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Trying Medication for the First Time

Greetings all,

I was diagnosed only a couple months ago at the age of 29.  I’m male.  I’d list symptoms but you all know, ha ha.  I was also diagnosed with OCPD at the same time.  One of the nurses thinks I may be a candidate for Asperger’s, who knows?

Anyhow, I’ve been prescribed Adderal XR.  I initially started titrating from 5mg upto 25mg where it started to work.  I got things done but eating and sleeping became less frequent.

My script ran out and it should come as no surprise that I wasn’t prepared so I went off the med for a month or two.

I started again at 20mg then stopped because it didn’t feel like it was working.

Going to try again from 20mg titrating up to 30mg as per the Doc’s orders. 

Can anyone share their experiences with starting on these kinds of meds and what they noticed?  Is there any long term concerns that I should know of especially at this dosage?

Also I was under the impression that it’s in and out of your system in 24 hours so I figured that coming on and off wouldn’t effect the efficacy of the treatment, do any of you have experience with that?

Thanks in advance.


Welcome, ADDult?! I had the same experience with Adderall when i was first diagnosed 4 years ago(at 35). I dont remember if it was the XR version though. It never seemed to make much difference so i didnt get through all of it but do t recall experiencing any kind of withdrawal symptoms. Vivance, on the other hand, was horrible, i went off carefully because I was going to run out soon and didnt have the finances to replace it. The depression was almost too much but thank the Lord I made it through. I’m not sure what to tell you except that Vivance does seem to work better and also to be careful going off, although, like you, I think Adderall is different. Maybe it takes longer to work than Vivance.

Posted by gratekatsby on Sep 03, 2014 at 9:45pm

Here’s a great Q & A on ADHD medication for newly diagnosed adults:

In my experience with my son, it does take some time for your mind and emotions to get used to the medication and the changes it provides.

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Sep 04, 2014 at 1:36pm

Thanks for your responses and thanks for the link that helped with a few of my questions.

I guess I’ll finally get around to restarting the medication today and see how it goes.

Posted by ADDult? on Sep 16, 2014 at 4:21pm

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