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Re: adderall alternatives for ADD? Steffany

Posted by Sulpicia on February 28, 2001, at 22:06:48

In reply to adderall alternatives for ADD?, posted by Steffany on February 27, 2001, at 12:57:15

Hi --
I take adderall for ADD along with a tricyclic AD for depression.
In my experience [only]: Paxil can slightly potentiate the adderall,
so it's not inconceivable that without it, he might experience less of an

I've also known one or two people who encountered the opposite reaction --
paxil dampened the stim's effects. He should try lowering the dose, since too high
a dose can cause more ADD symptoms, and then with his doc's permission, he might try
raising the dose a bit. He's not taking a very high dose currently.
Sometimes meds need adjusting after adding or stopping.

My real concern here is depression. It aggravates ALL the symptoms of ADD and makes you
feel like shi$ in general. Would he consider another AD med along with the adderall?
Theraputic intervention is a necessary part of treatment IMHO. For me, it focused mostly on
my struggle to adjust to ADD meds -- I know this may sound silly but if you are diagnosed as
an adult, you've developed a huge number of compensatory mechanisms to deal with ADD, and many
of these are counterproductive inter alia. Behavioral work is always great along with the
cognitive stuff. It can be difficult to find a clinician who works with ADDults. You might
try the CHADD website for a referral or possibly they have support groups for ADDults.

Posting in ADDult-rich forums like the ADD forum at can be very helpful in the
meanwhile. Would he consider this?

Good luck.




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