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benzos for ADHD stimulant jitters?

Posted by tmax on May 15, 2002, at 11:51:06

does anybody use valium or other benzos to relieve anxiety/jitters from adderall or other ADHD stimulants?
I love the energy and focus (and appetite suppression) of the adderall xr 30 mg but it tends to make me mildly paranoid and angst-ridden. Any suggestions or successful experiences would be greatly appreciated

 

Re: benzos for ADHD stimulant jitters? tmax

Posted by IsoM on May 16, 2002, at 3:15:13

In reply to benzos for ADHD stimulant jitters?, posted by tmax on May 15, 2002, at 11:51:06

I don't get angst-ridden like you but when I was using Dexedrine (before my adrafinil) I would find that while Dexedrine helped my focus & kept me alert & awake, it would sometimes make me a little too jittery (I'm ADHD) & the combo of stim with BZD felt the best for me - calm & alert/focused. They didn't serve to cancel each other out but complimented each instead.

 

Re: benzos for ADHD stimulant jitters? tmax

Posted by manowar on May 17, 2002, at 17:09:46

In reply to benzos for ADHD stimulant jitters?, posted by tmax on May 15, 2002, at 11:51:06

> does anybody use valium or other benzos to relieve anxiety/jitters from adderall or other ADHD stimulants?
> I love the energy and focus (and appetite suppression) of the adderall xr 30 mg but it tends to make me mildly paranoid and angst-ridden. Any suggestions or successful experiences would be greatly appreciated

Hi,
I used to take Adderall XR, and yes, I did at first like the anorexic effect of the drug. And yes, it was great for concentration.

But here's the bad news: The anorexic effect made me extremely apathetic about eating. I hated to eat. It was like a chore, and I completely lost all pleasure in eating meals. I would starve myself, and once in a while binge on junk food--not good.

I also felt on edge, and even though it did help me think and concentrate. I felt a sense of angst. It seemed to exacerbate my depression in the long haul.

I do very well on the Methylphenidate (Ritalin) type of stims. I presently take 72 mg of Concerta in the morning and 10 mg of Focalin in the late afternoon, and I get the same benefits of increased focus, and concentration, without the feeling of angst. It seems to partially help lift my spirits.

Getting the right dosage is critical. It is something my doctor told me to experiment with (with extreme caution). 72 mg of Concerta is perfect for me. Less, and I don't get anywhere near the benefit. More, and I feel some of the sense of angst that I felt when I took the Adderall or Dexedrine.

But for your question about benzos, let me say this: My drug of choice is Klonipin. Klonipin doesn't make me feel high at all, it just does a damn good job at taking the edge off the stims.

I don't like taking Valium or Xanax because:
A) It makes me feel too good; which is sort of like a happy beer buzz, without the hangover.
2) It seems to kill some of the good effects of the stims.

Good luck,
Tim

 

Re: benzos for ADHD stimulant jitters? tmax

Posted by Zo on May 18, 2002, at 4:38:33

In reply to benzos for ADHD stimulant jitters?, posted by tmax on May 15, 2002, at 11:51:06


My experience is that Adderall is *much* more edgy than Dex. .

Zo

 

Re: benzos for ADHD stimulant jitters? IsoM

Posted by paxvox on May 18, 2002, at 20:25:03

In reply to Re: benzos for ADHD stimulant jitters? tmax, posted by IsoM on May 16, 2002, at 3:15:13

Don't let Phil respond to this post!

 

Huh? (nm) paxvox

Posted by IsoM on May 18, 2002, at 21:04:10

In reply to Re: benzos for ADHD stimulant jitters? IsoM, posted by paxvox on May 18, 2002, at 20:25:03

 

Re: Huh? IsoM

Posted by paxvox on May 21, 2002, at 20:13:17

In reply to Huh? (nm) paxvox, posted by IsoM on May 18, 2002, at 21:04:10

That was a mistake. I meant Lou Pidler, a benzo-nazi.

 

Okay - understand (nm) paxvox

Posted by IsoM on May 22, 2002, at 0:13:50

In reply to Re: Huh? IsoM, posted by paxvox on May 21, 2002, at 20:13:17

 

Re: please be civil paxvox

Posted by Dr. Bob on May 22, 2002, at 7:33:59

In reply to Re: Huh? IsoM, posted by paxvox on May 21, 2002, at 20:13:17

> I meant Lou Pidler, a benzo-nazi.

Please don't post anything that others could take as accusatory.

Bob

PS: Follow-ups regarding posting policies, or complaints about posts, should be redirected to Psycho-Babble Administration, thanks.

 

Re: please be civil

Posted by paxvox on May 22, 2002, at 20:29:38

In reply to Re: please be civil paxvox, posted by Dr. Bob on May 22, 2002, at 7:33:59

my bad


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