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I am a 31 year old male that has severe ADHD. I have never been treated for my disorder until a year ago. My doctor put me on Strattera for a brief peiod that did provide some relief but I developed Prostatitis and needed to stop using it. I am now seeing a nuerologist who is an ADD/ADHD specialist and he prescribed Ritalin starting with 10mg 3x a day and then increased to 15mg, 20mg, 30mg. I noticed very little benefit with this drug until I got to 40mg and I started to be much less hyper and a bit more calm. I still needed a higher dose and settled out at 60mg 4 times a day. I sounds like a ton of drugs to me and has me a bit worried. I have had no real side effects except feeling dry and having to drink more water. The doses only lasted about 2 hrs and I had severe rebound so I have switched to Adderall as of last month. I was started at 30mg 2 times a day and did notice an increase in durration and the drug felt much more even, not peaky like the Ritalin. I then increased to 45mg a week later as directed and was having some depression /anxiety like symtoms returning. The next week I went to my dose he felt would be most benificial, 60mg. It is more effective than the Ritalin with me and I feel more even durring my medicated state of 5hrs. I do get 1 hr of rebound but nowhere near as severe as the Ritalin. I am still feeling somewhat depressed and anxious every now and then and called my doctor to ask what to do. I see him in less that a week and he told me it may be too low of a dose for me and told me to try 75mg 2 times a day. It helps a bit and I do not in any way get "up" on this drug. It calms me down to a level of the average person. I sit still, don't talk as much, and my anger and rage is far less. I still have some impusivity issues and concentration issues as well but am overall much calmer. I do feel that 75mg is a bit high for my body and am cutting back to 60mg. He does think I need a third dose in the evening and I would agree. I think he will put me on Wellbutrin and a lower dose of Adderall when I see him this week.

I have not heard of many people taking this high of a dose of either drug. I am all of 130lbs and 5' 7" tall so it's a mystery to me why I need so much. I lost 15lbs on Strattera and now eat about 3000-4000 calories a day of food to keep my weight the same. My Metabolism is sickly fast, I can eat anything and not gain a pound. Not I'm trying to get my weight back and it is slowly being put back on. I do worry about long term effects of these drugs and do not want to do any damage to my vital organs. My blood pressure has been consistant and not changed at all and averages below normal (ex. 117/72) but my heart rate is a bit higher than normal. Sitting and working-low 80s walking around and active-90 to 100. Sleep has always been tough but it's doable.

Anyone else have any experience at these higher doses??????? I do know of many doctors that are having better results with adults with higher doses, I just don't know how high people go.
I have been back anf forth on concerta and addreall xr. Concerta worked but not as well as adderall. I hate adderall side effects but it is much better for me for now.?

You will know when the dose is to high you will feel like you are going in slow motion, this happned to me and I had to keep reminding my self what day it was and I could not remember anything.

I am a 30yr old F anf I am taking 60mgs for XR I feel like I need to got to regular adderall because I don't like comming down at 4pm.

I have herd of adults on as much as 120mgs. It is so diffrent for everyone.
I think you will know when it is to much.
Re: Adderall dosage
Dec 15, 2005
Adderall, for me, has definately impacted my positively. As a child and young adult, I took my short attn span and inability to stay on task as a part of who I was. I was never successful with school or work, but have since...I believe partly because of the adderall...have found success with both.

As for dependence...amphetamines are not physically addicting. Your body does not react adversely if you skip a dose. Amphetamines do have a high potential for psychological dependence. Speaking from experience, adderall made once a blurry picture crystal clear. And, over time, I personally wanted that picture clear all the time. That lead to abuse of adderall, particularly during cruch times with exams. Which also led to adverse affects such as hypertension and high blood pressue. So my advice here is not to abuse them. Your script read qd, bid, or tid for a reason. But no harm with missing a dose.

Daydreaming was also a problem for me and does come along with ADD/ADHD. Your mind goes in a thousand directions. You can't stay on task.

Also, agreeing with the previous post. Medication alone does not cure ADD/ADHD. For me, I suffered chronically for implusive behaviors. I still had those with the adderall alone. Yet, counseling help me to overcome those behaviors.

Hope this helps. Also. I've found the Adderall XR to even out the "highs and lows" compared to the traditional tablets, IR. Also, compared to IR, XR has lower potential for abuse. Go to the adderallxr website. Request reading material. This should answer many questions you have.

Hope this helps.

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