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Old 10-14-16, 11:05 PM
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Best Meds for Lethargy

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I have recently been diagnosed with inattentive add. (I'm 41). I was hoping that meds would specifically increase physical energy and motivation, and slow down racing thoughts. I have been prescribed Adderall IR and I'm trying to find the right dosage. So far I've tried 5, 10, 15, and 20 mg. It either does nothing at all or makes me sit in a chair all day and stare at the wall. The tv will be on but I don't even watch it. An afternoon dose will just lead to more of the same. I have a couple minor side effects (sweating, tense muscles), but no big deal. I'm also on Prozac for anxiety and this is working well. I haven't been depressed in years. My next appointment is in a month, but if need be I want to be ready to move on to a new med. Should I take smaller doses of Adderall and see if time helps, bigger doses because honestly I've not had even half of one pep to one step. Or maybe this is the wrong med? Does anyone suffer from lethargy?
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Re: Best Meds for Lethargy

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Re: Best Meds for Lethargy

I am a 31 year old woman with inattentive ADD and prone to lethargy. So far I have only tried 10mg Adderall but it usually gets me up and moving like I'm being driven by a motor. Although I have had occasional days where the Adderall makes me hyperfocus on staring at the computer screen or something and I end up wasting the whole day. But if I'm on my feet doing something when the meds kick in it sends me off and running into a frenzy of productivity.
Maybe you could try staying on your feet for at least 30 mins after taking the pill and see what happens? People respond differently to different things though so maybe Adderall just isn't for you. There are other stimulants you could try that might work better.
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I think you're right about being up and moving. It's funny though. It's starting to seems as if the slowing down of the racing thoughts may boost my energy over time.
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By running you stimulate certain nerves more at the base of the skull, it could be argued that this is a site of ADD, the world wonders.
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Hello!
I have recently been diagnosed with inattentive add. (I'm 41). I was hoping that meds would specifically increase physical energy and motivation, and slow down racing thoughts. I have been prescribed Adderall IR and I'm trying to find the right dosage. So far I've tried 5, 10, 15, and 20 mg. It either does nothing at all or makes me sit in a chair all day and stare at the wall. The tv will be on but I don't even watch it. An afternoon dose will just lead to more of the same. I have a couple minor side effects (sweating, tense muscles), but no big deal. I'm also on Prozac for anxiety and this is working well. I haven't been depressed in years. My next appointment is in a month, but if need be I want to be ready to move on to a new med. Should I take smaller doses of Adderall and see if time helps, bigger doses because honestly I've not had even half of one pep to one step. Or maybe this is the wrong med? Does anyone suffer from lethargy?
The way you describe lethargy makes me think the prozac isnt doing it for you anymore.
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Re: Best Meds for Lethargy

I just read in a book about ADD called new adhd medication rules by dr.Charles parker, a person who was in exactly the same situation you are. The increases in Adderall did nothing for them bc Prozac cancels out its effect. Once the Prozac was switched to something different, the Adderall worked for them!
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Re: Best Meds for Lethargy

I'm so ****** off that doctors can prescribe **** to people and don't bother understanding these things- especially when the meds don't seem to work. How do they not research this stuff? ?
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I'm so ****** off that doctors can prescribe **** to people and don't bother understanding these things- especially when the meds don't seem to work. How do they not research this stuff? ?
There is no guarantee that there will be an interaction, and in the case of Adderall and fluoxetine, it is not noted there is one.

That said, it will vary from patient to patient.

So a doctor will not necessarily know what the result will be until they try something for the given patient.

Also, such things are not their specialty, and in the event of something prescribed that does have a known and serious interaction, the pharmacist will put on the brakes.


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I'm so ****** off that doctors can prescribe **** to people and don't bother understanding these things- especially when the meds don't seem to work. How do they not research this stuff? ?
Like aeon said, doctors are trained to diagnose the problem and offer solutions like medication to treat the problem. They are not chemists and they are not pharmacists who spend their years understanding interactions and chemical compounds. The do no harm oath is supposed to guide doctors to inform patients of known interactions or life threatening stuff, or even combinations that work for the problem, but I can willingly believe that doctor's sit around coming up with ways to harm their patients and screw them over with bad drug combos. Thats why consulting with your pharmacist, reading those handouts and stuff like drugs.com and rx list is so important.
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I think you're right about being up and moving. It's funny though. It's starting to seems as if the slowing down of the racing thoughts may boost my energy over time.
The slowing down of racing thoughts is not what boosts your energy level. It's the meds doing their job. The meds are taking your racing thoughts down to normal, and lifting your energy levels up to normal.

Adderall is Amphetamines. A stimulant. Stimulants stimulate i.e. give you "energy". Or increase what ever it is that they stimulate.

ADHD is an under-stimulation of the brain. Understimulation causes lack of focus. Lack of focus makes the brain shift focus to everything. So we can be easily distracted by outside stimuli. A normal person will focus on something and their brain will ignore other stimuli. Or without focus your brain can race between thoughts, not focused on any 1 thing. Where a normal person might focus on the task at hand or watch tv.

As mentioned before, exercise, eating right, getting enough sleep is also a big factor. I have problems with sleeping, I don't exercise or eat right. When I do, it helps a lot. When i don't, I have to rely on higher doses of meds.

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I'm so ****** off that doctors can prescribe **** to people and don't bother understanding these things- especially when the meds don't seem to work. How do they not research this stuff? ?
Bio-chemistry, biology, medications, etc. is very complicated. Much more so than people realize. Which is why doctors don't have all the answers. They have guidelines about what is currently the general knowledge about each subject. Even specialists and researches don't have all the answers. There is not enough time or money to research every aspect of everything. And it varies between individuals. That is why we have to work with the doctors. It's a process. Not a 1 shot solution. And find others doctors if the one we have isn't working out. If we waited till every aspect of every disorder combined with every possible effect of meds and interactions was known, we would wait for ever.
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Now that explains a lot. No wonder you are having problems with tolerance and depression.

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Now that explains a lot. No wonder you are having problems with tolerance and depression.

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How about this. TOP 10 ways " How to prevent Car accidents"
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What I've found is when the medication starts it'a effect, if I'm doing "sitting tasks" that's what I'll be doing all day: at the computer, reading, watching tv, writing, etc. BUT, in the happenstance I'm busy moving about when the medication's effect starts, that's where my day goes and things get done. Unfortunately, I don't take advantage of this knowledge enough! Lol. (I'm a thinker/writer @heart)
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