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Old 06-04-18, 05:31 PM
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Question Lexapro with ADD Meds

Hello Everyone,

I'm new to this whole forum thing but wanted to get some insight. I'm a 21 year old male who takes 5mg of Lexapro everyday for GAD. I also have ADD inattentive type.

My next doctors appointment is in about 2 weeks and we're going to be discussing ADD treatment options in conjunction with Lexapro. I've never taken an ADD medication before so I am a little nervous.

Upon doing research I've read good things about the non-stimulant Strattera. Only negative things I read are that it can take a couple weeks before noticing results. Has anyone had experience with this drug and what was the outcome?

Additionally, I feel like my doc is big on stimulants. I'm just nervous they'll give me a heart attack even though I'm healthy and had an EKG done.

What stimulants are recommended? I've read that concerta will last most of the day and isn't as intense as Adderall.

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Re: Lexapro with ADD Meds

Stimulants are considered a first line treatment for adhd and the science backs that up. Stratterra is not considered a first line..maybe second? I have my own bias with Stratterra because it was originally studied as an antidepressant and they sort of noticed that it had a marginal effect on adhd. The company that makes Stratterra seemed to jump on the adhd band wagon and dropped their plan of making it the next big antidepressant and chose to market it for adhd. There are a lot of side effects and its just plain not as good of a choice as stimulants. One of the misinformation campaigns has to to do with stimulants being super addictive and bad for your heart but thats not true. At clinically prescribed doses its not going to do damage to you.
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Re: Lexapro with ADD Meds

Hey MM, All valid concerns.

I think the best approach is to continue to research your issues and be prepared to discuss treatment options w/ your Doc and then for you both to agree on the best way to proceed. In my case preparation would involve making a detailed list, organize it appropriately and share a copy w/ your Doc and review it w/ him/her. Keep in mind your Doc should be aware of your full medical history and your pharmacist is likely a good resource for you. Your Doc and your pharmacist will be able to fully address your concerns.

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Re: Lexapro with ADD Meds

ive recently been put on a stimulant, vyvanse. its wonderful. i was weary of the whole heart thing too , for sure. but i try not to focus on that while taking my meds lol. that brings on some unneeded anxiety. not to mention every human body is unique. with that being said, my heart feels fine every day. and i chase three kids around 8 hours a day, and play semi pro baseball every week. if you have a clear ekg youll be just fine i think. and as far as the GAD and medication for that with medication for adhd can be tricky. i was on effexor while taking 30 mg vyvanse and i felt like i was having multiple panic attacks followed by mini strokes. so needless to say i stopped that combo after just one day. so now , like yourself, i need to figure out what works with vyvanse as far as GAD medication goes. oh yea, i tried non-stimulant adhd meds before fianlly going to stimulants...... it was a waste of time for me. concerta including. they just didnt work for me. at all. hope you figure out the GAD and ADHD combo !
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