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[QUOTE=malibubarbie999]Hi Matt --

There is no need to be so worried. ALL MEDICATIONS HAVE SIDE EFFECTS!!!

I am a 21/F (with ADHD) and have been taking Adderall XR since last year. It has done wonders for me!!! So don't believe all the hype you hear about how "dangerous" these meds are. It seems that a lot of people like to blow things out of proportion... ahem....

Anyway, before getting on Adderall I was highly impulsive (acted w/o thinking first), I had an extremely difficult time concentrating, made careless mistakes, procrastinated, I interupted people constantly & could not sit still for the life of me. I didn't even have the attention span to sit through a 2-hour movie (even if I was interested in it). I was doing poorly in my classes & just had a complete lack of focus in general.

Then Adderall came into my life.....

The effects began almost immediately. Suddenly I was able to concentrate on anything (boring or not), I could sit perfectly still for once, I became *extremely* motivated & my grades rose drastically (from low Cs to As). I can now sit through an entire 3-hour lecture on pathophysiology (I am a nursing student) without my mind drifting off for even a second. It's like I am just as motivated to wash the dishes as I am to go out & party. I feel like a new person!!!

Now, I am not going to lie, I have experienced a few side effects from this miracle drug. I sometimes have trouble falling asleep at night (amphetamines can cause insomnia), but nothing I can't handle. I also went through a period of depressive-like symptoms which is uncharacteristic of me (possibly in relation to the fluctuating dopamine levels caused by stimulants). That has now cleared up, however & I am back to being my perky self. The only other side effect I've experienced is weight loss. Before starting the drug I was at my ideal weight of 125 lbs (I am 5'6"). I now weigh in at a scrawny 100 lbs. This is due to the fact that Adderall speeds the metabolism and depresses appetite. I am currently trying to put on some weight.

If you are an all-around healthy individual, I wouldn't worry about possible side effects. If you truly have ADD/HD that is impacting your life in a negative way, these drugs may be the answer to your problems!!!

Oh, as a side note, there have been rumors floating around about how the reason behind Canada's (maybe temporary) ban of Adderall is because "it killed a bunch of people". Know what? That has been blown COMPLETELY out of proportion, thanks to the internet (don't believe everything you read). Just to set things straight, here is an excerpt of what the FDA had to say:

Of 12 total cases of sudden death, five occurred in patients with underlying structural heart defects (abnormal arteries or valves, abnormally thickened walls, etc.), all conditions that increase the risk for sudden death. Several of the remaining cases presented problems of interpretation, including a family history of ventricular tachycardia, association of death with heat exhaustion, dehydration and near-drowning, very rigorous exercise, fatty liver, heart attack, and type 1 diabetes mellitus. One case was reported three to four years after the event and another had above-toxic blood levels of amphetamine. The duration of treatment varied from one day to 8 years. The number of cases of sudden deaths reported for Adderall is only slightly greater, per million prescriptions, than the number reported for methylphenidate products, which are also commonly used to treat pediatric patients with ADHD.

When one considers the rate of sudden death in pediatric patients treated with Adderall products based on the approximately 30 million prescriptions written between 1999 and 2003 (the period of time in which these deaths occurred), IT DOES NOT APPEAR THAT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS REPORTED IS GREATER THAN THE NUMBER OF SUDDEN DEATHS THAT WOULD BE EXPECTED TO OCCUR IN THIS POPULATION WITHOUT TREATMENT. For this reason, the FDA has not decided to take any further regulatory action at this time. However, because it appeared that patients with underlying heart defects might be at increased risk for sudden death, the labeling for Adderall XR was changed in August 2004 to include a warning that these patients might be at particular risk, and that these patients should ordinarily not be treated with Adderall products.


As you see, these cases of sudden death occured in CHILDREN. Not adults. And about half had underlying/unrelated medical conditions.

If you're a healthy person, there is probably no need to worry. Talk to your doctor about your concerns & good luck!!! I hope you find the treatment that works for you :)[/QUOTE]

Thank you SOOOO much for your reply! I was very VERY concerned about Adderall, but you helped ease my mind. I am exactly the same way you are except for I can sit through movies and I eat to medicate myself. Actually, the thought of Adderall sounds GREAT to me now. I am really hoping that I can stop eating as much once I start the medication. I eat when I am bored.... And that's a lot!

What I hope medication will do for me: I want to be able to READ A BOOK! I want to be able to sit at my desk and not have to get up every 20 minutes because I have to "move around". I want to be able to hold back some. I want to be able to keep my apartment organized and I WANT TO REMEMBER WHERE I LEFT THOSE STUPID KEYS! Plus a lot more.....

I really hope this stuff helps! Thanks for your help. I am looking forward to hearing from you again. I start medication tomorrow, not sure what yet, and I will update by Monday with my story so far! THANKS!

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