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spyralmagic
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I’m an older adult with ADD, and my doctor was reluctant to prescribe more Adderall than I was already taking because it can cause high blood pressure. I did some research and found that the main ingredient in Adderall is Dexedrine, and it only affects the central nervous system, so doesn’t raise blood pressure or cause heart palpitations. He was willing to prescribe that. Now I’m on 20 mg twice a day of Dexedrine and it’s much better than Adderall. It doesn’t have the “jagged” feeling when it wears off, and I don’t see any side effects. With Adderall I had anger issues and with Dexedrine I don’t. If you have research that you can cite while discussing it with your doctor, or bring that research with you, it can help them make that decision.