My daughter has malabsorption due to complications of a gastric bypass. She has had 18 operations due to this in the past 7 years. The last surgery she had 5 feet of her intestines removed due to a bowel blockage and the intestines being “dead” in that area. She is currently prescribed 15mg of Adderall 3 times a day and believe me it is not a sufficient amount to work for her ADD. She is very apprehensive to ask her physician to increase this medication due to the stigma of this drug in today’s society. She has suffered so much these past 7 years and she really needs a therapeutic dose so that she can function on a daily basis. She is in NO way trying to abuse this medication. Is there a tactful way to ask her physician about increasing her dose of Adderall ?
If she has not already explained her history and issue, she should do so, and then tell him/her that for this reason she would like to try increasing her doses.
I COMPLETELY understand the stigma, but I recently learned, in my experience, that I AM THE PATIENT. The doctor should only warn of risks (if any). But without clear evidence of abuse, the doctor cannot forbid or refuse what the patient feels he or she needs for treatment or care.
If it were me, I would say “i would like to increase my dosage. I’ve been bearing with my current dose and treatment, but it’s just not effective and my body is not responding.” (After informing or reiterating the surgical history).
If he or she does not, I would switch doctors.
- Adderall Information for Consumers
- Adderall Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Adderall (detailed)
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