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Re: how is adderall coming along

Posted by CareBear04 on September 2, 2004, at 22:53:54

In reply to Re: how is adderall coming along ?katalina, posted by LeadingZero on September 2, 2004, at 20:04:22

hey everyone,
thanks so much for posting your responses to adderall. i was out of town for a week and i'm just now reading people's posts. i've been on adderall for a week now, and it's literally the best med i've been on (of about 25 in the past year and a half). i feel more focused, more energetic, and generally happier. for me, adderall is dozens of times more helpful than strattera + provigil, which didn't help me noticably. with provigil, i had bad tremors for awhile, and surprisingly, i haven't had any such problems with adderall. i do feel the need to do everything faster, though, which is both good and bad. i get irritated waiting while people stand in the middle of the escalator, and i have even less patience with lines than usual. i'm prescribed 1350mg of lithium, but i stopped taking it last weekend because it was true that it was inhibiting the effects of adderall. the same thing happened when i took trazodone one night and felt the two drugs cancelling each other out the next day. without the lithium, it takes 15mg twice a day to feel awake and alert. i told this to my doctor, and she said to restart the lithium and see how much adderall i need to get the same results. she says that the maximum dose is 60mg/day for narcolepsy, but it sounds like a lot of people go over that limit. i don't know if size makes a difference, but i'm not very big (around 100lbs), so i feel like something might be wrong if i require nearly the maximum dose.

regarding generic vs. brand name-- what is the consensus? is there a difference in efficacy that is worth the huge price difference? my copay for 15mg of brand name adderall a day was $75, while i paid only $10 for generic. and how about adderall xr? does it work as well as immediate release?

lastly, sleep-- even if i take my last dose before 2 or 3, i still have a really hard time sleeping. i can feel the energy and appetite suppressing effects wearing off around 7 or 8, but for some reason, i still have insomnia. before trying stimulants, i had already gone through all the different sleep medications and all combinations except for barbiturates, which my dr. didn't want to prescribe. right now, i'm supposed to take 2mg of klonopin for sleep, which i've been mixing with alcohol because nothing else will put me out. do these sleeping problems pass?

thanks all for your great knowledge and advice! i'm just starting again with a new dr and don't have a reliable pharmacist or anyone else to ask, so i really appreciate all your advice!




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