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    Old 11-21-2004, 08:48 AM   #1
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    Adderall "DRUG HOLIDAY"

    Hi,

    My shrink has me on Adderall five days per week. He says it is important to have a "drug holiday" (and I've read this too).

    So, how do you people function on the weekends or on your "drug holidays?" The Adderall only helps me a little because I'm on such a low dose, but I do see a difference between the days I take it and those that I don't (more scattered, etc.). I'm allergic to coffee and chocolate and don't smoke, so self-medicating doesn't look like an option.

    Thanks.

     
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    Old 11-21-2004, 08:50 PM   #2
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    Re: Adderall "DRUG HOLIDAY"

    I don't understand how anyone can even function off meds on the weekends or for an entire summer. I have the same problems on the weekends and summer that I have during the week they don't disappear. Although it would be wonderful if they did.

    ADHD people are on meds so their entire lives improve not just so they can behave or get better grades in school. The quality of life should be the most important reason to put someone on meds. And if they don't need meds on the weekends or during the summer then they shouldn't be on them at all. The first rule in diagnosing ADHD is that the symptoms are present in more then one location.
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    Old 11-21-2004, 09:28 PM   #3
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    Re: Adderall "DRUG HOLIDAY"

    Why would you need a "drug holiday", especially at a low dosage?

    Our specialist has recommended NOT going on, then off, then on at such doses as there is (apparantly) as much research indicating that you build tolerance just as quickly on a weekon/weekend off basis. In addition, he said some of the side effects would be heightened (which is true for Z).

    If Z isn't feeling well or really needs to catch up on some sleep, he has the option to skip a dose on the weekends but rarely does because he feels it makes it "harder" to get back into focus when he takes the next dose. Just how it works for this patient...

     
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    Re: Adderall "DRUG HOLIDAY"

    Doesn't this also have to do with the type of med? Adderall is not a med you have to build tolerance with. My doctor also wants my son to only take meds during school. When he is with family, we can deal with him more effectively than when he is at school. I've also read that when you give yourself a break, you can take that dose longer as it remains more effective when not taken consistently.
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    Old 11-22-2004, 09:42 PM   #5
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    Re: Adderall "DRUG HOLIDAY"

    I take adderall and can only speak from experience but I don't stop it on weekends. Weekends are of course much easier to handle then weekdays when you have school or work but even while doing activities I enjoy that keep me active I am still not happy off of it. I experience the same hyper jittery feelings and horrible focus it's just not as obvious to others as it is during the week.

    I skip a day or two if I get sick sometimes and tried doing the weekends off thing for awhile, mostly to save money. I have found my quality of life much better when I just stay on the meds. It makes my weekends much more enjoyable and since I'm able to relax and enjoy my weekends I can deal even better during the week.
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    Old 11-23-2004, 05:32 PM   #6
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    Re: Adderall "DRUG HOLIDAY"

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    Doesn't this also have to do with the type of med? Adderall is not a med you have to build tolerance with. My doctor also wants my son to only take meds during school. When he is with family, we can deal with him more effectively than when he is at school. I've also read that when you give yourself a break, you can take that dose longer as it remains more effective when not taken consistently.
    BINGO, Sawbuck!! The point is to be able to not lose efficacy, which frequently happens with Adderall.

    Still, it SUCKS. I'm having difficulty functioning on weekends.

    Someone posted something about SEs... I don't have any!!

     
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    Re: Adderall "DRUG HOLIDAY"

    I don't do the "holidays" either. I mean, ADD doesn't go away on the weekends. I've benefitted from the Adderall with the anxiety issue as much as/if nor more/than the focusing issue. There would be times, on weekends, I'd be sitting watching tv and all of a sudden, the chest pains start, the nervous stomach, the shortness of breath, and major insomnia. On Adderall, I sleep better at night.

    The times I have taken holidays, it's been when I was in a situation (when things were relatively "calm") and I was off of it for 3 months at a time. (Only twice since my initial diagnosis in 2000) I took Gingko Biloba during that period. It wasn't as effective, but better than nothing. I also drank tons of caffeine and smoked more during those periods, too...which I wouldn't recommend for anyone to do!

     
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