Drug Ratings for ADDERALL 10

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 5  Attention and Focus Wicked difficulty urinating. I sometimes stand over the toilet for 5 to ten minutes, trying to relax the ureter sphincter. I guess I might as well just sit down. After prolonged use, I found myself flaking out and losing things I would never had otherwise lost. Moderation, moderation, moderation... Worked wonders for sex. As a transgendered MTF, sexual excitement can cause that female form to be compromised... Not with this stuff... That worthless member just shrinks right on up and hides like a flatworm under a super skinny thong. A good drug that brings out the female energy in me. F 30 6 months
 5  ADHD The Good-Great Focus, More Energy, Euphoric, Loss of Appetite, More Social, 120/80 BP, Less Anxious, Calmer, Easier to get along with.....The Bad-Dry Mouth, Insomnia, The Crash, Giving up Caffeine. I have been back on Adderall the past 2 months after taking a 9 year break. Yes, there can be some bad.....but there is much good with this medicine for me. I think I have been lucky. I have very few bad things to say about it. My blood pressure went from 150/100 to 120/80 on it. I was having sever panic attacks....now that Adderall helps get rid of the panic attacks....I am much happier. I now can complete a task from start to finish without starting 5 more in the process and then getting nothing completed. I love Adderall, and it helps me!! In closing....if you are reading this and deciding whether to take your Medicine. Just reminder everyone's experience is different. And there are many different dosages you can try....talking to your Doctor and getting it right is the first step. We have changed my dosage 2 times already!!! GOOD LUCK....:) F 34 2 months

 5  ADD GOOD: Straight A's, amazing ability to retain a lot of information studied in a short amount of time, brilliant thoughts & creativity, dramatic weight loss (went from 175 to 120 lbs in less than 11 months!), increased motivation, euphoria, and energy even when tired. BAD: Insomnia, anxiety, extreme mood changes, paranoia, jaw clenching, nervousness, very prone to skin infections, dry skin, picking at scalp, dependency, somewhat oily hair, OCD symptoms, always somewhat on edge, and weakened immune system due to lack of eating due to loss of appetite and lack of sleep. While I have listed some bad side effects to the Adderall, the "pros" outweigh the "cons". I was on Adderall in high school and decided to go back on it again in order to help me in my studies and organization. Back when I was on it in high school, I weighed only 95 lbs (I'm 5'3). Then, when I stopped taking it after my Senior year, my weight ballooned up to 175 at the highest, due to the dramatic slowing of my metabolism combined with how I thought I could eat & not gain weight since I could when I was on the drug in high school. When I started Adderall again in August 2008, I lost 15 lbs within the first month. I have now been back on Adderall for nearly 11 months, and weigh 120 lbs...I went from a size 14 to a size 6 in less than a year, and have had the motivation to exercise & pay attention to my diet; all thanks to Adderall. I also used to have trouble with classes and flunked out of my first college not due to inability to do work, but because I often slept through classes or lacked motivation. Needless to say, I am no longer constantly fatigued and have more motivation in everything I do, so at my new school my current GPA is a 3.85. I am also a very serious writer, and I can now sit down and finish writing a story without getting distracted & I also have had a lot of creative inspiration. It is as if before, there was a black veil over my mind, and Adderall has removed that veil so I can see clearly and live-up to my potential. F 25 10 months

 5  ADD Good: Very social. Calming effect. Happier (even though I was never depressed). Mild headaches for first two weeks, but they have gone away. Dry mouth. Chapped lips. I am a full time grad student. Couldn't decipher why I was failing classes and unable to retain information. I would read a paragraph 5 times & couldn't remember what I had read. I would walk out of lecture without remembering anything. Since taking Adderall (generic version, 2X a day: once at breakfast, once at noon, 20mg, not time released) I have had the best academic performance of my life. My lowest grade is an 84% this term. Talk about going from failing to no where near it! F 23 32 days

 5  Adult ADD Loss of Appetite, Zen-like state I don't want to imply that Adderall is a panacea that will cure everything that is wrong with you but...so far it has definitely helped with everything that is wrong with me. Top to bottom: 1. I can concentrate at work, no surfing the net, time seems to go slower and I'm much much more productive. 2. Calm, being on Adderall really focuses my mind and I become much more calm, almost zen-like (which honestly is very cool). 3. Social Anxiety is gone. 4. So is my borderline body dismorphia disorder. 5. As is my dermatillomania/skin picking disorder, but only when I'm on it. I want to note that I'm on a very low dose, 7.5 in the morning and then 5 mg two more times during the day. My "crashes" have been so mild I'm hesitant to call them that, just simply reverting to the lethargy/lack of motivation that was my mental state at all times before the adderall. F 27 10 days

 5  college upset stomach, extream focus, difficulty sleeping, cognative thinking is increased this helps when it comes to studying now i'm hungry but it doesnt bother me i did three, five page papers tonight it seems difficult to multitask because i focus on what i'm doing i consumed the pill at about 1pm and now its almost 4am i recoment taking it early in the day about 8am M 19 1 days

 5  Asperger Syndrome weight loss (BMI went from 17.9 to 17... yikes), dry mouth, constant thirst combined with lack of desire to eat/drink, increased sex drive, very bad breath (those last 2 do *not* go well together), slightly increased heart rate and blood pressure The scariest side effects (BP & HR increase) are mild, and the others I can deal with. I know it sounds like I'm giving a rave review to a drug that basically caused me to look like a borderline anorexic with terrible breath, but I can talk to people now, and form complete non mumbley sentences, this is a big deal for me. I just watch what I eat and drink and carry mints everywhere. My boss has commented on how much better I've gotten (I never told him I was on adderall). When I start to feel my tolerance is increasing, I just take a little vacation. It's definitely not easy, I have to really be careful, but in my case it is totally worth it. F 28 1.4 years

 5  Adult-onset ADHD Nothing bad at all...a little dry mouth at first and a mild headache once in awhile, but nothing more and not even that much for quite some time now. Started out about 3 years ago at 20 mg once a day...Never have taken the extended release type, only the "regular" version of the med. Now taking 40 mg 3 times per day for over a year and a half and have not had a single problem whatsoever...no dry mouth, no lasting headaches to speak of, no jitters, no weird urges at all,...just calm, level, able to concentrate and focus without effort, no longer "scattery", no more racing thoughts, no longer have the horrible mood swings, no more rapid cycle bi-polar issues, no more insomnia at all (THANK GOD!!!), no problems with maintaining a healthy weight, and I now make much healthier food choices than ever before, now able to work full time again, and the horribly severe panic disorder I once had is almost completely gone! I am much more productive, organized, creative and motivated than I ever was before starting Adderall, and another wonderful little "perk" is that I have gone from being a two-pack-a-day smoker F 46 3 years

