My psychiatrist has prescribed me a 5mg dose of Adderall XR because they feel as though I have ADHD seeing as I scored very high on the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) and they've seen some of the behavior in me as well. I also scored EXTREMELY high on anxiety. I can't drink much more than 50mg of caffeine in a day, take sudafed PE or any other stimulants. My psych says that Adderall doesn't affect anxiety unless you don't have ADHD, which I find somewhat difficult to believe - it's amphetamine. I take gabapentin, lamotrigine, and alprazolam ER (prn) for mood/anxiety. I've had some pretty severe stimulant related panic attacks in the past, though they were from energy drinks. I am pretty hesitant to try the Adderall even though it's at a very small dose. Any suggestions or related experiences?
I have anxiety/panic disorder along with bipolar II and Adhd. Can I take adderall?
- 5 Nov 2016 by tommyorwhatever85
- 26 November 2016
- adderall, adderall xr, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), dosage, prescription, disorder, psychiatry
Does the same Dr. who prescribed Adderall know about your bipolar diagnosis? I'm asking because I would think Adderall (a stimulant) could spin you manic, and some of your ADHD symptoms (and CERTAINLY anxiety symptoms) could be managed by bipolar meds.
Though you have been diagnosed, are you currently under treatment for the bipolar part, i.e. through mood stabilizers, etc?
If it's the same Dr., and your bipolar is being treated and you're stable, I would personally feel better taking the Adderall than under the other conditions.
Congratulations on questioning medications and not understanding the rationale before taking it.
I'm concerned, as is Maggie, with the Bipolar and a stimulant.
I have ADD (no hyper) and take Ritalin which is also great for my CFS,
The easiest way to explain it is my brain feels in charge of my body rather than the other way around. It controls my pain and insomnia also.
I don't feel any stimulant effect which is the way it should be for a patient that is not misdiagnosed.
10 years ago I would have been painting the outside of my house with the dose I'm on now. Lol...
Oops one more thing... Keep a daily symptom journal if you do start it. The doctor will find it very helpful in dose regulation .
I have the same conditions but I have ADD not ADHD and I take Lamictal, Rexulti, Remeron, Klonopin, and either Dexedrine or Modafinil and the Dex at small doses actually helps my anxiety at under 15mgs daily IR. I find Amphetamine easier on the CNS than Ritalin and even Strattera and it doesn't result in dysphoric mania either. Tenex can also be used alone or with a stimulant for treating ADHD Caffeine is very jittery and very likely to exacerbate anxiety in GAD or panic disorder.
I've been where you are and its terrible because the anxiety of taking something that can cause a panic attack can cause one without even giving the drug time to work, what I did was gave my mom my med organizer and had her pick a random day to put the Dex in and she just put them in a small paper cup and I chugged it down right away so I didn't know what day of the week I'd get it and I had the same level of anxiety all week and come to find out it was day 1 that I got it and thats how I found out it didn't cause anxiety or worsen it I should say. Hope this helps
tommyorwhatever; You have a lot of good answers here and I am more with Janie the first answer if the same doctor and he or she are giving you all of these medications. There should be no problem And if there is any your doctor can help you this is a lower dose and does not hit as hard as other stimulants as the doctors say most people that don't have ADHD have the severe reaction to stimulants when they take them and don't need them. You are a case if the study you took is right then it is well worth the try. good luck and have a good weekend.
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