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ADHD-Medication Possibilities

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  • Posted By: onedayatatime
  • November 8, 2008
  • 06:33 PM

I recently started medication to relieve ADHD type symptoms (I am male and 36 years old). My phycologist and physcian told me it is hard to diagnosis ADHD until you try medication and see if it works. They say I have the classic symtoms:

Easily Frustrated and agitated
Inability to concentrate
Daytime sleepiness
Drug/Alchohal dependance
Inability to control thoughts (racing)

I took several online tests and I bacically I said yes to everything. I don't like taking medication of any kind, but I have been battling these symptoms, as well as insomnia and stomach problems for several years. I am ready for any change. Anyway, I started on 20mg of Aderall XR three days ago. Within an hour of my first dose, I felt immediate changes. I am very hopeful but wondering if someone has more long term statistics/advice about this drug and ADHD in general. I searched the forums and saw nothing on ADHD.

The last three days I feel much more alive, full on energy, able to concentrate more, zero daytime sleepiness, and my stomach issues have subsided (a definate bonus)

The only downfall is that I suffer from insomnia and I take 100mg of Trazadone nightly. I can fall asleep okay, but with the Aderall I am up at 3:30 am, full of energy. I take the medication once in the morning, and it is supposed to wear off in 10-13 hours. Its only been three days, so maybe my body will take some time to get used to it.

Feel free to send me your comments!

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  • i am 15 years old.....i am 8st 6.... everyone is saying im too thin but i cant see it....i want to be thinner...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 27, 2008
    • 10:41 AM
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  • fish oil works for some people. it's also called cod liver oil, omega-3 fatty acids, essential fatty acids. i dont know dosage but i think you need alot (something like 10 softgels for an average sized adult, less with cod liver oil due to vit A).
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 28, 2008
    • 09:04 PM
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  • Prescribing ADHD medication as part of the diagnosis is not recommended. Most anyone taking stimulent medication will be more productive and alert, for a while. When you experience sleeplessness on stimulents, you should reduce the amount you take daily, and then slowly calibrate it upwards. If I don't take my ADHD meds for a month and then resume the medication, starting off with the full dose on day one, I'll be hyper and suffer sleeplessness for a couple days until my body adapts to it.
    bearhugs 8 Replies
    • August 16, 2009
    • 04:52 PM
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