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Old 03-01-09, 08:44 PM
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Stopping Adderall Cold turkey...

Everywhere I've read, people say that a person gets over the withdrawls of Adderall after about 3 days.

But I'm just curious...has any had a REALLY bad lengthy experience quitting Adderall cold turkey?
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Old 03-01-09, 09:27 PM
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Re: Stopping Adderall Cold turkey...

not for me... felt okay to be honest.
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Old 03-01-09, 09:40 PM
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Re: Stopping Adderall Cold turkey...

I forgot to bring my Adderall when I was on weeks vacation once and had no bad side effects.

Don't you have to be addicted to something to get withdraws from it? Just wondering.
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Re: Stopping Adderall Cold turkey...

You can get addicted to stuff in medical dosages. ADHD medications are not alone in this, Percocet, Morphine, Vicodin, OxyContin, Valium, and their related medications are also quite liable to addiction in prescribed dosages. Being on a prescription version of something and taking it in a prescribed dosage does not make a magical case where addiction isn't possible.
However, the existence of stimulant withdrawal is disputed in science. Personally, I believe it does exist; whether or not you will experience it depends on many, many, factors, however.
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Re: Stopping Adderall Cold turkey...

You can have some unpleasant effects from stopping a drug suddenly without it being full blown withdrawal. Whenever I skip a day of Adderall or Dex, I get extremely tired the next day. I usually spend the next day sleeping straight through until evening.

It's not because I'm addicted, and it's not withdrawal. It's just because of the sudden drop in dopamine levels. Like if you're on the birth control pill and you forget to take it one day, you'll likely get your period the next day (sorry to all the guys on this forum, TMI). It's because of the sudden drop in estrogen in your body.

Not everyone feels tired after skipping their meds for a day. But if you do, it doesn't necessarily mean you're experiencing withdrawal.
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Re: Stopping Adderall Cold turkey...

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You can have some unpleasant effects from stopping a drug suddenly without it being full blown withdrawal. Whenever I skip a day of Adderall or Dex, I get extremely tired the next day. I usually spend the next day sleeping straight through until evening.

It's not because I'm addicted, and it's not withdrawal. It's just because of the sudden drop in dopamine levels.
Do the dopamine levels go back to normal (for ADHD standards) within at least...a week?
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Re: Stopping Adderall Cold turkey...

I've never gotten "withdrawals" per se but I do get extremely tired to the point where I sleep the entire day. Take today for instance, I took a drug break and decided not to take my Adderall. I pretty much ate breakfast, took a nap and didn't wake up until an hour ago.
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Re: Stopping Adderall Cold turkey...

Adderall increases two chemicals in the brain dopamine + NE.

Decreasing NE levels has a number of short lived discontinuation effects. The body is normally able to adjust over a day or two. However this could cause a bit of fatigue/stuffy nose/increased appatite/decrease in memory/+?.

Dopamine levels are not regulated by the brain nearly as quicky. These effects would be mild unless you have been taking stimulants for a long time or at a high dosages. The main effects would be clumsyness/slower cognitive skills/disphoria/+?. If present these effects would persist longer as it takes dopamine receptors more time to adjust to changes.

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Re: Stopping Adderall Cold turkey...

ahh...well pretty much anything we do regularly will have some effect if stopped cold turkey w/o feeling some impact of some level

how about. lets see, stop eating one day and see how you feel ??
or stop sleeping a couple nights?? why should drugs be any different?

a great physician friend of mine (now passed) told me is the foods we eat that are the most potent drugs in the world....they keep us alive!
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Re: Stopping Adderall Cold turkey...

It's not like opiate withdrawal or anything. From what I heard, it's not particularly threatening, more of an annoyance and moderately unpleasant. From everyone I heard from, it's primarily just sluggishness of varying degrees.
Some people find themselves basically sleeping all day long, but it could also be just a lack of energy. If it even happens at all.

Personally, I feel slightly sluggish on days that I don't take it. However, I've never had anything extreme or anything that prevented me from functioning in day to day life. I actually didn't take it today and feel completely fine aside from being slightly hung over (as I had a bit too much to drink last night but that's unrelated of course).

I'm actually thinking about switching to take it 5 days a week or maybe even every other day to be honest. I just feel like my mind and body needs a rest from the stuff to be honest, and I'm a bit tired of taking it every day.
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Re: Stopping Adderall Cold turkey...

Cold turkey is possible , but the effects and the severity and length will depend on
-dosage (quitting from IR once a day dose will be really easy)
-frequency ( quitting from XR or IR two times a day will be more difficult)
-length of use ( after 2m of use,,,pretty easy ,,,after 4y not so much )
-life style (do you exercise, socialize, have hobbies, are you a happy person ?)
-diet (do you eat healthy ? )


But from my experience the most important thing that will make cold turkey easier is your lifestyle , the level of happiness and responsibilities in your life.

If you have a structured life, friends, hobbies, family and are are generally happy person then quitting cold turkey will be much easier and after a week you should not feel much of any withdrawals.

If you are depressed, not social, little too no friends you can be around, bad diet, no exercise, then going cold turkey will be more difficult.

You can try cold turkey, but If you fail, then I'd say, fix your diet at least and start to exercise , even fast paced walking for 20min a day is better then nothing.


Then you taper down in matter of 1-2month if you are taking prescribed low dose.

I 'm on adderall 7-8 month a year, then I taper down in a month and feel withdrawals for about 5 days. But nothing really bad,,just little sluggish .from 10mgx3 day
week1 20mg a day 10mg x 2 day
week2 15mg a day 7.5mg x 2 day
week3 10mg a day 5 x 2 day
week4 5mg a day 5mg morning or 2.5mg x2 day.
then if you still can't go cold turkey just stay on 2.5mg for as long as needed, (talk to your docotr too) . Sooner or later you'll forget to take it and not even notice it.
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Re: Stopping Adderall Cold turkey...

Maybe a little unfocused (e.g. like I was pretty meds) and sluggish if I don't have caffeine on days I don't take medication. However, I never have had any serious withdrawal type symptoms. If anyone ever does, telling your doctor would be the best thing to do. It is quite addictive for some people, though I've never had any ill effects to speak of on days off.
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Re: Stopping Adderall Cold turkey...

Why stop it at all?
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Re: Stopping Adderall Cold turkey...

The most common side effect is tiredness and migraines. Similar to what you experience when you go cold turkey from a long term caffeine binge, but probably a bit more intense.
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