Adderall XR Is this why I cant gain muscle mass?

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    Dec 16, 2007 4:49 PM GMT
    Hey Guy's, I am blown away by the knowledge most of the guys on here have on all topics. So seeking a little help. I have ADHD and did not take medication for it until about 2 years ago. I am not sure if I am benifitting from it at all and have already eliminated my afternoon dosage. Recently someone told me this drug could be the reason I am unable to gain muscle mass since my metabolism is so high due to it. I am getting very strong, just not building much muscle. So trying to see if any other guys on here are on this or know anything on this topic. As usual I appreciate any feedback! Thanks Guy'sicon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 16, 2007 8:53 PM GMT
    I've never heard any studies remarking on the effects of Adderall on muscle growth. But I'm sure you could google it, either on the web or using "Google Scholar" search. A more likely reason, though, may be simply your genetics. While some people can look at a weight and get pumped, others may have to work a little harder and will ultimately have to have a little patience if they want it that bad.
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    Dec 16, 2007 11:42 PM GMT
    Is the Adderall killing your apetite and keeping you from eating? Possibility. Maybe?

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    Dec 17, 2007 12:04 AM GMT
    First, if you are getting stronger, you ARE building muscle.

    There's a direct relationship between change of strength and change of size.

    What may be happening is that you're losing some body fat as you put on muscle, so your net size isn't changing - but your body composition IS. If that's the case, when you are lean enough, the fat loss will slow down and you'll start to see the improvements.

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    Dec 17, 2007 3:42 AM GMT
    I have to tell you I am not sure that adderall "speeds up your metabolism". I have just read some stuff that says it does but am not sure of that. I know it stimulates your central nervous system but don't think this is the same thing as say doing an hour of cardio. There are different formulations for adderall depending if it is generic or not. Here is an article on it ..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adderall

    That being said one of the effects of adderall can be loss of weight but I think that is more because it can suppress appetite. I used to take adderall XR but stopped because it made me moody. I did better with the generic 30mg adderall that I could break into quarters and take as I needed during the day. Ironically it would make me hungry.

    Right now I am not taking anything but sometimes take the natural supplement theanine (a derivative of tea). I have had thoughts of asking to try modafinil

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modafinil

    but it too has appetite suppressing effects.

    One more thing. If you are like me you maybe just have problems putting on muscle. I think mine is part hormonal and part not eating enough (non-junk food). I have gained ten pounds of muscle in the last few months through just eating more (protein - mostly chicken and grains) and some various supplements, and working out harder.

    I would not be averse to hormone supplementation if I could do it legally. You could have your testosterone levels checked. At our age there is just less there. If it is low you could get a legal prescription.
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    Dec 17, 2007 7:05 AM GMT
    I was on adderall for two months and that shit was hell--pop a zinc or two every morning and force yourself to eat... If you can't do set meals, then graze all day long!

    Your only problem's getting enough calories in. Just don't do strattera: it's got a nor-eph blocker and it'll kill your lifting ability (I currently can't squat over 200lbs... I was doing nearly 400lbs in high school!)
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    Dec 17, 2007 10:50 PM GMT
    Thanks Guy's
    I figured I would receive a lot of informative feedback.. icon_biggrin.gif