View Full Version : Adderall and rage?


slpmomof4
01-10-15, 03:32 PM
First a little background. My 16 year old son was just recently diagnosed with ADHD inattentive type. He was prescribed 20 mg of Adderall/day. After about 4 days, his doctor upped his dosage to 25mg because he said he noticed it wore off after lunch. He really did notice a difference for the better. After being on the drug for a week, he forgot to take if one day. That evening we noticed he was back to his normal fidgety, off task behavior when he was supposed to be studying. I am not sure exactly what set him off, but he went into an extreme rage all of a sudden. He started screaming, pounding his feet, and slapping himself hard over and over again. He also started shaking and turned very red. For about 15 or 20 minutes he went on like this, alternating slapping himself, kicking, screaming and breathing heavily. I quickly took the other kids upstairs for bed and when I came down, he was bawling. He looked miserable and kept saying over and over again, "that's not me mom. I don't know why I did that. I knew what I was doing but couldn't stop it." My heart was broken. This is VERY VERY uncharacteristic for my son. Yes, he could be moody and occasionally had outbursts (yelling, punching the wall, etc) but never looked at me like he wanted to kill me and he could always calm down quickly. We set up an appointment with the doctor the next morning but she couldn't understand why he was acting like that since the drug goes through your system quickly and he wasn't on it for more that a week.

I was just wondering if anyone could shed light on this. We stopped the Adderall and are now trying Concerta. I just feel like we could be making a mistake medicating but don't know what to do. He is close to getting kicked out of his private school because of grades (which isn't the end of the world of course but he loves it there). I know he is experiencing a lot of pressure to do well now. Anyone else experience the same thing? TIA

Pilgrim
01-10-15, 09:44 PM
I can speak from my own experience. I think this is common in regards to having a temper outburst. I don't stamp my feet but I definitely lose my cool.
I think this and the real tired moments are the worst hints about Hesse medications.
When a temper outburst is coming I try to isolate myself.
I wouldn't stop my Dexamphetamine because the pluses outweighs th negatives, by far.
Hope this helps.

ccom5100
01-11-15, 01:49 AM
it does seem unusual that this would be a side effect of the drug since it wasn't in his system that day. Since he noticed that the med made a difference for the better when he did take it, maybe he was reacting to not being able to concentrate on studying because he forgot to take it.

MrsMoMo
01-12-15, 11:22 AM
My son is also on Adderall XR. He's almost 8 but I can relate to what you're saying. My son also has side effects from Adderall that make him more emotional, volatile (crying easily at times, temper tantrums), he has also hit himself in frustration during these outbursts, just like your son. I was thinking it could be that your son's prescription is too high. The jump from 20mg to 25mg might be just a bit too much. I would suggest going back down to 20mg and wait a few weeks to see how he does.

We are currently looking at options to change medications due to the side effects escalating over time. But while we are waiting for a specialist appointment, I decided to half his dose and give him omega 3 supplements 1x/day. He seems to be doing really well on this lower dose (he was on 15mg XR). His mood is much better and he's not overly emotional.

slpmomof4
01-12-15, 09:47 PM
Like I said before, after talking to the doctor, she switched him to Concerta. Now after about 3 days, he is complaining of headaches and is begging to be put back on the Adderall. :( He said today that it worked better to alleviate his ADD symptoms and didn't give him a headache. I asked the doctor and she wants to keep him on the Concerta for a longer trial. He is not happy and says he will not take anything but Adderall. Things can never be easy. :( We will see how the morning goes.

Pilgrim
01-12-15, 10:44 PM
Both of those drugs are good. The amphetamines are generally the sharper knife

ccom5100
01-14-15, 10:31 PM
When my grandson first started concerta, he had some headaches, but they leveled off after a few days. It's important to stay hydraded.

CrazyLazyGal
01-26-15, 05:26 PM
Was he on Adderall XR or regular Adderall? 20mg at a time of regular Adderall is too much for someone starting.

It sounds like the Adderall family of medications works well to control his symptoms. I would strongly consider Vyvanse. It's in the same family of medications but, for most people (not all of course), it's smoother and lasts longer.

Maurice
01-26-15, 09:48 PM
Was he on Adderall XR or regular Adderall? 20mg at a time of regular Adderall is too much for someone starting.

It sounds like the Adderall family of medications works well to control his symptoms. I would strongly consider Vyvanse. It's in the same family of medications but, for most people (not all of course), it's smoother and lasts longer.


Curious as to where you get your facts. I started off on Adderall XR 25mgs. Worked well until 16:00 - 17:00 in the afternoon. To correct that problem my doctor changed my Rx to Adderall XR 25 mgs. twice a day.

CrazyLazyGal
01-26-15, 09:59 PM
Curious as to where you get your facts. I started off on Adderall XR 25mgs. Worked well until 16:00 - 17:00 in the afternoon. To correct that problem my doctor changed my Rx to Adderall XR 25 mgs. twice a day.Adderall XR 25mg is not too strong, but regular Adderall 20mg at one time is very strong for someone just starting.