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You are an impressive young person: you know yourself well and you're not looking for quick and easy answers. You're working to make things work for you. That's very inspiring. I mean it.
the indications are to lower the Adderall dosage.
You're right about Adderall being a stimulant and so for most people, it would have the opposite effect from what you're experiencing.
In fact this is why it is one of the more abused drugs in college: people use it as an upper and combine it with alcohol to mediate the effect of the Adderall. A dangerous thing sometimes.
But for people with ADHD, stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin have the opposite effect: they can make them drowsy. That is one way we can tell the person actually has ADHD!
So, you're taking 10 mg 2/day. Can you decrease that to 5 mg?
You haven't replied, do you need more time?
Hello. I tried that, I started off with 5mg twice a day...not much better to be honest.
My psych wanted me to try 10mg 2X a day but I asked for 5mg just incase. So he gave me enough to increase to 4 5mg pills per day.
You might eventually go to that much once your body adjusts.
But right now, your body is not used to it, so going down to the 5 mg 2/day to start would be more advantageous. Then talk to your doctor about how to monitor and titrate up if it's decided you should do that, okay?
So this drowsiness could be temporary?
Yes. It is a common side effect of starting Adderall if you truly have ADHD. But still, there is no reason you HAVE to start with 10 mg. You can start with 5 as well.
If this side effect doesn't improve within the next few weeks would you suggest looking at a different medication? My psychiatrist is nearly impossible to reach and I have to make appointments 2 months out! However he said if I feel this isn't working well for me I could try vyvance or concerta. If this was happening to me with adderal and did not improve even with a reduction in dosage would it likely occur with similar medications as well?
I hope this has been reassuring. Talk to your doctor this week and advise him/her that you went to 5 mg and discuss when you might up the dosage. Your idea of Vyvanse or Concerta should also be part of the discussion. You can do this by phone with the doctor.
I know that they are very busy and don't see patients often, but if you leave messages back and forth, it can work.
Okay, I wish you the very best!
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okay thank you so much! I am very relieved this could be temporary.