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I am 21 years old I was diagnosed with A.D.H.D. a little under two years ago. I am currently on 36 mg Concerta but in the last three months it feels like it doesn't really work. The first time I noticed it I thought it might have been that sort of week. But lately it seems like I am just in a daze all the time. I haven't been sleeping well and I am losing my focus a lot more than I did before. My dad is also on Concerta and my brother is on Aderall. Our pharmacy only carries the generic for of aderall and my brother is convinced that it isn't the same. Maybe it is just in his mind because it is sugarcoated almost. But my brother can't take concerta because it gives him really bad headaches. I have heard many people talk about Aderall and Dexedrine. Should I talk to my doctor about switching to a differnt medication. It just seems that concerta just isn't working anymore. My insurance covers all my medication but my copay. And my copay isn't bad at all. Does anyone have any thoughts about what I should do?
My brother is 16 and was diagnosed 3 years ago and has been on adderal the whole 3 years. They tried to switch him to concerta but he got really bad headaches. About three months ago, our local pharmacy started to only carry the generic adderall. He knew right away that it wasn't working. He had mood swings and got depressed really easily. It could have been because it was sugarcoated or something...and he had it in his mind...but to be honest all of us could tell the difference. My Dad got put on Concerta about two years ago but was on ritalin for years before. He loves it because he doesn't have the constant rollercoaster of being up and down. And he doesn't have to remember to take it every four hours. That is a definate plus. I have been on Concerta for a little over two years and now it feels like it isn't really doing a whole lot.
I believe there is a huge difference between Adderall and the generic. I know there are several anitbotics that doctors do not want the generic of. Adderall for many people work well and the generic does not. My daughter absolutely cannot take the generic. It puts her in a terrible mood and she said it makes her mean to everyone. She is currently takeing Concerta and it doesn't seem to work as well as the Adderall. The reason she switched is because of weight loss. She was off all summer and gained 10 pounds. We will probably put her back on it for the school year. So...there is a lot of difference for a lot of people between Adderall and the generic. Talk to your doctor, however, don't let anyone talk you into believing that the generic of any drug is exactly the same as the original.

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