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ADHD in Women

Struggling to re-adjust to meds

I had a two week delay receiving my prescription for my Adderall XR after switching to the mail order pharmacy service, and ended up without my medication for a little over a week. I have not missed my medication dose for longer than a day since I began treatment in April 2012, after discontinuing treatment as a pompous teen and being too embarrassed to get help until that April. *Point of my story: I finally received my prescription on thursday, and my psychiatrist said to continue taking my prescribed dose,but I am having the worst time adjusting to it.

I take 30mg at 8am, and 30mg at 1pm. I have been nauseous, I am not hungry, and it is so hard to fall asleep due to having sinus problems, but being afraid to take my decongestants, which I normally have no issue with. I wake up at 8 am, take my meds, feel like crap all over again, and then can not get back to sleep.

I was sleeping most of the day when I ran out, and my mind was just so cloudy and flustered at the same time. I know that I am feeling much better mentally. I don’t talk incessantly without any recollection of where my story began, and where it’s headed, and I don’t feel the need to just do things. Like start my laundry, go do another task, then spend forever looking up guidelines for purchasing the perfect nude heels. This seriously was a typical day for me, I finally accomplished a task yesterday, and paid my bills on time. That would not have happened before Friday.

I was on the IR version taking 15mg at 8, 12 and 4 for over a year, but my body was metabolizing the medication too quickly, so we switched me to the XR version in August. I was a bit sleepy the first week, but my energy perked up, and I felt a dramatic change in my ability to complete tasks, stay focused, and I was in a sleep/wake routine for the first time in a long time. I had some jaw clenching issues, which I do at night anyway, but the daytime jaw clenching went away quickly. I didn’t have much of an appetite, and had some muscle pain and weakness, but very mild, and it went away shortly.

Currently these symptoms are causing me pain, and heightening my anxiety because I don’t know when it will subside. I am nauseous, I don’t want to eat, and nothing even sounds good, and my muscles start to ache in the evening. I am eating things that are easy on my stomach at times I would normally eat, and I am staying well hydrated, and avoiding caffeine. I did have a latte today and I felt fine, but yesterday I was so sensitive to caffeine I couldn’t even have my morning coffee. I drink two coffees every day and have no problems. I just don’t like feeling so out of sync physically, when I feel like myself again mentally. I don’t even know how to explain it.


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