I am 23 y/o male and I have been diagnosed with adhd since I was 6 y/o. During that time, I have been on Ritalin, Strattera, and Adderall. I have hated all of them Ritalin and Adderall gave me the jittery, emotional, overfoucsed, and just an overall down feeling. So for a long time I thought there was no hope for finding the right treatment or medicine for me, and just hope that I could just "out grow' the disorder. So, I started back school and realized that I does not just go away, and starting failing. I went and talk to my doctor and he suggested Vyvanse, which has worked great, because I do not have the side effects like with the other medications. The only thing is i take it about 7 every morning and I have 14 hour days between school and work but around 1 I get start feeling very irritated about the smallest thing, which the same happened with the other medicines after they wear off, but I though Vyvanse was a 12 hour pill. So I have just been dealing with it as best I can for the remaning hours. I was going to just take another pill to see if maybe I needed a higher does, but haven't consulted with my doctor so thought that might not be the best idea, but I would like some advice because either I have a high tolerance, which I do not think is true because I was on 10mg of adderall ir. My doctor has me on 30mg Vyvanse so do you suggest I up the mg or maybe try another option. Any suggestions would be helpful
18 Feb 2012
You and I sound just about the same! I was diagnosed ADHD when I was 6 as well did Ritalin for 4ish years I always was telling dad that "I just don't feel like me" kinda of like I was in my own body but my personality and attitude were not in the body with me! So they switched and switched meds and finally when I was in the 8th grade I started flushing my afternoon dose of Ritalin down the toilet but still taking my morning dose that actually seemed to help with the not feeling like myself feeling! (I don't advise children to do this!) after my parents caught on I was in highschool and put in charge of taking my meds on my own well that turned in to not taking them at all! My test scores sucked but grades were good.
Went off to college flunked out of two colleges and then took a break and got a job as an EMT now I am a paramedic and 27 y/o and starting nursing school I realized in the last couple months that not being on any meds makes my life 10 times harder than it needs to be! So I just started back on Ritalin LA at 20mg ad working my way up to a comfortable spot I am feeling really good 30mg right now! Moral of the really long story is keep with it it will get annoying and aggravating but it's going to be worth it in the long run and def keep your doc up to date with how your feeling even if that means annoying him daily with phone calls!
29 Mar 2013
You are all very lucky to have Dr.'s who work WITH you! I barely (to don't) function at all these days without medication-and because of some severely misinformed Dr.'s I have had the misfortune of having... all of them are deciding that because I have high blood pressure, I should not get adhd meds. This is destroying my life! After reading this post, on reflection, I did best when on Vyvance, WITH therapy as well... that really changed my life! It has, needless to say, backslided now. I actually relate so much to the irritation and easy anger on Adderall, but felt it to be better than nothing. Now I can see how that effect hurt me and others. I also relate to the Vyvance being shorter acting than said for me. I am going to try one more Dr. now that I found these sites. I also highly recommend therapy for anyone who can get it, I need to try getting that again also, as for me the condition is worsening severely with mid-age changes as well. :'( So thanks much!! ... These supportive sites can be life savers for anyone who has no Dr. to work WITH! :-l
1 May 2013
Hey I'm glad to hear that Vyvanse is helping u. I was wondering as I have too taken Ritalin, strattera, and Adderall XR, but they really don't do what it suppose too. Ritalin 20 mgs 3 times per day wasn't it. But I tried 2 20mgs in the morning and it worked for my social part, my energy part, thinking clearer, but even after taken 2 pills in the morning it wore off in an hour or less. Don't know why? but it does. I need something that last longer and maybe only have to take 2 pills a day instead of abusing the ritalin because it don't last. Does Vyvanse make u concentrate better, feel lighter on your feet( I mean normal and not weighed down like with other medication. My 20's was the best for me, but 30's I got a little worse, now I've hit 40's actually 41 and having trouble concentrating, being sociable, feeling down, memory problems, and my mind races all the time. Talked to my 100th docter lol, but really isn't that funny.
But all of them have tried me on a tons of stuff that never worked. This doctor is treating me for ADHD which all the doctors in the past said I had, along with Bi-polar. Never heard of Vyvance before is it also for keeping a positive mood? and is there a extended release for it? TY for the read of your own, and hope u do well and every1 who is struggling with all this.
5 days ago
I just started Vyvance myself, and yes, I find that although it keeps me awake and alert from 7 am to 1 am--- the actual ADHD treatment wears off between 2pm to 4pm, depending on what I am doing to burn through it. (Study, research, correspondence, bills etc). Some people have found that upping the dose of the drug increases its longevity. Others take a dose of Adderall in the afternoon. I, myself, am going to try both. I need my symptoms under control until about 10 pm!
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