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gnpollard
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Hi Paul, I’m right there with you. I started on Adderall IR and found that it had the same effect on me, and did not want to risk dependence. I was switched to Vyvanse and found that it works significantly better, without causing some of the effects that may lead to dependence (mild euphoria, super-focus, and being way more laid back than is perhaps safe). Vyvanse is expensive, however, so it may not be in the cards for everyone.

That said, I do tend to only use medication on the days that I need to get things done or when I expect to be engaging in conversation a bunch. I do this for two major reasons: reducing risk of dependence (and/or tolerance) and reducing risk of potential health effects over time.

This method isn’t for everyone. Please consult your doctor, as this is my subjective experience and may not apply to you. My brother has to take his everyday as his ADHD is quite severe and impacts most aspects of his life significantly. My ADHD is markedly inattentive and my struggle is the opposite of turning off the motor that drives many hyperactives. Medication helps provide a modicum of motivation, something I need when getting things done (especially when repetitive or detailed) or continuously engaging in conversation. I do not always need that assistance, so I take medication breaks on any day spent primarily at home.

Again, my experience will not apply to everyone and I am not a medical professional. But I had the same questions/concerns and was helped by asking them to others in the same boat, as well as my doctors. Have a great week, and I wish you the best as you adjust to your treatment plan.