Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 782767

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Adderall --) Focalin?

Posted by CareBear04 on September 13, 2007, at 22:36:22

Hi everyone--
I've tried a whole lot of stimulants, but for me, Adderall XR has worked best, and I'm currently on 30mg twice a day. Of the Ritalin family, I've only tried Concerta, and it was before I reached such a high dose of Adderall. At the time, I took 81mg in the morning. Adderall still helps with my attention and focus, but it doesn't pack the same punch that it did when I started it some years ago. I'm curious about Focalin XR. What dose would I need to match 60mg of Adderall XR? How long does it last? Any experiences comparing Adderall and Focalin? Would appreciate any thoughts. Thanks!
CB

 

Re: Adderall --) Focalin?

Posted by cumulative on September 14, 2007, at 1:38:22

In reply to Adderall --) Focalin?, posted by CareBear04 on September 13, 2007, at 22:36:22

As far as dose goes, dose equivalence may be less of an issue since a lot of people don't experience cross-tolerance between methylphenidate and amphetamine -- hence you trying it. A lower dose might suffice.

A lot of the folks I've talked to that have been on ADD/ADHD treatments for a long time end up switching every once in a while (depending on how quickly tolereance to the therapeutic effect develops, or whether it develops at all) between methylphenidate formulations and amphetamines. Works for them.

 

Re: Adderall --) Focalin? CareBear04

Posted by rina on September 15, 2007, at 15:04:34

In reply to Adderall --) Focalin?, posted by CareBear04 on September 13, 2007, at 22:36:22

Hi, I too, have been on the whole gamit of stims as well. Focalin worked wonderful for me for a short period of time, then all of a sudden caused a major mood drop. Then the pop-out happened. If it works for you, it's a wonderful med though. Gives tremendous focus and concentration as well as a burst of energy spread out through the day without wakefulness through the night. Good Luck!!

 

Re: Adderall --) Focalin? rina

Posted by CareBear04 on September 16, 2007, at 21:11:14

In reply to Re: Adderall --) Focalin? CareBear04, posted by rina on September 15, 2007, at 15:04:34

Hi Rina,
What dose of Focalin were you on and what dose of Adderall do you take? How long until the poop-out happened, and did it happen all at once, or was it more gradual?
Thanks!
CB

 

Re: Adderall --) Focalin? CareBear04

Posted by rina on September 16, 2007, at 22:13:00

In reply to Re: Adderall --) Focalin? rina, posted by CareBear04 on September 16, 2007, at 21:11:14

The focalin was wonderful in the begining. I was on 40mg. Then it shifted drastically about a month later starting with severe mood swings and then stopped working all together. The adderallxr in currently on 40mg.

 

Re: Adderall --) Focalin? rina

Posted by CareBear04 on September 16, 2007, at 23:21:05

In reply to Re: Adderall --) Focalin? CareBear04, posted by rina on September 16, 2007, at 22:13:00

Thanks rina! One of the ways I can tell if a stim is working is by looking at my appetite. Does Focalin cause appetite suppression? I know it doesn't last forever, but when a stim really works for me, I can be so focused that I forget and have no interest in eating. Just wondering. Thanks!
CB

 

Re: Adderall --) Focalin? CareBear04

Posted by rina on September 17, 2007, at 12:34:08

In reply to Re: Adderall --) Focalin? rina, posted by CareBear04 on September 16, 2007, at 23:21:05

yeah it does cut your appetite but not like ritalin or adderall. in my opinion it is the best in regards to focus and concentration though. good luck!

 

Re: Adderall --) Focalin?

Posted by elanor roosevelt on September 22, 2007, at 22:00:32

In reply to Re: Adderall --) Focalin? CareBear04, posted by rina on September 17, 2007, at 12:34:08

i clean out the adderall for two days at a time about every 4 or 5 weeks
my pdoc recommended this
just tried the xr
hate it

 

Re: Adderall --) Focalin? elanor roosevelt

Posted by rina on September 22, 2007, at 22:34:41

In reply to Re: Adderall --) Focalin?, posted by elanor roosevelt on September 22, 2007, at 22:00:32

explain what you mean by clean out and why do you dislike the xr?


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