insomnia with adderall XR- do I take every other day?

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    Im having lots of insomnia with my Adderall XR. how long do these stay in your system?
    Is it possible im metabolizing it really slowly and its just building up, the sleeping was worse the second day I took it.
    should I maybe alternate days I take 10mg XR and 5 mg IR? thinking this will possibly help delay the build up?

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    Depending on your metabolism, the length of time it takes to eliminate half of the Adderall XR is 13 hours, and for Adderall IR, it can be about 10 hours. With many of the side effects such as insomnia or loss of appetite, sometimes your system will overcome the effects and you can sleep again even though you took the Adderall in the morning, and other times, you need to talk to the person prescribing to see if another medicine is right for you. Check to see if you can take melatonin at night, or perhaps there are other things you can do.

    Good luck!

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    Penny Williams

    These are questions for your prescribing doctor. Here’s more information on ADHD medication as well:

    A Patient’s Primer on the Stimulant Medications Used to Treat ADHD

    ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

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