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Old 05-05-2010, 03:58 AM   #1
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Just got diagnosed with ADD and prescribed Adderall. Please help with these ?'s


I have been reading these threads all night and they are so wonderful and helpful. I was so scared to go to the psych dr about my issues but he said I definily have ADD and need to take Adderall. I was prescribed 10 mgs instant release, 3 times a day.

My Dr. told me I need to experiment with it and figure out what the right dosage is for me....I'm a little confused because I thought that was his job. Anyways...I took one at 1045 when I started work ( I work midnights) But since I didn't feel any change I took another, then another. Thru the night I have taken a total of 4.

I feel really good and focused but I have the worst headache in the world and I have NO appetite what so ever. Just curious if anyone can give me some pointers on how to figure out what the right dosage is for me. I plan on calling the Dr, but God only knows when he'll call me back. Any ideas? Also, any ideas how to get rid of this horrible headache? Thanks for any advice you can give me!


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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.

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Old 05-12-2010, 06:32 AM   #3
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Re: Just got diagnosed with ADD and prescribed Adderall. Please help with these ?'s


Hi, the side effects that you are experiencing are pretty normal when it comes to Adderral, I am on Adderall XR, the headaches start to go away after a few weeks, but if you are taking too much they will not. I would suggest calling your doctor and letting him know what is going on...

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