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Just been diagnosed at the age of 42

I've thought I've had ADHD for the last 15 years and only just got a diagnoses last week.

The thing is that over the last 15 years I've tried all kinds of medications including prescription and supplements. Some of these have had an adverse affect on me and have left me with lasting symptoms.

Rather than explain all the symptoms and medications I've tried, I'll say what I'm on and what works. I'm on a small dose of Haloperidol (antipsychotic) for tics and Imipramine (tricyclic antidepressant). Both those medications can affect the heart and my doc wants me to get an ECG to test the heart for long QT intervals. She's really knowledgeable and is reluctant to prescribe stimulants.

Stimulants is what I want ultimately.

Is anyone else on a bit of a cocktail of drugs and how did you and your doc figure it all out? I'd be really interested in your experiences and I'm grateful that this forum is here.
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Re: Just been diagnosed at the age of 42

I take bipolar meds as well as adderall. I take cymbalta, lamictal, geodon and buspar. It was all trial and error but the bipolar had to be treated first before we could tackle anything like the adhd. I feel the same way with most mental health conditions. Tackle the most problematic ones first, get stable and then think about adding other meds.
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Re: Just been diagnosed at the age of 42

That's interesting because my doc thinks stimulants might make me manic as a had a mild episode a few years ago when I stupidly took a supplement I bought at a health food shop.

Yet you have bipolar and stimulants (bipolar that's treated).

In the UK I think adult ADHD is still thought of as rare and only specialists can diagnose it. And in the US it's more understood?
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Re: Just been diagnosed at the age of 42

Well stimulants can make you manic in some cases which is why its important to have the mental health issues treated and to be monitored and vigilant when starting stimulants. As far as the UK v the US goes ... I know adults in the UK that are treated with stimulants but a lot of them had to go private rather than relying on the NHS.
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Re: Just been diagnosed at the age of 42

My addreall does the opposite of increasing my anxiety. It is the reason I stopped using klonopin 24/7. It's quite sedating for me. Just breakthrough anxiety at this point.

I'm also bipolar and had to take care of that before it killed me. Just found out the ADHD diagnosis maybe 6 months ago or so. Largely because of the diagnosis of my son.

Compared with Sarah's medications: Lamictal makes me manic, geodon does nothing, my doc said I shouldn't even bother trying buspar.

I am on Elavil, Celexa, Risperdal, klonopin, ativan, ambien, zanaflex, adderall for various crapola. That's about 7 years worth of med changes behind that cocktail. The more that is wrong the harder it becomes to find medications that work well together.
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Re: Just been diagnosed at the age of 42

I just started working on being treated for ADHD and anxiety a few months ago. I started on buspar for the anxiety and later added strattera for the ADHD. The buspar definitely had potential for me as it did help me be calmer and quieter in my head. But it made me tired during the day and adding strattera amplified that and made me forgetful and more inattentive due to the tiredness. If it weren't for that I would have stayed with the buspar, I don't ever remember ever feeling that calm and peaceful.

Now I have switched to celexa for the anxiety and have went up to the next higher dose of strattera. So far I'm less tired during the day vs the buspar and have started to notice a slight improvement in being able to stay focused even before I started on the celexa. So far I havent noticed any changes with the celexa but I'm only a couple weeks in. I did notice it didn't about knock me out the first day taking it like the buspar and strattera did.

The doctor wants to stay away from stimulants atleast for the time being because my resting heart rate has been fairly high at my last few doctor visits. I've been able to lower my caffeine consumption and will try to get more exercise to see if I can get the heart rate more in check.
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Re: Just been diagnosed at the age of 42

I was diagnosed at 40. I knew something was wrong for many years but it all came together at one time. Better late than never!! Definitely get an ECG as a long QT interval can be dangerous.
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Re: Just been diagnosed at the age of 42

The thing about Buspar is it takes awhile for it to be effective. I know when I started it, it was not good for panic attacks or acute episodes but one day after being on it for about 6 weeks I was like "wow, I know longer feel that undertone of constant anxiety." It took the edge off that buzz where all your nerve endings seem to feel in a heightened state. I still have to do other stuff for the panic attacks.
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