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    Old 09-25-2007, 06:09 PM   #1
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    Kind of freaked out.....Muscle twitches on Adderall

    I currently take 10 mg of Adderall IR 2x per day for a total of 20 mg per day. I have been taking Adderall at this dosage for aprox. 5 months.

    During the past two days, I have experienced small muscle twitches in my legs throughout the day while sitting at my desk working. I generally have to be sitting absolutely still for them to occur. Occasionally I will get a full body twitch that gives me a slight shake. I would say the muscle twitches occur aprox. 20 times per day.

    Note: I haven't been drinking very much water lately and I have been drinking a lot of cola drinks full of caffeine. I also haven't been getting nearly enough sleep the past couple weeks.

    Is this a side effect of Adderall?? Kind of freaked out right now. I hope I don't have MS or some serious neurological disorder or something. I'm in my 20's; I shouldn't get this, right?

    Note # 2: The muscle twitches have gone down in frequency considerably this afternoon.

    I don't have health insurance so I'm very reluctant to go to the doctor and have him order a bunch of expensive tests or refer me to a specialist.

    Could the Adderall have caused this?

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    Old 09-25-2007, 09:05 PM   #2
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    Re: Kind of freaked out.....Muscle twitches on Adderall

    Originally Posted by MinnesotaNole View Post

    Note: I haven't been drinking very much water lately and I have been drinking a lot of cola drinks full of caffeine. I also haven't been getting nearly enough sleep the past couple weeks.

    Is this a side effect of Adderall??
    While this is a possible side effect, I would put my money on your nutritional and sleep habits. I am on the same dose of Adderall XR (10mg 2x/Day) and I do notice various symptoms become more pronounced. Muscle twitching can be caused by many things but usually it's poor nutrition. Your nerves need to have adequate nourishment in order to operate properly. Drinking lots of caffinated beverages such as soft drinks and the like can lead to dehydration. Dehydration in turn provides less of the basic nutrients used in breaking food down and coverting it into the energy your body can use. Low levels of potassium (one of the body's major ions) for example can cause muscle weakness and that in turn can lead to twitching. So now, if u add reduced amounts of sleep, and you're basically asking for trouble.

    I speak of this from personal experience. I was hospitalized simply because of my poor eating habits, or the lack thereof. I recommend you try to eat on a regular basis, but it's at least decent food and not a bag of chips and a two-litre of soda. Secondly, drink at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day. You can't underestimate the power of something as simple as water because it's what helps your body stay hydrated. And, if you're hydrated, your body has a better chance of distributing the nutrients received from the foods you eat.

    So to bring it home, drink at water daily (eight 8oz glasses at minimum), get more sleep, and if you need to make some improvements in your eating habits or schedule then do so. It'll make a world of difference!

    Take care,

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