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Old 03-09-11, 11:17 PM
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From Adderall to Vyvanse; experiences

Okay, I'm not sure how long this post will be.. but I have a lot of experiences I want to share; mostly about Adderall. Just so you know, I am 20 years old, female, and I'm 5'5"; weighing 140 lbs.

I JUST switched from taking Adderall IR to Vyvanse today, I ran out of my Adderall prescription last night. I was prescribed 60mg; 3 x 20mg a day. I started from 20mg daily, to 40mg a month later.. and then found myself asking for a higher dosage of 60mg. Well apparently, I have a problem with staying away from amphetamines because yesterday was the third month I ran out a week, maybe even earlier, of my prescription. It got to where the 'euphoric' feeling of Adderall that I so loved would end sooner and sooner. At first it lasted about two hours on a normal day after taking each 20mg tablet, to only 10 minutes. Sometimes, I took anywhere from my prescribed dosage of 60mg -to 140mg a day; with an average of FIVE tablets a day... making it 100mg. Yes, my heart rate increased dramatically after about the fourth pill each time, but I could care less as long as I felt happy. It got to where I would only get 4-6 hours of sleep daily (not even at night) with frequent all nighters. I would stay up over 24 hours, sometimes even 48. That's where I would feel like.. ****. I'm pretty sure I've experienced psychosis more than twenty times within the past two months. Sleep deprivation is NOT a good feeling at all. I started getting weird body sensations, like there are little fuzzy hairs sitting on my skin, annoying the hell out of me. My stomach would feel as if there was a 20 pound weight sitting on it. My eyes felt as if they were going to fall out any second. My throat and mouth felt dry, like I had been eating chalk all day. My head hair was getting so bothersome, I would sit there and run my fingers through it all day and night, each time pulling out more than four hairs.. I'm surprised I'm not balding. I would sometimes go a week or more without taking a shower, my skin would get SO itchy I couldn't take it anymore so I HAD to take a shower eventually. Around 5 AM I would get wired feeling and start picking at my skin, causing red marks EVERYWHERE I could get at, especially my chest. I'd get so distracted sitting at my computer over endless hours.. and hours, looking at NOTHING important. Just reading bull****, useless bull**** when I should have been working on my commissions (I draw for people online). I weighed, 6 months ago, 185 lbs. CURRENTLY, I weigh 140.. meaning I have lost 45 lbs ALL do to my addiction to Adderall. I never exercised or ate healthy. In fact, I barely ate at all. I look like a damn crack addict with my eyes sunken in and dark lids. I guess that's what Speed addicts look like, which was basically me..

At first I thought I was fine, and I was for the first 3 months of taking Adderall. I could control myself. But then I couldn't and kept telling myself, "One more pill can't hurt... I'll just take less towards the end of my prescription." That one more pill each day turned into TWO more pills each day.. then THREE more pills each day.. to, "****.. I ran out." and a horrid next several days of no amphetamines to live on. Withdrawal symptoms SUCK ***. I never knew my body could feel so horrible, ever!

I finally admitted to myself after abusing this drug; that it was no longer working and it was making me feel miserable instead of 'good' like it used to. I told my psychiatrist.. who then immediately wanted to take me off all stimulants. That would have been hell for the next month or two. I told her my mom would distribute my meds to me everyday, making sure I didn't take more than was prescribed. I told her about Vyvanse; that people said it didn't give them the initial 'rush' Adderall did.. thus more-so preventing the addiction effect. She agreed and quickly put me on Vyvanse.. 40mg daily. So basically I'm going from taking around 100mg of Adderall a day, to 40mg of another stimulant. That's losing 60mg a day. I'm REALLY hoping it won't give me horrid withdrawal symptoms. And I'm also hoping it will still make me motivated like Adderall did for me the first couple months. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Adderall. I just can't handle it, my personality won't let me.. and I analyze everything to death; my mood, my boyfriend, my friends, my actions. EVERYTHING.

So far I feel weird. I'm getting the weird fuzzy sensations, my hair is bothering me.. I feel kinda sick to my stomach and my body feels numb. I don't know if this is the withdrawal symptoms of not taking Adderall anymore, or what. I had plenty of sleep last night so I don't think it's sleep deprivation.

Do any of you think I'll be fine taking Vyvanse? Not abusing it that is.. Just taking my regular prescribed dosage daily. I'm getting scared from reading peoples' reviews on it, they say they have bad side effects switching from Adderall to Vyvanse. Why couldn't I have just obeyed my prescribed amount? Why am I like that? I hate it. And I'm going to hate myself even more if this drug turns to crap.. I won't be able to go back on my normal dose of Adderall without my psychiatrist thinking I'm just going to turn into an addict again.

What are your opinions? Or maybe a different amphetamine I can try? By the way, I've NEVER been addicted to a drug before. I've ALWAYS taken my prescribed dosage as given. I've never done hardcore drugs either. And I've never smoked cigarettes, gotten drunk nor smoked weed. Amphetamines are apparently an exception.
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Re: From Adderall to Vyvanse; experiences

First of all, you might get better responses to this in the "Addiction and substance abuse" forum, but I'll give it a whirl:

You say you're going from 100mg of Adderall per day to 40mg of Vyvanse, but you should know that the dosages of Adderall and Vyvanse aren't equal. The 40mg of Vyvanse you're on is closer to 20mg of Adderall, so that's actually a reduction of 80mg per day instead of 60mg.

I've taken both Adderall and Vyvanse and I haven't experienced any significant side-effects of Vyvanse compared to Adderall. I think it's going to be up to you to decide if you can handle the medicine, not what kind of medicine you take.

I actually understand where you're coming from, I've periodically done the same thing with my medication and taken 300mg or so of Vyvanse in a 24hr period. The only difference is that I do it because I have things to do (schoolwork, exam, etc), not just to get high. Of course, that doesn't make it any less wrong, but I'm able to set my priorities and not make it into a problem.

Work on your behavior, responsibilities, priorities, etc., not on deciding which medicine is better to take.
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Re: From Adderall to Vyvanse; experiences

I never abused it but skimming over this I see a few of the same problems.. I will read this again tomorrow but I want to write this now so I remember to do it. I just took 20 mg, but running my fingers through my hair caused the same probs and I hated it, was awful. I also never exercised or ate healthy. It was so unlike me. I'll read the rest later...
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Re: From Adderall to Vyvanse; experiences

Sounds like some withdrawal symptoms, however, numbness is almost never a thing to take lightly. If you have another doctor that you can regularly see and watch how you progress that is something I'd recommend.

I'd agree in saying work on the behavior, and a healthy lifestyle may help with the withdrawal symptoms. Your body likes things to be stable, going from one extreme to the other will be hard on the body either way.
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