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  1. I'm struggling to adjust my Ritalin dosage. It really helps with cognition/focus (and even mood balance), pdoc recently increased my dose. I take 30mg (LA) morning, and now 10mg (LA) in late afternoon. I'm OK on morning dose until about 2pm after I eat lunch...then energy really tapers off, I start to get more distracted, then I take afternoon dose by 4pm. The afternoon dose makes me immediately sleepy. This effect seems really paradoxical! Is there something I can do to reduce this? Caffeine?? IR form only lasts like 2 hours & I crash, so I want to avoid that. Where I live, its toug
  2. Heyup, I'm taking Vyvanse for my 20+ year treatment-resistant depression and it's working better than anything I've ever tried (the bad news is that the last 3-4 days it's losing its potency and/or taking longer to kick in, but that's another story). I am asking about its variable effectiveness since I also found it to vary even when it was still potent. E.g. Monday my mood would be 6/10 depression (10/10 is best mood) then Tues 4/10 then Weds 7/10. Anyone know why this variability happens? Anyone got any tips? FTR I'm on 150mg Brand Lamictal, Abilify 5mg, 15mg Percocet (
  3. Please note that I am under the care of a psychiatrist already- it just seems that he is unable to assist with the issues I am experiencing with my medications. I also apologize in advance for the length of this- I know that those with ADD/ADHD have a hard time focusing on paragraphs of information sometimes. I feel like I am a slave to Adderall. I was on Adderall XR 15mg twice a day in January along with Adderall IR 15mg also twice a day (60mg total Adderall). I was having difficulty with the Adderall XR- it would seem to work for about an hour and a half and then cause me to cra
  4. How likely is it that I'll be prescribed vyvanse if i have used drugs (not stims) previously I'll probably be put on something for either ADHD or just adhd symptoms, probably will get a dx but pdoc might just treat symptoms, i hope I get the dx though, not in a 'I want to have adhd' way, cause i dont think anyone wants that, just because it would explain a lot and be a relief to have a diagnosis, anyway what stimulants would it be likely for me to try with my history? my parents would be giving it to me by the week btw, and if needed they could just give me each days dose in the morning,
  5. What medications have you found that have worked for binge eating disorder or bulimia? Topamax kinda helps, but I hate the side effects (depression, hair loss, slowed thinking, tiredness, etc....) and was wondering if anybody else had success with any other medications. Or if you've found ways to deal with the cognitive side effects of topamax? Thank you.
  6. Short story - MDD d/x'd 3 years ago with EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified - i.e. I restrict, but I'm not thin, I used to purge, but not too much). I also self-harm and have situational anxiety and chronic insomnia. Current meds: 50 mg Pristiq, 450 mg Wellbutrin XR, 2 mg Klonopin (1 at 5:30p, 1 at 8:30p, occasionally 1 as needed), and 10mg Ambien. I've been on the klonopin/ambien combo for a long time and it works pretty well for my sleep. I've been through most of the SSRIs with limited success or horrible side effects, only to find out via a recent GeneSight test that I don't ha
  7. i just took my first dose of 70mgs and i had such bad nausea that i had to take a gravol to get through it. now i feel dopey and slow. i haven't suffered from noticeable nausea so far during dose titration before moving up to 70mgs. this is terrible. if you had nausea on vyvanse, how long did this side effect last for you?
  8. Today is my first day on Vyvanse in a while and I am feeling quite irritable. I've taken Vyvanse in the past before but have not been on it long enough to know if the side effects end up going away at some point. Does anyone have any experience with this to know if this disappears?
  9. Ok where to start... hate this... ok I'm 21 and I'll tell a brief of my story. I had a great infancy lets say before 9 years blahblahbla but at some point I started to get more and more introverted and "fragile". Later got bullied in school. My adolescence was conflicting. at 18 i started to use LSD, it was fantastic and so I realized that I needed help for my depression. ok. Soon I started to do cocaine and soon alot of coke and u know- rehab bolocks. in the meantime got various "suicidal" attempts (but never intended to kill myself, just self-harm or so). OK thats a just little of my life an
  10. Hello all, I'm adhd boy, I was diagnosed a few days ago! I'm so happy to have a word to describe the ill feelings I've felt about being different or handicapped in some way. I really want to open the floor to anyone who has tips for me and others in the forum about HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MEDICATION. Without upping my dosage prescribed I'd like to get the most out of my 30mg of vyvanse. This may be in articles, however, I respond much better to people who have lived the adhd life and tried coping skills rather than results of an experiment. What tasks are less stressful you with treatment
  11. Though I came up surrounded by close family members who struggled with various mental illnesses, I wouldn't say I had an especially traumatic or even a really remarkable childhood, apart from the sporadic, sometimes episodic fireworks Crazy can bring. On the whole I had a pretty typical middle class upbringing, for which I am grateful. My older sister served as my introduction to the mysteries and miseries of mental illness. She suffered from Bipolar Disorder, and it was clear my parents despaired at her condition. There was much acting out, at least one suicide attempt that I am aware of, mu
  12. Hey guys, So a few quick questions: 1) When coming down from your dose of Vyvanse taken for the day, how long do you guys find the crash to last you? 2) How long do withdrawal symptoms last when you stop taking it? (I usually only take it about 1-3 times a week for the past few months now for school). Will I even any experience any sort of withdrawal seeing as I don't take it every day? What kind of symptoms/feelings should I expect if I do withdrawal? My current dosage is 60mg, occasionally 90mg when tolerance builds up. Going to stop taking it for a few months as of today.
