I have been prescribed adderall 10mg IR for a couple months now. I am still trying to figure out the best schedule for taking it. I start work at 6am and go to class later until around 6pm. My problem is that I get really moody at work while on it and it really doesn't last too long before I start to get that mind drained feeling where I am just really quiet and each time I take it throughout the day it is less effective. I expressed this to my doctor so she put me on 20mg XR twice a day which lasts a little longer but still when it starts to wear off after a few hours my mind just feels drained and I don't talk or focus at all. If I take this in the morning I am drained by noon and still have classes/hw the rest of the day even if I take my second dose. I feel it for a little bit but it goes away quickly and my face starts to get extremely flushed. Because of this I requested to go back to the 10mg IR's and just use as needed which I never use them at work anymore. It is better but I have to do everything right each day to get it to work the way I would like without the bad comedown full of anxiety. And what I mean by that is what time I get up, what time I go to bed, what time I take the meds, what I eat, am I eating constantly, and stuff like that. It is quite a pain to keep track of with my schedule. Does anyone have any advice? And I heard good things about vyvanse. The thing is that you have to take it in the morning or you won't sleep and like I said with adderall I was getting really moody and my bosses were starting to notice. And if I were to get on vyvanse and take it in the morning how long would it last? Since I have classes until the evening. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
So I'm just going to say what I want and you can either take it as advice or a suggestion, good or bad, but hopefully it'll have a good effect on you. Taking Adderall is definitely a chore. Times taken, food eaten, and water drank all must be watched. Adderall is also one of those drugs that the one prescribed must figure out what works best for them, and allow for some time for your body to adjust to it. Stay away from food and beverages with ascorbic acid and/or vitamin C. These should be taken only when you're ready to deplete the effectiveness of the drug, i.e.: when you're ready for bed. It sounds to me that the cons outweigh the pros in your case with Adderall, which probably means the drug is just not for you. I can't comment on Vyvanse because I have no experience with it, but maybe it'll work better for you. Then there's always the part that CNS stimulants just aren't for you and then other ADHD medications will do. I would start keeping a log of your day when you take your medication, taking note of your feelings and emotions at certain times and when you feel the drug best benefits your (if at all). After doing this you will be able to make adjustments to times to take, what to eat and drink and what not to, etc. This will also provide you with notes on what to talk to your doctor about, which will hopefully bring about a change in something. I hope this gave you a little something, sorry if it didn't. One more thing, keep the conversation going with your doctor about your issues with Adderall, they will definitely be more apt to change if you have nothing good to report. Hope your days get better.
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