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@angelacawein I have tried using those coupons, but unfortunately, since its 290 without them, it only takes it down to 230, which is nice but not really nearly enough for me to be able to afford it monthly at the moment. Thanks for digging though!
@bornonthebayou What you said is true it is an investment, and I like that way of thinking! Also, I have heard about the fraud scandals with generic brand manufacturers, and think that those surveys are a great idea! As well as having some community say at these outrages prices!
Thanks for letting me know i’m not alone! Your son on the generic Adderall sounds a lot like me! It’s crazy to me that this past summer when I had a tonsillectomy and was prescribed oxycodone it was like 2 dollars for 90 pills, and the doctor had no issue prescribing a second bottle due to my fast metabolism and the long healing time. However, anything to do with mental health is no coverage, super expensive, and a very strict dosage and amount limit. As far as writing to the manufacturers how would that work? I know they have programs, but because I have insurance and am a dependent on my parent’s taxes who make to much to be considered I have been at a dead end with applying for those. Also, I hope your son finds a solution soon!March 8, 2019 at 11:31 pm in reply to: PLEASE Tell me your story, I was just diagnosed & feeling confused/alone at 28 #110674
Hey, I just wanted to respond to your personal response up above and I am sorry it has taken so long but the last two weeks with midterms has had me running around like a chicken with its head cut off haha. First, I am so glad that my comment helped you in some way! Second, I am glad the concerta is working better, and I know what you mean by not feeling like you are getting the full benefits. I have recently had to switch medications due to insurance and I still have not found the right combination and dosage that helps me as much as my previous medication. I am just going to keep being open and honest with my doctor and hope that I figure it out again soon. All that to say don’t worry and keep working until you find the right medication and dosage for you! Third, I find that making sure I am already doing the task I want to accomplish when the medication hits my system can really help me combat some of that hyperfocus. So if you haven’t tried that you should! Lastly, that is so sweet of you to say and I feel like you have such a sweet and honest spirt too! Sending you lots of good vibes, and I think we have both found our tribe!February 25, 2019 at 9:46 pm in reply to: PLEASE Tell me your story, I was just diagnosed & feeling confused/alone at 28 #109994
I can relate to a lot of what you are feeling so don’t stress or worry too much! I was diagnosed about 6 months ago, at 21, and although I know that I can personally relate to many of the ADD symptoms my family and friends are quick to push it aside and believe that it’s just me not having enough will power, or lazy, or bringing up the fact that I did well in high school. However, I too have found comfort in doing a lot of research and reading a lot of blog posts to help reassure myself that this was the right path for me. The thing is 1) girls seem to behave differently then boys when it comes to add or adhd symptoms. They don’t tend to act out as much in class no matter the type and thus tend to not be diagnosed until later. Also, factors like exercise, a strict regime, and shorter class periods all can help minimize the symptoms becoming prevalent enough to diagnose. All of which were things I had in high school and all of the sudden did not have in college. 2) I have also noticed that there is a social taboo around add and adhd, which leads to a lot of stereotypes, misinformation, and denial. I mean before I went to seek help and learned more about add and adhd I had so many facts wrong, and would never have thought of this as my problem. However, looking back now and knowing that I have add so many things make a lot more sense. So if you think this is the right diagnosis, and you have had a medical professional tell you this then in my opinion that is far more important to consider then any family or friends opinion. As for feeling isolated, I too am in a situation where I don’t have anyone to talk too, but I have found forums like this to help. Due to the taboo, many people are also quick to judge, but maybe if you explained to your boyfriend and friends the facts and gave the logistics they might be more prone to accepting this and being open to talking about it. Also, you could see if there are any support groups on campus, or if there is any therapist you could talk too. As far as the medication I am not a doctor, but 1) there are 2 types of medication for ADHD 1 is in the Ritalin family and the other like Adderall. Usually, people need to try both types to figure out which works best for them, and even in those two groups, there are several variations and medications that all can react differently for different people. So, I would say there are several other alternatives to try before trying non-stimulate options. Also, the hyperfocus is kind of what the medication is supposed to do. I just have to make sure when I take the medication I am doing whatever it is I need to do when it kicks in. Then once my body got used to it, I found it was more like normal and I could focus but also switch between things. Also, maybe the dosage needs to go down or up? I would talk to your doctor about all of these and they will have the best solution. Keep trying things and dosages until you find the one that works the best for your situation! We are all different, and also don’t feel like taking medication is wrong. If you take it as prescribed it is no different then someone taking their allergy medication or their antibiotics ect… There are people who use it recreationally without being prescribed it and this abuse it much more likely to cause addiction issues. Due to people wanting this medication in a recreational way, can cause doctors and people, in general, to be more hesitant and judgmental but find a doctor who is open and honest and makes you feel safe to talk too.
