With finals and big end-of-year work projectsapproaching, students are breaking out the study pills ' and they aren't the only ones.Both legal and illegal uses of prescription stimulants like Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, and Vyvanse continue to rise for everyone from young children to adults in the workplace.For people with ADHD, these drugs can be lifesavers.But before you jump on the bandwagon, here are some facts about Adderall and other stimulants you should know.First of all, you should and legally have to talk to your doctor before getting Adderall.Adderall, Ritalin, and similar medications are Schedule II drugs, which have medical uses but also have a high potential for abuse that can potentially lead to psychological and physical dependencethey should really be taken only after a consultation with a doctor.They are generallyprescribed only to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The way your body responds to the drug may depend on whether you actually have ADHD, according to some research.However, there isn't a simple test that determines whether a person definitely has ADHD. For someone who does, these stimulants can help relieve symptoms that include distractability and inability to focus.To make that diagnosis, your doctor or mental health provider will ask questions to see whether you have six or more of the 18 ADHD symptoms listed in theAmerican Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5)they may check for just five symptoms for people of certain ages. A doctor who decides that those symptoms aren't caused by something else may prescribe a stimulant like Adderall to see whether that helps.Still curious' Continue on to see 21 things you should consider before taking a prescription drug like Adderall or Ritalin.If you like the feeling of Adderall or Ritalin, you may be less likely to have ADHD.A recent study had the surprising finding that people who were genetically predisposed to feel euphoria when on stimulants were also less likely to have genes that predisposed them to ADHD and schizophrenia.This might explain why some people who don't have ADHD may be especially likely to abuse stimulantsit makes them feel particularly good.More and more adults are getting prescriptions for ADHD medication.Between 2007 and 2012, the number of adults with ADHD prescriptions roughly tripled.In 2007, there were 5.6 million monthly ADHD prescriptions for people aged 20 to 39. By 2012,that number approached 16 million.The number of adults who have an ADHD prescription is now rising much faster than the number of children getting the same drugs. In the case of adults, a lot of that rapid growth isdriven by womenwho are getting a prescription for adult ADHD.See the rest of the story at Business Insider Click here to read full news..