 5  ADHD (SELF) Initial insomnia that resolved itself, only happens now when pills are taken or for other reasons (not related to the meds). Loss of appetite & weight loss. Dry mouth during first week. Being more talkative at times (I already talk a lot but I was told it was worse sometimes about 30min-1hr after I take a dose). I personally love the medicine. It's helped my AD/HD symptoms a great deal. The weight loss side effects are not a problem for me as I am overweight and need to lose a bit. It's not a cure all by any means. It does help me focus, though sometimes it's not on the best topic. My school, home and work has improved. My husband even commented that I had gotten better and he's a "suck it up and deal with it" type of person. F 27 3 months
 5  ADHD Loss of apetite, increase desire to smoke, more introverted, hot flashes, cold sweats, exhaustion, lethargy With out adderall my life would be so difficult I can concentrate and get things done. Iwill never run out F 34 7 years
 5  cannot focus, horrible bad breathe,dry mouth,always use gum, besides that i love it, it has helped me sooo much, dont ever second guess ur breath, i take 30s and i am very happy my house and life have never been so organized, go figure,i had no idea i was add!!! F 33 4 days
 5  ADD I've always had insomnia so I can't say it was a side effect, but it definitely got worse. My only real complaint is extreme loss of appetite and weight. I've been on the medication for two years. I lost 20 pounds the first year, gained most of it back over the summer, than lost it all again this year. I'm a 5'1 girl, and I weigh 91 pounds. This is not healthy and i do not like it, but no amount of food can make me put on weight while i am on the adderall. I can gain weight over the breaks, but when i start taking the medication I immediately drop any weight i've gained. Despite the annoying weight loss, adderall saved my life. I was drowning under my workload at school and adderall was a miracle drug for me. It gave me security and the ability to succeed. F 18 2 years

 5  Narcolepsy Only side effect was an increase in my panic disorder. I take 10 mg twice a day (20mg dose), once when I get up and once about 3 hours later to keep me up. It has helped although it's made me increase my xanax for my panic disorder. It also doesn't hurt my college life that I can concentrate better while staying awake and not having to nap all day. F 21 2 years
 5  hypersomnolence I'm actually taking the 20mg xr version. I get a mild dry mouth. Somewhat increased urge to smoke. Sometimes I find myself having an ocd moment. Really for me, none of the side-effects are terrible. I get more done. Sleep less. More focused. Higher libido. Losing some weight. It's great M 30 30 days

 5  Idiopathic Hypersomnia/Narcolepsy weight loss, urge to smoke alot, some visual disturbances (aka floaters and visual snow), rapid heartbeat, minor OCD I finally know what it's like to be awake. Started from 10mg's with short duration, and now on 20mgs with a little more duration but less harsh of a comedown (I don't feel the need to nap when it starts to wear off) The only annoying side effect is minor OCD moments. I feel like I have been born again and being is the most novel thing on this earth. 2 months

 5  Adult ADD Euphoria, increased sex drive, energetic, able to complete tasks, weight loss, appetite loss, dry mouth, want to smoke ALOT. I am a 30 year old working Mom and needed something to help me focus. This was prescribed and I am very happy with the outcome. the minor bad effects are just that. Minor!!! F 30 3 months
 5  ADD great focus, decreased appetite, decreased libido (sex drive), difficulty sleeping while Adderall is still active I struggled academically in the beginning of middle school without Adderall. I found myself not wanting to complete my essays and questioning the importance of my assignments and my schooling. Since I've been on Adderall, I've been way more focused. Unfortunately, I developed this mentality that "something was wrong with me," and that I needed the drug to stay sane and normal. Without it, I was never sure what I might do. The decrease in appetite actually formed a minor addiction or emotional dependency. I loved it. Still do. My grades are great, I can stay focused when working out, and have never looked better. M 17 4 years

 5  ADD, Chronic Fatigue, Depression None. Currently on 15 mg 3x daily of the generic... doc upped to 10 mg 3x daily of the XR and added 25 mg of Lamictal. After years and years of anti-depressants, my doctor put me on Adderrall. Never thought I had ADD as portrayed in the mainstream... in other words, I was not a spazzy child (rebellious, brooding yes, but always got excellent grades). However, I've always been prone to racing thoughts, talking too much...chalked it up to being creative. But after years of treatment, trial and error, etc., we came to realize that maybe ADD was to blame. Where was I going with this? (Er, must be time to take the meds). Oh yeah, hallelujah! I can get out of bed. This drug does not give me the jitters... and sadly, no weight loss (damn it), but I'm lean anyway... so, I guess that's OK. Thank you doc. Thank you Adderall. You're giving me my life back. And, my boss loves me. F 36 4 months

 5  depression, sleepiness, adult add The first few days there was some euphoria and a bit of dry mouth. Also, insomnia b/c I took it too late in the day (after noon). First two doses I did notice extreme fatigue late in evening, but not after that. Yes, you will notice a decrease in your appetite, but as an adult you will be able to work with that and get your meals in. I am 42 y/o and have tried at least ten or more meds for depression over the past decade. I finally asked for Adderall from my treating physician after I read it helped for those with treatment resistant depression (was taking Lexapro/wellbutrin). I just started taking 20mg once a day along with 10mg of Lexapro and I feel much, much more consistent in my mood -- as other's have said, increased focus, consistent energy (before I would nap up to three times a day--even after 9 hours of sleep) and loads of patience. My mind is much more calm & peaceful. So far I have been able to take it for a few days at a time, skip a day or more without consequence -- I notice that when I'm taking it I feel much more centered, productive, motivated, clear and consistent. I also don't feel overwhelmed by simple tasks and I can sit at my desk and work without getting completely distracted and unmotivated. I don't notice a "craving" for Adderall, or a distinct "crash" at the e F 42 3 weeks

 5  cause i'm in college :) loss of appetite, extreme alertness,energy and concentration. I LOVE ADDERALL! i may not be taking it for the right reasons, but I love having it around when I have a huge test coming up or exams to crash for. It works miracles I used it to study for my UC 110 exam..stayed up all night and never got tired..went to bed at 6am and got up at 8am for my exam. and got an A on my exam and in the class overall. definitely worth it and easy to get! F 18 6 months

 5  Concentration=ADHA Dry-mouth, red face, always hot. I have found this to be wonderful. I am able to multi-task again, and get through my day without losing blocks of time. I am responsible for millions of dollars a day and I can function now without second guessing what I already did. F 44 45 days

 5  recreationally intense focus especially on very small tasks, like making countless LISTS, making everything- even the mundane- seem worthwhile and enjoyable, very closed off- want to be alone, time races by, total loss of appetite, powerful sense that you can get anything done, productivity, creative ease, bad skin, VERY dry mouth, not knowing how to interact normally with people, insomnia, extreme bodily temperature fluxuations; basically, it makes you a bit superhuman- you don't need to eat or sleep and you can do anything. but when it's gone it's not so pleasant... i've been taking Adderall for about 2 1/2 years- always recreationally. i've gone through periods of wanting to give it up, but not feeling like i could. sometimes i feel like i am just in love with it and it does a lot more good than bad. right now i am in a phase of thinking i'll take a small break- mostly because i am about to be out of it. and it's been draining my money supply. but i am sure i'll run right back to it as soon as i can. i'd be on it all day every day if it was possible. F 22 2 years

