I have been diagnosed with ADHD. I want to start medication but both me and my wife are worried about any potential side effects and most importantly developing dependency on the drug.
I have read many comments in this bowl about Addrell, Concerta and other medications. Can you guys please give me honest advise me with your experience on taking the medication?

1. Is there a risk of developing dependency?
2. Do you shut down when you are not taking the medication?

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I have tried Adderall XR, Concerta, Focalin XR, Ritalin, and Strattera for my ADHD in the past. I actually liked the Strattera the best for me. I did not become dependent on any of the ADHD medications. After therapy, I am off all my medications with the help of my therapists and Drs and learning some coping and life skills to deal with my ADHD. I know that if I ever need my meds again I know where to go and that they are there for me if needed.

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How did you find this therapist??

The side effects of unmanaged ADHD dwarf any potential medical impact of these medications. Your marriage. Your personal life. Your job. Your moods. Take the meds - whatever your provider suggests. It’s worth it, whatever it is. You get your brain back. I’m dependent on my meds the same way a diabetic needs insulin. Don’t listen to the insane fear mongering ableist BS out there. You deserve to exist in the world in the way that’s best for you.

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I’m on Adderall XR and I’ve experienced loss of appetite and extreme irritability. The irritably is now gone after my doctor lowered my dosage. For me, the meds have been very helpful because they eased the severe anxiety fueled by my ADHD. Weird to think that people aren’t always in fight or flight mode…🥴

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Do you have a history of abusing substances? Alcohol, illegal drugs, etc. If not, you should be fine.

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I take adderall and I have no negative side effects. I also have not developed any sort of dependency. I can stop taking it anytime with no problems.

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Personally, Adderall and Concerta did not work for me. They gave me energy, but not necessarily focus, and also made me more irritable. I think everyone's experience is unique - just take it slow and start with the lowest dose you can.

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It's great that you're seeking advice about others' experiences. I tried taking a low dose of Adderall for a while and it helped me focus & feel much more productive and even "like myself" during the day, but when it wore off in the evening, I crashed. I was super irritable and anxious. My doctor had warned me that that could happen, but I expected the anxiety to manifest when I had the medication in my system, not when it was wearing off! I had a terrible month and didn't even make the connection. Then, I talked to a new doctor (mine just happened to leave the practice, so I started seeing her replacement), and she realized that I also had a lot of signs of depression. Hence, she switched me to a combination of Wellbutrin and Zoloft, which are technically for anxiety and depression. However, together they can help ADHD symptoms, and that combination has helped a lot of things that I was struggling with for a while!

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I have been taking Adderal regularly since college. I’m not addicted in the sense of having withdrawals but I am tired/lazy when I don’t take it. Sometimes I still sit there getting anxious about the things I have to do and then never do them when I take my medication. You will have the most success if you also use healthy coping mechanisms. The best results come from taking extra steps to stay organized/less forgetful.

I am on Adderal XR 20mg and have 10 mg instant releases for when I need it BUT I mostly needed it when I was in school full time and working. Now I just take my XR. My partner got tested and takes 10mg XR and he is much bigger than me. Find a doctor who will start you on the smallest dose possible. If you take too much it can really have negative effects.

It helps with my depression but you’re not supposed to say that to your doctor lol. I took the non stimulant kind to start off and noticed no change. You will get more anxious at times on it but if you practice good habits that will go away if you stay on task. I did have to teach myself how to eat again so just be aware. My suggestion is when you start off eat first and make yourself eat at normal times. You will adjust.

100% try the non stimulant medications first. If they work for you you will notice so if you’re questioning your results either kick up the dose or swap medications. Non stimulant forms take longer to notice. I believe my doctor said to give it a month. With Adderal you will notice the difference immediately. Be aware of your moods, eating will help with being snippy. You won’t be able to tell if you are hungry a lot of times and when your dose wears off you can tell because your stomach will grumble.

My productivity is night and day with Adderal and although I’m an afraid of long term events I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. The key to success with finding what works for you is to find a conservative doctor. It was annoying for me at times but I’m really shoot that I was told no when I wanted to be on a stronger dose.

Your life is about to change!

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Why are you not supposed to say it helps with your depression to your doctor?

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I take 50mg of Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine) daily and have been at this dose for the past year. I initially started on 20mg and moved up 10mg at a time every 3-6 months since my diagnosis a few years ago.

I would have a very forward conversation with your doctor about what you are hoping to get out of the medication. I knew that I wanted something that wasn't as up and down as Adderall so they suggested this as a "slower" release option. I have been instructed to take it daily and not skip weekends or anything along those lines.

Of course there are days I forgot to take it or otherwise do not have the opportunity and I find it's almost as if my ADHD goes into hyperdrive on those days compared to before the medication.

As for other side effects I will mirror what others have said about appetite suppression. I have also recently been experiencing more frequent occurrences of disassociation but I can't say if it is due to the medication because I have experienced this for many years prior.

Depending on your experience I have found my tolerance for cannabis has been changed. I find it no longer provides me with the "benefit" I previously had. I had my medical marijuana card for years to help with insomnia and some long term pain. I had noticed over the years that I was able to think and focus more if I had consumed cannabis but after starting medication it no longer provides that benefit. It almost has the opposite effect on me now where I am unable to focus or pay attention if consumed.

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I take strattera (non stimulant) and Focalin (stimulant). Strattera is the most useful for me and I suppose you could say I’m dependent on it? I didn’t realize how bad I was functioning until I started taking it, so to keep it up I need it. Focalin is really just there to get me to do things. I could take it or leave it but it helps

Would venture to say that any of these could be addictive if taken improperly / at too high a dose. That said I quit pretty cold turkey as a teen after deciding I didn’t want to take it anymore.

One of the side effects I remember was loss of appetite, nothing else comes to mind! ( was on adderall and then concerta and probably Ritalin at some point… )

To add - I decided at one point I just didn’t want to take it anymore and learned other strategies for dealing with ADD. The only other point in my life where I felt like I really needed it was in test taking situations with high stress (Ie. GMAT)

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Adderrall works exactly how it is meant to for me. Relief of ADHD symptoms with minimal side effects, slightly lower appetite and slightly higher blood pressure relative to no meds. I don’t seem notice any withdrawal symptoms if I am off my meds for several days although on a high dosage. It’s probably person to person and there is always a cost benefit for any medical intervention.

I was on Strattera for some time, but didn’t love how it made me feel and struggled to see the benefits. Recently have switched to Vyvanse and am much happier so far.

I started Concerta (firs time medicating) 6 months ago at age 26 and was afraid as well.

Besides a first few weeks of weird side effects, I feel myself but more focussed. I don't feel high or sleepy or weird like so many are worried about. I skip meds once every few weeks and while I notice the difference it doesn't feel like a crash, it feels like my normal ADHD brain however now that I know what normal feels like it's slightly less comfortable

I’ve been on adderall for 2 years, but I only take it M-F. It definitely helps me stay on task but it also suppresses my appetite, not a concern for me but it may be an issue for those struggling with body image.

On the weekends, I can be a little lazier but I’ll take a much lower dosage (5-10mg). If I go a day without it, I’ll eat everything in site- this could also be a self control issue but I’m okay with it.

What did you find out?

Check out the reviews for non-stimulants and you’ll know for yourself. To me, coffee is a lot worse than any of these medications.

If you feel too stimulated, or are worried about addiction, just take one day off a week. Im not an addict, so cant say it’ll work

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