Re: Just got diagnosed with ADD and prescribed Adderall. Please help with these ?'s
Cut back on your dose tomorrow. Start small, take just one tomorrow night rather than four. If you're not happy with how that's working for you, up it to two after 5 days or so. Stick with that for a few days, then you can go to three. Rinse and repeat. Your doctor should have worked up your dose, rather than jumping you onto so much right away. Standard procedure starts at 5mg and works up a week at a time.
Basically you took too much for your first day. Sleep off the headache (if indeed you can sleep) and don't take so much tomorrow. You may find that your appetite is smaller on Adderall, but with a more appropriate dose, it shouldn't be too bad. Don't worry if the effect isn't amazing, give it time and don't push for too much too fast. You should settle into a state where you're able to concentrate and focus, but not feel buzzed or euphoric . . . realistically, if you're feeling an effect, you're probably taking too much.
P.S. It's important to remember that Adderall is a stimulant, so you will likely find that you have trouble sleeping if you take too much, or take it too late in the day. A good rule of thumb is never take it past the early afternoon (or, since you're up overnight, 8 hours before bedtime). Because it's an IR formulation, it should wear off after about 4 hours, but we all respond differently, and to be safe, I'd leave myself a good long buffer.
Last edited by Thunor; 05-05-2010 at 08:14 PM.