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New to Adderall XR generic

I was recently informed that I had been ADD for some time, but due to my being young and the time being the 90’s, nothing was done. Last Wednesday I began Adderall XR for Adult ADD. I am still on Effexor XR 75mg a day. I have been bounced from Cymbalta (do not remember the dosage), Lexapro (do not remember the dosage), & Effexor XR 75 mg for anxiety, mild depression, and insomnia (hoping if I can shut my mind off I can sleep). I have also been off & on Temazepam, Ambien, & Lunesta for insomnia and anxiety related sleep disorder. I have chosen on my own to go off meds whenever I felt better. I always felt like something was off.

Finally, I went to two different doctors/specialists and voila, they both said the same thing, “You have Adult ADD.” I was surprised with my diagnosis. People have often asked me if I had ADD (apparently, others can spot the ADD in me, but I cannot). I ignored that I might be ADD. I am happy and excited now to finally be able to combat this now.

Anyhow, at the time of diagnosis I was taking only the Effexor XR 75mg. I have friends who have/are on Effexor, and from what I have heard the withdrawals are horrible. My doctors said I could stay on the Effexor (daily) with the Adderall (2 times daily) and take the Lunesta at night (as needed).
My new cocktail is Adderall XR 40mg 2x a day, Effexor XR 75mg 1x a day, and Lunesta 2mg as needed.

I was hoping I could get some tips, for lack of a better word, on Adderall XR and/or Effexor. The first few days were hard. I was so anxious and I wondered why I would even start a new drug when I was getting side effects that were the reason I was going on meds! However, today, day six, I feel so much better. My doctor said I could add another 20mg to my day if needed (I teach at a University five days a week, I am finishing my Master’s in English, work part-time in a bistro, & am a single mom). I tried his recommendation, and I felt high. Therefore, I am trying to find my dosage mixture and what time of day to take the two dosages (I think adding a third might be too much). I was also wondering how long the “adjusting” phase lasts in people (which I know will be different with everyone). The first few days were high energy, then Saturday I felt tired (so I made sure to get some sleep), Sunday I was just grouchy and did not want to talk to anyone, and Monday was harder, more emotional. Today I feel so much better. I almost feel like my body is calming down and “adjusting”.
I know this is a lot of information, but another side effect, as we all know, is over focusing on things. I never thought that would happen. I actually spent five hours building a lesson plan for a fifty-minute class.

If there is anyone out there who can offer advice, help, or someone to talk to about this, I would appreciate it.

p.s. Holy crap on the price of even the generic for Adderall XR! WOW!

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