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Re: adderall or dexedrine for adult adhd?

Posted by katalina on April 25, 2004, at 19:49:07

In reply to adderall or dexedrine for adult adhd?, posted by benn dover on April 24, 2004, at 14:56:10

> I'm 31 years old and have been taking 40mg of ir adderall for about 1 year. The last dose of20mg is taken at noon. I still have some trouble getting to sleep. I also sweat more than when I wasn't on the adderall. Would dexedrine be more manageable because of the shorter duration and lack of the levo isomer that's in the adderall? Would my doctor have a problem changing medication? Also, are the dosages of adderall and dexedrine the same? Thanks

Hi there - I just went through this a few months ago. I'm 33 and have taken Adderall XR for over 2 years at a current dose of 30 mg (a.m.) and 20 (noon). I also take klonopin (1.5 per day) which kind of helps with the se's of the adderall (the higher blood pressure, insomnia and sweating, being hot all the time). A couple of months ago, I wanted to try Dexedrine instead and my neurologist said taking 50 mgs. of Adderall XR would be about the equivalent of 40 mgs of Dexedrine (4 tablets in a.m. and 4 at noon). Of course I felt ridiculous walking out of the pharmacy with 320 tablets of Dexedrine for 30 days, but that's another story.

The Dexedrine was not stimulating like the Adderall, and while I got rid of some of the bad effects (the yawning and heart racing at times) I also didn't have that "zing" that Adderall gave me in the morning 30 minutes after taking it. The energy wasn't there, but the sharpness was. So, anyway I went back to the Adderall and am feeling less and less from it. I usually only take 30 mgs in the morning even though I am prescribed 20 mgs more. I don't want to become tolerant to it, even though I have to some extent. I don't feel nearly as good as I used to, and although I expected it to fade out on me eventually, it still bites, knowing what it was like to feel good and feel positive most of the time. Of course I skip my Adderall occasionally on weekends to see if I can "restart", but although I definitely notice I feel worse not taking any at all, it doesn't come back with that newness. Aaaah, well, I can't say I didn't see it coming, but one can hope . . .

ANYWAY, the Dexedrine may be enough for you, especially if you don't need the physical boost from Adderall (I have two preschoolers who I'm home with all day and would want to sleep until noon if I could every day w/o adderall). If you just need the mental alertness, Dexedrine could be the med for you.

Good luck! Katie




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