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The other recent poster who became dependent on it was probably using it as a substitute for sleep, whether knowingly or not. Avoid that scenario, take the minimum necessary dosage exactly as prescribed, take a drug-free day when you get the chance, and the probability of addiction is very small.
[QUOTE=janewhite1;3543677]The other recent poster who became dependent on it was probably using it as a substitute for sleep, whether knowingly or not. Avoid that scenario, take the minimum necessary dosage exactly as prescribed, take a drug-free day when you get the chance, and the probability of addiction is very small.[/QUOTE]

The minimum necessary dose? That's some bad advice. The most common reason for poor outcome from Stimulant medications is under-dosing. Dr.Biederman, who's the head of the ADHD unit at Mass General and A Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard University states, "Pediatric Dosing, Pediatric Effects."

There is not one published study that has shown risks in dosages that exceed 60mg/day, despite many patients who have succeeded with dosages above 60mg/day with no ill-effects.

Back 40 years ago, on the only testing the drug companies did on Adderall, they only tested on children ages 6-12 and only tested up to 60mg/day. They noted that the higher the dose the better the effects. The FDA approved it back then but only approved up to 60mg/day. Back when that testing was done it was believed that children outgrew their ADD. Today we know that Adult ADD exists but the drug companies haven't submitted a new application to the FDA to raise the amounts because off-label prescribing has become an accepting common practice.

In my experience, taking 'drug holidays' is only beneficial for children who are still growing. When you take a drug holiday, you reintroduce the original side effects that you get when you first start taking the medication because the medication is out of your body when you start back on it.





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