 5  ADD/ADHD Loss of appetite, increased heart rate, clenching jaw, weight loss, insomnia, dizziness accompanied with momentary loss of vision (has happened a lot), occasional blackouts (has happened 3 times) Adderall is very good for helping those with ADD/ADHD. It affects those with ADD/ADHD much differently than those who do not have it. It sort of has the opposite effect. I have taken dosages ranging from 20mg-80mg, and have found that the proper dosage is the key. Try to use as low a dose as possible that allows you to concentrate best without severe side effects. If you smoke marijuana while taking adderall the dizziness/temp. vision loss/blackouts become MUCH more frequent, though this can happen anyway. If you feel dizzy and your vision starts to blot out, sit down and wait until it is over, this is a good way to prevent blackouts. Be sure to eat. F 18 9 years

 5  ADD Insomnia, super libido, eye twitches,bigger erections, fat loss, euphoria,and somewhat decreased appetite. I was Rx'd this for ADD and it helps tremendously. I feel much more social and my libido is at porn star levels (it was somewhat low at the start)! I don't get any vasoconstriction with this, but if you do, you can counter it with Ginko and Horny Goat Weed (50% Icariin). Sometimes I take it with L-Tyrosine and D,L Phenylalanine. I have been able to get good benefits with a much smaller dosage. This is important because it provides the raw materials for your body to make Dopamine and Adderall will deplete you Dopamine levels with a quickness. I also noticed increased fat loss (I'm into bodybuilding so this is a plus). I used to use Ephedrine and I would be able to focus, but I never put two and two together and never thought I might have ADD. I am on a low dose, which I feel is fine. I think the more side effects come with the higher dosing that I have seen here. M 30

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 5  ADD Loss of Apetite / Excess Energy and I seem to crash when I come off of it This drug has been a wonder drug I do better at work I can talk to people and I can focus long enough to watch televesion. I highly recomend this drug to anyone with ADD! My freinds joke and say I should quit my job and become and Adderall Rep! I can't say enough good about it. It has completely changed my life M 27 3 months

 5  ADHD Quiet, almost intoxicated state when medicine first takes effect as if my brain is switched off. Agitation and angry mood when it wears in the evening. Often forget to eat all day and then overeat all night: weight gain. I have ADHD Inattentive type = daydreamy and forgetful with racing thoughts. I take 40 mg extended release at 8 am daily. The initial calm-brain-sleepy effect is so VERY VERY pleasant it scared me when I first started on this drug. It felt like it would become addictive just for that pleasure and relief. I frequently take breaks from using to test if I'm "addicted" and have never had problem doing without it. No withdrawals, no cravings. Now that I am used to the overly calm period, I simply schedule around it. Lasts 25-45 minutes for me so I use that time to meditate, nap, check emails or other "lazy" task. Lowering dosage stopped my nightly temper flares and crabbiness. This drug helps my memory and productivity immensely. Does not give me excess energy, but helps me NOT doze off in class, movies, conversations, or studying. Odd that it 'cured' forgetfulness in everything but remembering to eat... I have experienced a greatly improved quality of life. F 46 5 years
 5  Adult A.D.D Dry mouth, jaw clenching, stiff lower back and headaches I found that once the medication was into my system on a regular basis the side effects tapered off. I also have a 6yo. son on Adderall XR 20 before school and 5mg. Adderall immediate release after school. The Adderall helps my son get through school and get his homework done without problems with time management. As for me I can actually get things done without getting frustrated. For me it is a lifesaver. I believe that for someone with A.D.D or A.D.H.D it can help. If you don't have these conditions and you abuse them then they can be very dangerous and addictive. I have had people that I work with offer me $20 a pill, this is crazy! I trully believe in this medicine as a tool in my situation. F 32 3 years

 5  add / adhd jittery, dizzy, dont eat at all never get thirsty, very irritated very easily, mood swings, most of the time im depressed, dont like to talk, i have to do something like draw or doodle. when i take it at night just to keep from eating i stay up and cant go to sleep(only did that once and never do it again)i do my work i blink my eyes alot (i have ocd also which in my case causes that including having to do something a certain amount of times, and evrerything has to be perfect) it makes me ocd even worse. i have been taking it for more than eleven years and none of those things have went away. it is a very good weight loss substance. it is verygood whenyou need to bring your grades up. F 15 11 years
 5  Adult ADD metallic taste, heightened emotional PMS, increase urge to smoke, grinding teeth made my jaw ache but this went away after a month or so, weight loss (30 lbs in less that 6 months). I discussed the weight loss with my psychiatrist and he assured me that this is normal and the side effect eventually slows and people stop at their ideal body weight. No more sore, tense shoulders, neck or back that tend to come with anxiety. have set reminders on my BB to ensure I take the doses at the right time. 10mg tw daily. 2nd no later than 2:30PM. This is very important. Am organized & task oriented. Never was b4. Able to break task into steps. No longer have frustration out burst. Caffiene & alocohol must be extremely limited. 1 cup caffiene, 6-8ozs/day NO MORE or trouble sleeping will occur. Alocohol in excess completely x's out the Adderall effects. Social anxiety will always be a prob w/out behavioral therapy. Find myself more receptive to conversations, more tolerant of others, can focus on & retain what I read. Has done wonders for my focus on artwork! But I have to make sure I focus on the right things or I'll end up spending 4 hrs obsessed with a crossword puzzle. My family is amazed at how much improvement they see in me. F 33 5 months
 5  adhd at first I had some side effects while my body adjusted: shakiness, hyperfocus, ect. But they went away. The drug does what it is supposed tp do, very well. I am more focused, but it doesn't do it all for you. You have to have some motivation and discipline to get started. For the first week, I would be careful and not take the side effects too seriously as it takes your system a bit to get used to. It also helps with my shyness as well as my lack of interest in school. It is important to remember to take as directed and never more than. Be sure to stay hydated and drink lots of vitamin water or poweraid and keep mints or gum handy since the cottonmouth can be bothersome. F 26 1 months

