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    • #108486

      I’m 35 years old and have been diagnosed with ADD at a young age. I have been on and off of medications all of my life and found that Adderall or Vyvanse are my best bet. Only problem is that I can not take too high of a dose.

      Issue here:
      I work a normal 8-5/M-F job and have decided to finish my degree online with a full schedule. Last semester yay! Got through previous semester with A’s thanks to being back on Adderall XR 10mg.
      Now that I am in the last stretch, I can not get the motivation after work and on the weekends to get started, and I get so frustrated!!!!!

      With out increasing the dosage, are there any suggestions on making it last longer? I take a day or two break to revamp and also take Omega 3 (4:1 EPA to DHA). Any supplements to help the absorption? Anything??

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    • #108625

      Don’t take your pill with anything acidic, and don’t drink anything acidic until about an hour after taking it, maybe longer.

      That means no morning fruit juice, no cola, no sparkling water. Milk, water or tea only. Acids affect the release of your meds.

      Is there definitely no way you could increase your dose a LITTLE? For example, you have the 10mg XR I’m the morning, and take an instant release in the evening, after work? Or could you take your pill later in the day?

      It’s a good idea to have a word with your specialist and see if there are any additional options for you, given that your treatment isn’t working in all areas of your life that you need it to.

    • #108660

      I agree with the person above , it’s important to find a doc you can trust , but if it’s another reason other than your doc assuming or worried about pill-seeking, like a heart problem , that’s understandable !! These meds effectiveness are highly contingent on metabolism , stomach acidity , etc . I once had a general psych nurse practioners, that whdn I told her vyvanse did not last (I am now in Adderall or year thank God) she immediately ripped me off it, bc assumes since I’m a recovering alcoholic that I was pill seeking, and she put me on ability and resperidol, which took away my little dopamine i had, and now I have permenant akathasia, which is tormenting hyperactivity similar to Parkinson’s!!a year later, I started seeing this amazing adhd speciality center and they treated me like a human, and guess what… I was right! My vyvanse was not working, bc of it being released in the lower GI!! And my cousin in San frnasoco found out same thing with him! And he’s on Adderall now too, and my brother just got genetic testing and they immediately took him off bipolar medication and 20 my Adderall Dr bc he also needs a higher dose!!

      Anyway, is it possible your doc would do a short acting after XR wore off? I take 30 XR twice a day 7ish hours apart, and when doc added the second one (after improvement with an IR first) I now sleep 8-9 hours a night!! Bc again hyperactivity so severe is unreal, so it allows me to wind down. Bc it sounds like your issue is longevity versus potency , but docs get scared about sleep, but it helps some sleep better bc calmer and focused in evening!!

      I agree to avoid all acidic stuff around time of med, but that increasing absorption , which ain’t much different than rasing your dose I think? Not sure. BUT…other than that:

      I try to do intense cardio eithe rin the morning before my first dose, or right after the first dose wears off aka right before my second dose.

      I love intense tabata, or high-speed middle distance running— 35-45 minutes of cardio, but it’s gotta be intense to purge out the energy in my legs … and apparently the type of exercise (intense and long-ish) raises dopamine like crazy, so when you take your led, your body has more to work with!! It actually is super similar to adhd meds. I was off meds ages 14-17, and I used exercise. BUT I HAD to do 3-4 times a DAY! I never stopped , and not bc eating disorder but that actual need. Unlike the med, the focus wears off after an hour or two. I was 5 foot 9 and 89 pounds ! Yes , that is correct !! Scary skinny but couldn’t help it!!! And before Adderall , during akathasia hell, I was 118, and after a year on Adderall I’m now 132c bc I think I’m taking better care of myself!!!

      Also: make sure electrolytes balances! Eat avocados I swear(but bc vitamin c I do an hour or two after my dose).

      And liquid magnesium , it tastes like hell BUt it absorbs , magnesium is nature’s Valium I swear!! Lol!!! And I think that can help med work too! And get your B vitamins , especially 6 and 12 and 1!!

      So exercise , control stomach acid, and magnesium and b vitamins ..
      BUT I would talk to doc about maybe instead of increasing potency , add a booster shirt acting dose for afternoons and evenings ?

      Best of luck 🙂 hope I could help

    • #108665

      that’s great to know about the acidity!!! That is definitely new to me! I used to take protonix for acid reflux, got lazy with taking it, so I quit. maybe I should talk to my doc and get back on it.

      My ADD is more of non hyper (as child was a different story), sluggish, social anxiety, easily distracted, inability to focus, and problems with reading and comprehension. So the Adderall helps give the boost of motivation/energy/confidence. I usually do try to go the gym 3 days weeks but with school the last year I have 0 time to go.

      The only reason I’m scared to go to a higher dose is because the higher the dosage the more abnormalities on my EEG.

      I have heard a lot about the magnesium as well. My only concern would be if it made me super tired.

      thank so much everyone for your help!!
      keep the advice coming!

    • #108721

      Awesome !!

      And yes I can relate with being super busy and such, after having my little girl plus work and other issues where I had to drive my boyfriend to work, and ya know pursuing all the thousands interests us adhd’ers have (lol) and not to mention my infant-like need for food and sleep, and centering myself in the AM, AND how clerical and organizing things take me forever (yet using differential calculus as a mathematician is a breeze lol). Ironic that a mathematician cannot do mental math , but A) I’m a walking paradox and B) the computer does the mental math and had the biggest short term memory ever—aka it has all I lack lol.

      Anyway, bc of less time is why I love tabata! Super intense and 4-minute cycles, and actually read up some studies on it bc I do several four minute cycles , but only one is needed! Bc he’s a long trip to gym is so so hard!!

      Another thing i started: my daughter is now 18 months and as hyper as I lol, but you need to watch her twenty four seven bc that girl can run and run fast!!! Add in cleaning (yuck) to my daily todos , and workouts so hard!! I had a genius idea, I’d workout as I cleaned! Jumping squats from place to place , high-knee sprits in place while I swept, burpees folding a blanket , and I will make a race out of it or a fun game too? Like how many bottles can I fit in the bottle-steamer this time lol. But she loves watching my workouts while I clean ! So three birds in one stone lol!!!!!!

      And magnesium actually wakes me up in like a steady way, or at least doesn’t affect me ina. Tired way!! AND it helps heart rhythms and such!! So you could have a double-win!!!!!!! And helps reflux ! Triple win ! Ha ha

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