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Noca -Started a new Adderall Post
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Stacey373 - October 14

Hey Noca - I read in the other Adderall post that your doctor gave you more Adderall instead of what you actually wanted. (Thought I would start a new post to talk about this)

Why would your doctor give you this medication when you don't like taking it? Are you planning to go ahead and take it?

I really worry about you with this because you absolutely NEED some ADHD meds that will help you. I can't imagine you dealing with all the pain PLUS not being able to get the ADHD stuff under control.

Is it even possible for you to go back to see your doctor ASAP and get some different meds?

Stacey :o)


Noca - October 15

I started taking it yesterday. So far the results are good. It's what I expected, the first few months of Adderall XR aren't what I'm afraid of, it's the 6+ months that I know will be hell.

I currently supplement my Adderall XR 20mg dose with a 5mg Dexedrine IR dose. I plan on getting a lot of work and studying done today.

I will continue to use Adderall XR until I am caught up in my school work. And yes, ADD with pain and depression and anxiety is hell on earth. It makes school nearly impossible without the help of amphetamines(Adderall XR/Dexedrine).


Stacey373 - October 16

That's what I worry about...what are you going to do once you can't take the Adderall anymore? The doctor needs to give you something that isn't just a temporary fix.
I'm sure you have probably tried everything out there...but have you tried Concerta? My youngest daughter wasn't able to take Adderall, but she does just fine with Concerta. Once we got the dosage correct, it's helped her tremendously.

I just think that the ADD stuff can be taken care of, even if fibro and your other problems can't be. You shouldn't have to be dealing with the ADD on your own or with the wrong kind of meds, ya know?

I also wanted to point out one of the amazing things you are doing with your life. I'm sure with all the health problems you feel like a failure sometimes (I know I do alot of the time!) But you should be very proud of yourself for going to school. I don't think too many people understand how difficult it is to go to school with Fibro and everything else you have. It definitely takes a very strong and determined person to do what you are doing.

I had just started back to school when I was diagnosed, was only into my 2nd quarter. I had to quit because I just couldn't handle going to school 4 days a week, non-stop homework, plus still trying to take care of my family and household.

I'm actually planning to go back in January and I'm scared to death I won't be able to handle it all again. But I am also very proud of myself for just trying...not giving up...not letting my health stop me from doing some of the important things I want to do in my life.

anyways...I hope you can get the ADD stuff figured out. It's so important to get that under control. Let me know how you are doing and if you need to talk, I'm always here. Take Care of yourself, Stacey :o)


Noca - October 18

I've tried Concerta before at 36mg, and 54mg. It isnt as strong as Adderall XR or Dexedrine. I wish ADD were easier to treat but my case is complicated.

Every ADD med lowers my appetite and I have had a problem with my appetite for most of my life. ADD meds also screw with my mood.

Thanks for the compliments, I try my hardest and keep fighting. Tell me how your schooling goes :)

What do you plan on studying? Do you have ADHD as well?


Stacey373 - October 18

I wasn't sure if Adderall was stronger than Concerta...I did have a feeling that it was though. I haven't been diagnosed with ADHD, but when we were first having my kids take the "tests" they have for this, I took an adult ADHD test and I scored VERY HIGH on it. I definitely have ALL the symptoms, just haven't done anything about it yet. I've been dealing with the Fibro stuff and the ADHD has always been on the "back burner" I guess.

Originally we knew that my oldest daughter had ADHD and she had a severe behavioral problem so we were more concerned about getting her under control. Once the doctor started telling us about a milder form of ADHD symptoms....we knew our other 2 kids had this too. My son took meds for about 6 months and hated them so we took him off of them with the understanding that if his grades went down, he was going back on the meds. He's a Junior in high school now and he gets very good grades so we haven't had to worry about him.

My youngest daughter is now on Concerta and this is the FIRST year she has done well in school (she's in the 4th grade). From what I understand, ADHD can be hereditary...which makes alot of sense...I'm pretty sure I have it and my Mom has it too (although she refuses to accept that!)

I think I've learned how to deal with it without the meds. I'm sure the meds will help me a great deal...but I also think I have a mild form so it's easier to deal with. (or I've just dealt with all these years that it doesn't seem so bad!) I have thought that once I get insurance again, that I need to talk to my doctor about maybe trying a low dosage medication to help me deal with school.

I'm planning to get my Associate's degree in Business/Accounting. It's going to take me FOREVER because I'm only going to take 2 classes a quarter. But I figure that's better than doing nothing, right?!? Like I said before, I'm scared that I won't be able to even handle that and I don't want to disappoint everyone again (including myself). But I'm hoping now that I am dealing with the Fibro stuff a little better, I will be able to handle school this time.

So what are you going to school for? How many classes are you taking?


Noca - October 18

Stacey - I commend you for being an excellent parent! I like the method of dealing with your son's ADHD, by having him only on meds if his grades slip. I wish everyone took that stance on ADHD medication IMO.