 5  ADHD Inattentive Type/ depression First couple days: Cold hands and feet and slight stomach cramps. After that: Increased sweating, difficulty falling asleep, slightly decreased appetite (this is not a bad thing), faster heartbeat. Although I am skeptical about medications as a whole, adderall XR 20mg has really made a positive difference in my life so far and has worked wonders for my particular imbalance. Before I was sluggish/tired, depressed, had difficulty concentrating and remembering even simple things, and didnt have much desire to socialize. After taking this med, I am more social, active, motivated and able to organize and concentrate. I am not depressed or nearly as anxious while taking it. I take breaks for a day or two at a time from the med just to ensure my body is getting enough rest since adderall seems to decrease my quality of sleep, and I also supplement with many vitamins/minerals and take a formula with 5HTP at night to counteract the possibility of the drug depleting chemicals in the body. M 26 3 months
 5  College Intense focus on otherwise boring subjects which allows great grades in classes that were never my forte. Adderal, within the first 45 minutes of taking it causes intense awakeness and focus. The first few hours of mine, adderal 20 mg. immediate release causes intense awareness, focus and jittery feeling being extremely social/unsocial depending on activity at hand, Dry mouth and intense thirst with constant bathroom trips from this, It supresses appettite which is my least favorite part of the medicine besides the awful hour or two of come downs (until you eat and let your brain relax) I am now struggling to keep weight on, dropping from 123 to 118 and being 5'6, does not look natural/healthy. The restlessness fades a bit after the medicine has been in your system for awhile, 2 weeks for me, but still as something simple as a coke later at night with my evening dose for homework can make you stay up much longer and make you fill out ratings of the medicine at 5 a.m :) Adderall and I have a love/hate relationship. I am not as fun or spontaneous as I normally am when I am on the medicine but my grades have consistentally been raised atleast 1 to 2 letter grades by the implication of the medicine. Trying to maintain a healthy weight and sleep cycle has been my only problem with the drug. Also, in response to some other ratings in regards to fast heart beats, I've had my heart rate taken at the Dr's office while I've been on it and my results were perfect, even when it felt like my heart was beating at the speed of light. F 21 2 years

 5  School/Assignments Extreme focus, nonstop talking, happy feelings, very emotional and understanding, need to organize/touch things, slight panic attacks, dry mouth, loss of appetite I personally am not prescribed Adderall, but I buy it off my friends all the time. I use it when I know I have a lot homework to do, and for a few weeks I used it because I had a formal event that I wanted to lose some weight for. I ended up losing about 30 pounds. The only true problem I found was that I would get very anxious and panicky, but this only happened about twice. My friends say I would ask a lot of questions, and sometimes I needed them to switch up how they were sitting because it was making me anxious. F 16 5 weeks

 5  adhd, im takeing adderall XR dry mouth, jittery, intense need for a cig, unpatient, getting annoyed by everything when it is wearing off, WEIGHT LOSS. I have been taking adderral XR since i was in 5th grade. i weighed 115 before i took it, 1 month later i weighed 80 pounds, it can make your weight drop drastically. im now in 9th grade and it helps me a lot with my school work. it keeps me focused and it just gives me like a intense happy feeling like it just changes your mood. i have a problem with smokeing tho, and i found out that whenever i take my meds, a little while later you are just craving it so badly. but this is a very good medicine, it helps you to focus and keeps you awake. M 15 4 years
 5  ADD, fatigue, exhaustion Dry Mouth. Helped a great deal in making me feel "normal" again. I can concentrate on tasks, multi-task, stay organized. It totally eliminates the fatigue and exhaustion and restores my motivation. Only negative is that when the effects start to wear off, they do so rapidly and I drop like a stone off a cliff. M 44 9 months

 5  ADHD Anxiety. Headache and anger as medicine wears off. I was diagnosed with ADHD my second year of university. My doctor prescribed Adderall, and I immediately noticed a difference. Adderall helps me start my day, and helps me remain attentive and focused in class and when working on projects. My social life has also improved, and I feel more outgoing. Sometimes I get mild anxiety from Adderall, as I also have panic disorder. I also get annoyed easily as the drug wears off in the evening, but it generally hasn't been a problem. Overall, my experience with this drug great and would encourage anyone whose doctor recommends it to give it a try. M 20 12 months

 5  school inability to sit still or stop talking, loss of appetite, chewing of lips, AMAZINGLY happy mood, extreme focus F 16 2 months

 5  anxiety,ocd dry mouth, loss of appetite, 8 pounds lost in 5 days. i just started 5 days ago and it has helped me so much. i have a very stressful job at an ambulance, so it has helped me relax more and stay awake. i also love that im losing weight because im getting married soon. =) F 21 5 days

 5  grad school frequent and urgent need to urinate, clenching teeth, occasional sharp pain in my heart, increasing tolerance, emotional crash when effects wear off I always took adderall during my undergrad and master's when I needed to stay up all night to finish something. Finally I went and got a prescription for this drug before starting my PhD. Really helps me stay awake in order to finish all my work. Helps me stay awake in class too. I have taken this too far once or twice and really paid the consequences; I have stayed up for several days in a row and then experienced crushing depression and sadness when coming off the drug (exacerbated by sleep deprivation and no food, of course). I've lost about 15 pounds :) but am worried that once I stop taking the medicine, I'll gain it all back (heard its common). I really love it, but the heart pain scares me... I'm afraid to tell anyone about it because then they won't let me take it anymore. I feel like I really need it to get through grad school. F 26 3 months
 5  Apathy, ADHD, Depression Dependancy/classic meth/stimulant addiction potential (obviously), swift tolerance increase, occasional minor chest pains after long sessions of heavy lifting/moving, loss of appetite (duh). Had I been prescribed this back in High School I've no doubt my life and the directions it took would've been drastically beneficial, emotionally and functionally. Sadly my parents and their combined inability to understand my symptoms and listen to me shrieked at the mention of medicinal approaches and instead blamed me rather than helped me. Typical "Time Magazine parents." Like many here, my grades were pathetic and teachers would tell my parents that I exhibited a "brutal" level of intelligence, but showed no motivation to utilize and cultivate it. As I drudged through HS with finger-pointing parents depression hit and I found more motivation in demotivating myself with things like weed, painkillers, and other downers. College came and went drug free with my "C's get degrees, as do D's" philosophy and I joined the rat-race and began working after graduating. I finally lost my ability to function and took matters into my own hands, (long story short) an M 26 1 years

 5  Adult ADD Minor dry mouth, minor euphoria (day 1 only), minor heart flutter lasting only a couple of seconds. I cleaned the kitchen! The whole kitchen without feeling overwhelmed and/or losing interest half way through and walking away. I love this medicine! I have also been able to retain when I read. This is the main reason I needed the meds. I am excited to be able to become more successful in my career now that I can keep up! F 33 2 days

 5  ADHD achy joints/jaw; insomnia; terrible "crashing" effect by early evening When I was in elementary school, my teachers told my parents that I desperatly needed Riddalin, but my parents refused to put me on drugs and encouraged my teachers to use alternative methods to hold my attention. I did "okay" in school... but in my senior year of college I started AdderallXR and I became an A student. I'm in graduate school now in large part because of Adderall. I work hard to use other methods to keep focused although my Rx needs to increase every now and then. F 24 3 years

 5  ADD Loss of appetite (not a bad thing!), complete disinterest in food, frequent urination, dehydration, nausea, sleeplessness, and codependence on the pill. I LOVE this pill. It allows me to finally just be able to sit down, study, and retain information. It makes me a happier and more positive person. I used to stay up all night, sleep all day, and have a hard time getting out of bed and going to class, now with Adderall I hop out of bed awake and alert in the morning, and don't need to nap all day. It completely surpresses my appetite and also speeds up my metabolism. I must have lost at least 10 lbs in the two weeks I've been on it. I may think I'm hungry, but then only be able to get a few bites of food in. Most of all, it keeps me from procrastinating and makes me more a more productive person. F 23 14 days

