I am a 27 yo female, and have been taking adderall on and off for about 6 years. My dosage is currently 25mg daily. I do have ADD, and I get it from my doctor. I would ask him this, and I have, but it seems like they want to push you to keep taking drugs.
I want to stop taking adderall. I want to be free of all drugs, and just be me. It helps me a lot with school and all (I am currently getting my masters degree) but I just dont want it anymore. I feel like my skin isnt looking as good, and I feel thirsty (even though I drink like 4 liters of water a day) and I just feel dependent.
My problem is that I am DEATHLY afraid of gaining weight. I was always a fat kid and a fat teen, and lost a lot of weight before starting adderall, but obviously adderall helped me lose more and I am so happy with my weight now. I am healthy, excercise, and eat well. Its just that if I even go a couple days without adderall i feel fat. Im traumatized when it comes to weight.
What can I do?? Is there is a substitute I can take for a while? Or should I just ween off of it?? What is the best way NOT to gain weight?? THANK YOU!!!
My advice, (I have ADHD and I am 30)
DO NOT stop taking this drug. If you
truly need it, then it is not "c**p".
If you feel like you must, then please
wait until after you get your degree.
You will regret it if you stop taking it
now. I tried that and I ended up getting
a promotion in my job. Adderall has set my
life straight. Some people think that this is
an excuse, but ADD is as real as the nose in
front of our faces. PLEASE don't stop taking it.
If you feel like you need to, then at least try
lowering your dosage. I am certain you'll find
that it wasn't what you had initially anticipated.
Good luck with college!!!
That said, I really don't recommend quitting. Take a break or cut back for sure, but remember that it helps with all kinds of things, from advancing in your career, to managing personal projects, to driving safely (fun fact: ADHD is associated with 4x higher risk of car accidents and traffic violations).
The benefits are so subtle that they can be hard to see. Do you really notice if you forget where you put your keys 20% more often, or procrastinate 15% longer? Probably not. But these things add up and they can really mess up your life.
My ADHD was diagnosed when I was 16 but it was obvious I had problems way before that. I thought taking drugs for my ADHD, or even getting extra time on tests, was "cheating" for a long time and it made me feel guilty. I didn't see my symptoms in vivo though they were obvious from my grades, and I was smarter than a lot of my classmates, so I thought it kind of balanced out.
I didn't take anything through most of HS and all of undergrad... and now I feel like an id**t for handicapping myself like that. It didn't need to be that hard.
The main reason why i stopped taking adderall is this, two months ago, sitting in english class(we were reading paragraphs and i dont like reading outloud, i got really nervous) my heart started pounding really hard i could feel everywhere where blood pressure points are. and hear it. this really freaked me out. i thought i was about to have a heart attack or stroke.Since then my blood pressure has gone down and i finally feel like my old self again.l see a difference, and others around me do too. I WILL NEVER take adderall ever again. yeah i've gained 7 pounds but who cares no more dry mouth! I'm not going to depend on a drug that causes serious health problems
I also relate to the post before mine...I have mood swings. I lash out at the people who care most about me. I shut myself in and shun regular social interaction. I had reading and speaking aloud b/c of my dry mouth --- even when I'm not anxious about speaking, it sounds like I am b/c I am constantly clearing my throat. My voice would break up so much that people often thought I was about to cry (when I was absolutely fine). It's hard for to focus on what I'm saying b/c I am too busy thinking about how I sound.
I lost a 5 year relationship b/c of my overall change in attitude. I was miserable to be around - period.
I'm a bit concerned by the people on this board who suggest that you should not quit this drug. The mere fact that you thought about quitting leads me to believe it would probably be a good decision. If you quit - at least for a while - you'll be able to know firsthand if you need the drug or not.
Like so many of you mentioned, I too dread the thought of weight gain. I suffered eating disorders all throughout high school/college and I still struggle. Adderall managed my food for me - my food intake was low and in turn, I stopped purging, etc. I lost some weight, but I also lost desire to workout. I'm not fat, but as a former athelete, I can assure you I am out of shape!!
I've been off the medication for a little over a week and I feel so much more clear-headed. Instead of worrying about gaining weight, I am focusing my energy on getting back into shape. I hadn't worked out in a year and this past week, I've worked out 5 days (eek I'm sore...but it feels good). The zest for life is coming back - slowly of course...but it's coming back. I am even thinking about taking rock climbing lessons. In short, I am starting to feel more like a human and less like a drone.
Take my experience for what you will...everyone is different. I'm hoping I'll stay away from adderall, but I can't make any promises...it's a very alluring drug.
Although I agree that the adderall may be doing damage to the body, I think if you are able to find a way for the adderall to socially work for you (like I did with the St. John's wort) then it would be more beneficial for you in the long run to continue using it.. You may tack off a couple years at the end of your life, but by taking it, your overall life will be of better quality.
I am no longer in college and therefore I am unable to get my perscription for Adderall and I am miserable!!! Try living with the SAMe stresses but without your blinders and THAT, my friend, is HELL!!!!
Maybe try cutting your dosage down but I would never recomend quitting...for people like us, we just need a little "something" LEGAL to help us get through a day NORMALLY!!!!
Anyhoo...it is reassuring to know that there are so many like-minded individuals out there. Like one of the more recent posters stated, I, too, have been described as being bubbly, slightly goofy, intelligent, fun - unfortunately those qualities seem to disappear when I'm on adderall simply because I become less social. After recently coming off the medication, everyone from my mother to my friends have commented on my seemingly increased levels of happiness. I've been going out a lot more with friends. I've even met several new friends and have gone on - gasp - dates. Ha-ha! I've been working out 5-6 days/week and started rock-climbing. I also signed up for an Outward Bound trip scheduled several months away - that will help motivate me to stay in shape. Again, I post these "workout" comments simply because I hardly ever exercised on adderall- now I seem to have more natural energy (which is a whole lot different than stimulant energy).
With all that said, I'm still struggling with concentration and despite my workout regime, I have gained several pounds. The weight gain and my somewhat inability to focus has tempted me to ring my doctor, but I’m going to hold off for a while, since my general mental health is in such a good place in comparison to where it had been.
I could definitely use some support in my journey – whether I stay off adderall or choose to go back on it – so if anyone wants to exchange emails, etc…please feel free to send me a message. Like I said in my previous post, I’m definitely not a doctor, so while my decision to go off my meds may be the right (or wrong) one for me, it may not be the right decision for someone else.