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Old 10-23-08, 01:48 AM
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Unhappy 30mg Adderall XR - SEX drive has gone to hell

I'm a 22 year old female, and i have basically no sex drive. This doesnt really bother me all that much, but it is really killing my relationship i have with my boyfriend of almost a year.

My sex drive wasnt oh-so-good before starting my adderall, but i'm wondering if it is a possibility that it has something to do with it.

ive been on adderall for almost a year. 30mg XR in the morning, and a 10mg IR boost in the afternoon if i need it (usually dont).

I just dont care about sex, its hard to get in the mood.

I also have anxiety problems, and constantly freak out during the day. the first few months on adderall, my anxiety issues dissapeared, i even let my poor fingernails grow back for a full 4 months. Then i started my own business, and the stress and pressure of daily life set in again, which i'm sure for any regular balanced person would not have been so terribly overwhelming. I dont know if the adderall actually made my anxiety WORSE over time, but without it i would not be able to even stay awake or non-lethargic long enough to get anything done during the day.

My boyfriend is a great guy, with a very healthy sex drive. he has been very respectfull of the fact that some times i just dont want to do anything, but i know it hurts him and he thinks i dont love him anymore.

It came to a pretty abrupt halt tonight, when he had a bad day at work, and decided to have a few too many beers. We were talking on the phone, good conversation, no problems. then, the more intoxicated he became, the quicker the s*** hit the fan. Its come to the point where he actually BELIEVES that i am/might be cheating on him.

I would never do that. and i dont want him to think that he is the problem, which i really think he believes at this point.

i dont know what to do, really. is it because of my adderall, my anxiety issues, a combination, neither? i had sex drive issues even before the adderall, but i dont remember them being this bad.

i hear a lot of women with ADD and a lot of those taking adderall have overactive sex drives. i would LOVE to have that problem


i really think i'm too young to be having this problem, i need help. If anybody has some experience with this, please share.
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Old 11-09-08, 06:56 PM
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Re: 30mg Adderall XR - SEX drive has gone to hell

I have noticed this too, maybe this has to do with my ability to focus more on all the other things I havent been able to. Mind you this is a male prospective with some porn issues since i always had difficulties maintaining focus during sex. I now find that i dont have the interest in that stimulation. mind you i have only been taking adderall xr 30mg faithfully for a week. i have had the same prescription of 30-30mg since Aug 8/08 and suppossed to take 1 a day.
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Old 11-09-08, 07:26 PM
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Re: 30mg Adderall XR - SEX drive has gone to hell

The extra dopamine should make you want sex more unless it's over the top, but on the other hand the conscriction of arteries will pump less blood to your extremities, including genitals.

Genrally you are not going to start wanting someone MORE over time, though. So if you are not into sex in the first place you are going to be even less so later on.

For women, a lot of times SSRIs will perk up the sex drive, and wellbutrin generally will for both sexes.
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Re: 30mg Adderall XR - SEX drive has gone to hell

From my experience my sex drive stayed the same (male) did not notice any increase or decrease in the urge to engage in sexual activities. However stamina increased... by a few hours that is.
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Old 11-10-08, 11:02 AM
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Re: 30mg Adderall XR - SEX drive has gone to hell

Personally, my experience with ADHD meds is limited, but I've found that Adderall XR 15 had a HUGE detrimental effect to my 'drive' towards sex, but an opposite effect on staying power, which somehow went upwards of 6 hours on any formulation of adderall or amphetamine salts.

I did lose the 'stimulation-seeking' aspect to a minor extent.

Which, I suppose if you looked at it objectively, would mean I lost interest in sex to a small extent.

The sexual drive 'issues' (ugh) got so bad with the Adderall XR that I had problems...erm...'keeping it alive', so to speak. This was really only an issue with XR, oddly enough.

This is frightening (and on a similar scale, humiliating) for a guy.

Once I switched to IR, this problem went away; However, I did discover that plain IR adderall is definitely raising my blood pressure perhaps a bit too much at times.

I'm not sure how different Shire's formulation is compared to Barr, but that difference definitely switched the entire side-effects table around.

Captain Sanity, about the dopamine, wouldn't the norinephrine cause more of the detrimental periphery effects, or would these effects be in tandem to the dopaminergic release?

I would suppose that the peripheral-acting effects of the levoamphetamine couldn't really help too much, but this is me basing an ascertation on limited research.

The reason I ask is, I'm interested in finding out the side effects profile for those folks with comorbid anxiety and ADHD taking Dextroamphetamine versus the 4-salt-blend.

From my preliminary research, it appears that those with anxiety issues have much more benefit from the Dextroamphetamine by itself compared to the mixed salts. This is really hopeful news for me.

Back on topic, now... Adderall provides me far, far less sexual side-effects than Strattera (nasty side-effects in general from this medication, and they tried it first), and none of the constant chest tightness or painful orgasms either. That's always a plus in my book.

I've not had a drink for two months since I started Adderall, and don't intend to. I want a freakin' cigarette though, but I quit almost 3 weeks ago. Adderall probably saved my life.

Ah, we who juggle the double-edged sword.

That is all.
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Re: 30mg Adderall XR - SEX drive has gone to hell

my hunger for most things has gone down since I've been on Strattera

my theory is that since we're happier people, we don't crave things as much as we used to

like, we used to *need* sex or food or drugs or whatever to feel good.

now, we don't need those things as much.

doesn't mean we don't still like them but we're used to really needing them & craving them
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Re: 30mg Adderall XR - SEX drive has gone to hell

I heard it is male that wants the sex even more on Adderall and the females dont want it at all. I take Adderall and so does my brother and he wants it all the time and I dont even think about wanting it. I would really like to know what I can do to change it
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Re: 30mg Adderall XR - SEX drive has gone to hell

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I heard it is male that wants the sex even more on Adderall and the females dont want it at all. I take Adderall and so does my brother and he wants it all the time and I dont even think about wanting it. I would really like to know what I can do to change it
This is very disturbing and most likely illegal in your state. It might be painful to turn him in but the law is on your side.
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This is very disturbing and most likely illegal in your state. It might be painful to turn him in but the law is on your side.
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my hunger for most things has gone down since I've been on Strattera

my theory is that since we're happier people, we don't crave things as much as we used to

like, we used to *need* sex or food or drugs or whatever to feel good.

now, we don't need those things as much.

doesn't mean we don't still like them but we're used to really needing them & craving them
i agree with you because i've tried different doses of adderall lately, i havnt lost interest in sex but i have done it less, feeling this way is a feeling that maybe i can stand infront of the class without shaking and talk to any stranger needed.
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Re: 30mg Adderall XR - SEX drive has gone to hell

Talk to an Endo. Or reduce it back down again.
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