 5  Adult ADD Loss of appetite is the only side effect I've experienced. The personality related side effects some people are discussing, such as being unsocial, are things I actually suffered from prior to starting Adderall XR. Only on my initial dose on the first day did I experience any type of chest tightness. Usually when it kicks in after a few hours I can feel my heart rate increase, but it doesn't last. I think my sex drive may have increase somewhat also. So far so good. My doctor initially started me out on 5 mg a day, which had no affect on me at all. I guess she just wanted to gauge it. A week later she increased it to 20 mg a day. I don't get a euphoric feeling like some people describe. It just simply helps me focus longer, and improved my concentration. It also improved my memory. I no longer put a load on laundry in the washer, forget it for 2 day, have to wash it again, forget it again, wash it again, then finally dry it...lol. I was also notorious for not answering the phone, I would rather avoid people, losing my keys, credit cards, etc. Just a better quality of life in general. I take my dose when I awake in the morning, and sleep like a baby at night. I'm not sure why some people experience these dramatic side effects, and some don't. I'm just lucky I guess. I have to make myself eat sometimes. I get worried that my body will dehydrate. I've lost weight, not sure how much, I don't own a scale. That's about it. I'll write ano F 25 2 months

 5  Narcolepsy w/sleep apnea tiredness Awake!...able to focus on current tasks, stablized weight gain from side affects of hormone injections, eye shimmering (as in REM sleep), twitch on 4th index finger, low amount of anxiety....still worth it to me. Meets my needs to be awake and function in society and I can actually drive home without feeling I need to pull over and nap a while. Dose: 20 mg every 5 hours (3 times day)starting when I first wake up...allows time for the last dose to wear off prior to bed...no insomnia. M 53 180 days

 5  Adult ADHD haven't had any this is the drug for me. I cant believe how much better i am. I can start and finish projects with no problems. I dont feel so impulsive. it makes me feel relaxed and not always rushing. My mood has changed, i am more able to deal with stress with out freaking out. I haven't miss placed my keys in a month. If you truly have ADHD you know what Im talking about. I think this drug was the best choice for me and i am thankful. I have noticed that it is a bit less effective when I have PMS watch out woman. F 36 2 months
 5  add I have used this drug ALOT , i have experianced ALL the side effects people have listed. The ONLY time i got them was when i abused the drug or the off chance the doctor put the dosage too high. If your up all night your taking it to late or taking too much. This is a miricle drug. if used properly. but ill admit to doing quite a few drugs recreationally, pot coke xtc ciggerettes booze to name the worst, Adderall is by far the most addictive substance i have ever known if you abuse it. not only is it physically addictive when u bridge that first full night and have to pop another to get threw life,,, you have concentration problems to begin with, AND once u do catch up on sleep (finally pass out of exaustion) its hard to morrally justify taking them as a bad thing considering the Razor like concentration. i think the bad reactions are due to large dosage time release pills,,, where they should use pills designed for 2 hours so worst case its a 2 hour withdrawl to get threw b4 the cra This drug will change your life for the better , Dont ever abuse it or take Large dosses to begin with. Its identical to cocaine , in effect, and actually more addictive because it last so long its nearly impossible to stop abusing untill the bottle is empty, and then to get the helpfull effects of the drug will require dose ammounts that will damage liver, heart, permanent insomnia , mild to moderate paranoia / dillusons. if your kid is on ritilin , get him on this, its less addictive. and the time release ones will kill you if u snort them (most common abuse of them) make sure they know this b4 u give them them though. This is truely a miracle drug. But it will kill you if you abuse it and cant stop. reoccuring theme is peoples friends interviening to stop their abuse of this drug. watch your loved ones on it. M 27 3 years

 5  ADHD Loss in appetite, Obsessive cleaning, rudeness I started taking adderall because i could not finish a project or remember appointments. I was often chalking that up to "being a blonde". Now i am highly organized and found that I have more patience with other people (mostly my husband and son and thier antics). I have however noticed that I have been REALLY uncompassionate to other people and have beed intentionally making my friends feel fat, that is not like me. For example I told my sister in law that she might want to try a bigger size...or two. It was the or two that i would normally think not say, but now im saying it out loud. Not sure if thats the adderall or im just becoming mean spirited. F 26 30 days

 5  Suggested by doctor teeth grinding, if I don't sleep enough the night before, I get sleepy when I take it. Helps with focus and communication skills. No longer considered an "air head" at work. F 47 1 years

 5  ADHD with depression dry mouth, stayed up way too late if taken at like 6pm or later :) God send. seriously. Increased energy, focus, concentration but not in a "blinders" sort of way, just overall more "awareness" of what's going on and having the "executive function" to ignore what doesn't matter at the time. I was reccomended for Ritalin at a young age (~4) and due to fears in the media my mother avoided meds for me. I took a lot more effort to learn certin things as a child but my mother was a disiplinarian and willing to give extra hours of her day to my education after school. I don't know how someone with similar symptoms go do as well as I did in school without such sacrifice by a caregiver. In college however after several concussions from playing pro hockey (concussions have increased levels of depression AND ADHD), a torn shoulder (ending my career), a pregnant girl friend, and a father with a brain tumor... I started to shut down. Depression kicked in heavy and I couldn't stay in school no matter how hard I tried. Depressi M 31 2 months

 5  ADHD none excellent,more focused, read faster, more alert F 42 9 years

 5  ADD Sometimes would come down in the afternoon, I work 10+ hour days at times and would have to take it 3x per day to keep myself functional at work. Also, I have recently started being concerned about the levels of anxiety I've been experiencing, especially when I am overtired. Other than the occasional anxiety, this is the absolute best solution for me and works like a dream. I have a very detail-oriented job, and it's imperative for me to be able to retain a large amount of information while focusing on a large volume of work and still be detailed about each of them as they come along. F 27 5 years

 5  AADD Loss of Appetite, It increases my ability to stick to tasks, increase short term memory, Prioritize work functions, assures completion of tasks, Less irritable, people don't get on my nerves - especially co-workers, I do not lose track of large spans of time, M 44 7 days

