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Hi all,
    I’ve just been prescribed Adderall 10m and was curious about all of your thoughts on the medication! Any side effects or reactions you known of would be insightful! Thank you :0)


FYI I am 57 y/o with too many chronic issues including Insomnia, Fatigue, Migraines and Pain :-(
About a year ago I started seeing a Psychiatrist.  His dx was not specifically ADD but more of a Depression one. We tried a Lot of different meds and eventually I went back on 75 mg Effexor XR. 
He also prescribed 15 mg Adderall and then we bumped it up to 30 and by the afternoon I was getting horrible (more so than usual) ‘kickback’ migraines which I attributed to the additional Adderall.
And since I was not convinced it was doing anything for me, I just stopped it.
Recently, since my Insomnia has been so bad, I have gone back to 15 mg a few mornings a week to give me a Kick Start ?!?!?
But, everyone is different (YMMV) so it is certainly worth a try…
Good Luck ~ Melanie in PA/USA

Posted by mmaxell on Nov 07, 2013 at 1:52am

Thanks mmaxell! I get bad head aches, to the point no sounds or light is welcomed in my room, till it passes! So I’m hoping it won’t get worst when I start taking the meds! Lost of eating isn’t a problem, since I can always shed some pounds! Thanks!

Posted by Jjingram on Nov 07, 2013 at 2:00am

It’s very good to see that you are finding resources.
Adderall is the only medication that works for me although I haven’t tried Vyvanse which is supposed to be very helpful. At 53 many ailments seem to pop up and thankfully go away
I had migraines for a long time, also have been taking Adderall for a long time
It takes a minute to get used to it and how it best works for you. My experience has been that different meds work differently in people.  Overall Adderall is a really good one especially to start with. Most important thing to remember is that we are all unique, one of a kind everybody has to find what works. Medication is just a very important tool to having a better life.
wish you much success, Shari

Posted by lejeune333 on Nov 07, 2013 at 2:40pm

I’m 37 and I’ve been taking Adderall on and off for a few years.  (I sometimes go off of it when my life doesn’t call for as much focus and discipline, but every time I start taking it again, I remember what a miracle drug it is for me!)  I’ve found it can be good to start slow (even half a dose can have some effect).  The typical side effects I experience aren’t much of a concern for me - usually some dry mouth and loss of appetite.  On rare occasions, I may get a headache - but I think if you can remember to stay hydrated, that won’t be as much of an issue.
Good luck!

Posted by runningtostaysane on Nov 07, 2013 at 9:44pm

I started it today and really haven’t much of a difference, other than dry mouth and loss of appetite. I’m hoping it’ll take effect more importantly in my over activeness and being able to control my thoughts better along with being able to focus to write and read long articles! Thanks everyone! Please feel free to keep me posted!

Posted by Jjingram on Nov 08, 2013 at 5:32am

I have been on the same dose of Adderall for over a year now. When I started my therapist had me titrate my dose up until I felt things “click.” (vague, yes I know) But it worked! At first I had problems with headaches but had to remind myself to drink tons of water (TONS) and take a good multivitamin. After a year it is rare I have any negative effects from it.

Don’t be afraid to say it is not for you! Not every medication works for everyone and not everyone finds success with the first one they try. And don’t get caught up in the dose- the right dose is the one that works for you (the dose of Adderall can vary greatly from person to person). Just give it time, I agree with what Shari had to say.

Posted by BonzaiKitty on Nov 19, 2013 at 6:00am

I was diagnosed about a year ago and have been taking a fairly low (I’d have to go read the bottle) dose of Adderall ever since.  I expected to have to try a few things, but the stuff seems to do the trick for ME (everyone’s different).

It just allows me to focus, simple as that. I started on IR twice a day (now I’m on XR once a day).  Initially the lack of appetite was almost scary, but I was conscious of it, so I would make sure to eat right before I took each dose.  That eventually tapered off where now I’d say I don’t snack as much or do as much “mindless” eating.  Which is good.  I seem to be maintaining a healthy weight.

One scary thing was I noticed I was bruising really easily in the beginning.  It had passed by the time I mentioned it to my doctor, but I guess that could be serious, so be sure to tell your doctor.

Posted by LucyBic on Nov 20, 2013 at 10:29am

If the only thing you are noticing is dry mouth and loss of appetite then you should talk to your doc about upping your dosage. Adderall, thankfully, starts working as soon as you start taking it. I started on a lower dose and my doc kept adjusting until it was effective. There are days that I don’t stop and wonder how it is working, then at the end of the day I realize just how productive my day had been. After 4 years of taking meds I certainly notice when I forget or run out. Adderall has worked well for me.

Posted by NeverAlone on Nov 22, 2013 at 12:36am

I notice not as hungry.  I am on two 30 mg daily.  If I look at the time and it is too late at night, I won’t take the second pill or cut it in half.  I do feel I can concentrate better.  I also have depression, so the Adderall kind of helps with that too.  I don’t take a daily nap as much.  Just watch the time you are taking it.  Sometime, though, I can take an Adderall and go to sleep?  I also get migraines, but had these before Adderall.  I could not tolerate the time-release type.  I guess our bodies are all different.  Wish I could be on no medicine!

Posted by JADD on Nov 29, 2013 at 7:44am

I’m also kind of afraid to ask for higher dosages, because I’m worried I may get labeled a meds popper who only wants a high dosage! I was just given 15m and haven’t taken it yet! Thanks y’all!

Posted by Jjingram on Dec 12, 2013 at 7:25pm

I find adder all helps me stay focused. I take the Dr version, and I’ve noticed I’m not as anxious on on a higher dosage, though, and find it really helps me get what I have to get done, done,.....

Posted by Lilapsophile on Jan 31, 2014 at 8:34pm

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