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Re: Reverse effects to Adderall/others?

Posted by citiboy on July 3, 1999, at 16:30:54

In reply to Reverse effects to Adderall/others?, posted by Irene on June 30, 1999, at 15:01:05

> Has anyone heard of stimulants/amphetamine drugs (Adderall in particular) having sedative effects?
> I just started taking Adderall, and everything I know about this drug and all others of this type prescribed for ADD goes against what's happening... it's literally putting me to sleep!

What you're talking about is called the/a "Paradoxical Effect"; i.e., you're getting the opposite effect of the drug.
This is the reasoning for giving Ritalin and other stimulants to hyperactive kids. Under normal circumstances, Ritalin would send most people
bouncing off the walls, but hyperactive kids have an abundance norepinephrine and dopamine, and combined with stimulants, a sedating effect
sets in.
Speed freaks, or amphetamine abusers, call this effect "over-amping," which means they're not geting the "lift" as they used to, and it literally
puts them to sleep. Benzo users, after prolonged use, will get a lift instead of the depressant effects so desired.

This all has something to do with the amount of norepinephrine and dopamine in your system. In your case, you probably have too much of both
and increasing the dose will only make the problem worse. Consult your doctor.




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