 5  not taking it yet they seem to be less aweful then strattera side effects. I was wondeing if anyone has tryed both adderall and strattera My doc just told me I have adult ADD duh I knew this but anyway she wants me to take strattera and i have read so many bad things about this "new" drug. Has anyone taken it and can you tell me if you had a bad result. Seems like it makes you even more unmotivated. I really want to try a more traditional drug like adderall. How should I tell my doc my fears? F 36 0 days
 5  chronic fatigue from LAM Decreased sexual libido, dry mouth, too much attention to detail, tolerance decreases effectiveness, occassional facial tic Adderall is the reason I was able to return to work after two lung surgeries. LAM, the lung disease that I have, makes me increasingly tired and depressed. When I am a lump on the couch, Adderall picks me up and allows me to work 90 hour weeks during tax season. The drug helps me perform at work except when when I get VERY wrapped up in the details of my projects and blow the budgets. I believe I would have had to quit my job for medical reasons at 25 years old if not for Adderall. I will admit, after 2 years, its difficult to continue to get the benefits on the same dose. F 27 2 years
 5  Troubles studying in college Cold extremities, loss of appetite, minor headaches, some nausea, irritability-but most of these can be mitigated (lessened) by making a concerted effort to eat and sleep normally. Taking a Magnesium supplement is also very helpful I honestly could not say more good things about it. I take 30 mg XR everyday. Overall, the drug is SERIOUSLY unbelievable. The side effects, though a pain at times, are not NEARLY as wretched as the the symptoms of ADHD, which are insufferable for me. However, I consider myself an overachiever, and I find that it helps me accomplish my goals and stay more focused and consistent in my work. I see on a lot of these archives that a lot of people seem to have a really hard time with the side effects. My best advice is to try and eat frequently throughout the day, despite the fact that you don't want to. I try to eat something light and nutritious, like a PowerBar and a Vitamin Water. The thought of eating something greasy or milky makes me sick to my stomach, so I keep it light and nutritious. I also take magnesium, which not only helps with the cold extremities but also makes the drug more effective. But honestly, if the drug is damaging your relationships with your friends and your famil F 22 3 months
 5  adhd for the first five days or so, it was very hard to fall asleep. but after those five days i began to sleep fine...i started out taking 20mg and was upgraded to 30mg...if you want to eat, eat before you take the pill. if you take the pill before you eat, it will be hard to get anything down, its hard just thinking about eating when youre on this drug. three months ago i was 136lbs now im 112lbs. it has made me more awhere, and i get my work done. i fine school work eazy. although, i do see a change in my attitude...i get angery faster and i have more outburst overall, adderall has helped me. adderall is not for everyone and if you have an eating disorder, it can be addicting. F 21 3 months
 5  to get hard well i took three 30 mg's and i was hard for like 3 hours it was great ill never stop taking them i buy them off my cus M 14 14 months

 5  ADD Jittery, Anxiety, OCD, Weight loss (30 lbs),VERY IRRITABLE, Loss of Appetite. Adderall has helped me a great deal! I do feel anxious, paranoid, jittery, obsessive compulsive, and irritable. Though the irritability is not consistent. Some days I feel Awesome! Though others start off great and end awful and depressive. But I have learned that these are only side effects, the way you feel can be controlled if you keep the right mind-set, no matter how hard it "feels." Smiling Face = Happy Place. M 17 12 months

 5  add My liver hurts a lot. My heart beats fast. Sweating,dependency loss of appetite. Blurred vision *** PLEASE READ**** Been on some sort of a.d.d medication sense i was 5. Yes it is very helpful and and i am very focused when on it. I do believe it helped me get threw high school and into college but there are long term side effects. I started wearing glasses at age 14. No one in my family wears glasses. Even stopped growing at 16, Now at age 19 i started havening liver and heart problems and i sweat when it's not even hot, only when I'm on it. Honestly I'm not sure if it was all worth it, but i am were i am today because of it. If you do have any question about this drug please email me and i will help as much as i can M 20 16 years
 5  Adult ADHD Really bad cotton mouth and loss of appetite. I have lost about 15 pounds in just over 4 weeks This drug has worked wonders for me so far. I have been on adderall for just over 4 weeks. I was put on 20mg a day (10am and 10 at 12) but was bumped up to 20am and 10 at 2 last week. IT has made a huge difference. I am calmer, able to focus, and my mood overall seems to be so much better. I have no had any negative side effect except the cotton mouth. It does not affect my sleep at all. I have lost my appetite and I do have to make myself eat- I went on a multi vitamin to make sure I am getting everything I need daily bc I just have no desire to eat at all. I have lost around 15pounds in about 5 weeks. Overall I give adderall a 10. F 28 5 weeks

 5  Adult ADHD Grinding Teeth, energy, focus, no anxiety, happy, Honestly...My mind feels 100% clear, no fog, no stuttering, I feel *normal*. This drug has saved my life, I felt awful when Ritalin failed, felt helpless. Here in michigan it seems to be a huge pain in the ass to obtain it, had to go back and fourth 3 times to the doc and the pharmacy over missing numbers and two different inks on the prescription. Adderall combined with anti-depressents made me feel weird. The side effects do go away, all I can say is...I feel normal. M 21 6 months

 5  add dry mouth, rare sensitivity to extreme temperatures. it is great i have no problem sitting though classes and my fidgeting has actually decreased a great deal. social paranoia also gone. i can have much more in depth conversations with people and actually listen to what they are saying. i cant think of anything negative about this drug besides a little drymouth in the morning. only other thing is dont take when you are driving long distances i concentrate to much on the road and cant sit back and enjoy the ride like i can when i am not on it. M 21 4 months

 5  Lack of "scholarly motivation" OKAY: REAL ASSESSMENT OF ADDERALL. loss of appetite (and queasy feeling when you try to eat), severe weight loss, dramatically higher grades, euphoric feeling within the first fifteen minutes of injestion, then pure attentiveness, insomnia ONLY if taken at stupid hours of the day (like 3pm- TAKE IT IN THE MORNING!) Okay, i began taking adderall when i was 14. i was really confident, popular, etc...i just was so disinterested in school, and a little hyperactive. i never saw an issue with my body, until i started adderall. i didn't really know too much about eating disorders...i was 5'7 and 140 lbs. and fine with it. then, while taking my 25 mg, i slowly stopped eating (little to my knowledge), got compliments from everyone & felt great all while my grades were improving. by the time i turned fifteen the next april, i was a good 123 lbs. then that august, i hit my all time low of 102 lbs. being 102 lbs in a 5'7 frame is not attractive, and the frightening part is that i saw myself as 140 lbs. age sixteen comes along and i was now a full fledged anorexic, obsessed with my weight, constantly counting calories, abusing adderall for the mere fact that i wouldn't be hungry. i'm naturally tan, and i turned pale pale pale from the lack of nutrients. then came the intervention. im a little better no F 17 3 years

 5  adult add / synesthesia Speedy, hyper productivity, hyper-clear thoughts, loss of appetite, increased body temperature, mood swings, sense of being able to accomplish anything, temporary fits of rage at trivial things (not often at all), heightened sex drive, genital shrinkage (when not aroused) I was diagnosed with adult ADD and synesthesia two years ago, when I was 23 - I am only 40% sure I have add, but 100% sure about the synesthesia (sound->cold broadband, sounds register as visual/audio/tactile sensory for me, resulting in, among other things, extreme and constant distraction, lack of focus, trailing thoughts, etc.). I've got a hyperactive imagination, and am very gifted in the arts - enough to have graduated from a renowned art college - but I never really learned the skills to harness my talents because of the add-like symptoms. Thanks to adderall, I've grown in leaps and bounds artistically in a short time, and now am operating at my full capacity. Improved my ability to learn new things, and grasp alien concepts. One thing I'd definitely say is that it is quite addictive, and no one should be taking more than 10 milligrams a day - I take 5-10, sometimes don't take it at all. Though it does give you motivation, it is far better to have the motivation yourself, and M 25 2 years
 5  ADD I had none, not even withdraw when I stopped taking it cold turkey after I found out I was pregnant. I took 30 mg of the XR daily and it was a life saver. I was so productive and just generally felt better about life. However it did not taking away my compulsive habits like spending, smoking etc.. F 28 4 months

