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Old 10-07-09, 02:56 PM
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Just started on adderall and getting bad headaches

I just started on 20mg of adderall xr a few days ago and have been taking 300 mg of wellbutrin for about 3 months now. When my dr. started me on adderall he also told me to start weening off of the wellbutrin to eventually stop taking it all together. I am now taking 150mg of wellbutrin and the adderall and have been getting really bad headaches, not all the time, but when I do it lasts a long time. Is anyone familiar with this? I'm guessing the headaches could be due to withdraw symptoms, but am also thinking it could be the adderall. has anyone else had bad headaches when starting on adderall? Also, the adderall doesnt seem to be doing much. Is 20mg xr considered a low or high dose? Thanks.

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Old 10-08-09, 03:30 PM
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Re: Just started on adderall and getting bad headaches

i cant say for xr release as im on IR but i did get headaches also some preasure in my chest.. best of luck to you..
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Old 10-08-09, 05:00 PM
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Re: Just started on adderall and getting bad headaches

your headaches could be because of lack of food. does it happen later in the day? are you eating enough during the day? i know i get headaches and get dizzy later on in the day when i forget to eat (especially protein) have some high protein snacks handy, and try eating it when you get a headache, see if it helps. This might not be the problem, but no harm in trying!
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Re: Just started on adderall and getting bad headaches

I notice that I get headaches when Im coming down off the adderall..ie when it's wearing off. I take 20 mg XR in the a.m. and then 10 mgs IR later in the day. If this is the case with you, try to get the approx. timing down of when the drug is wearing off. That's when the IR comes in handy since it seems to kick in pretty quickly.
If this is not your case and you're getting headache while the adderall is at peak levels, I know that people new to adderall get this side effect at first, but then as their body adjust or builds a tolerance, they dont get headaches anymore. Everybody is different but usually for the first couple weeks. If the headache still persist, talk to your pdoc about possibly lowering the dosage. You also asked if 20 mgs XR is a low or high dose....I would say it is average. My doc started me on 10 mgs IR just to see how I felt on it and then a couple weeks later gave me XR for the a.m. and IR for later on when the XR wears off. The IR does kick in faster and harder but has more peaks and valleys where the XR is a gradually onset and more stable blood levels. Maybe also ask you doc to fry the IR. Problem w/ that is it only lasts about 4 hours, so more doses per day and more ups and downs. But you should be feeling something when you take your med. You said you feel nothing. Most people feel a stimulant effect and a more focused mind plus other positives. But also weaning off the Wellbutrin, can cancel out these effects because of the nasty withdrawal symptoms of weaning off anti-depressants.
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Re: Just started on adderall and getting bad headaches

I get headaches also. I noticed if I drink water through out te day its not bad. It seems that if I take the adderall xr I have to go to the bathroom alot. I was wondering if we get dehydrated.
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Re: Just started on adderall and getting bad headaches

thats normal, when I started I got headaches for the first week or so. Stick with it and drink PLENTY of water the headaches are usually from dehydration also make sure you eat. Your headaches should subside
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Re: Just started on adderall and getting bad headaches

don't increase your dosage. if you feel tired it may be that the dose is too high. it actually has a paradoxal effect on the brain when you over stimulate it. you also have issues with focusing and your eyes. there have been many studies suggesting that 25 percent of people on adderall get migranes from this.
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Re: Just started on adderall and getting bad headaches

I had migraines when I started Ritalin, but I learned that it was due to dehydration from my medication, so I started drinking alot of Gatorade, which helped significantly as drinking lots of water didn't help much. I'm prone to migraines anyway, so when I started taking Adderall XR, I began drinking more Gatorade and water than felt normal. It's helped significantly.
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Re: Just started on adderall and getting bad headaches

I'm on 450 wellbutrin and recently started adderall. 1 month on 15mg per day didn't do much except made me feel sluggish. The doc increased the dose to 15mg twice a day and felt so tired and sleepy. 2 weeks in I started to get massive headaches. This happens at night which led me to think that it's due to coming off of adderall. Gonna try the hydration tip. fingers crossed. otherwise adderall seems to be the best med so far for my ADD.

Btw is seems that the combo (well+adderall) has decreased my cravings to smoke. Thumbs up on that.
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Re: Just started on adderall and getting bad headaches

I'm on 450 wellbutrin and recently started adderall. 1 month on 15mg per day didn't do much except made me feel sluggish. The doc increased the dose to 15mg twice a day and felt so tired and sleepy. 2 weeks in I started to get massive headaches. This happens at night which led me to think that it's due to coming off of adderall. Gonna try the hydration tip. fingers crossed. otherwise adderall seems to be the best med so far for my ADD.

Btw is seems that the combo (well+adderall) has decreased my cravings to smoke. Thumbs up on that.
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Re: Just started on adderall and getting bad headaches

I got headaches when I first started my adderall, and I still get them sometimes when my dosage is raised. They go away after a while. Make sure you're eating often enough and drinking plenty of water. Adderall tends to be cause decrease appetite but that doesn't mean your body needs any less food. The head aches should go away eventually, but if they don't I would recommend that you talk to your doctor to see what they say about it.
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Re: Just started on adderall and getting bad headaches

Not sure if this was already mentioned, but I'd say the headaches could likely be due to the increased blood pressure that adderall is notorious for when first starting the medication. For certain high blood pressure can cause headaches. Often when people up their dosage, like stated above, or when they first begin adderall they get a spike in blood pressure and a resulting headaches. Once your body acclimates to this the headaches typically subside. Whether or not this will be the case here, can't say, but just throwing it out there.
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Re: Just started on adderall and getting bad headaches

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I just started on 20mg of adderall xr a few days ago and have been taking 300 mg of wellbutrin for about 3 months now. When my dr. started me on adderall he also told me to start weening off of the wellbutrin to eventually stop taking it all together. I am now taking 150mg of wellbutrin and the adderall and have been getting really bad headaches, not all the time, but when I do it lasts a long time. Is anyone familiar with this? I'm guessing the headaches could be due to withdraw symptoms, but am also thinking it could be the adderall. has anyone else had bad headaches when starting on adderall? Also, the adderall doesnt seem to be doing much. Is 20mg xr considered a low or high dose? Thanks.

Get prescribed Oxycontin 10mg IR, take one when needed during Adderall crash until the headaches go away. If it's not strong enough, combine it with 500mg Tylenol and 20mg Nexium or famotidine.
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Re: Just started on adderall and getting bad headaches

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Get prescribed Oxycontin...
I could be wrong, but that may be easier said than done. I'm not sure on the likelihood that a physician will prescribe a narcotic pain med, especially one like Oxy, for such a scenario. They tend to not throw those scripts around very easily.
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Re: Just started on adderall and getting bad headaches

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I just started on 20mg of adderall xr a few days ago and have been taking 300 mg of wellbutrin for about 3 months now. When my dr. started me on adderall he also told me to start weening off of the wellbutrin to eventually stop taking it all together. I am now taking 150mg of wellbutrin and the adderall and have been getting really bad headaches, not all the time, but when I do it lasts a long time. Is anyone familiar with this? I'm guessing the headaches could be due to withdraw symptoms, but am also thinking it could be the adderall. has anyone else had bad headaches when starting on adderall? Also, the adderall doesnt seem to be doing much. Is 20mg xr considered a low or high dose? Thanks.

I had terrible headaches weaning off Wellbutrin, even very slowly, and I wasn't taking any other meds. I also got headaches when I recently started stims (while not on other meds), but those went away.
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