I don’t often write about ADD medications because 1. I don’t take them myself, and 2. I’m not a doctor or health professional. However, I recently had the chance to spend a few days with someone who is currently taking Adderall and I wanted to share my observations.
I am choosing not to reveal the identity of this person. I can tell you that it is someone I know very well who has ADHD and that she is a female in her mid twenties. Let’s call her Madison.
Madison has taken a number of different medications for her ADHD over the years, including Vyvanse. She actually had a very good experience with Vyvanse, but had to switch to Adderall because of her insurance.
Madison began taking Adderall four months ago. She lost 15 pounds the first month – weight she didn’t need to lose. Although it has slowed, her weight loss has continued since then.
Madison eats mostly because she thinks she should, not because she is hungry.
She gets very little sleep, even though she takes her medication early in the day.
Although she is often tired, she still finds that she gets a great deal done. Soon after she takes her Adderall, she gets a huge burst of energy to the point where she feels the need to move and remain active. She also finds that she talks a great deal during this time and feels jittery.
Sometime in the afternoon, there is an abrupt change in how she feels, as though someone has thrown a switch. She becomes tired and sleepy, although she cannot sleep if she tries.
Although she is pleased with the things that she accomplishes, Madison is not happy with the way that she feels. Many of these side effects were not present when she was taking Vyvanse, and when Vyvanse wore off, it was a gentle transition.
I wanted to share my observations with you in regards to Adderall, just for informational purposes. You may take Adderall and do very well with it. If so, you may want to share your experiences with us. Personally I was suprised at how long the side effects of Adderall had lasted with Madison.
Because I am known for my natural approach to treating my ADHD, people assume that I am against medication. That is not true; if it works for you, I’m all for it. My stance on medication is education. I share what I know with you and let you make your own decision.
I hope this article has helped.