences that come with using the app.
First off, the use of Tiktok can lead to an addiction if used regularly over an extended period of time. This can lead to withdrawal symptoms when someone stops using it which may include headaches, nausea, vomiting and even seizures if they stop suddenly without tapering off their usage gradually over several weeks or months instead.”
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WHAT IS ‘NATURAL ADDERALL’? TIKTOK USERS CONSUME L-TYROSINE TO IMPROVE FOCUS
Ellissa Bain11 months ago
TikTok probably isn’t the best place to go for medical advice, but new health-based trends appear on the app every day nonetheless.
Earlier this week, TikTok users began using a herbal formula called ParaGuard to get rid of parasites, and the trend quickly went viral.
Some of the app’s other questionable health trends include whitening your teeth with hydrogen peroxide and drinking liquid Chlorophyll, and now there’s a new one to add to the mix.
People are consuming a supplement called L-Tyrosine, and here’s why…
TIKTOK USERS CONSUME L-TYROSINE AS ‘NATURAL ADDERALL’
TikTok’s latest viral health trend involves consuming an amino acid called L-Tyrosine, as users are claiming it gives the same effects as Adderall.
Adderall is a prescription drug that is primarily used to treat ADHD or narcolepsy.
It’s a mixture of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine that alters the natural chemicals in your brain and improves hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, and attention span.
You can’t consume Adderall unless you have been prescribed it by a healthcare professional, but TikTok users think they’ve found an alternative.
It’s an amino acid called L-Tyrosine which you can buy over the counter in supplement form. Like Adderall, it can improve memory, thinking skills and concentration.
IS IT SAFE?
As with all TikTok healthcare trends, the first question you have to ask yourself is ‘is it safe?’.
According to Healthline, it is safe to use L-Tyrosine to improve alertness and attention. The Food and Drug Administration says that it is “generally recognized as safe”.
However, as with all supplements, you should take it with caution and be aware of the side effects. You should be especially careful when mixing it with certain medications, particularly anti-depressants.
DOES IT WORK?
L-Tyrosine will react differently with everyone, but many TikTok users claim that the supplement successfully improved their mood and focus.
One TikTok user called @chelsando outlined her one-week review of taking L-Tyrosine and said that it made her “happier”, gave her “energy” and even made her “tan more”.
“You guys, buy this. I cannot even describe to you how much this has changed my life. I’ve only been on this for four days and I’m so productive, I get so much done, I have so much more energy, I’m sleeping better, I’m waking up earlier,” another TikTok user said.
The reviews speak for themselves, but the only way to know if it truly works is to take it yourself.
When trying a new supplement, remember to always read the safety leaflet and be aware of any side effects.
when to take l tyrosine with adderall
Should you take L-tyrosine with Adderall?
Certain combinations can have beneficial synergistic effects. For example, l-theanine synergizes with caffeine.
On the other hand, supplements can also dangerously interact with drugs. For example, taking 5-HTP with a MAOI like phenelzine could precipitate serotonin syndrome.
L-tyrosine and Adderall are somewhat related. L-tyrosine is a non-essential dietary amino acid and a precursor to dopamine and other catecholamines like norepinephrine.
L-tyrosine is “natural” in the sense that it’s an amino acid present in foods.
L-tyrosine is non-essential because it can be synthesized from phenylalanine in the body by the simple addition of an OH group.
Adderall, by contrast, is a catecholamine-releasing agent. Adderall is a potent prescription drug that promotes dopamine release to increase attention and arousal.
Further Reading: The Difference Between Essential and Non-Essential Amino Acids.
Mixing L-Tyrosine and Adderall
Is mixing l-tyrosine and Adderall dangerous?
You might think that it could be dangerous to mix the two because both substances increase synaptic dopamine levels in the brain.
Increasing dopamine via multiple mechanisms can be dangerous, but l-tyrosine only very weakly and indirectly increases dopamine.
While it’s not dangerous to mix Adderall and l-tyrosine, you will get more mileage by avoiding co-administration.
It’s better instead to take l-tyrosine in the evening or even before bed, after Adderall has worn off. This works better because dopamine and other catecholamines (norepinephrine) will be depleted after Adderall use during the day.
Since l-tyrosine is a dopamine precursor, taking it at night will theoretically replenish the dopamine depleted by daytime Adderall use.
How L-Tyrosine Affects The Brain
Once l-tyrosine penetrates the blood brain barrier, it is converted to L-DOPA by the enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase.
Tyrosine hydroxylase is the rate-limiting step in the synthesis of dopamine. In other words, tyrosine hydroxylase activity is the “bottleneck” that directly controls the rate at which dopamine is synthesized.
L-DOPA is the immediate precursor to dopamine and is used as a drug for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
In summary, tyrosine is converted to DOPA, which is converted to dopamine, which is converted to norepinephrine. Both dopamine and norepinephrine are biologically neurotransmitters.
Why Not Take L-DOPA?
Since tyrosine is converted to L-DOPA, it’s an indirect precursor. Why not cut to the chase and take L-DOPA instead?
L-DOPA is actually not available as a supplement. That’s because it’s an FDA-approved treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s patients take L-DOPA as a form of dopamine replacement therapy, since L-DOPA is converted to dopamine.
But this is not the best strategy in the long run because L-DOPA is ultimately neurotoxic. Dopaminergic neurons are very sensitive to oxidative stress because they’re so metabolically active. Taking l-tyrosine is a gentler and non-toxic way to boost dopamine.
Best Supplements To Take With Adderall
There’s no question that Adderall can be hard on your brain. Amphetamine neurotoxicity is well-documented.
There are a few things you can do to hedge your bets and mitigate the risk of neurotoxicity. The following have been noted to protect against amphetamine-induced neurotoxicity
- Vitamin C
- NSAIDS (e.g., aspirin)
- Green tea phytochemicals