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  • in reply to: Switching from Adderall to Dexedrine? #177697
    The Cat Lady
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    Are you on Adderall IR alone? How exactly have you been feeling – sad, anxious, …? It may behoove you to try Dexedrine. It’s a single-salt medication. Adderall is mixed-salts, it’s comprised of 4 different types. One of those types may be the culprit behind your struggles, but of course I can’t say for sure.

    in reply to: Switching from Adderall to Dexedrine? #167962
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    <<UPDATE>>

    Looks like she finally got me. I’m so grateful. I started taking Dexedrine today, the Adderall IR I’ve been taking makes me feel like I have the body of a 80 year old. Very weak, fatigued, super achy, debilitating headaches and muscle spasms. So far so good, mentally – it’s astonishing that I don’t “feel” it, it’s like I’m not taking anything at all. I still feel like my body is sore and beat up, but hopefully I can yoga that shit away and be feeling better in a few days. Thank you *so much* everyone, for taking the time to provide feedback. Could anyone be able to tell me how much Adderall you were taking prior to switching, and how much Dexedrine you have found yourself comfortable taking? I don’t have the slightest idea what to expect in terms of dosage. Many thanks 🙂 it’s such an overwhelming relief knowing that I can count on having support here, and that there really are people just like me.

    in reply to: Supertherapeutic ADHD Med Dose #165755
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    I am curious as to why you’re taking both methylphenidate and an amphetamine. To my knowledge, people do better with either one or the other, but not both. I think that I am possibly one of the people who do well on a dose that is higher than the dose range the FDA studied; it is possible. I read this on an AdditudeMag Article called “Patient’s Primer on ADHD medication”. If you find it, it may answer a lot of your questions. Good luck.

    in reply to: Stubborn doctor: what can I do? #164128
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    Ok. Thank you for your feedback. I just wish there was some way I could hold her accountable for basically keeping me strung out and dys-functional for over a year.

    in reply to: Change in Manufacturing of Adderall XR #164127
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    I’ve been having unbelievably horrible
    issues as well with my XR. Is there a way I
    can have the capsule itself tested? My doctor
    flat out refuses to believe me. So I need to
    show her proof, apparently, for her to take
    me seriously. What sort of drug test could I
    take that will show what else is in that crap?
    This is seriously messed up. We are not human
    guinea pigs >:(

    in reply to: Switching from Adderall to Dexedrine? #145312
    The Cat Lady
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    Ah thank you so much, everyone! Your responses were very helpful. Now if only I could get my doctor to be more receptive to what I have to say. I feel like I should be able to be more in control of *my* medications and dosage, but I’m not. It’s extremely frustrating, and I feel helpless. What do I do when my doctor refuses to listen to me? The last time I saw her, I emailed her “11 STEPS TO PRESCRIBING AND USING ADHD MEDICATION EFFECTIVELY”, I brought in the Weiss Impairment scale, two symptom checklists, and it’s like she didn’t even read any of it. “I really do think the medication is working” she says, as I am uncontrollably sobbing in her office, trying to convince her that my current meds are at an insufficient dose, and my life is unmanageable. I don’t know how to make her “hear* me.

    in reply to: Is pain a side effect? #144810
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    I haven’t tried methylphenidate mainly because of a Gene test that I did, which showed which medications would be more compatible with my genetic profile; methylphenidate was listed as being not as effective as amphetamines. I’ve had a great response to them some of the time, so I assumed methylphenidate wouldn’t work for me. I’m currently in the process of titrating my dosage. I haven’t found any other common denominators which could be causing this, aside from long-acting amphetamines. I will ask my doctor about it nonetheless.

    The Cat Lady
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    The thing is… technically you shouldn’t “feel” anything; you won’t feel distracted, or forgetful. You won’t feel anxiety when making any sort of decisions. You won’t feel astounded when you look at the time, and do not know where all your time has gone. You won’t feel like you’re struggling all the time. You should just feel… Clarity. Ease. Things just… work. Things that you procrastinated on or forgotten about, are now effortless to accomplish.
    The dose may be getting too high, however, if you realize that you can’t stay away from Pinterest 😉

    11 Steps to Prescribing and Using ADHD Medication Effectively

    Read this. I, too, have been hopelessly struggling on my current dose; the above article answered a lot of my questions. Don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself. Find the Weiss Impairment scale, and the symptom checklist from CADDRA. Crucial tools to facilitate communications with your doctor. Good luck.

    in reply to: How do you handle tolerance to medication? #143819
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    Thank you for your response. I haven’t tried methylphenidate; a while back, my Dr had me do something called GeneSight, where they test your DNA to find out what medications are more compatible with your profile, and which ones you shouldn’t take. The results stated that technically I would respond better to amphetamine than methylphenidate. There have been times in the past few years that I’ve felt “normal” (ie, I wasn’t struggling with my symptoms). Everything was simple and effortless. It seems like the relief was very short lived, however. Shortly after a change in meds/dosage had been made, in a matter of weeks, I was back to being dys-functional.

    I’ve always wondered how people can do alright on the same dose for years at a time. What happens when you’ve reached the maximum dose of your medication, and you’ve become tolerant to the point of that medication no longer being effective for you? Where do you go from there?

    in reply to: Side effects of Adderall giving me a lot of trouble #143677
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    That is extremely helpful info for anybody. Thank you so much for sharing. I have been in a rut as well, sometimes it all just feels so hopeless.

    in reply to: How do you handle tolerance to medication? #143667
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    Also, has anyone had any luck with Combination Therapy? I read on AdditudeMag that it’s taking Strattera in addition to a stimulant.

    in reply to: Adderall and Caffeine #143666
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    I’ve actually found that if I’m jittery/anxious, it’s because the Adderall is wearing off, or at a dose no longer sufficient. When I take my afternoon dose, I start to feel much more calm and relaxed. Is that unusual?

    The Cat Lady
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    What he said… “You’re making me do this”… reminded me of an incident that occurred during an abusive relationship, about ten years ago. He had thrown a large beer glass at me. It hit me in the head and shattered. The glass had cut my scalp, and I felt the warmth of the blood that poured down my face, dripping onto my hands. Naturally, I screamed in sheer panic and terror.

    He then said, “Look at what you’ve made me do.”

    He called for his mother (conveniently, a nurse) to come fix up my forehead, so that I didn’t have to go to the hospital, and risk getting him in trouble.

    You don’t need to try and save him. Save yourself, before it is too late. The more invested you become, the more control he gets, and the harder it is to leave.

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