Posted by toodlebug on February 20, 2003, at 18:26:55
I recently started taking Adderall (extended release formula) for ADD. (I'll admit, weight loss was also a reason-- I have gained 40 pounds in the past two years, I think due in part to anti-depressants which I no longer take.) I was taking just 10 mg. in the morning. It really helped me focus and stay on task. I had to quit taking it, though, because it interfered with my sleep too much. I could fall asleep just fine, but woke up after about 3-4 hours' sleep. I already had problems with that as it was, so I had to quit. Before Adderall I was taking 150 mg. Trazodone, then after a week on Adderall needed 600 mg to sleep the night through! (The max dose of trazodone/desyrel is 400 mg. so I had to quit the Adderall.) It has been two weeks since I have taken any Adderall, and I am still needing 400 mg. trazodone to sleep. And even on 400 mg. trazodone, I still frequently wake up in the middle of the night! And 400 mg. trazodone usually leaves me groggy. So I feel pretty bad these days. And I am still fat! (And yes, I do exercise.)
So, how long will it be before my need for trazodone will decrease? Would the regular formula (as opposed to extended release) be better for me? And is there another ADD medication that will interfere with sleep less?