Hope this helps!February 21, 2019 at 4:58 pm in reply to: ADHD and Higher Education: The Struggles of Living with ADHD #109827
Thanks so much for replying! Yeah I haven’t graduated yet, and was just diagnosed 6 months ago so all of this is really new to me, and i’m still trying to figure it all out. I would love to be able to talk to my mom about this, because i’ve Been having issues lately with insurance and medication and thus have gone back to having issues (such as not being able to motitivate myself to study for my nutrition midterm tomorrow). And my mom and dad have always been so supportive and my rocks, but in this situation I have had to do it on my own, and can’t even really talk about it with them. My dad is understanding, and wants what is best for me but feels uncomfortable about talking about it since my mom doesn’t know. I think honestly (since this is genetic) my mom is who I got it from. I can especially see the rejection sensitivity disorder, now that I know what it is (thanks for that by the way). Even if the signs of add weren’t there until later in life I have always been referred to as very emotional, a worrier, always thinking the worst, being my toughest critic, and afraid of failure. My w
Mom is very similar and has more outburst then me. It’s intristing to look back at situations now, and consider that as a factor for both of our behavior. The thing with my mom’s opposition to me and add I think is honestly the medication being an abusive substance. My family has a history of alcohol abuse, and my mom loves watching those documentaries about things like Adderall Abuse being so prevelant in college and how it can ruin their life… so she just would rather deny it than me have anything to do with stimulant medication. I know if I could give her the facts and logic she would understand, but getting her to listen without automatically rejecting it or getting upset is the hard part that I would rather avoid for now. Also, totally going to lol at on campus resources now! I just hope it’s not to comlex. I would love to know more about the gpa programs available. As for your situation, I know that it my take a couple time applying, but someone will see what a great lawyer you would make and will see past something like a gpa! I have had the same worries with med school, and I tell myself that I know I would make a good doctor ( I mean us adders do way better under rough circumstances or times that get adrenaline running), and it is one of the few things I am excited and interested about! So even if I have to annoy them by applying year after year I will make this dream come true! I would love to know how your story ends if you want to share, and any other things you discover!February 21, 2019 at 3:06 pm in reply to: ADHD and Higher Education: The Struggles of Living with ADHD #109812
Wow i’m Really glad I found this! I too am pretty smart, but I don’t know my actuall IQ and I doubt it’s anywhere near as high as yours,but I always had done well in school and didn’t ever really have to study to make A’s. However, since going to college I was trying and trying without much success and I always felt behind because it was so hard for me to sit down and focuse for hours like I needed too. This, ultimately started resulting in me having anxiety and panic attacks since I am a competitive person who doesn’t handle failure very well! My mom and dad suggested I start seeing a therapist, but after a few sessions she got so booked up that it was hard to find a time to meet and I ultimately stopped going. I made a friend about 6 months later and we were studying together and she had ADD. She noticed that I was having a lot of the same issues and suggested I talk to a someone. I had never considered ADD since I 1. Only thought of ADHD and thought they were the same thing at the time 2. I had always done well in school up until now. I eventually got diagnosed by a nurse practitioner at my GP. She has been really nice and helpful, but for reading what you said I think I would benefit from seeing someone who is specialized in dealing with ADD. The only problem is that I am a broke college student who can’t afford to pay a huge amount to see someone. I do have insurance and my dad would help out some, but my mom doesn’t even know I am on ADD medication. She doesn’t believe that I have a problem (since I didn’t behave hyperactive as a child and did well in school.) she doesn’t understand like I do now how ADD is different and can take on many different shapes. She basically freaked on me at the mention of me even seeing a doctor to be diagnosed, so me and my dad have opted not to tell her and I just tell him as little as possible. So my question for the original poster is how could I find a more specialized person to take a look at my diagnosis and not pay an arm and a leg? P.s. typed this on my phone and it cuts off the edges so sorry for any spelling or grammatical errors!
Also for the original poster, I would like to go to medical school and my gpa isn’t ideal either. I know they have interviews that can really be a place to talk about issues they may see in your transcript, and can help improve your application. So if there is an interview process for the law school you could very clearly show the difference testing your ADD has made with your lSAT and master’s gpa. Also, it never hurts to call the college’s office and ask to speak with someone about this issue and see how best to showcase what you have to offer! They may be able to give you the best advice since they know the ins and outs of the academic world.
Hey! Thanks for responding and good to know I wasn’t alone! I actually ended up speaking with my doctor, because I was there for some blood work a couple of days after starting and explained how awful it was making me feel. She took the medicine and gave me a prescription for 20mgXr to try! I haven’t had side effects with this. I still need to do some adjustments on the dosage though cause it isn’t as effective as the vyvanse and I might need to take an IR in the afternoon because it only seems to last around 8 hours and some days I need to study in the evening. So, it’s good to know if I do take IR again that I should avoid that manufacture! Hope you start feeling better soon and the side effect/ medication changes or improves! I literally couldn’t get anything done on that stuff!February 14, 2019 at 2:08 pm in reply to: What makes you cry and if you know please include why #109298
I’ve always been a pretty emotional person and I always just thought that was just a normal thing and who I was. I forgot where I read it but I saw that this could actually be a sign of adhd/ add. Moodiness and crying a lot/ crying and not even knowing why could be linked to your adhd problems and getting that figured out my help. I am currently struggling after having a successful 6 months on medication, and noticing that all the sudden I am feeling sad and really emotional again. Whereas when all my other symptoms were better so were my emotions. So, maybe find a treatment plan for your adhd would help balance out your emotions. As for me, I did notice that when I felt on edge or overwhelmed was always when I would cry a lot. Hope this helps!
