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I was on Concerta 36mg and it was helping but my jaw was so tense I couldn't stand it and I started getting really irritable, shaky and anxious so I had to stop. I was only taking Effexor 300 for about 6 months but my short-term memory was getting really bad, I could think but I couldn't express what I wanted to say and I was having trouble with word finding.  My daughter kept telling me I had Alzheimers.  I've been taking Dexedrine ER spansules for almost two weeks now and I'm feeling more like the old me :).  I've been able to communicate my thoughts and I've noticed I'm not nearly as anxious and irritable.  I actually feel a bit mellow which is really nice.  My jaw is a bit tense and I've noticed a bit of peak and valley during the day which is probably the extended release of the med.  It sure is nice to come out of the fog - I hope it lasts.  Just 3 weeks ago I was ready to pull the covers over my head and stay there permanently.  I see the pdoc in 3 weeks to assess.  I'm hoping to be able to get back to my courses as learning was impossible before.  Sorry for the rambling but its been so long since I could actually convert thoughts to words.  I thought I would share my experience; I've learned so much from reading other peoples' posts.

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-How many milligrams of dexedrine are in the spansules that you are taking? (5mg, 10mg, 15mg)

-Also, a good tip for the jaw clenching would be to, throughout the day, take a "jaw break" in which you stop what you are doing and open, flex, and stretch your jaw. A small jaw massage done by yourself would also accompany this nicely as well as staying hydrated. This was and still is (slightly) a problem with me caused by taking vyvanse and adderall. Recently, every hour, or upon completion of a "task", I will take a 90 second break to do exactly what I just said and its been working pretty well. I havent had the end of day "mute-jaw" where it hurts to even talk, so I'll mark that down as a success.

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One thing to note about those spansules are the varied generic brands.  The corepharma reminds me a little of the brand but their sister company bought the brand name so since the insides of them look the same, chances are they used the same thing and just put different outer capsules on them for the generic because it is the "branded generic" and they make the brand too.  Mallinckrodt is also a really good brand and if you were given either of those two and you end up with the 3rd, Barr, you may notice a difference.


I live in VT and there is an opiate epidemic and I just went back on the Dexedrine Spansules because they capped the tablet rxs for 120 a month and I needed 180-240 depending on the brand and they only cover in 5 mg and 10 mg in my insurance although there is a new brand called Zenzedi now that goes from 2.5 mg to 30 mg tablets.  I take 60 mg per day and I usually get the Barr brand but wouldn't need as much with the other two.  The timing and everything seems odd with that one.  I also have bipolar I disorder so I take Lamictal with it.  If it helps, nice but if you get a different looking capsule and it seems weaker or wears off at a different time, then just ask to adjust it based on that.  There are numerous sites and pages where people are complaining about the differences in that generic but if that is the one you have, you are golden.  The inactive ingredients in them are different and people's bodies metabolize certain things different and that is the issue with that.


So, glad it works good for you but I wanted to give you the "generic" difference note in case you get a different brand because your body could burn through or be sensitive to the different ingredients of the time release mechanism.

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I'm currently on 15mg and I'm not even sure of of the brand but they say SB on them.  They don't seem to be working as well as when I first posted but still better than without.  I see the Pdoc this Wednesday to sort me out.  I'm not feeling overly optimistic but you never know; he may have some good suggestions.

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