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With drugs you never know how each person is going to respond. I was recently diagnozed with ADD (and I've had OCD most of my 57 years). Basically, Adderall is a stimulant that is supposed to calm you down if you have ADD so you can focus, etc. Some drs. prescribe it as a diet aid for obesity because it normally curbs your appetite.

There is a small percentage of people with ADD who get the stimulant side effects anyway, even though it still helps their ADD in various ways. I know this because I am one of those who turns into the energizer bunny, who keeps going and going. I've got an appt. with my dr. tomorrow to get off Adderall because even after cutting back from 1 1/2 tablets of 20 mg to a 1/2 tablet, I'm still up around the clock and get very little sleep.

My ADD improved the most on the 1 1/2 tablets, but an even worse side effect I had was profuse sweating to the point that I couldn't dry my short babyfine hair with a hairdryer, no matter how long I tried because my head would be sweating continuously most of the day. Adderall did kill my appetite and I lost 5 lbs., but I've gained it all back after cutting back to a 1/2 tablet because that small amt. wasn't strong enough to curb my appetite and actually made me so nervous and irritable that I snacking all the time.





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