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Adderall Not Working. Also; Taking Stimulants With Strattera


I’ve spoke to my doctor about this and read up on it, but I’m curious if any users have any experience or resources on the subject. Admittedly she’s just a GP PA, but at this point I had to do something fast before things got any worse; I would like to see a specialist and am researching my options. There are none within 3 hours of where I live.

I’m taking 80 mg Strattera because it really helped with my anxiety and intermittent depression. My doctor is about to start me on Adderall XR.

Any comments, info on using these two together—or, on the chance Adderall XR doesn’t work for me—any other stimulant with Strattera?

Also, three weeks ago I started regular Adderall at 5mg, slowly worked up to 20. Felt virtually nothing. This is why my doctor wants to start me on Aderall XR. I’m confused why this would make a difference if the regular version didn’t work?

I definitely have ADHD, fulfill the criteria to the extreme.

Is it normal for a certain type of stimulant not to work? I have read that they don’t work for everyone it just worries me. I extreme anxiety, though Strattera helps as my life continues to fall to shambles around me it is rearing it’s ugly head..medicine can only do so much.

Both sides of my family have cardiovascular concerns, including death before 60 with several individuals—stroke, heart attack, angina, congestive heart failure. My doctor knows this; however, I’m still concerned because I know that both meds increase your heart rate a bit, among other things.

I didn’t want to take stimulants—but I’m facing losing my job, my partner, the roof over my head, and any semblance of a life. Right now it takes me the entirety of the day to get 75% of my work done for my job. There is no room for anything else.


I have similar cardio concerns in my family.  When I started taking meds, I could only take 10mg of Methylphenidate twice a day, or I would start to get pain in my chest.  So I didn’t take any more.  My advice is to listen to your doctor and your body.  Try something, if it doesn’t work change it.  I’ve read several posts here about people using more than one kind of medicine at the same time.  There are different reasons for this. Different meds work differently.  Talk to your doctor.
I don’t know much about Strattera, but I know that the Methylphenidate helps me with my focus and concentration.

Posted by whizinc on Apr 11, 2017 at 2:42am

Thank you. Sometimes these words of affirmation are so important! Having anxiety compounds it because I already get tightness in my chest and pounding heart rate sometimes, so if it at all feels different it’s hard to differentiate.

Posted by aswater on Apr 11, 2017 at 7:43am

It may be time to seek the advice of a specialist in the area of ADHD medication.

Here’s more insight on getting ADHD medication right as well:

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mentor on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

Posted by adhdmomma on Apr 16, 2017 at 8:42pm

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