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I am 29 years old and recently diagnosed with ADHD.  I have been on Adderall pretty much since then and things have been going good.  Recently I was between doctors and went about 3 weeks without medication(which was absolutely horrible since I am a full time college student and mom of two little ones), but ever since starting my medication again, I haven’t felt like I used to.  I have been lethargic, mood swings, no ambition, and completely unorganized.  All of this has been stressing me out, only making all those things worse.  Has anybody else ever experienced this and if so, what was your solution?

Keri

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Hi, there!  One of thee things that you did not mention is whether you switched rom the brand name medication to the generic version.  Some people have problems when they do that. 

Also, if you are on good terms with your family doctor, you might ask him/her to prescribe your meds when you cannot get to the ADD doctor, or if there is a break in your treatment.

I have not taken Adderal and have no experience with it or Concerta.  However, when I was switched from brand name Thyroid medication to a generic and could tell the difference within a couple of days.  Since then, I do not take generics.  Yes, I pay more for the brand name medications, but I am assured that they are at the potency prescribed.  There have been more and more reports of generic medications not being up to standards have appeared recently.

Posted by Dianne in the Desert on Mar 18, 2014 at 10:45am

Like Dianne, I ask for a particular manufacturer of the methylphenidate I am on.  It does make a difference.  When my son’s doctor upped his Strattera one level, he had symptoms like yours.  He just laid in a chair for a day and a half.  It freaked me out.  The doctor said at such a low dose that shouldn’t happen, but it did.  All bodies are different and sometimes our own bodies are different at different times.

Posted by whizinc on Mar 18, 2014 at 8:45pm

I have always kept with the same generic brand from the same place, because that’s what my insurance covers.  I think maybe I just need to get back on track with it.

Posted by who_is_keri on Mar 19, 2014 at 6:13pm

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