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Old 05-08-10, 10:54 AM
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Best Med for Inattentive ADD?

I figured this would be dealt with a number of other threads so i did a search within the inattentive forum and couldn't track down anything (though i may not be awesome at using the "advanced search" feature).

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Question is self-explanatory...does the fact that you're "inattentive" as opposed to "hyper-active" change which drug is optimal? Typical wisdom seems to say adderall is "smoother" and more "calming" than equi-potent doses of ritalin or concerta and that the latter feel more "speedy." For those of us who are more foggy than hyper, does ritalin actually work better?

I've used adderall a LOT, but only tried ritalin once (during the same week i first tried adderall) and thought the ritalin was too "edgy" and that adderall put me in "the zone." But now that i regularly take addy (prescribed 20mg XR twice/day), the "zone" feeling isn't there so much and i'm wondering if ritalin would be more effective after a few days of adjustment to it?

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Old 05-09-10, 03:22 AM
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Re: Best Med for Inattentive ADD?

Treatment is the same.
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Old 05-09-10, 11:02 AM
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Re: Best Med for Inattentive ADD?

All of the drugs can affect everyone differently or there would be a universal medication.
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Old 05-09-10, 11:37 AM
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Re: Best Med for Inattentive ADD?

I've been taking ritalin for about five weeks now. My first couple of days on ritalin were a marvel and the rest of the time it's been a struggle finding the right dose, fighting the side effects (mostly as it wears off), etc. I'll probably try a different stim next week. I don't think anyone, even NTs, necessarily live in the "zone", I wish I could figure out how to get there and stay there myself. You just have to determine whether it improves your symptoms and whether the side effects are worth that improvement.
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Re: Best Med for Inattentive ADD?

Top tip: take different meds while using "advanced search".

If you get it to work properly, you are on the right one.

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Re: Best Med for Inattentive ADD?

It might be less edgy after your body gets use to it, but your body and mind are different from others.
Its really a matter of what your body needs (to balance out somewhat even), can handle, how it adjusts, and works with the meds. Over time your body may become too use to your current dosage and need a boost.
Im going to talk to my doctor about something similar to this over my own meds, when I see her this month. So your not alone
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Re: Best Med for Inattentive ADD?

The best med is the one you feel the best on with the right dose.
It takes trial and error to figure it out.
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Re: Best Med for Inattentive ADD?

Adderall IR, make sure you get Shire, there is a big difference, Adderall IR is the only med that has helped, and it has helped a lot, Teva and Mallincockdt are awful, Barr is ok but too fast acting, but Shire's formulation is perfect, I can take 1/2 the dose and have better results than with any of the generics, it sounds crazy, i know, but trust me, it's worth paying the extra $ for.
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Re: Best Med for Inattentive ADD?

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I've been taking ritalin for about five weeks now. My first couple of days on ritalin were a marvel and the rest of the time it's been a struggle finding the right dose, fighting the side effects (mostly as it wears off), etc. I'll probably try a different stim next week. I don't think anyone, even NTs, necessarily live in the "zone", I wish I could figure out how to get there and stay there myself. You just have to determine whether it improves your symptoms and whether the side effects are worth that improvement.
Me too, about 5 weeks. I find if I have 1/2 a tab (5mg) it's gets me up and about doing things, but I crash badly after 3 hours. 10mg makes me edgy, but very productive, seems to last 4-5 hours without a big crash.. ATM i'm taking 10mg every 4 hours, 3 tabs for the whole day. Might go to 10, 5 and 5 and see how it goes, as after the 3rd tab I think it gets a bit much...
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Re: Best Med for Inattentive ADD?

this might help ya out.

http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Best-T...ADD&id=3750492
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Re: Best Med for Inattentive ADD?

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Me too, about 5 weeks. I find if I have 1/2 a tab (5mg) it's gets me up and about doing things, but I crash badly after 3 hours. 10mg makes me edgy, but very productive, seems to last 4-5 hours without a big crash.. ATM i'm taking 10mg every 4 hours, 3 tabs for the whole day. Might go to 10, 5 and 5 and see how it goes, as after the 3rd tab I think it gets a bit much...
Sounds like you're playing the same game as me. I've been trying between 5mg and 10mg to start the day, and maybe 5mg or 10mg a few hours later. I definitely can't take 20x3. Tried that - felt great the first day, then angry angry angry the next two days. Not dangerous angry, more like a weird sort of clinically self-observant anger. Not a nice feeling anyway. So back to 5mg after that little anger-spree. None of it makes a huge difference other than making me get something started, if I'm actuallly in that magical moment somewhere between being a lump and being jittery. I'm hoping another stim will work better, but not quite as excited as before. I'm definitely going with the start low titrate slow crowd on this one though.

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Re: Best Med for Inattentive ADD?

So from what you guys have relayed, ritalin/concerta has a much more intense "edgyness" to it and you build a quick tolerance just as with adderall?
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Re: Best Med for Inattentive ADD?

I'm taking dexedrine and strattera, and so far so good. I would be taking wellbrutrin, instead of strattera but I'm allergic to it.
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Re: Best Med for Inattentive ADD?

How long have you been on Strattera?
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Re: Best Med for Inattentive ADD?

Wow 5 mg> I'm on 80 and the psychs I have been to don't even really question it, but ****, it's the only thing that helps...
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