I have been diagnosed with ADHD, and I am on Adderall 60mg. One tablet In the morning and one tablet afternoon. It helps tremendously with my symptoms but issues I’m coming to have is 1. It’s not getting me through the full day and effectiveness isn’t 100%. I’m in scared of talking to the doctor about this in fear of stigmatization and judgement. What should I do?
Been there done that, so I totally understand.
Firstly, there a ton of options depending on what form you are taking.
If you’re not taking ER, than switching to two, ER tablets a day is perfectly fair and normal. If you are taking ER already, you can add an instant release tablet - in addition to the two ER doses - at a slightly lower dose (for the end of the day) also very fair, and normal.
Secondly, when I had this issue, I was just straight up with my doctor. My attitude and approach was this: “Look, I’ve been on my routine for x amount of time, my day starts that “6am,” ends at “6pm” and I still have important tasks to complete after this - but my medication is about done by then. What can we do??”
After being straight, earnest, and stern about the facts... we tried a myriad of different options - from what I mentioned above, to a newer form of adderall called “Mydais” (which is extended, extended, release) plus a lower dose of an instant release tablet, for the evening/night time.
I had to remember that I’m paying my doctor for a service, not the other way around. He’s not doing me some favor by treating me according to my actual need. I didn’t have time for the stigma BS anymore and was quite annoyed and over it. I have the disorder and I am not about to tip-toe around it’s associating issues that are still legitimately impairing my life. The medicine is there for treatment and that’s what I use it for, and will continue to use it for. End of story. I shouldn’t have to feel bad about it, and I’m not going to. Figure out the best combination for my personal profile that solves the problem and let’s be on with it. If he wanted to even suggest that I had other intentions, which I didn’t, he would have received a professional scolding on the spot, on top of a reporting (amongst other accountability measures). I’m a real patient - ain’t got time for the games. Save the stigma and judgment for a real, fraudulent patient. I’m not the one - and don’t try me.
Hope this helps :)
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