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Is it ok to take adderall as needed to get motivated and help get interested in life. I have been taking 10mg on days when I am going to an event where I need to have energy. Is it ok to do this until my antidepressant starts to work, or will it interfere with the effexor working properly?? if this makes sense.

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Is the Adderall prescribed? By the same doctor that's treating you for depression? In that case, it shouldn't be a problem (but you should clear it with him/her).

Adderall, while not usually taken "as needed," requires no titration and can generally be discontinued abruptly. You should have no problems - especially at only 10 mg.

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No they were prescribed by a different dr :embarassed: I am curious if the effexor regulation of serotonin and norephinephrine will be messed with by the adderall once the effexor starts working. Adderall is increasing my dopamine??

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Well... as long as it was prescribed... for you! But you should really make sure all your doctors know about all the meds you're taking - especially psychiatric drugs, but also any other meds. It really is in your best interest.

In any case... you're on low doses of both meds, so I don't really see one having that big of an impact on the other. I was on Cymbalta, Wellbutrin, and Adderall simultaneously for about a year. I've also been on Adderall and any number of SSRIs.

Adderall doesn't mess with serotonin and as far as I know, it shouldn't interfere with the regulation of it. Yes... Adderall increases your levels of dopamine (or does something with dopamine), but also norepinephrine. But I think in a different way that Effexor (or Cymbalta) does. Heck... I'm currently taking Adderall and Strattera simultaneously (Strattera does pure norephinephrine reuptake inhibition). My pdoc knows his stuff, too.

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