 5  severe depression dry mouth, appetite loss and subsequent weight loss, occasional difficulty with sleeping, coming off this drug has been difficult for me I take 20mg/day and have noticed a significant difference in my mood and my ability to return to functioning normally. I was previously experiencing a severe depressive episode and adderall initially helped to boost my mood while the other drugs took their time to kick in. I have taken adderall since and really, it's the only drug that's helped with my mood disorder for a consistent period of time. I am able to accomplish much more, be there for friends and family and succeed in the workplace and at school. I have had a great deal of difficulty though when I do not take adderall for a long period of days; I'd say I pretty much depend on this drug. Like it or lump it, that's the way it is. F 23 6 months

 5  ADD Euphoria, increased socialization, increased sweating and heart rate, major production Doctors said I had ADD in elementary school but my parents never put me on ritalin or adderall because they didn't believe ADD existed. After 19 years of being without it I also believe ADD does not exist, however I will say this drug definately does make you more productive. It's effects are somewhat similar to ecstasy (MDMA) except a little less intense. M 19 1 weeks

 5  Depression impatient I felt great on 40mg a day. I felt so good my therapist wanted to put me in the hospital and took me off the drug. Now I feel terrible again and don't know what to do. I should have been on a lesser dose. I should have skipped one day a week to keep me grounded. It is addictive too. Was hard going off it. Fluoxetine and wellbutrin are helping me very little. I think Adderall is a wonder drug. M 58 3 years
 5  Adult ADD Low grade headache the first day, no appetite, weight loss, constipation(?) I take 10 mgs of the XR each morning. It has been great. I am an MSW and knew I had ADD, just did not want to take the meds. I finally gave in and am sorry I waited so long. Higher level of concentration, much less fidgeting and wandering thoughts. I am able to work the entire day and stay focused. Awesome! I don't know if I am constipated or just having less movement because I am eating so much less. I have no desire for any of my vices (drinking, smoking, schmoking then binge eating). I am hoping I can maintain these results without increasing the dose. No more headache, appetite is returning, and my sex drive is back! F 39 21 days

 5  ADDHD Tired as 2nd dose wares off yet difficulty sleeping, Mild "blues" at times as 2nd does wares off. Less social than normal. Headache...... All though a lot of physical side effect can be minimized by drinking enough water through the day to keep yourself hydrated I tried several ADD meds in the past and have never been as satisfied as I am with Adderall. The concentration is wonderful. The problem I'm seeing with the negative reviews is that the person seems to be taking WAY TO MUCH....80mg???...60mg??? I am 6'3 220 and take 30-40mgs day! Also I take this only monday through Friday while I'm at work. I never have any side effect when I'm not taking the meds (except ADD ;)). There is never a problem with withdrawls or dependancy. Dont listen to the few horror stories here....give it a try and start out low at work your way up to a good dosage....and good luck M 30 2 years

 5  ADD anxious feeling, mild headaches, loss of appetite. It has really helped me. being diagnosed with add at such a young age was quite hard. I have been on everything. I first started on ritalin, then moved to amphatemine, then amphetamine salts, then to adderall, and now adderall xr 30mg. I am able to focus, and be able to get things done. I am a completely different person when I am off of it.(i have a tendancy to go kinda loopy)alot of people take it for the wrong reasons, and claim they have "add". well I have a test for you "fakers". ..... does caffine have a tendancy to make you tired, but sugar keeps you wired for sound? well there you go. you might have add. when people have add, any caffine product of any kind will make us quite drowsy while sugary products give us energy. look at what adderall is..... its basically speed. its PURE caffine. so it slows those of us with add down enough so we have the ability to concentrate. I love it. without it I have no idea how i would have been able to get through school. i F 18 14 years

 5  adult add, sleep disorder unable to get to sleep for at least 12 hours after taking a dose; if i take it for more than about 5 days in a row, i start to get anxious/twitchy and have more trouble sleeping. works wonderfully to help me get out of bed and moving, helps my concentration, and helps to ease my depression if i take it more than 3 days a week. i take it 2-5 mornings a week. F 27 3 years
 5  Adult ADD Inevitable Addiction. In real medical literature, 70% of bipolar people have ADD. So once a bipolar diagnosis is made, ADD is considered strongly as a co-disorder. More women than men, disproportionate left-handed people, and other things. The Adderall will remove ADD from your life for about six months. Then you have a tolerance to it, and find ways to get MORE. You take more to get the same feeling, you become a junkie. It's not a matter of "if" you will become a junkie taking Adderall, it's a matter of how long it takes to become one. M 42 9 months

 5  concentration Jack rabit comes to mind. I also take provigil. I feel good and more alert. Very alert but not like coffee alert. weight loss. One year ago I had a stroke at 36 and I had been taking provigil to help with exhaustion but I needed some help with concentration and memory lost. I have been on adderall for only two weeks but i have noticed that i have no appetite and i can eat. Two weeks ago i was 280 i am down to 260 and having to force myself to eat. I don't care what the side effects are I am awake alert and lossing weight. M 37 2 weeks
 5  Adult ADD/ADHD Positive: Loss of appetite, weight loss, increase in sex drive (my husband loved this), NEED to be productive - had difficulty sitting still Negative: If something made me angry it could escalate quickly, more road rage, attention to detail on EVERYTHING wasn't always the best, some days I didn't want to be social I wasn't diagnosed with ADHD until I was 24. I responded well to very low doeses of Adderall - 5 mg twice a day - which my doctor was pleased with. 10 mg of Adderall XR taken at 7 am was keeping me up until 3 am the next morning. I tried 10 mg in the morning and would "crash" in the afternoon, feeling really run-down. 5 mg twice a day is perfect for me. What has changed: I no longer begin one thing, get distracted and then wander off, only to come back to find, for example, the dishwasher half-unloaded and all the cabinets open in the kitchen an hour later because I didn't complete the job. Forgetfulness subsides, much better attention to detail, ability to work quickly to finish everyday tasks that just felt so horrible to force my self to accomplish before (like cleanng out closets or writing long papers). The anti-social side effects are real but I found that skipping my afternoon medication allowed me some flexibility. I could be productive in the morning and early aftern F 26 2 years

