Re: Adderall IR alternatives?
Here is my experience with Adderall. I was initially diagnosed with ADHD a little over 2 years ago. My pdoc and I found the right dose by trial and error. The main problems that I experienced with different Adderall doses were that it wasn't effective for a long enough period of time, and the "crashes" during the day with multiple IR doses was unbearable. Here are the iterations that we went through with Adderall before we got it "right":
10 mg IR 3 times a day (3 months)
15 mg IR 2-3 times a day (~4 months)
20 mg XR once a day (1 month)
25 mg XR once a day (1 month)
25 mg XR am, 20 mg XR pm (~ 4 months)
25 mg XR am, 10 mg IR pm (** Success!! Have been on this regimen several months now. This combination has been working well for me. I still feel the peaks and valleys, but they are not as pronounced. Also, I do not feel that I have built up any tolerance to this adderall dosage. **) Somtimes, I take an XR on weekends, but I normally only take the meds on weekdays.
Have you ever taken the XR version of adderall? Have you tried reducing your caffeine consumption? I rarely consume caffeinated beverages, especially days when I am taking the medication. When I first started taking Adderall IR, I had trouble sleeping and my appetite decreased (I lost more than 10 lbs the first month). I began supplementing my meals with Ensure in the evening time. My appetite gradually improved. As far as feeling agitated, the only time I feel agitated is when the effects of the med are wearing off.
Best of luck to you!