I started Adderall XR 20mgs 2 x a day 3 years ago.(Shire) They worked wonderfully, until Actavis came into the picture. I was taken off of them last year mid August due to pregnancy. Last week I was put back on by my doctor who tried to prescribe my regular dose, but insurance wouldn't cover the 2 x a day. I took it 1 time a day, for 2 days and it seemed to work fine, but then it stopped. He then added a 10mg IR for noon, which isn't helping much now either. I can somewhat focus alittle, but only to a certain extent. I'm extremely tired (sleep 9 hours at night) and my depression is just blah again. I don't know if it's the Generic version of Actavis 20mg XR that just doesn't work, I've seen other boards saying it did nothing at all. The 10mg is by Teva. I took it today at 3pm and I'm ready for a nap (5pm). Is it the generic that's the problem or the dosage? Next month I'm going to try a different manufacturer of Adderall, by Global Pharm and see how that goes. I just wanted to see what everyone else's thoughts would be, before I call my doctor again and tell him the issue.
I have the same issue; depression and constant exhaustion regardless of how much sleep I get. I have to take my Adderall throughout the day. Each dose lasts about 2.5 to 3 hours each time. Even taking a higher dose at once doesn't seem to change that (might give me an extra 30 minutes). It's more effective for me when I split it up 4 times a day.
Let's keep this simple and start with a clean slate. Take 40mg Adderall IR generic as soon as you wake up without food and wait 30 mins before eating food after taking the Adderall. Eat a large nutritional breakfast. The IR will save you money and insurance will have no issue paying for it.
You may wonder why I say this? I say this because taking the Adderall in this way would work similar to XR. Not only that but Adderall has different salts in the first place and each one is motabolized at a different rate to begin with.
Tell me how long that lasts you because it seems like 10mg is only lasting 2 hours so... The math would say that you need 40 mg to last 8 hours if you woke up at 9am to 5pm.
Now this depression.. I'm hesitant say anything about the depression just yet as we are trying to treat the ADHD first. Let me know if you have any questions.
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