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    Old 01-01-2011, 08:10 AM   #1
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    When is too much Adderall too much?

    I've had ADHD since I was a child, went un-diagnosed until 10 years ago when I was 46. Dexedrine was given to me by a Pain Specialist MD to counter droopy side-effects from taking Methadone, 60mg. a day. It was then I "woke up" for the first time ever to see things in focus. I eventually got switched to Adderall, came off pain meds but stayed on Adderall, 30mg. twice daily. It came out that I had Depression/Anxiety disorder (which seems to come with ADHD in many) My Psych Doc had me on 10mg. Prozac, 350mg. Wellbutrin, and 0.5 Xanax 3 a day. After a while it seemed something was not working right, went through a Ritalin trial, then Vyvanse, and back to Adderall, which had less side-effects for me than the others. I was bumped to 30mg.X 3 daily. It's been a few years now and it seems like none of the meds are working well. I must add that during the past 3-4 years, I've had several bad things going on, painful child support/custody/Divorce issues, loss of work, the deaths of my Dad, sister-in-law of 20 years that ended our music playing, my life-long best friend was killed, 3 other old friends also died, I was exposed to toxic mold for 2 years, which has caused medical issues and that is under litigation, and constant financial problems. It may be just the overload of stressors or the meds need adjusting, I don't know, but not even 90mg. of Adderall keeps me focused and I don't know what the other meds are doing but they don't seem to help. I feel more hopeless as time goes along, almost like I don't seem to get excited over anything, I feel spacey and un-motivated, low energy, I am 56 but I don't know what to do. I've talked with my Dr. but can't seem to tell her my meds are seemingly in-effective anymore for fear of getting taken off them or given something worse. I need the focus but even Adderall seems to be not working, but I've heard too much makes an ADHD'er sleepy. I'm grasping for straws if anyone can see light and shed some for me. Thanks, JB

     
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    Old 01-01-2011, 08:53 AM   #2
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    Re: When is too much Adderall too much?

    I just have one thought: With that much Adderall, are you sleeping? Lack of sleep or lack of deep sleep can cause a lot of that.

     
    Old 01-01-2011, 01:39 PM   #3
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    Re: When is too much Adderall too much?

    I wasn't diagnosed with ADHD til I was 52, I am now 60. Our lives seem similar as far as constant turmoil. I was on a lot of the meds you are and was overdosed on adderall. I have uncontrolled mouth movement and lick my lips too much. I have new Dr who put me on dexedrine which has really helped me focus. I stopped taking the depression/anxiety meds slowly trying to find out who I really was under all that med. I felt I was just masking my problems and not see what they really were so I could work on them. I don't recommend that you stop your meds but I have taken a different apporach to life and its problems. It is painfuly at times but I can see where the pain is coming from and working on it. Hang in there life is worth working on.

     
    Old 01-02-2011, 03:22 PM   #4
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    Re: When is too much Adderall too much?

    Thank You Janewhite and Allie for the replies. I have had sleep problems for many years, I rarely sleep longer than 2 hours at a time, wake up, then go back to sleep, it happens if I'm taking Adderall or not. I actually have gone to sleep many times after taking a dose of Adderall, maybe the sleep pattern is setting the stage for some of the other foggy-head stuff. I am not sure how the SSRI's work but do they just dull the mind from the source of the anxiety/depression? I would like to stop them and then see if I can get my Mojo back, I'm not sure how much the mold did, but my doc says it has exacerbated my mental issues. Beats me. JB

     
    Old 01-02-2011, 06:02 PM   #5
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    Re: When is too much Adderall too much?

    I would look to treat the sleep disorder, as a priority. Sleep issues are a huge factor in many issues, mental and physical. I would recommend talking to your doctor about finding a sleep clinic.

     
    Old 01-11-2011, 10:16 PM   #6
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    Re: When is too much Adderall too much?

    Let me say my heart is with you. I knew I was taking too much early on yet I did it for years. I was taking 20 mg tablets like candy, soon as one wore off I'd take another. Looking back crucial turning point, when I should have tried to get help, was when it became okay, or normal, for me stay up all night and all day and not fall asleep until midnight. It got so bad I would be up 2 nights and days. Meanwhile I was lying to everyone, pretending to sleep. I didn't know I was capable of finding such a lonely depth but it was scary. I had insomnia prior to this, as long as I can remember, adderall fueled that condition. Sorry this not answer really but is first time posting here.

     
    Old 01-12-2011, 07:27 AM   #7
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    Re: When is too much Adderall too much?

    Hey Addy, can I ask how much you took and for how long? Did you get any better with the insomnia? jb

     
    Old 01-12-2011, 08:26 AM   #8
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    Re: When is too much Adderall too much?

    at first i took 10-20 mg a day and had a terrible time sleeping even then. i also had to fight the cranky 4 pm urges i had when i felt like i was coming down. eventually it became too hard for me to even want to sleep if that makes sense. it wasn't relaxing...it was such a huge effort, like what getting up in the morning should be more like if anything.

    so while i was on adderall the sleep issues didn't resolve. there were a few quick fixes, valium/ambien, but it didn't solve the underlying problem. more or less just jerked my body from alert to asleep without me making the effort or even the decision. how is it for you now?

     
    Old 01-12-2011, 08:59 AM   #9
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    Re: When is too much Adderall too much?

    also understand fear of telling doctor it's not working but that fear and paranoia is what kept me on the wrong medicine for years. it wasn't a quick fix by any means but when i came clean about side effects it wasn't about throwing me into looney bin or taking me off meds cold turkey.

     
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