 5  Adult ADHD Slight headache towards the end of the day (latent and not painful; more annoying than anything)...overall no issues at all... taking Adderall XR 10mg M-Fri for concentration at work... works GREAT! Makes me productive (not spun out like some of you) and positive and energetic and I utilize my time more efficiently and can focus MUCH BETTER than before. Alot of these ppl on here are taking this for the wrong reasons - I think some are not chemically compatible with it and others are taking too high a dosage. I have never had ANY issues with it at all, minus a very miniscule headache at the end of the day that is easily fixed with a little (small!!) amount of caffeine. DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG UNLESS YOU NEED IT OR YOU WILL BE HAVING SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS! THIS IS NOT A DRUGE TO ABUSE - USE IT FOR ITS INTENDED PURPOSE ONLY!! F 26 32 days
 5  Adult ADD Dry mouth, constipation (both went away after 2-4 weeks), nervousness (went away after a month). *Most side effects you get used to or they go away after a few weeks. This saved my life! My body couldn't take Ritalin--I have Adult ADHD and mild Anxiety so Adderall, combined with a good antidepressant is a good combo. I take two 15 mg XR's. The IR's gave me the "sweats" and made me a little agitated. Adderall is the best thing that has happened to me. I wish I had it when I was in high school and college. I am an editor and I can actually sit for hours without going crazy. F 34 10 months

 5  diagnosed with ADD Initially, first two weeks or so, I had difficulty sleeping and little appetite. Side effects lessened considerably after this time, though, and now I suffer no noticable side effects. Diagnosed with ADD in August. Started on Adderall once a day, went to twice a day and have a much easier time in general. The benefits were noticable immediately. I felt coherent, was able to leave the house without forgetting sunglasses, cell phone, directions, water bottle; no more trips back into the house, less running late. Enabled me to pick up the phone and make those tedious phone calls, pay bills, answer emails, just see to life in general without the usual agony. Additonal benefit: I found I was less anxious. Talked with my psychiatrist about this, and he suggested while there was no physiological reason for this, likely my anxiety was being fed by my lack of focus and the repercussions of that, trying to keep everything together. Despite all the negative feedback I've read, I can say that for me it's really working well. Don't hesitate. Give it a try for 2-3 weeks, and if it doesn't work for you, try something else. F 40 5 months

 5  ADDDDDHDDDDDD Fast heart rate, Keeps my focus away from unproductive activities, I last longer in bed, I make a lot more money. Quite the drug... I personally think that they should put this shit in the water. M 19 5 days

 5  ADD Dry mouth and Loss of appetite. Dose: 40 mg (not sure if it is right or not but sounds right) "normal" Adderall 5th - 10th grade. 30mg Adderall XR Nov. 2 - Presnt I just started taking Adderall again. I had taken it when i was younger from around 5th grade - 8th grade and had also taken Ritalin for ADD my 4th grade year but switched to Adderall because i started getting head aches at the end of the day after the Ritalin wore off. Anyway after my grades started to drop this semester i started noticing that i was having trouble focusing in class and could not get my homework done on time and if i did it was always done "half-assed". I decided to try adderall again (the reason i got off of it in 8th grade was because i thought i didn't need it anymore not because of side effects) and so far it was worked wonders. I am able to pay attention in class and i actually do my homework now and i don't "half-ass" it anymore. After reading a majority of the comments and list of side affects peopl M 21 1 months


 5  duped the psych come-down sucks when I happen to be feeling depressed and/or anxious. need to defecate 30min. after ingestion (rather pleasant!), thirsty, loss of appetite. The BEST side-effect: HIGH! I LOVE it. It's a great, fun, creative, stimulant, awakening, drug! The only prob is that I can't take too much otherwise come-down sucks and heart palpitations become too noticeable. 20mg in a day is all I can do, and I'm lucky if I can do it the next day without compounding the unwanted peripheral nervous system stimulation. F 20 5 months

 5  ADHD (non-hyperactive; ADD) Dry Mouth, Anxiety, Susceptiblilty to Hypoglycemia, Severe loss of Appetite I would recommend taking Adderall if you NEED it, I had a rough couple first weeks testing different doses and such, I'm on the highest prescribed dose for Adderall XR. It helps me function in my college classes with exceptional ability. I highly reccommend eating before taking as I could hardly look at food let alone eat while I am "on" Adderall. This substance can be highly addictive so I routinely wean on the weekends, which means I simply don't take it. This method also helps greatly when it comes to effectiveness and extremity of side effects. Parents: Do not let your young(under 16) children have possession of the entire prescription as they may have issues in taking it. Also parents, help your kids understand why they want to take it, not why the doctor says they should, ADHD may sound like it will make them an outsider. Also, just a helpful hint to all you teenagers my age, don't drink or smoke marijuana while you are taking adderall, it's not the kind of high you wou M 18 3 years
 5  ADD Dry mouth, increased desire for nicotine, increased sex drive, sweating, diarrhea once initial effects take place, hot flashes, freezing cold hands and feet, loss of appetite (lost 15 lbs.), get extremely tired after 4-5 hours, but exhaustion only lasts about 30 minutes and then I feel fine. Adderall is the best thing man ever invented. I only wish I would've started taking it in high school. I have an extremely obsessive personality and I excelled in things that I enjoyed and were extremely important before taking adderall. Today, I excel at everything I do whether I normally would consider it boring or mundane. I painted our entire house (@1600 sq. feet) in one week and had never even painted before. I would paint for 10-12 hrs. a day all by myself. I redecorated and rearranged the house and it now looks awesome and I love being at home. I am an amazing worker now and I get excited about going to work. I look forward to doing things that used to be a chore such as; cleaning the house, washing my car, laundry, dishes, and organizing everything. I am more prepared for life and can handle anything that comes my way. I find that adderall enhances my creativity b/c I write down every single new idea I have and actually follow through with it. I am constantly searchi F 28 2.5 years
 5  severe ADD - also on straterra chatty, dry mouth, insomnia (on ambien to sleep) i love it. it has helped me to focus and do really well at my new job. i split the pill and take 1/2 in AM and 1/2 with lunch so it lasts through the day but wears off by night. taking ambien helps with the sleep issues. sometimes it bugs people that i chat so much but, hey, i need to function so get over it! anyone who says they have major withdrawals were probably taking too much or didn't wean. i've taken it for a while and sometimes forget to get my script and have no issues. please talk to your doctor before stopping - he'll tell you how to wean. low doses shouldn't matter, but higher doses need to wean. F 32 1 years
 5  ADD/ODD None M 6 90 days

 5  Depression, excessive sleepiness No real bad side-effects, just loss of appetite, some shakiness. The only bad thing is coming down. Adderall has been a life-saver for my depression and excessive daytime sleepiness. I've had a lot of good luck with this medication to help me focus and get things together. The only problems are withdrawal when off the med, and coming down. I have to take it twice a day at 30 mg in the morning, and 30 mg in the afternoon. Overall, it's been very helpful. F 26 4 months
 5  Adult ADD Brief euphoria when I first started taking it and hypersexuality. Both sx have since moderated. This drug completely changed ny life. I no longer feel constantly irritable like I'm about to explode. I can focus and complete tasks, I'm nicer to people. I just had my performance review at work and my boss said my work had been exceptional and wants to promote me to a senior policy advisor positiion. My compulsivity has also been reduced- I don't overeat and rarely drink anymore. I also sleep better and no longer need a sleep aid. M 46 1 years

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