... am now even more tired then i was, i heard adderal was the best drug for ADHD, what should i ask my doctor to do?
I know what you're going through. I was given Strattera and I read too many horror stories to even try it. I am on Adderall, which has worked best for me. The problem is most docs now are hesitant to prescribe the stimulants, especially Adderall. I was turned down by several doctors until I broached the subject with my primary. I presented him with the diagnosis of adhd, and informed him of the meds previously prescribed; then presented my case as to why Adderall was the best choice, and at what dose works for me. If oyu go that route, your doc needs to have trust and good rapport. You know what isn't working. You know what you want to try. Therefore, don't settle until you find a doc who respects your own input into your condition. Be as articulate as you can and you will find some respect and relief. Good luck to you. I would like to hear how this turns out.
First off, I would say that your doctor is correct in that it usually takes Strattera 2-4 weeks before you notice any type of change. Second, you mentioned being more tired than you had been before takeing the medication-Strattera is designed to make you feel more tired at the end of the day so you will rest better BUT if you are taking the medication later in the evening, it can cause insomnia.
Now, with that said, Springer10 gave you some very valuable insight. Medicine is a two-way relationship: the patient has to be open enough to try what the doctor is asking him/her to try AND at the same time be involved in treatment by asking questions and being active in the treatment plans; the doctor IS NOT AN ALL KNOWING GOD (although some think they are) and he/she needs to listen to the patient and be open enough to take the patient's cares, concerns, and input into consideration when developing treatment. If you are not truly seeking Adderall just to get high (as you claim you are not), then I would do as Springer suggested and find a doctor who will allow you to try it. If you are holding up your own end of the doctor/patient relationship, then your doctor ought to have the courtesy to do the same. I hope this helps you and I hope no one thinks I am in any way trying to bad-mouth medical professionals because I am not. Doctors have wisdom, but patients know how they are feeling... there must be a happy medium between the two in oredr to achieve the desired results. Good luck.
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