  13. Hey guys, So a few quick questions: 1) When coming down from your dose of Vyvanse taken for the day, how long do you guys find the crash to last you? 2) How long do withdrawal symptoms last when you stop taking it? (I usually only take it about 1-3 times a week for the past few months now for school). Will I even any experience any sort of withdrawal seeing as I don't take it every day? What kind of symptoms/feelings should I expect if I do withdrawal? My current dosage is 60mg, occasionally 90mg when tolerance builds up. Going to stop taking it for a few months as of today.
  14. I just about 3 days ago started taking 70 mg Vyvanse after being on IR Adderall for quite some time, ending at 30mg IR twice a day (8am and noon) Since switching off of Adderall Ive noticed my moods have been drastically different. I feel fine in the morning all day up until about 3pm Ive noticed. Im not sure if this is situational stuff or not, but things throughout my day that upset me or stress me out trigger a much bolder response (ie: being frustrated with someone/I react in strong anger) where as on the Adderall I found it easier to think before reacting. Anybody else have experience
  15. I take Adderall for my ADD. Used to take Vyvanse. I thought Vyvanse made it harder to eat than Adderall does so I discontinued it and went back to Adderall but they both make it so hard to eat. I know the most common side effect is appetite loss but I am still hungry. Being hungry but having no appetite is the worse feeling. I know I need to eat and i make myself do it but it is unenjoyable and I don't feel better afterwards. Sometimes I even feel worse. Is there any advice anyone has? Like what kinds of foods are easiest to eat on stimulants and easiest on the stomach? Thanksss
  16. Ok, I called my pdoc's office to refill my vyvanse. They have a policy that I have to call it in 5 days early, so I did. Well, I had both bottles in my room. The old one with a few pills left and the new one. I go to a day program and I have to leave early in the morning, so, I am still kind of dazed from my seroquel the previous night. So, in the morning, I don't think about things, I just do them. I am starting to wonder if I brought my whole bottle, the new one, to my day program and I guess I could have dropped it there. Or worse, what if someone stole it?????!! I have looked lit
  17. Am I on the right meds? I have bipolar/ADD, I have been to three psychiatrist and they don't actually give me a specific diagnosis. I tried antipsychotic medications didn't work. I tried Lamictal, it made me very flat, antisocial, monotone and caused bad acne. Seroquel and Saphris were both horror meds and basically f***ed me up. The only thing that worked was Adderall, so we eventually removed all the other medications (my doctors unaware and unsympathetic of all the withdrawal symptoms that occurred to which they didn't understand) After a while on the Adderall XR and dose changes fr
  18. I current take Zoloft for depression and anxiety, lamictal for mood stabilizer- anger-, and topiramate for seizures and migraines. The way I am now I can't complete work what so ever or drive, to the point I've crashed into a ditch. I have friends that sell theirs and was considering getting a low dose to see if it'd make distance. Researching interactions has been very vague, does anyone know?
  19. Addarall XR and Vyvanse seem to kick in the same way. One moment I'm mentally dragging, then there's a *click* and I feel something wake up in my brain. It's also when I'm able to get myself out of bed when it isn't so easy, happens maybe 30-45 minutes after I take it. I wonder if that's "normal". I don't think it's what happens when the amphetamine salts kick in. I've been taking 60 mg Vyvanse but was prescribed two 15 mg Adderall XR AM. I think I was prescribed one more that I'd take in the afternoon, or I'd take 1/2 of the capsule (I'd open it, pour out 1/2 of the little pellets, d
  20. Hi there! I'm a new member here as I feel this is the best place to seek our peer reviews on my medical status. For starters, I'll give a little background info: I'm a 22 yr old Medical Biology student about to apply to OSU's DO school and BEYOND excited about it. There are, however, a few obstacles to overcome. Growing up, I saw a therapist for unrelated issues that led to an IQ test in 5th grade trying to explain my failing grades through public school. What was found was an above average IQ that was bored with the monotony of the class room. As of 8th grade, I was moved to a tiny privat
  21. I was looking up some stuff for my lorazepam and I came across a board on here. Really a cool place. I don't really do big introductions. I'm Kathryn, 23, mom, hair stylist. I live with severe ADD and anxiety and BP. I guess my main concern that I've been struggling with, the past couple years since I've had my twins especially, is realizing that I am 23 years old and that I will be taking these medications for.....80 more years? I am chemically dependent 110%, and the meds DO work, but i guess I just feel trapped by them? For example: I take 70mg Vyvanse, 100mg Lamictal, 1mg Lorazepa
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