ive been on adderall for a month now... it makes me very hyper..anyways im gaining weight instead of loosing..i dont understand..anyone else havein this problem?
Hello, Fara. To answer your question, no, I have not, nor do I know of anyone who has gained weight because of adderall. On the contrary, and I'm sure you may have read this, adderall usually decreases your appetite and like you've already experienced give you that extra "pep" in your step. When I first started taking the adderall, I literally lost 60lbs or more in less than 6 months. Now that I've become used to it (after about 3 years now) I find that it doesn't affect my appetite as much so I tend to eat how i used to (and have gained most of that 60lbs back) however, not because of the adderall. Its possible in your case that the adderall has caused an OCD-like behavior (because of the hyperness) which I have read happens to many people, and makes you want to compulsively eat. For me pulling loose clothing threads and dismantling t-shirts became routine. Hope some or all of this helps.
It is possible to gain weight if you are a woman with ADHD and taking Adderall and Wellburtin, regardless of the dosage, for the same reason diet pills don't work I.e. (phentermine) that has nothing to do with OCD. There are studies out there on APA and NIHM websites that have found hormonal differences between teenagers and women with ADHD obviously are different. Especially if you are in your late to mid 30's+ thyroid interaction,insulin, cortisol (stress hormone) also increase in women that have ADHD with anxiety. It's virtually impossible to be a woman with ADHD / ADD for over 30years and not have some level of anxiety. A good place to get some information is on APA.Org website if you search for studies on women with ADHD. I take 60mgs a day of Adderall and have gained 10lbs since April. You almost have to eat a Paleo diet above the age of 35 regardless of amphetamines if you want to loose / maintain weight.
I have been in Adderall XL for over a year. I am 52 years old and I've gained 40+ pounds! It makes me extremely hungry. The doctor put me on Contravene to take along with the adderall. It worked at first and I lost 30 of the 40+ pounds I gained originally. Now they upped my dosage to 40 MG a day and the weight has gone back up again. I just don't know what to do. I'm over 200 lbs now and I'm a short woman. The contrave no longer helps. I'm going back to my doctor today to see if they can take me off contrave and see if there is another option. I cannot gain more weight :(
I have been on adderall xr 30 mg plus adderall 10 mg for about 2 years now. The first year I lost around 35-40 pounds and got back to my normal weight again that I had gained due to medications, health issues and my love for food. I also lost my appetite and cravings for certain foods and especially junk foods like soda, chips, and sweets. I was really happy about that. It makes me very anxious, very OCD, to the point I don't even realize the certain routines and silly patterns I do now and how slow it takes me to do things that never took me as long or that I never put as much time or effort into (especially cleaning or getting ready). I feel like I don't actually get as much done now because I spend so much time focusing on little things instead of the big picture. My weight was staying the same for a while then after a while I had to put a lot of effort in so it would stay around the same.
Now, not only am I putting in a lot of effort, doing more physical activity and eating better but my weight is constantly going up and the adderall has barely any effect on me, usually a couple hours, if any at all most days. I've gained almost 15 pounds back. Adderall is the only thing that makes me able to even get out of the bed everyday because of my fatigue and because of the pep of energy it gave me and now that I'm gaining weight on top of it, my depression and anxiety is just worsening. I wish my insurance would cover the real brand and not just the generic because there is a huge difference! I feel like I'm just stuck between a rock and a hard place.
I know this post is from November but I thought it was important for another input. I have gained close to 40lbs since being put on adderall. No it's not common but ,despite the know it all comments on here, it is possible as you and I have both experienced. I have read of other instances of weight gain as well.
I have been taking Adderall for 8 years. At first, I dropped weight. Appetite was suppressed... about 6 months after starting the medicine I started gaining weight. It’s widely accepted that Adderall helps suppress appetite and lose weight... so I’ve never really put it together until now that Adderall has been the reason I’ve gained 80 pounds in 8 years. It’s pretty much wrecked my health everywhere but my brain. I think I’ve figured it out how and why. I feel like the reason why is because of what Adderall does to the CNS. It ignites it. Thus, your pleasure center is ignited. When you come off the drug... your body wants the pleasure back naturally. If you eat for pleasure, that’s where you can get in trouble. For some people it’s eating, others smoking, sex, whatever. Your body craves to have the pleasure center reignited once the drug wears off and I will warn you as someone that’s taken the drug for the better part of a decade that can be dangerous.
Yes! My daughter is in this and I hate what it's doing to her health. She's under 18 and we moved to another state where the drs here weren't comfortable keeping her on the ADHD med, Strattera (80mg), she was on for over 5 yrs, which really worked for her. Instead they put her on 20 mg Adderall XR where she has gained about 46lbs now in under 5 months! We've brought it up to the doctor and are told "she just needs to be more active". She is no different than what she was before and has issues already (pre-diabetes,high cholesterol, etc) since she was 4-5 yrs old and we've kept up pretty good with things. The doctor then tells us "it doesn't cause weight gain but can cause weight loss so it's not the medication". I took her today for an infection to see pediatrician & spoke with them about it.
They would like to see her back on what she was on before,since it worked,and have ordered extensive labs too because with the other issues she has this can be the culprit, especially since she's done so well in almost 11 yrs and this is the only change. They also want her to see a different endocrinologist but I'm still skeptical plus I have in my head what the endocrinologist told us back where we are originally from in regards to the doctors here in certain medical fields including psychiatry & endocrinology. So far I'm finding her to be very correct & it's sad. We are in the southeastern part of the US and originally from the very northeast. Hope this helps. I would suggest also maybe keeping a food diary/log of sort as well to show them. My daughter's eating habits have not changed & she does not eat candy, etc. We rarely have any junk food in the house. I wish you the best of luck.
Yes, I have been on Adderall XR for 5 weeks and I have gained about 5 lbs. Seems like I can't get enough to eat and I am always tired too. Dr says they never heard of it. I have had adverse reactions to different medication and this one seems like one. What causes this and wonder what I should take. I won't keep taking it if I'm going to keep gaining.
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