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How do I talk to my doctor about it? He wants me to try strattera and I really don't want to. I would like to try dex or vyvanse. I can only take generic medication due to my insurance and for some reason I think vyvanse doesn't come in a generic form.

So how different is vyvanse from dexedrine? I have taken concerta and I hated it...made me extremely moody/angry. It was the only extended release I've ever taken, after that I switched to IR ritalin. It was nothing like concerta for me but I'm not sure if its just because of the XR vs IR.
To clarify, when I said Vyvanse isn't exactly dextroamphetamine, what I meant was, like Concerta, the pill itself is not the active ingredient. Both these meds are designed to be metabolized into the active ingredient, dextroamphetamine in the case of Vyvanse, and methylphenidate in the case of Concerta.

I had good success with generic methylphenidate, and no effect whatsoever from Concerta. The only conclusion I've been able to pull from this is that my system doesn't metabolize the drug as expected, and thus I don't get the effect. This is why I'm very leery of Vyvanse as well, though I haven't tried it.

If your doctor insists on a non-stimulant option for you, ask him to consider Wellbutrin. Although it's generally considered a second-line treatment for ADHD, it does affect dopamine in addition to norepinephrine. This, in my mind, makes it a better option than Strattera.

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