Thank you so much! Yeah, I am now trying adderall XR generic after trying the IR generic and having such bad nausea that my doctor took the pills back early and gave me this new prescription. Today was my first day taking the 20mg dose and it made me feel nothing really other than really tired all day. I read that this could be a side effect and would go away as I continue to use it. If that is so how long would that take roughly? I’m just unsure how long I should give it a try until I know for sure it isn’t working or isn’t the right dose.February 9, 2019 at 5:09 pm in reply to: I'm on diagnosis waiting list, and new to this forum. #109007
I was trying to get diagnosed about 6 months ago here in the U.S. ( I’m not sure how it works in the UK), and I started googling places to get tested and psychiatrists that were in-network for my family’s insurance. After calling 5 different testing facilities I learned that most places had a 6-month waiting list and the test was 250 dollars and a full two-day process. I’m a fulltime college student, whose parents aren’t super into medicating mental health issues, and who don’t believe that I really have ADHD, so 250 bucks was not an option even if I could find the time. The psychiatrists that were in-network which there was only two close had the same 250 dollar fee. I finally decided to just go and see a General practitioner and see what they could do. I found a great nurse practitioner who took in all the information I gave her and then gave me a 15 min self-assessment test, which confirmed her opinion that I have mild ADHD. It was so much cheaper, and way less of a hassle to start trying medication to help. I actually made a 3.9 GPA last semester with the hardest classes and schedule I have had yet! My anxiety and sleep have improved too! So, if you have the option of going to see a GP without it being too expensive I would recommend that route because not only do they give you a diagnosis but they help you find a treatment plan that works for you.
Also, as the comments said above, don’t be so hard on yourself! I have always been my hardest critic, and what I have learned since being diagnosed is that all I can do is my best and if I do that then I should be proud of myself no matter the outcome! Just think you are already better off then you were yesterday because now you have an idea of what could be affecting you and you have a plan in place to get yourself better! You are doing the best you can, and you are probably doing better than you think you are (since we are all usually tougher on ourselves then others). Just keep taking each day at a time, and try to be better each day now that you are aware of what you are doing! I know this website has some articles and blogs about ways to naturally treat ADHD. So, while you are waiting for you could always read up and try out some of the methods and techniques for coping with ADHD in order to help get your symptoms more under control. Hope this helps!
I also could use some advice if anyone else reading this has any good ideas, since I am still a newbie and don’t know much. I had been taking Vyvanse, but since the new year it isn’t covered anymore on my insurance until my family reaches the deductible (which has only happened like twice in my 21 years) so the cost of a 30 day supply, even with all the coupons I could find was 232 dollars. So, now I am trying the generic brand Adderall because it’s 48 dollars and the only thing I can afford. I’ve been having a really hard time on it because I don’t think it is really working as well and I have been getting headaches and nauseous. So, if anyone on here has any idea how I can get my insurance to cover a portion of the cost or maybe make one of the brand name drugs cheaper please let me know. It stinks because my family has insurance, and makes above the income cut off for any of the drug assistance programs so I am kind of screwed.
So, I tried to make a new topic discussion and post this but it won’t appear. So, then I tried to post again and it won’t let me because it says it’s a duplicate. I’m posting it here in the hopes that someone can help!
So I was diagnosed with ADHD about 6 months ago, and my doctor prescribed Vyvanse because she liked it better. She had said that it can be expensive if not covered but gave me a free monthly prescription card thing to use. So, after about a month we figured out the right dosage and everything was great! For the rest of the year, my monthly prescription for 50mg Vyvanse was totally covered and free. Well, I now know that was due to my family reaching their deductible. Without reaching our super high deductible, which was only met because both my mom and I had types of surgery, I have to pay 292 dollars until the deductible is reached. Well, I tried to use both the discount card on shire’s website and one my doctor gave me that only lowered it to 232 dollars a month. So, I called my insurance and the only thing that is kind of covered are generic versions of Adderall. So, I went back in and my doctor prescribed 20mg 3x a day. I have read a lot of the discussions about how the different manufacturers of the generic brand can have different effects. Well, I took my first day of the new generic version, and I honestly felt like it did nothing. I was still super tired, I was unfocused and just felt like I do when I don’t take anything. I did some research, and it looks like I received the generic version from a newer manufacturer named zydus. It’s a peach colored oval pill with N 955 imprinted on it. I was just wondering if anyone has had any good or negative experiences with this manufacturer? Or if they have a manufacturer they really like? Any tips on how to combat this feeling? Also any ideas on how to get my insurance to cover or partly cover Vyvanse or even brand name Adderall? I’m a college student still on my parent’s plan and am a dependent. So, they make to much money for me to be considered for any of the assistance programs, but my mom doesn’t believe in me needing any medication and my dad understands but isn’t willing to pay an ungodly amount for it. Thanks all for any help, advice, and experiences you can share with me!