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mryashimoto23
03-24-17, 10:36 PM
Hello everyone,

So I am thinking about taking Adderall for the first time ever.
It would be my first ADD med.

NOTE: I did take 10mg of Paxil and had wicked side effects and a severe reaction :eek: So I quit cold turkey after 6 days. I was better without it.

So what can I expect from Adderall? I know coffee just does something to me that makes me hyper-focus on a task, calms my mind and makes me feel awesome when I drink enough.:D

I am suspecting that Adderall would feel like a mix of the mania and restlessness experienced with Paxil and the hyperfocus of caffiene? :confused:

Any experiences and advice?

Postulate
03-24-17, 11:01 PM
I read your other post, don't even think about taking Adderall. Talk to your doctor about Intuniv XR.

sarahsweets
03-25-17, 02:38 AM
Hello everyone,

So I am thinking about taking Adderall for the first time ever.
It would be my first ADD med.

NOTE: I did take 10mg of Paxil and had wicked side effects and a severe reaction :eek: So I quit cold turkey after 6 days. I was better without it.

So what can I expect from Adderall? I know coffee just does something to me that makes me hyper-focus on a task, calms my mind and makes me feel awesome when I drink enough.:D

I am suspecting that Adderall would feel like a mix of the mania and restlessness experienced with Paxil and the hyperfocus of caffiene? :confused:

Any experiences and advice?

Its supposed to help with adhd so I hope thats not what it feels like.

mryashimoto23
03-25-17, 10:42 AM
Postulate,

Yeah I didn't sleep last night either. I'd like to try it to see if it helps but she also told be that Vyvanse would be good for me.

Thanks, I will look into Intuniv XR.

Postulate
03-25-17, 12:22 PM
Postulate,

Yeah I didn't sleep last night either. I'd like to try it to see if it helps but she also told be that Vyvanse would be good for me.

Thanks, I will look into Intuniv XR.

It wonèt help I guarantee you, it will worsen ALL of your symptoms. Please talk to your doctor about Intuniv. You do not want to end up in a psychiatric facility under urgent care.

mryashimoto23
03-25-17, 12:50 PM
Sarahsweets.

To answer your question I did do a gene testing with my psychiatrist which my family doctor did not. As it turns out Paxil was listed as not beneficial.

My psychiatrist explained my body absorbed too much paxil and could not metabolize the rest which is why my body went into shock and I experienced these side effects.

Yeah but I mean I had every side effect that was listed lol. Two cousins of mine said they experienced the same thing on it. It's not for everybody.

chronological
03-25-17, 02:08 PM
Postulate,

Yeah I didn't sleep last night either. I'd like to try it to see if it helps but she also told be that Vyvanse would be good for me.


I used Vyvanse for 8 months (until I developed tolerance and had to shift to something else). I did have some insomnia to begin with, but that wore off quickly. It also had a very pronounced appetite suppressing effect which for me (obese) was just wonderful**.

Other than those side effects, it was superb. I'm not exaggerating when I say it transformed my work life, for the good. And it was a very "clean" experience, and not at all like some of the horror stories we sometimes hear about such meds. The only sign I had that I was on the meds (other than the insomnia and appetite suppression) was that I could concentrate. And in fact I didn't even notice it at first -- I was too busy focusing on my work! But the drugs didn't make feel different *at all*. There was no euphoria or high, no "buzzing" or anything, and I never saw the slightest hint of any kind of "come down" that some mention. It was overall great. And then when I finally stopped it, because *it* had stopped working, I tapered for a few days and apart from a little sleepiness, it was a cinch. (And I was on a big dose.)

Now your mileage may vary, so take the above only as one data point. But I give it full marks, and I would (and will) go back to it again in a second once my tolerance wears off.

c

** Unfortunately the drug wore off each day mid evening and I was then ravenous and managed to eat enough to counteract the non-eating during the day! :-) (When I eventually go back to it, once the tolerance has subsided, I'll be more careful to make myself eat during the day so as to avoid this problem.)

chronological
03-25-17, 02:29 PM
Hello everyone,

So I am thinking about taking Adderall for the first time ever. ...
NOTE: I did take 10mg of Paxil and had wicked side effects and a severe reaction :eek: So I quit cold turkey after 6 days. I was better without it.
So what can I expect from Adderall? I know coffee just does something to me that makes me hyper-focus on a task, calms my mind and makes me feel awesome when I drink enough.:D
I am suspecting that Adderall would feel like a mix of the mania and restlessness experienced with Paxil and the hyperfocus of caffiene? :confused:


As an SSRI, Paxil is an entirely different class of meds from Adderall which is a stimulant. So there's pretty much nothing you can take from your bad experience with Paxil to inform how you might find Adderall or Vyvanse (which you mention later).

Now on the other hand your experience with coffee (a stimulant) may indeed be a little more relevant, but not a whole lot. The brain's interactions with stimulants is not fully understood, so just exactly what will cause what and under what dosing and other conditions is a kinda suck-it-and-see thing.

I have used both Adderall and Vyvanse. I posted separately about the Vyvanse, but in a nutshell it was awesome.

The Adderall, I never got to work, but with hindsight my doc (an ADHD specialist) and I agree that it's probably only because I didn't get the Adderall dose high enough when I tried it (at that time with my non-psychiatrist primary physician).

So my recommendation would be to work with your doc to give the stimulants a chance. Overall they are by far the most effective meds for ADHD we currently have, and the "double effect" stims -- Adderall, Vyvanse -- usually have the edge over the single effect ones like Ritalin.

By all means explore alternates and additions, such as Intuniv as Postulate suggests, but my advice would be to wait until you've given the stims a good go. It doesn't have to take very long -- if they work, they work fast, within an hour-ish. So the main delay is just the number of days it takes to titrate up to find a therapeutic dose (or you and your doc decide to stop the titration for whatever reason).

As my own doc says, common things are common. Stim meds commonly treat ADHD very well, so don't dive into new stuff until you've tried what we know works.

c

mryashimoto23
03-25-17, 05:47 PM
Thank you all for your comments,

I would not mind trying Adderall for a couple days just to see how it works. As Chonrological said give them a chance to see how they turn out in my system.

I think both my psychiatrist and cardiologist would agree on sticking with coffee and dieting on omega three's and proteins in an all natural diet. I am looking into this route as well.

So with that said, has anybody done any organic diets (fatty fish oil, proteins, omega three, vitamins, coffee) that would increase my focus and keep me healthy instead?

chronological
03-25-17, 08:16 PM
Thank you all for your comments,

I would not mind trying Adderall for a couple days just to see how it works. As Chonrological said give them a chance to see how they turn out in my system.

I think both my psychiatrist and cardiologist would agree on sticking with coffee and dieting on omega three's and proteins in an all natural diet. I am looking into this route as well.

So with that said, has anybody done any organic diets (fatty fish oil, proteins, omega three, vitamins, coffee) that would increase my focus and keep me healthy instead?

No idea if it would help concentration but although at first sight it looks bonkers, there is a fish-oil-based diet that did help me lose weight. Google for the Shangri-La diet, and the book by Seth Roberts. I'll say that again for emphasis -- the whole thing looks like the daftest of daft diets (and Roberts picked such a silly name for it too!), but there really is some intriguing (published) science behind it and I can personally vouch for its effectiveness.