I am currently taking vyvanse50mg.& xnax xr0.5mg I have a history of addiction, alcohol,amphetamines mainly.. I was diagnosed with adult add and before then was prescribed antidepresants at least 5 different kinds none of those seemed to help at all. The vyvanse has helped greatly, I knew I had add all along but no medical professional would listen to me. I used illegal amphetamines as a means of self medicating, because they made me able to concentrate and also calmed me. I have now been clean for 3 months and do not have strong urges to use. However I'm struggling with depression and anxiety, alot stems from past regrets, for example in my addiction I would not sleep for sometimes 6 to 8 days and there is alot I do not remember about the things I did and had alot of hallucinations and not sure what was real or what was a hallucination due to a crazy lifestyle. This went on heavy for months moving from hotel to hotel because my wonderful wife could not handle the insanity,and I just wanted to isolate. I had 5 years clean time before and made a great life for myself, I also helped others overcome addictions, but even during those five years I struggled focusing (racing thoughts) and some depression. Does it just take time or should I inquire about another medication. Although I have made improvements I'm really struggling just to make it through each day. Sometimes I just shut down overwhelmed by the smallest things... I am seeing an addiction counsler/therapist and also read alot about addiction/add/depression/and anxiety. How do I get out of this funk I am in I feel helpless I pray and read the bible and still nothing. Sometimes I feal like I'm going to lose it and its taking a heavy toll on my marrage If you have any suggestions about different medications or compatable ones please let me know... THANKS
Vyvanse might not be working for you. What dose are you on? Even the highest form, the 70mg capsules, are only equivalent to 20mg Dexedrine (the drug company neglects to make this clear to most doctors and patients).
Perhaps a drug like Concerta, Focalin XR, or Adderall XR (which is seen as less addictive than the immediate release formulations) would work better for you?
In my experience, Vyvanse lasted for about 4-5 hours, and then it just dropped me down and I felt groggy and unable to concentrate. It's a total marketing LIE that it lasts all day. It reaches its peak after 3 hours then slowly goes downwards. If they had marketed Vyvanse as a twice daily capsule, I think it would've been a much smarter idea.
The medication doesn't seem to be effective for many people with ADD, mainly because it doesn't last as long as the drug manufacturers pretend it does.
I wish you luck, and hope you're able to find a solution that works for you.
I also have a history of poly substance abuse. I had been clean & sober for 11 yrs, and got dx'd with ADHD, at age 44. Unable to complete my Bachelors Degree, history of anxiety and depression, abrupt relationship changes, and 2 dozen jobs.
Symptoms, began before age seven (7). IMHO, my first Psyciatrist, had me on Ritalin 20mg twice a day, and Xanax 2mg. every 4 to 6 hrs, a mistake (for me) I built up a tolerance to Alprazolam, quickly, and, my marriage was in serious trouble, coupled with being dx'd at mid-life, it it documented, to be especially hard on all adults with decades of frustration, and failure. I switched M.D's to a Psychiatrist, who is a AMA certified Addictionologist, withdrew off the Xanax over 8 months, then, took the softer, "Ambien/zolpidem" for nighttime anxiety @bedtime for ten yrs, then 2 yrs of only 1 mg of Klonopin, but tolerance re-surfaced. Currently, only taking, Dexedrine Spansule 15mg @ awakening, with, Adderall I/R no later than 5PM. IMHO, I needed individual psychotherapy, for years, to control my resentments and anger, from years of being undiagnoised with ADHD. My marriage failed, even after reaching 20 yrs in AA, and, Relapse Prevention Group Therapy (Terrance Gorski) and DBT group therapy (2 yrs) and, 9 yrs of 50 minute talking therapy (individual).
IMHO, get into marriage therapy, before it is too late, be very careful whom you choose as a marriage counselor, "not necessarily a cure all, but entering too late, is many peoples failure" that are my words of wisdom. Also, "mismatched jobs, that were extremely dysfunctional, required multi-tasking, only, caused me more angst, in spite of appropriate use of C-II stimulants, 12 step groups, and individual therapy
Join a gym club, exercise regularly, Yoga assisted me greatly, to lower the boiling temperature of my co-morbid GAD, Dysthymia, Impulse Control Disorder, with my ADHD, and my Personality Disorder NOS. IMHO anti-depressants added on, with or without mood stabilizers, failed me, as I have a Treatment resistant form of low
grade Depression. Best wishes to you... do something, before a Divorce, IMHO, all symptoms get worse, after the devastation, of a Divorce, twice as likely with anyone with ADD inattentive type, or ADHD combined type. Also reduce your caffeine intake, and sugar intake, as it also effected my mood swings!!! Immediate release stimulants, are too risky for me, but I still crave them on occasion.
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