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I'm a teenager and I was prescribed Adderall for my ADD a few months ago.

I started on a low dose and took it every day and eventually my tolerance was very high and all my positive effects seemed to have been drained and it left me feeling light headed and loopy, so I took a long break after I was sick with the flu and I'm beginning to take it again.

I have found that my ADD has on days and off days, sometimes I have enough self control to finish all of my work but others I have a very hard time doing what I'm supposed to.

I was wondering if occasionally taking high doses (40 mg) some days but not taking it at all others is worse than taking a moderate dose every day? And would my tolerance go up as quickly?
[QUOTE=Willobeen;4746696]I'm a teenager and I was prescribed Adderall for my ADD a few months ago.

I started on a low dose and took it every day and eventually my tolerance was very high and all my positive effects seemed to have been drained and it left me feeling light headed and loopy, so I took a long break after I was sick with the flu and I'm beginning to take it again.

I have found that my ADD has on days and off days, sometimes I have enough self control to finish all of my work but others I have a very hard time doing what I'm supposed to.

I was wondering if occasionally taking high doses (40 mg) some days but not taking it at all others is worse than taking a moderate dose every day? And would my tolerance go up as quickly?[/QUOTE]
Even on medication, some bad days are normal. And of course, your body needs good food and sleep to use the Adderall. If you are sleep deprived, you won't be able to focus properly.

I also find eating for stable blood sugar makes a huge difference to my brain. It's not a complicated diet, just get a good breakfast with protein and fiber and not too much sugar.

Taking the medicine only occasionally will prevent tolerance, but if you are only using it occasionally you shouldn't need a high dose.
[QUOTE=janewhite1;4747112]Even on medication, some bad days are normal. And of course, your body needs good food and sleep to use the Adderall. If you are sleep deprived, you won't be able to focus properly.

I also find eating for stable blood sugar makes a huge difference to my brain. It's not a complicated diet, just get a good breakfast with protein and fiber and not too much sugar.

Taking the medicine only occasionally will prevent tolerance, but if you are only using it occasionally you shouldn't need a high dose.[/QUOTE]


I 100% agree with this. You will always have good and bad days. Your sleeping habits and your diet can have a huge effect on how your day will go.

For example.... I didn't sleep much last night. I should be getting my housework done, but I'm neglecting everything and lurking on the healthboards instead (at least I recognize the problem.... I just really don't feel like fixing it right now!). On days that I don't eat right (like if I have an abundance of candy or chocolate), I find I'm more scattered and can't focus as well.

Taking [I]more[/I] Adderall doesn't help me on those days. It actually can make my symptoms worse and more exaggerated.

You might keep a journal of what you are eating and how much you are sleeping, and see how it affects your day.

Great. Now that I have recognized my slackerness, I have to go clean the house. :D





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