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Adderall dosage
Jan 10, 2002
Hey there...

I have very recently been diagnosed with ADHD inattentive type and was prescribed adderall.

my question...

First of all, i am very concerned with gaining an addiction to this drug. it seems taking adderall on a regular basis, twice a day, will gradually lead me on the path of becoming psychologically reliant on the drug...which i DON"T want to happen. What are the pros and cons of taking the drug at crucial times when concentration is absolutley required, as opposed to on a daily basis. In this way, I feel like I am less likely to grow addicted.

Also, i have to say before i started taking the drug, i daydreamed for about 90% of the day. and now i'm not. which, I suppose is what i wanted. At the same time, i sort of miss my fantasy world. (very rarely are the Positive qualities of us dreamers talked about) It seems so much a part of who i am. Is there a way to have both "worlds", perhaps by taking adderall when I WANT to focus for a period of time. ???

please help...
Re: Adderall dosage
Mar 14, 2005
[QUOTE=saje]Hey there...

I have very recently been diagnosed with ADHD inattentive type and was prescribed adderall.

my question...

First of all, i am very concerned with gaining an addiction to this drug. it seems taking adderall on a regular basis, twice a day, will gradually lead me on the path of becoming psychologically reliant on the drug...which i DON"T want to happen. What are the pros and cons of taking the drug at crucial times when concentration is absolutley required, as opposed to on a daily basis. In this way, I feel like I am less likely to grow addicted.

Also, i have to say before i started taking the drug, i daydreamed for about 90% of the day. and now i'm not. which, I suppose is what i wanted. At the same time, i sort of miss my fantasy world. (very rarely are the Positive qualities of us dreamers talked about) It seems so much a part of who i am. Is there a way to have both "worlds", perhaps by taking adderall when I WANT to focus for a period of time. ???

please help...[/QUOTE]

You can not only become psychologically dependant but physically as well, as your brain will become accustomed to the actions produced in the brain from the drug. Then it will not only stop trying to produce the chemicals on it's own but may defend itself setting up opposing receptors (aka tolerance). In worst case scenario, tolerance is pretty nasty, causing the drug to become ineffective, and having withdrawals while still on the med! This calls for higher and higher dosing, which endangers a person to suffer from more side effects of the drug.

Sometimes tolerance can be avoided by not taking a drug everyday.

You know, I see no reason why you couldn't just take it on an as-needed basis(for those focus times) as I've read only antidepressants must be taken daily to be effective.
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.





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