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ADHD in Women

Just wish the medicine would work!

I was not diagnosed with ADHD until I was 20 years old. I’m 32 now, and after being on adderall xr for the past 10 years I feel like it is not working like it used to when I first started taking it. I’m starting to wonder if my body is so used to receiving it that it does not work as well anymore. Has anyone experienced this? Should I switch medications? I hate switching because I NEED top function at work and can’t have a huge time where my body is just “adjusting”  to the meds.


Hi Mrs_ and welcome.  I’m new here and I have no experience with meds, but you have my support here anyway.  If I were you, I would speak to my doctor about the meds not working.  Maybe you can taper off of 1 and slowly increase a new med.  I don’t know about ADD meds, but with other conditions, meds do lose their effectiveness after a period of time.  Sometimes it’s age - my 14 year old daughter has autism and tenex and clonidine worked until she was about 10.  At 10, they were ineffective and we switched to something else.  I did read up on it and found info stating that tenex/clonidine were useful for younger kids, but not older kids.  Maybe you just need to switch for a while.  Good luck.  It’s a tough one when you have to be at your best at work.  Hang in there.

Posted by ShihTzumama on Jan 20, 2014 at 12:54am

Are you taking the name brand medication?  Or are you taking a generic?  some generic medications for ADD have been called into question because they do not work as effectively as the brand named ones. Yes, it can make a difference.  The fillers that are used can also be a problem.  Talk to your doctor and have him mark your scripts “Dispense as ordered” and have him/her specify the brand name.  what you save in money may not be worth the decrease in effectiveness…

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Jan 20, 2014 at 5:24pm

I’m having this problem too, an increase is out of the question…I feel like I take too much already but it’s just not working anymore. I am a single mom of 2 (oldest has autism), I run my own business and if I don’t work we go hungry. I can’t keep this up. My BP and HR is great…but I’m taking more than I’ve ever heard anyone else taking. I pay cash out of pocket for meds so brand name is seriously just not an option. lol, I just noticed that my time zone is way off…

Posted by CristyC on Jan 26, 2014 at 7:16am

I actually experienced the exact same problem with Adderall XR and was also on it for 10 years. I just recently starting seeing a psychiatrist and told him that I felt like it wasn’t working the same anymore. He said that my body had almost became immune to it. The psychiatrist said that ten years was too long to be on it and he changed it that day. I also hate changing my meds but a couple days or weeks of making sure it is the right new med is well worth the change since my adderall wasn’t working anymore

Posted by zxzkelbellzxz on Jan 28, 2014 at 1:24am

I am so glad I found this forum! I have been on my meds (adderall xr)  in a variety of strengths for 12 years and I definitely have developed a tolerance. I’ve tried other meds but they just did not work for me, so I would always end up back on the adderall.

At this point, I’m starting to consider trying life without meds, which is scary thought after being on them for so long, but increasing my dose is not an option.

So glad I am not the only one with this issue! grin

Posted by jsr64 on Jan 29, 2014 at 7:17pm

I’ve had to change my ADHD meds several times in the two years I’ve been taking them. Either they lose their efficacy or they turn on me, creating other problems. But hear this—my life doesn’t turn into a “dream” when my meds are effective. I’m not superwoman or always on top of my game or super productive. My meds seem to simply make things clearer for me—allow me to SEE when I’m getting distracted, SEE when I’m ignoring priorities, SEE when my impulsiveness is on the rise…but in the end, I’m the one who has to take the action. My meds give me a choice, where without them I have no choice. The phrase SKILLS NOT PILLS is true with us ADHD’ers. There is no magic pill. We have to work harder than most to stay on track, but on the flip side when we’re in the zone we’re smarter, faster and more creative! I know everyone here is affected by their meds differently, but I implore all of you (including myself) to not give yourself over to the medication, making it your master. I always ask myself “am I really useless w/o my meds?” Or “will I truthfully get nothing done w/o my meds?” Or “am I of less value w/o my meds?” I can absolutely answer NO to each of those questions. Do my meds help me be all I can be, and do all I can do? Yes! But they are simply one of the many tools I use. I am NOT my medication! None of us are. It’s good to remember!

Posted by mowgirl on Jan 29, 2014 at 9:38pm

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