I am an adult female who was diagnosed as having ADHD after extensive testing in 2005. I was eventually found to do great on 15mg ER dextroamphetamine 3 x's daily. I had to stop my meds due to losing insurance. Now I am 39, have insurance again and just worked my way back to that same dosage daily. I do pretty good, but if I am sitting here dealing with paperwork or the computer, I tend to nod off as I am reading or even doing something... soo weird to be someone who can sit and fall asleep on an amphetamine. Also relevent, mother had bipolar/schizo effective disorder (paranoid type), father was terribly narcoleptic... I have the track record of a true add-er, paper trail and all to prove it. Any ideas why or what I should do? Thanks!
Sounds like you need your dosage increased or perhaps the doctor could try you on a different medication. Have you had a sleep study done? A lot of times with the narcolepsy you may also have sleep apnea. If your father had narcolepsy then you may have ADD and narcolepsy together.
I have ADD and narcolepsy. I am 67, female and I take 30 mg of Adderall in the morning and then 30 mg about 2 hours later and lots of times I could be asleep by 6 p.m. I what you are taking is ER then your beginning dose is going into your system gradually and may not be enough for you to be completely awake. It is a difficult combination, talk to your doctor and see what he suggests.
first things first. there shouldn't be a reason that you're taking a 15 milligram adderall xr tib (3xday).
that typically is not heard of in the medical field. 90 + percentage of adult ADD/ADHD you given a higher dose of a non extended release amphetamine in the am.. what concerns me is that your taking a time release 12 hour pill tib. this should be a twice aday pill at the very most.
What I might suggest is to switch to a non time released adderal. so not XR adderall.
if you're falling asleep if you taking non XR adderall you may have some other underlining issues.
I personally would recommend dextro methanphetamine. they use to be called brown and clear or dexedrine. you can't take this up to 4 to 5 * a day and you can also take it PRN(as needed)
is there to bring a journal of how long you sleep every night. Android include your sleeping patterns as far as what time you fall asleep and how are you sleep for. you may even want to include how you feel the following day.
and actually shrine the makers of adderall xr have a Assistance Program to where you can get your medication for free if you qualify. I am in no way affiliated with that company Nor do I endorse nor oppose it.
I hope that helps you out if you have any questions please comment and I will respond promptly
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