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Old 04-14-09, 12:32 AM
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Should I eat before or after?

Hi all,

-I have a question on the effectiveness of adderall (whether IR or XR) and if it makes a difference how the medication works if you eat a meal before or after taking the medicine???

-I have tried both ways. From what I can tell with my experience is that eating before taking the medicine helps me better. The adderall is more intense and lasts longer. This stands true as long as I wait at least an Hour after eating.

-I take 20mg XR. When I do not eat I experience a uncomfortable hunger and the adderall does not last as long.

-Opinions????

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Re: Should I eat before or after?

I need to eat first (or wihin an hour) or I may forget to eat for quite some time!
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Old 04-14-09, 12:51 AM
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Re: Should I eat before or after?

I like the way it releases after eating a small meal. I also like to take my dose 45 min - 1 hr after eating. It might just be in my head, but I feel that the effect lasts significantly longer. Also, I hate taking medications on a completely empty stomach.
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Re: Should I eat before or after?

Hmm. I never thought of waiting a while after eating before taking my meds. I'll have to try that!

I agree that food helps the Adderall, although some swear that theirs only works on an empty stomach. I've tried it without food and it didn't kick in until I ate something 2 hours later.

I have a routine every morning. I have a cup of coffee then wait a 1/2 hour. I take my Prevacid and wait 20 minutes. I take my Adderall, Vit B & D (I don't know if it makes a difference if I take them right before or right after I eat. I've done both.), and then eat 1 hardboiled egg and maybe a banana if I'm still hungry. My meds kick in within a half hour.
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Re: Should I eat before or after?

ok. I did my experiment with some odd results.

I did some things a little differently. I had two cups of coffee this morning before I took my Prevacid. I waited my usual 20min before eating. I decided on a piece of toast with peanut butter. Waited about an hour and took my vitamins and Adderall.

I took a lower dose than usual. Long story but I've been splitting my 25 mg to try and get 20mg, but today I took closer to 15mg because it was 2 hours after I usually take my meds.

It was slower on the uptake. A little over an hour compared to my usual 1/2 hour but so far it feels stronger...more like taking 20 or 25mg. We'll see if it lasts longer. Usually my meds poop out in the evening and I supplement with caffeine but maybe I'll get lucky and won't have to.

I'll probably try this again tomorrow and stick with my usual foods and 1 cup of coffee and Adderall dosage, but wait 1 hour after eating to take my meds.
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Re: Should I eat before or after?

Try your Adderall with protien!
Then add complex carbs about an hour later....guarantee, superior results.
Good luck!
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Re: Should I eat before or after?

There are some mixed results with this one:

Some studies suggest that drugs like Adderall are more prone to slower absorption due to food intake: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12240794 than something like Concerta, so in that case, I'd recommend taking the Adderall away from the food window as much as possible (i.e. 1-2 hours before breakfast).

However, another test seemed to indicate that food status for Adderall wasn't such a big deal: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12432966

Vyvanse, which is a chemical "cousin" to Adderall, seems to be relatively immune to the co-administration of food with regards to absorption patterns and ADHD symptoms, but this is probably more due to the 1-3 hour lag time connected with the conversion process of the drug to its active form.

In short, I think a compromise might be the best strategy, say take Adderall 30 min before breakfast and then eat a lighter meal that will clear faster (a number of studies use fattier foods to test the absorption patterns, and these foods are notoriously slow to clear the digestive tract).
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Re: Should I eat before or after?

I've noticed for me if I eat before taking my adderall, it takes a lot longer to kick in. And when it has it isn't as intense. The good part is that it will last longer. If I don't eat before taking it, it kicks in fast, I get the full effect, but it won't nearly last as long.
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Re: Should I eat before or after?

Eat whatever you can whenever you can.
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Re: Should I eat before or after?

Like "xraylady33" said, eat a high protein meal before taking the Adderall. That's what I've found works the best! Having a meal high in protein boost dopamine naturally so you'll have more to go with the med.

I usually eat protein, low carb during the day and have carbs at night to help me relax and sleep. Hope this helps..
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Re: Should I eat before or after?

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Like "xraylady33" said, eat a high protein meal before taking the Adderall. That's what I've found works the best! Having a meal high in protein boost dopamine naturally so you'll have more to go with the med.

I usually eat protein, low carb during the day and have carbs at night to help me relax and sleep. Hope this helps..
Meh I guess that works for you guys, doesn't work for me. If I eat a high protein meal I get such a bad stomach ache that I have to dose codeine in the middle of the day to relieve my pain. When I eat my meal I always throw out the egg white to make sure I don't get too much protein.
I'm a hard gainer too when it comes to lifting weights. I once tried to take a protein supplement like my friends did and ended up crawling in pain in the gym washrooms for 1 hour until my parents brought me the painkillers. Never did that again afterward. My kung fu teacher said he drinks 6 raw eggs in the morning before training and I said to my self my God, if I do that I'll end up to the ER.

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Re: Should I eat before or after?

I have only been taking addreall for three weeks, but I haven't really played around much with the eating aspect. I take my first 10mg dose at 5:00am, the same time I have breakfast, which is always a protein shake and string cheese. I take my second 10mg dose 4 hours later at 9am, then my third dose with lunch at 1. Maybe I will try taking the first dose without food, and eating an hour after once I get to work.

I work four 10 hour days instead of five eight hour days a week. So I definitely need my 3 doses, I just wish I could make the effects last a little longer. I might try going 4 1/2 hours between doses, maybe even 5? Idk, I'm still trying to figure out what works best.

I already eat a high protein diet. Not low carb or anything, just extra protein with good fats and whole wheat carbs. And I do work out every day on my lunch hour, I read somewhere that can cause the drug to wear off faster? But I don't want to stop working out then.
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