I am currently studying general arts and taking 2 courses this semester, Social psychology, and Development psychology. It's as much as I can handle with all my illnesses. After this semester I get a 1 yr GA certificate and I will be off to University to study social sciences, majoring in psychology and minoring in pharmacy or pharmacology. I average from 88%-91% overall.

I already have a 2 year pharmacy technology diploma that I got a few years ago. I also tried to go into business management but I hated the course personally even though my marks were in the 95's.

My marks went from 60% average in high school untreated ADD to 90%+ in college when my ADD was treated. Thats how much of a difference ADD medication makes for me.


Stacey373 - October 19

That's Awesome! Sounds like you are doing really good in school. Another thing to be proud aren't just going to school, you're also getting fantastic grades! It's good to know that I'm not the only one who can only handle 2 classes at a time. Those classes sound like they are hard got your hands full with those!

Thank You for the compliment! There are times I think he should be on his meds, mostly because he's so dang moody and I noticed the meds made his temperament a little more stable. But we can deal with all of that...I'm more concerned about his grades.

My youngest daughter had alot of problems with the meds too. We tried many different kinds until she finally ended up on Concerta. Like I said, this is the first year she's done well in school, so obviously she NEEDS them! Thankfully the Concerta doesn't make her sick, otherwise I don't know what we would've done!

When I was going to school before, I had all straight A's. So that does give me a little more confidence to think I might be able to handle it again. I also think this time I will have a little more support from my husband. Before he didn't think school and homework were a big deal and I actually think everyone just placated me (Stacey's just going through a "phase", she'll get over it) But now that my husband has been in school for a year, I think he understands just how hard and demanding it can be. so this time I think we will be sharing the responsibilities of the kids and the house and what-not.

I'm actually pretty excited to get this all started. I wish I didn't have to wait until January to start....but I'm also happy that I can get through the holidays and not have to worry about homework. From now until the end of the year it's a very stressful time for me. I've got 2 of my kid's birthdays next month, 2 bazaars that I'm going to be selling at, plus I just bought my Mom a plane ticket so she will be here for 2 weeks during Christmas (she stresses me out ALOT! LOL) plus I've got all the holidays to deal with and trying to come up with the money from unemployment to pay for all of this is very stressful all by itself! I'm definitely gonna have to get creative with the gifts this year! LOL

Okay...I'm sure I'm boring you by rambling on and on...LOL....write me back...Stacey :o)


Noca - October 20

My doctor gave me more 30mg Addy XR than 20mg Addy XR. I find the 20mg to be MORE than enough. I don't know what I'll do with the 30's, prolly just dump some of the beads out to make them a lower dose :D

Do you happen to have MSN or AIM or anything that we could talk via? I am a much more interesting person when you get to know me and its hard to know me via a forum.


Stacey373 - October 20

Too weird! I've been trying to post on here and it won't let me...keeps taking me back to the log in page, but then the log-in stuff won't come up, it's just blank. Hopefully it will work this time! (keeping my fingers crossed! LOL)

I have AOL but my instant message thing doesn't work. I'm using my husband's old address right now and you can email me com. I'm also on Facebook so if you email me I can give you my FB name....if you want!

by the way...if I were you, I would open the 30mg capsule up and dump some of the meds out. Just make sure you have a 20mg so you can compare the amount and get it as close as possible. You can save the "extra." I used to have to do that with my daughter's pills because she wasn't able to swallow them. Plus the doctor would give me higher doses to save some money and then I only gave her half. (that was back when we were slowly upping her to 30mg)

Take Care and email when you get a chance, Stacey :o)


Noca - October 20

Stacey I added you. My MSN/email is keith45678 at hotmail dot com

Anyone from this board, feel free to add me. I'm always up to have new friends :)


axxie - October 21

Hey Noca and Stacey, I have a question, hoping you can help me. Everytime someone gives me instructions, I usually get them wrong, and then when I read instructions I understand them, but will do them my way which sometimes is ok, and other times it's disastrous.

It's like I read something and it gets all muddle up in my brain. Is this a sign of ADD.

Though you guys would know, I did read up on it, but never got tested, doctors usually laugh at me when I mention I might have it.


Noca - October 21

axxie - for a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, you need to have had symptoms before the age of 8 (according to the DSM-IV-TR). But maybe its your depression or fibro fog that is causing these symptoms that mimic ADD/ADHD.


Stacey373 - October 21

Hi Axxie - I've never heard that you had to have symptoms when you were a kid, but I'm sure Noca knows a heck of alot more about this than I do!

when I took the Adult ADD/ADHD test there were a ton of questions asking about my childhood and stuff I did when I was a teenager. so maybe that goes with what Noca said about having to have symptoms before the age of 8??? Looking back to when I was younger, I definitely showed signs that I have this in my school work and personal life.

It sounds to me like you are dealing with Fibro-fog. Or even the pain meds you are taking could be causing this? (I can't remember if you are taking any!)

Hope this helps, Stacey :o)



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