I've been taking Concerta 56mg for 6 years. My Dr. put me on Adderall 10mg twice a day. I'm not sure if it works as well. Whats the difference between Adderall XR . Does it work as well or better XR verses just Adderall? Some days it works great and others I'm not sure.
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Adderall and Adderall XR are brand names of tablets that contain a combination of four different amphetamine salts; dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate, and amphetamine sulfate.
They are both central nervous system stimulants that affect chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.
Adderall and Adderall XR are used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The difference between them is how long they produce their effect.
Adderall is a short acting medication that starts to work soon after dosing with effects usually lasting about 5-6 hours. Typically, when a person is prescribed this version, they would take it two or three times a day.
Adderall XR is a long-acting medication and is effective for 10 to 12 hours. It is usually prescribed just once a day.
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Adderall XR (Extended Release) is a time released pill. Adderall IR (Imedeate Release), or is also known as Instant Release.
Adderall IR - Initial Dose: 10 mg per day orally upon awakening.
Maintenance Dose: The daily dosage may be raised in increments of 10 mg at weekly intervals until optimal response is obtained, up to a maximum of 60 mg/day. Give first dose on awakening; additional doses (1 or 2) at intervals of 4 to 6 hours. If bothersome adverse reactions appear (e.g., insomnia or anorexia), dosage should be reduced.
Adderall XR - In adults with ADHD who are either starting treatment for the first time or switching from another medication, the recommended dose is 20 mg/day.
I've been taking Adderall IR since the age of 6, took myself off to join the Marines. I recently saw a doctor and have been taking the IR for a few months now and tried Vyvanse and can tell a major difference on how the medications react to my body. Adderall IR I feel like I have more controll. I'm going to ask my Dr. if XR might be good for me. You can also take the XR in the morning, and if you feel the need to take more after the XR wears off the IR usaually last abour 3-4 hours for me. hope this helps :)
I, too, try not to come off sounding a certain way - and I know on the seldom occasion I jump on here & answer a question or 2, it is NOT to give anyone instructions/directions as though I am his or hers PHYSICIAN, PHARMACIST, or NURSE, it is to share my particular experience with that medication, as i only answer if it is a medication i have personally taken or am taking now, and not because I just bought 7 of them and wondering what it is I just paid $75 for. I joined this site October 2011 and enjoyed it and visited often... but it changed... all of the sudden every time i get my notifications for the groups i'm signed up with and see a question that sounds interesting so I click on it & get brought to the page, sure enough, if 2 or 3 people haven't jumped on it, with these posts that make my face get hot because i am so angry and would grab these people if i could and bash all of their ignoramous and potentially murderous heads together.
i can tell by most of these posts it sounds like younger guys & girls, you can tell by how they pose their questions, and often times they seem nervous and scared like most of us probably were at that age, especially with private/personal things, and they come on here because they can't or don't choose to talk to their parents or doctor, and the handful of idiots on here are more than happy to authoritatively and with such confidence, tell these confused kids what to do. It takes away from this site and makes it NOT COOL compared to other sites like MedScape where they wouldn't tolerate such insanity.
I take 60 mgs of Adderall xr and 30 mgs at noon. I have been on the immediate release and I want to make an appointment with my doctor to have my xr switched back to immediate release. I feel xr is not strong enough and xr should be reformulated just like xanax xr. Claiming that xanax xr last for 24 hours which studies found through patients taking it that it does not work for 24 hours. That is why immediate xanax is giving with the xr during throughout the day with it. I have been on both medications but feel that either way the both of them with being immediate release are stronger as I have been switched back and fourth.
My experience with Adderall versus Adderall XR is fairly significant. The XR (extended release) seems to be more noticable when it kicks in and definitely lasts much longer. I've also noticed that by having a small meal/snack after a few hours, especially if the medication seems to be wearing off some, it tends to give the medication a little "boost", but I think that is true with other meds as well. Something to consider: since the XR is made to release small doses throughout a period of at least 5 hours, be aware that it can cause sleeplessness if taken too late in the day. I rarely have that problem, but have noted teeth clenching in my sleep. My script is for (2) 15 mg capsules in the a.m. and (1) in the afternoon. My doctor says to take the afternoon dose only if I feel I need it (like when I have an evening class or homework I have to focus on). By the way, I'm in my 40s (not a youngster). All in all, I prefer XR over plain adderall.
Unfortunately, I am unable to give you any comparison to Concerta since I've only ever taken Adderall. Hope this helps you or any others with the same question.
I am just trying to respond to JENNI'S RESPONSE the weight issue. You can rebound in a bad way like that when the body gets used to (for lack of a better way to put it the adrenaline or speediness of it). But the problem is the doctor not your daughter. Please get 2nd and if needed a 3rd opinion. Also you can go to the FDA on the internet... it will take quite a while. Then make copies and bring to your prescribing doctor. Feel free to contact me if you want to chat further. Others might say Im wrong or not a Dr but, my answer is not incorrect.
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