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I found this quite interesting https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320861850_Stimulant_’rapid_metabolizers’_wrong_label_real_phenomena although it does not give any solid answers to a solution 🙂
I wonder if you would end up building a tolerance regardless due to having to take the medication at least twice a day. Either that or it goes so fast through you there isn’t enough time to build up a tolerance. These are both WILD assumptions so I would take it with a grain of salt haha. I’m in an unfortunate situation where all I can do is wait to see a different doctor and stick to Concerta for now. I keep hearing about Adderall’s potency when it comes to suppress certain symptoms but also hear about bad side effects and tolerance.
The frustrating thing for me is I’ve spent my whole life not knowing you can actually function properly and now that I see that I can, I also wave it bye-bye incredibly fast haha.
I get no crash from the Concerta but I also can’t even tell I took anything at all so I’m curious as to whether it’ll end up being the same.
Talk to your doctor about IR. I know around here they won’t prescribe XR more than twice a day since twice a day is already uncommon. I’m not a doctor and I can only assume for me it’s the fact I metabolize it too quickly and if it’s the same for you, it might be worth to discuss with your doctor the IR route, or something like XR in the morning and IR in the afternoon, once or twice.
I have no experience with short acting medications but I do know that doctors avoid prescribing it due to a much higher abuse potential, which means that for people like you and I, who truly have an issue with extended release drugs, will most likely be unable to get these medications. I have tried so many different things to make Vyvanse work, you just get to a point where you start to wonder how much of your life do you have to change in an attempt to get something to last even an hour longer. Hopefully the Adderall works better for you!
I wonder how common this feeling is. I was recently diagnosed and I started Vyvanse and everytime it kicks in I can’t even express what I feel, it’s…peace? I’ve never even had any type side effects or jitteriness from it. I can get things done, I don’t dread the boring tasks, my work doesn’t drive me nuts. All these things are often followed by guilt. I start to wonder if perhaps I didn’t even have ADHD and somehow I convinced myself and therefore convinced the doctor that I do have it and now I’m “doing drugs” to feel good.
I can only imagine that what you an I are feeling is what a person without ADHD feels like on a daily basis: they function well.
Maybe instead of thinking about the insulin thing, how about thinking of as needing to wear glasses? 🙂