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Adderall XR - I take 20 mg adderall twice daily, now my doctor wants to put me on the xr, what does?
Added 22 Feb 2015:
I have been on the regular Adderall 20 mg twice daily for five years , and it works well, but next month my doctor says he is switching me to the xr?? can anyone tell me about this? what might happen? what dose he may start me on? if this works better?? not sure on anything, and just joined this community.. any insights will be taken to heart. thankyou and godbless
Adderall is released more or less within 30 minutes or so. Adderall XR (eXtended Release) which means over hours.
I'm sorry but different people seem to have different side effects and you may find you prefer the normal release tablets. You should get more advice too (here or a doctor).
Adderall XR is set up to release half the dose at first then approximately 4-5 hours release the remainder of the dose. It's not perfectly half and half, the first release is usually a bit more. So if you are prescribed 20mg XR your body will, hopefully receive 10-15 mg at first then the second "wave" will, in concept, release the remaining medication.
Most XR prescriptions are higher than IRs, due to the Adderall XR creating the second dose for you with one pill. The member above me said it perfectly. Just keep your doctor informed of issues or concerns you may experience.
I personally prefer the IRs because it makes me think that I have control over how much I need and take. Not over but you know those days when you have only one thing to do that requires your full attention and once done a long walk is all you need.
You should always try what your doctor suggests but definitely don't worry about negative opinions concerning your body and mind and medications. The more informed they are provides a door for better treatment.
As mentioned above, the XR is an extended release capsule. I was diagnosed a little over a year ago (at the age of 31) and prescribed 60mg of Adderall XR daily. I didn't experience any alarming side effects immediately. I found that if I took the mediation past 10am I had trouble sleeping at night. After a couple of months I tried taking 30mg around 7am and the other 30mg around 9am and this seemed to work best for me. After 9 or 10 months on the XR I started experiencing extreme muscle tightness/discomfort in my upper back and shoulders. I decided to skip a few days and noticed the pain was completely gone. After speaking with my Dr. I was prescribed 60mg of Adderall (non-time release). I still experience some muscle pain, but not nearly as bad. Most days I tend to take less than my prescribed dose (typically 30-45mg). I feel like the XR was the best fit for me but the back pain was too intense.
My daughter was recently diagnosed and is prescribed 10mg of the XR, we are still in the trial and error stage of finding the best medication and dose for her. Most days it seems to be working great, however she has experienced stomach aches a few times and just today she has seemed a bit more sensitive than usual. Hopefully the extended release is a good fit for you. GL :)
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