Any experiences with stimulatnts (Adderall, Concerta, etc) for ADD?

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    Jul 21, 2012 4:36 AM GMT
    I went to a doctor to tell him about some issues I've been having the past few years regarding my attention span and performance in school, and some other things I've been experiencing. He sent for a blood and EKG test and said if they come back ok, he'll prescribe me some kind of stimulant, since I guess he thinks I have ADD.

    I'm worried about the side effects of these medications. I've heard of extreme weight loss, which is something I could use, but I'm just worried that it will affect my ability to exercise/gain muscle mass.

    Anyone have any experiences taking these kinds of medications?
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    Jul 21, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    I was diagnosed with ADD years ago. I have been on it for ten years I don't function without it. I would ask your doc if you can have the extended version that way you only have to take one pill a day. Good luck dude it will make u a different person. Val
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    Jul 22, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    Thanks, I appreciate it. If any others could share as well, that would be great.
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    Jul 22, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    I had to get some cardio fitness in before my doctor would let me try Adderall. I was 270lbs at 6'2" at my worst and taking a beta-blocker (Metoprolol) for blood pressure. That could have been interesting... I got down to 240 and my doctor finally brought it up.

    I was attempting to boost my alertness with Starbucks. But, Caffeine makes me irritable.

    I have been acutely afraid of getting dependent on it, so after a year and a half, I have progressed from 5 to 10mg a day. I'm a bit reluctant to use it on weekends as I have time for Starbucks. But, I'm reaching a point where I can't get anything creative done or have no energy over the weekend without it.

    The only thing I can caution you on is if you take a dose, then have a Venti Americano, don't go to the DMV or some nosy state employee will ask why your hands shake and record that you have a "nervous condition."

    I think I have triggered a medical flag for my renewal. Just be aware.

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    Jul 22, 2012 6:18 AM GMT
    I don't have personal experience with this but Lee Gerdes has developed a biofeedback technique to address this and many other issues.

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    Jul 30, 2012 6:15 PM GMT
    There are non stimulant drugs as well that you can always try. They do work for some people. Let at least a few people know that you are on medication and ask them to sort of keep an eye on you. I was on Dexadrine for 3 months before I became irritable and angry all the time. Do not be afraid to try different medications if you find one is not really working.

    Finally, do not listen to the people who will give you their best advice to try alternative methods. At least not yet. First, get yourself to the point where you know what normal is... give yourself a baseline to compare any other treatment to. After that is established you can figure out if you need the medication (many people do outgrow it) or if you can follow somebodies advice and get similar results. Having said that, do take the time to do a couple of hours of research and reading on the subject. There are supplements / nutritional / tips and tricks that have been medically proven to help (beware of quack sites selling their personal alternatives, but do look at research.) It is a condition that will have affected all aspects of your life and will continue to do so. Taking a few minutes in an attempt to understand ADD is worth the time.

    Best of luck.
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    Jul 30, 2012 6:33 PM GMT
    Adderall really helped me with my cram-studying disorder. I'd reccomend it to anyone suffering from Unversity or other disorders.
  • jayatl56

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    Aug 13, 2012 4:04 AM GMT
    I was thinking that I might have add but a dr recently put me through a full psych evaluation and said it was borderline add but that she thought anxiety was my biggest issue. I could study etc but became almost ill at test time. She prescribed xorloft. Just started it today. 25mg for 10 days then 50mg for another 80 days then we'll see where we are.

    I went to see her because I just feel like giving up sometimes. Work sucks and then this week has been in the dumps. I work as a real estate agent and 3 deals fell through and I get my property tax bill, car tax bill, real estate license renewal, my ac is on the fritz and the guy in the condo below me says my ac has been leaking down the wall and his sheetrock needs to be replaced. When it rains, it pours. So I just feel like dropping out of the rat race. But have no clue what I'd do.
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    Aug 21, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    I take Vyvanse and it's a God-send. The first day I took it, I felt like my mind was actually working the way it should. Not only has it helped me focus at work, but it has actually helped me with my anxiety as well. If you and your doctor decide medication is the direction you want to take, do your research on the different brands. The longer-lasting medicines like Adderall XR and Vyvanse are more expensive but much more convenient. Don't be afraid to try different medications until you find the one that works best with your body's unique chemistry.

    As a side note, it irritates the hell out of me when people abuse these or any kind of medication.
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    Aug 21, 2012 1:25 AM GMT
    I'm on Adderall XR. Its done nothing but amazing things for me. If I skip my daily dose I feel lethargic and slow with no attention span for anything. When I take it I feel awake and less brain cluttered.
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    Aug 21, 2012 7:09 AM GMT
    It just causes weight loss due to loss of appetite, just manage your diet, continue your workout, & you should be fine!
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    Aug 21, 2012 7:42 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI wonder if possible food allergies might be triggering a cluttered lethargic mind.

    I bet it would be worth exploring.


    I have severe ADHD and I deal with it. I have coping mechanisms - sometimes they work; sometimes they don't. Like the drug, it won't completely cure you but it will help. Concerta gave me a non-epileptic seizure, not sure how but it did. Adderall is amazing for my mind, I swear to God when I'm on it I could play an entire chess game in my MIND and BEAT YOU or anyone else. BUT! It makes my body weak. When I work out, the workout is much harder. I feel like the clients I train. So I only take it if I'm going to take a major exam or have something of comparable importance approaching.

    Although you might want to get your testosterone levels checked. Don't know how old you are but if you're not producing enough T, that can also affect your concentration. And if that is low, that is what needs medicating before your mind does. Neuroendocinology is like a long string of Christmas lights - affect one light and it will affect the entire string. Oh, one other weird side effect - adderall gives me hypogonadism, which is NOT an FDA reported side effect.