Hello, I have been on wellbutrin and strattera for about 4 years. Recently I have been dealing more with ADHD symptoms, or more like I have been less able to control my environment so my symptoms have become more apparent. I have been diagnosed with ADHD, depression (which I no longer have issues with thanks to wellbutrin) and Anxiety
(Which yoga and meditation
has helped and I rarely deal with). I tried to increase my strattera because I was hesitant about using adderal or ritlin; the dosage increase just made me sick to my stomach and I spent a week feeling like I had the flew.
When I was a child I was prescribed an SSRI which was a disaster and I became really apathetic and nearly non functioning. I was also prescribed xanax and adderal xr when I was a teenager. Xanax made me act like a zombie and I would forget days at a time, even with the lowest dose. However I was kind of forced to take it because my heart rate would get dangerously high out of the blue and I was always overwhelmed. However when I turned 18 I no longer took it.
For a period of time I was prescribed adderal xr 20mg as a teenager, however this resulted in severe weight loss and my ADHD symptoms would return within 3 hours. I didn't want to have to pop a pill every few hours so I discontinued it...and my life went down hill for a while both academically and emotionally.
Recently I stopped taking strattera but have continued to take my 100 mg of Wellbutrin 2 times a day. I have also attempted to add
on adderal once again because my memory, attention span, and day dreaming have gotten unmanageable. I have strong willpower so I do great in online classes and quiet environments but the second I am around others or have to listen to a lecture I am off in space.I also have a secretary job and have such a hard time listening and taking notes it is really embarrassing. I have been prescribed 10mg of adderal twice a day. Sense I have been taking this adderal I am sooooo tired and almost too calm in a way. I just want to fall asleep all the time or relax all day, which is SO NOT ME. I suppose that is good to a point but I can't handle this tiredness that occurs within 2 hours of taking the adderal.
My question is what should I do. Am I taking the wrong stimulant. Should I try something else? Should I increase my dose, or decrease my dose. I am not experiencing any weight loss issues or anxiety, which I was worried would happen, I am just tired all day, like my eyes are begging me to let them rest.
I should also mention that I think I am taking generic brand, so I don't know if that makes a difference.
For some additional info, My father has Bipolar
1 and is prescribed wellbutrin (which gives him anxiety he says...) and an anti seizure med (forgot what it was called.) I know bipolar is hereditary but I really don't think I am bi polar in any way, I've really tracked my tendencies and although I can get all over the place, I never feel euphoric or grandiose, I also have noticed my depression happens when I feel alienated because I have issues connecting to "peers". Verbal communication is really overwhelming for me.
I have just been accepted to UCSC and have a chance of getting into UCB and have been accepted to their mentorship program. I want to get this all figured out before I go off to school. If you could give me some advice I would be so grateful. I know the wellbutrin is working perfectly for me, but why in the world would adderal make me tired, the side effects listed all seem quite the opposite! Thank you for your time, and sorry for the improper grammar, I'm in the middle of a study session.