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What does the adderall do for you? How does it help? I'm VERY new to this.... I have gone through life just thinking I was a lazy, procrastinator that enjoyed drama and got bored easily... But I've now been officially diagnosed and have been given strattera... too scared to start taking it though... isn't that weird? I just don't know what it's going to do to me. I'e read where it can make you really sleepy (at least on the other boards..) Do you know anything about it?
[QUOTE=Banker]What does the adderall do for you? How does it help? [/QUOTE]

Adderall is a stimulant. Buy a triple Mocha at Starbucks and one will get a sense of what adderall is, it can be euphoric at times.

Overall, it helps one keep awake and alert. ADD is closely related to sleep disorders and Narcolopsey, so it stands to reason one needs proper stimulation.

I like the medication.

[QUOTE]But I've now been officially diagnosed and have been given strattera... too scared to start taking it though... isn't that weird?[/QUOTE]

No. It isn't weird. Strattera was awfull for me.

It made me dazed, depressed, dizzy and sleepy. When I missed a dosage, the next time I took the med. it would make me strangely nauseated and caused fits of profuse sweating. This would last about 45 minutes.

Being a male, strattera gave me unusual sexual side effects. It caused pre-mature ejaculations, painful non-erotic erections, and a burning sensation in my throat, stomach (caused heartburn), penis and anus. Must have some kind of acid effect. It also gave me bad, pounding headaches.

Worse, I felt like the medication didn't help one bit. I am back on adderall and loving my life.

but don't take my word for it, here's a link to another thread on the subject, from a male perspective (I'm assuming your male)

http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=159198&highlight=strattera

(have to cut and paste link, won't let one hyper link)
[QUOTE=bearboy]get a grip.[/QUOTE]
ok????

Weather it's nyquil or tylenol, billboards for liqour, cigarette ads every time you walk in the store, on tv, brittney spears smoking, janet jackson's boob, sex pop-ups on the internet, strattera commercials - any medium. You and your child and every other american are exposed to enough marketing to "get ideas planted in your head". And quite honestly i think its innapropriate that you would allow your 12 year old to come on to a website like this. There also many other topics on this board which are questionable for a child that young to be seeing. And thats my problem with your post.

People smoke. That's a fact. People smoke tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, heroin and everything else they think is going to get them high. that is a part of life and [U]everyone will experience peer pressure[/U] to try drugs and alcohol at a young age from other kids. even your child. You can read about kids in school selling their adderall pills to classmates all over the internet. even though you might not like it or want it to happen, it will. and weather your child decides to try the drugs and alcohol and medication is his/her choice, as it is the choice of everyone else.

99% do what the doctor says. you think he knows best because he is a doctor. but in the end, everyones just a human..and everyone bangs to the beat of a diffrent drum.

as i said before. get a grip. it's 2004. Its diffrent now than 1984.
Hi brainf0g, thanks for responding! I have been seeing a therapist for 6 wks and just got put on Strattera this Monday by a psychiatrist. So my days of self-medicating hopefully will end soon.

I myself do not smoke pot. But in some AD/HD people it does help to slow their thought process down to a level of improved functionality. The ability to have a conversation with your boss and actually be able to listen to him is a vital skill that not all ADDers posess.

My other thought for discussion is: Strattera, adderall, ritalin... these drugs do not CURE us of ADD. If they dont cure us then what do they do? Help us function? So if pot helps you function...

Now Im not saying pot is great and a cure all for everything by any means. Its long term ill effects are well known and well documented as well as that of cigarette smoking. But I believe its up to the individual to decide that. Medicating is medicating whether it be administered by a Doc or by your "self.":)
[QUOTE=hurltim]Hi brainf0g, thanks for responding! I have been seeing a therapist for 6 wks and just got put on Strattera this Monday by a psychiatrist. So my days of self-medicating hopefully will end soon.

I myself do not smoke pot. But in some AD/HD people it does help to slow their thought process down to a level of improved functionality. The ability to have a conversation with your boss and actually be able to listen to him is a vital skill that not all ADDers posess.

My other thought for discussion is: Strattera, adderall, ritalin... these drugs do not CURE us of ADD. If they dont cure us then what do they do? Help us function? So if pot helps you function...

Now Im not saying pot is great and a cure all for everything by any means. Its long term ill effects are well known and well documented as well as that of cigarette smoking. But I believe its up to the individual to decide that. Medicating is medicating whether it be administered by a Doc or by your "self.":)[/QUOTE]

First congradulations on starting the proper treatment. Second don't get discouraged if Strattera doesn't work. It may or may not, and many people have to try more than one drug before they find one that works with their biochemistry. Unfortunately finding the right med and dose may take a little while, and the only way to find out currently is trial and error.

No, AD/HD meds don't cure AD/HD (well at least our generation), but marijuana makes AD/HD worse over time when treating with it. AD/HD meds don't make AD/HD worse when taking them.





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