View Full Version : ritalin and adderall


kingsley002000
02-18-08, 09:29 PM
hi guys

i'm wondering if there is anyone on adderall that used to be on ritalin and what they find the differences are (is it better?). i am asking because when i was originally diagnosed with adhd i was prescribed with ritalin and suffered from horrible side effects, i only managed it for two weeks and decided to stop taking them. i have been on supplements (on and off) ever since. i would like to know if adderall will benefit me or if i should stay off stimulants altogether.

also it has been years since my initial diagnosis so i have to go through the referral process all over again. i've been trying to get referred to see somebody (anybody) since april last year.

the whole health system in this country really makes me sick

...i digress

columbo
02-29-08, 08:42 PM
I do agree.

Try posting on the general boards as well as the UK ones. I imagine that Adderall and Ritalin affects people the same whatever country they're from. The UK boards are still relatively quiet compared to the general ones.

I wanted to try Adderall, as I too was affected badly by Concerta (it was making me very anxious), but my Psych, who readily admitted she was not a specialist, refused to consider it, saying it was the essentially the same drug, which it isn't! Where Ritalin and Concerta block reuptake of Dopamine, Adderall actually stimulates the release of Dopamine and Noradrenaline, which can sometimes be better for people with mainly inattentive ADD. She may have been right though. She thought that if I was anxious on Concerta, I would be anxious on another stimulant.

Everyone responds differently though, so the only sure way is to try it. The usual treatment protocol is Concerta first, then if that doesn't work, try Adderall, then if Adderall doesn't work, try Strattera, and if Strattera fails, then second-line treatments (such as Bupropion) should be explored. The advantage of trying Adderall first before moving on to Strattera is that you will notice the effects of a stimulant much more quickly, but it can take weeks, if not months before Strattera starts to kick in.

I am on Strattera now and it is hard to tell if it's having any effect at all. I'll have to wait and see.

Attainathon
02-29-08, 08:44 PM
hi guys

i'm wondering if there is anyone on adderall that used to be on ritalin and what they find the differences are (is it better?). i am asking because when i was originally diagnosed with adhd i was prescribed with ritalin and suffered from horrible side effects, i only managed it for two weeks and decided to stop taking them. i have been on supplements (on and off) ever since. i would like to know if adderall will benefit me or if i should stay off stimulants altogether.

also it has been years since my initial diagnosis so i have to go through the referral process all over again. i've been trying to get referred to see somebody (anybody) since april last year.

the whole health system in this country really makes me sick

...i digress


What were the side effects that you experienced from the Ritalin?

kingsley002000
02-29-08, 11:13 PM
felt like a zombie, was quesy all the time, became very lethargic, facial tics, and generally just did not care about anything

Leah
02-29-08, 11:30 PM
Ritalin made me feel awful, while Adderall does not.

But, that's just one man's tale -- not in the least indicative of how *you'll* feel. Wanted to post anyway bc I also found it hard to believe that two similar-enough meds would have such different effects on me. (This isn't to champion Adderall over Ritalin, btw -- some people hate both, some prefer Ritalin, etc.)

Good luck!