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  • #110841

    iix ADHD iix
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    Anyone else that needs higher doses of stimulants experience hyperfocus issues at the higher doses? I am on 50 mg Focalin, and I can barely get all my work done as it is. I’ve been on amphetamines and they help, but the hyperfocus issue is still there as well.

    I have been a HUGE advocate for trying things outside of medicine and for me those things have helped a lot, but they aren’t quite “enough.” I know there isn’t a “cure-all,” but I am hoping one day I can find a better medicinal tactic than the one I’m on now with Focalin + Zoloft.

    The Zoloft makes focus worse no doubt, YET… I have comorbid OCD and ADHD, so it is one of the things I have to do to keep my appetite up and sleep decent.

    The hyperfocus usually happens if I take too much Focalin in a short time. The issue is that I metabolize methylphenidates and amphetamines VERY FAST (very high “burn-rate,” so even with really high doses, I only get about 1/3 as much benefit as someone who metabolizes at what is considered the “normal metabolic rate” for the stimulant medicines.

  • #110860

    Nathalie.B
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    I also have this experience. Before getting on Vyvanse I took 108mg Concerta each day and it didn’t really help much with all my other symptoms, sure it helped with the focus issue, but maybe a bit too much: HYPERFOCUS DELUXE FROM HELL. 😂

    Pretty much the same experience in Vyvanse on 70mg, not that bad thoug. I’m also a quick metabolizer, the effects of the stimulants never lasts as long as they seem to do for others. And the effect never seem to be as good either.

    (Oh btw. I have ADD, autism level 1, and bipolar Disorder uns.)

  • #111736

    iix ADHD iix
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    Hey Natha, thanks for your time in replying. I really can relate to a lot of your experiences! I also metabolize very quickly and struggle with stimulant-induced bipolar and stimulant-induced depression symptoms; especially if the doses are higher. The issue is how do you help someone with a super fast metabolism that needs higher doses, yet the problem is the higher doses will further exacerbate other issues.

    For me, it becomes a seesaw of pros and cons and unfortunately just what am I willing to deal with on any given day.

    I also have adrenal fatigue symptoms and low testosterone related to central sleep apnea, so I am in in a whirlwind of a crisis myself.

  • #111894

    Aladhd
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    It’s a real problem for me. Stimulants at higher doses allow me to lose hours on even less useful things. Some, I find better than none, but like a switch if I go a little too high it can end up very negatively. I associate a bit too well with what I know of neurotypical response from stims on the wrong side of that curve, despite clear “high functioning” ADHD, and the definite benefit when luck keeps me on the desirable side.

    Often, extreme fatigue would replace hyperfocus. This happened increasingly more after being started on Agomelatine, a 5-HT2C antagonist, which I’ve since learned leads to increased dopa effects from stims. I don’t know if you experience similar.

    • #115118

      iix ADHD iix
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      Is Agomelatine an SSRI? I’m not familiar with that specific name. Does Agomelatine have other names? I know anything that agonizes serotonin or increases it can sometimes give me worse focus issues; particularly the SSRI’s.

      I had mixed experiences with SNRI’s. I HATED coming off them, but I did find a lot of short-term (probably 3 weeks I’d approximate) of helpful depression benefit. Tolerance is always really hard and for me taking SNRI’s and stimulants was absolutely impossible with the exception of caffeine or low dose Ritalin/Focalin timed away from the SNRI dose.

      It’s really hard for me to be on Zoloft 75 mg, but I am just because it helps counter some of the neagtive side effects of the stims like appetite and sleep (to a degree).

  • #115119

    iix ADHD iix
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    I’m on 90 mg of Adderall XR a day and I still feel like I could go to 30 mg 4x/Day. I don’t know if it is safe and there are so very few studies that I can find of people taking doses that high. If I did, that would be 120 mg Adderall XR in one day, but I wouldn’t necessarily have to take that high of a dose every day. I just wish I could find out more about safety and long-term issues, but I highly doubt I ever will.

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