View Full Version : Dextroamphetamine and Prozac combo help


Chazzz801
11-23-14, 06:51 PM
I need some advice about the combination of Prozac and Dex. Back in April I was diagnosed with ADD (inattentive) and started taking 5mg 3 times a day. For me it was too much and I had to stop because after only 5 days I was ridiculously anxious, and I felt really paranoid - I even asked my Doctor if my diagnosis may have been wrong because I was convinced I could hear voices in my head!!! Turns out it was just a bad reaction to the medication, and I realise now how stupid it all was but at the time I did genuinely think I had schizophrenia or something!

Anyway I have always had social anxiety so I went to my GP (different from the private specialist I went to for my ADD diagnosis and medication), and she put me on prozac 20mg daily which has helped me. I still have bad social anxiety but it's not quite as bad. So a few weeks ago I decided to give the dex another go and this time the result was quite different. I did start on 2.5 mg twice a day and that was sufficient to really feel the improvements in my concentration. Gradually over the last few weeks I have built up the dose and I'm now taking 15-20mg per day 5mg at a time. I don't really feel as if it is effective as it was at 2.5mg a few weeks ago. So I did some research online, and happened to stumble across some worrying stuff about combining dex and prozac. I feel absolutely fine, so I don't know what to think. I don't know whether or not my tolerance to dex is because I have been using it now for a few weeks or because I am taking it along side prozac. Ideally I would like to up the dosage of both drugs, because neither my anxiety or attention is where I want them to be. I would particularly be interested to hear from anyone who has had experience taking dex/stimulant with prozac/ssri.

Thank you for any help :)

Pilgrim
11-23-14, 07:08 PM
If I'm right the reaction your talking about is the Prozac blocking the Dex in the liver. This is probably not correct.
I think you will find your tolerance has built up a bit. Try not worry. Give yourself time.
Start low and go slow. The best bit of advice.
I always look to be in the Theaurputic window. Give yourself a lot of time to get use to the Dex. It's a pretty potent Psycoactive drug.
And you can get anxiety.

Chazzz801
11-23-14, 08:10 PM
If I'm right the reaction your talking about is the Prozac blocking the Dex in the liver. This is probably not correct.
I think you will find your tolerance has built up a bit. Try not worry. Give yourself time.
Start low and go slow. The best bit of advice.
I always look to be in the Theaurputic window. Give yourself a lot of time to get use to the Dex. It's a pretty potent Psycoactive drug.
And you can get anxiety.

Yep that's what I've been read a lot. Apparently amphetamine can build up in the liver if you're also on prozac, which is then released in surges unexpectedly. Yea I know what you mean though, I've had the experience of taking too much dex when my body wasn't ready and it was very unpleasant. So I guess my body must have just got used to it. I hear of people taking much larger doses that 15mg per day, so I hope my doc will be willing to let me try a higher dose.

Pilgrim
11-23-14, 10:42 PM
It's not an easy thing to describe but I'll try. When you first start taking Dex the world is beautiful, sort of like calm control.
The place your, in my opinion, your looking for is where you almost don't feel it. It is still working. The real magic you can't feel. The correct and steady dose is the way to go.

Chazzz801
11-24-14, 09:33 AM
It's not an easy thing to describe but I'll try. When you first start taking Dex the world is beautiful, sort of like calm control.
The place your, in my opinion, your looking for is where you almost don't feel it. It is still working. The real magic you can't feel. The correct and steady dose is the way to go.

Thank you for this. If anyone has any experience of taking dex with an ssri like prozac I would be really interested to hear of their experience. The main authority in this field seems to be Dr Charles Parker, but there seems to be a lot of contrasting opinions/evidence for and against his theories, which was why I am interested to hear from people who have combined these two medications, and what the outcome was, whether good or bad.

Pilgrim
11-25-14, 09:10 PM
Your doctor should know about medications. Look up papers there are plenty. If you want to understand the condition. Barkley and Hallowell.