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Posted by Another Sue on March 16, 2000 at 01:15:56:

In Reply to: The stuff scares the dickens out of me! posted by Sue on February 27, 2000 at 04:04:02:

Sue, I am 53 and was diagnosed ADD at 50 yrs old. I have been taking Adderall since that time. The only side effect I had was a little euphoria for a short time everyday for about the first week. I was surprised to read about people having rebounds on Adderall. That is usually attributed to Ritalin. In my case, after the drug has worn off, I will eventually realize that it has worn off and that I feel my usual unfocused,unpredicable self. That's just me, not a rebound. Now, I have said all of that to say this: my great-nephew was tested and found guilty of ADHD at about 7 yrs old. His parents swore they would never give him "drugs." It finally came down to the fact that drugs were the only thing left to try. He took Ritalin for 2-3 years and for whatever reason, the Dr. decided to try him on Adderall. The result was amazing! Even though the Ritalin helped him greatly, the Adderall seemed to be not as harsh (regarding the rebound.) Since Adderall lasts longer than Ritalin, he could take his morning dose before he left home for school and it would last almost to the end of school (no more going to the nurse's office at lunch...that made a huge difference in his being more receptive to take his meds w/out an argument.) After school he took a smaller dose to get him through Scouts/swim practice, etc.) His parents kicked themselves for waiting so long to try "drugs." There is life after Ritalin/Adderall,(and there are other drugs that help also) and it's a much better, happier life than before and the ADD'er finally has a good feeling about him/herself that has evaded them for most of their life. (Also, all of the info that I have read stresses that an Add'er is LESS likely to become addicted to these drugs than a person who is NOT ADD.) I know it is a HUGE step but the difference it has made in my life is remarkable. Just know that all of us are pulling for you and your daughter and you should make the decision that you feel is best for you two. GOOD LUCK! Another Sue!

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