I am 25 years old I get prescribed 20mg adderrall 3x a day for ADD. I have been on it for about a year now and I still can't figure out when the best Times I should take them because I work graveyard and wife works during the day and I have 3 kids at home with me during the day. I am only able to sleep 1 hour during the day with my kids when they nap, and then another 2 hours after my wife gets off work, then it's off to work again. So is there a way I can take my adderrall with my sleep schedule? Because I need to be able to focus and concentrate at work, but also be able to when I'm at home with my kids. On my days off i take one right when i wake up(7am) after lunch (noon) and then at 3pm and Im in bed by 10pm and it helps me so much. I know I need to take them at the same time everyday and right when you wake up in the morning, but during my work days it just feels like my days run together and I feel like i don't really know when my morning is or my night. I can't get a new job that pays me the same wages i make to pay my bills or off get off graveyard because I've tried many times. And daycare is too expensive and I don't have anyone to watch my children for me. I have no choice. I just hope someone has any type of serious suggestions that would help because I've done research and I can't find anything that pertained to my situation.
Ouch, that really sucks. I struggle with timing my medicine around my sleep, too, but I'm really not sure how you could make these numbers work. If you really can't sleep while you're on Adderall, I'd suggest either trying something that isn't a stimulant (I also take Tenex for its off-label ADHD use--for me it only improves my memory, but for some it's as good as stimulants and for others it does nothing at all), or a different stimulant with different timings. I can't quite remember how long Ritalin worked back when I took it, but if long-acting Ritalin (Concerta) lasted about the same amount of time for me as short-acting Adderall, Ritalin's half-life should logically be much shorter.
Also, while you might not get paid as much in another job or timeslot, take some time think about whether this chaotic schedule is really worth the extra few dollars. If it is, that's fine, but it might not be worth driving yourself insane every day just to have other privileges. Also, try talking to your employer about accommodations for your ADHD. With luck, they might be willing to pay you the same at a better time. The worst they can say is "no."
- Adderall Information for Consumers
- Adderall Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Adderall (detailed)
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