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Update! I was really struggling to get by without meds so I went back to my doctor and am now on Foquest (I believe it’s formulated like Ritalin but lasts 16 hours) and I’ve noticed such a difference. Turns out Adderall was just the wrong medication and I shouldn’t have tried to stick out those side effects for so long. So there is hope! My doctor said there are tons of options to try and that sometimes one doesn’t work, but another will work well. The struggle to find the right meds is draining but I am feeling so much better and I think Ritalin is better for me personally. Turns out any bad side effects SHOULD go away if you’re taking the right medication and if they don’t, try something else 🙂October 15, 2019 at 9:37 pm in reply to: Switching meds & how to know the right meds for you? #131496rosalieParticipant
Hi Linnea56, thanks for asking! I have not started on a new stimulant. I stopped Adderall XR about a month ago because I started having some really disturbing symptoms: headaches, crazy mood swings, bad emotions, and strange OCDs that I hyperfocused on at the expense of productive things. I took one capsule once a day, just as prescribed. I’ve never experienced that before and it really scared me. Once the weird symptoms started it was a slow decrease in dysfunction and I did not feel or behave like myself at all!
Since being off the meds my headaches have gone away, I feel happier and mentally clearer, I’ve gotten my creativity back (which is a relief since I’m an artist), I’ve gained some colour back in my face, and the horrible acne the meds caused has cleared. I don’t think Adderall was for me! It worked great initially but made me quite ill in the long run. I hope there will be no long-term effects, and I’m not sure at this point if it’s worth trying another stimulant.
So now I’m trying to adjust to life without meds. I am in university with a full courseload plus working so it would be too much to adjust to anything new right now, and I’m a bit scared to try anything else after this experience honestly. I’m trying to embrace my ADD and look at the postivies but I might look into natural approaches to help manage my lack of motivation to do boring tasks. I know natural stuff is kind of hokey but I’m concerned after the way the Adderall made me feel. If I still feel like I need it, I will talk with my doctor about different medication.