I am on 70 mg.vyvance & 20 mg adderal.This is working some but not enough.He told me if this dosage wasn't working we would do something different.I am a 44yr. old female with severe adhd.
Should I ask my psychiatrist about desoxyn?
- 13 Mar 2012 by kundalini
- 29 Jul 2012
- desoxyn, vyvanse, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), dosage
Added 13 Mar 2012:
.I am a homemaker with a 12yr.old son and I am wanting to go back to school,however my DR. wants me to wait until my adhd is under control.I have heard desoxyn works great but is rarely prescribed.Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
Hello kundalini. Yes you should. Why not? I did some reading up and probably will say here what you might already. Desoxyn is used in the treatment of ADHD for children. Its also perscribed to treat obesity. Its not been cleared by the FDA to treat adults with ADHD. It is perscribed but only as an off label usage for ADHD, meaning its not been approved to treat adults with Desoxyn. My own point of view, if your doctor is willing to write you out a perscription, and it works better than the combo that you're currently taking, good for you. Now might be a good time in as much as you can try it out, and see how you do, while still in the comfort of your home. Regards, pledge
I would say that it couldn't hurt, but do be aware that depending on your Psychiatrist's age and principles of practice, he/she may be extremely hesitant or unwilling to prescribe the medication. It is best approached after you have done a good amount of research, not only on Desoxyn, but on alternative medications and treatments as well. I happen to be a Psychopharmacologist as well as an adult sufferer of ADD which I have struggled with since I was a freshman in High School (when ADD first became "big"). I have been prescribed every single medication indicated for ADD (I don't have ADHD), including Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Dexedrine/Dextrostat, Focalin, Vyvanse, etc. Eventually I was on 30mg Dexedrine QID, and it was just too much. So I asked my physician for Desoxyn, and we agreed to do a trial run. I went from 120mg Dexedrine to just 20mg Desoxyn per day, and my symptoms improved significantly while the side effects all but disappeared.
No more insomnia, I gained back 20lbs (that I needed), I didn't feel over-stimulated, and I have never had to worry about" crashing" as it simply doesn't happen.
I have now been on the medication for 7 years and am on 15mg BID (30mg/day). It is the only ADD medication that doesn't exacerbate my panic disorder, so I was able to cut down to 3mg Klonopin per day (from 6mg Klonopin, 40mg Valium, and 4mg Xanax), and my insomnia is vastly improved to where I take either 1mg Halcion or 30mg Temazepam 4-5 nights a week (instead of 90mg Temazepam, 1.5mg Halcion, and occasionally 500mg Seconal/1.5gram Chloral Hydrate).
Being Dextro-Methamphetamine, it acts on dopamine and serotonin, rather than norepinephrine and dopamine, so it is very smooth in comparison to other amphetamine based meds. The methyl grouping also makes it last much longer, with the IR tabs, only kind available, lasting a good 6-9hrs.
There is no better ADD medication, but beware the stigma associated with it. Also, without insurance my 180 pills per month would be around $1K...
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