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haraldbenzMemberNovember 1, 2013 at 7:02 pmPost count: 28
It’s been a while since I posted last here. That’s why I figured it’s time to tell you the results of my little experiment.
Yes, you can stop taking Adderall XR cold turkey. No withdrawal symptoms whatsoever.
It took about 4 weeks until I noticed a change. I was tired pretty much all the time and couldn’t get anything done. No focus whatsoever.
To see if the being-tired-all-the-time thing was just a temporary ‘reaction’ I stayed on course and off Adderall for a few more weeks.
Eventually, after about two month and no further change I decided it’s time to stop my experiment and go back to taking Adderall XR.
Of course, one could think this experiment of mine was a rather silly endeavour but I beg to differ. It made me realize how Adderall XR actually works. Thanks to it I managed to solve a problem that was haunting me for some time, insomnia.
Like many of us I always had problems with sleep. Better said with not sleeping. Nothing new but for the last year or so my insomnia went to bad (excuse the pun) to worse and then to downright nasty.
During that time eight (8) hours of sleep was my regular quota. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it.
Unfortunately, that’s not 8 hours per night but per week (Sat. and Sunday included).
It got nasty when I couldn’t sleep at all for 7 nights in a row.
Anyhow, back to Adderall. Unlike other ADD medication Adderall is an amphetamine. When it comes to sports it is an illegal substance and qualifies as doping. With the exception of North America it can’t even be prescribed by a doctor or legally purchased anywhere else in the world. Nice, eh.
For all the doping junkies in us the XR version of it comes with the ADDed benefit of being a time release product. And therein, my friends, lies the problem.
You see, every morning I have to take thyroid medication a hour before I can eat anything. Not wanting to mix the Adderall into my thyroid cocktail (T4 + T3), I ended up taking it rather late in the morning.
Turns out too late for me. When the last release of amphetamine finally kicked in the effect pretty much kept me up all night. Hurray.
After realizing this I consulted with my pharmacist. Now I am taking my entire meds all at once and do so early in the morning, between 6 and 7am.REPORT ABUSE
I am happy to report I’m sleeping like a baby ever since.
haraldbenzMemberAugust 13, 2013 at 3:37 pmPost count: 28
Well, it’s a week now since I stopped cold turkey. As my Doc suggested there are no withdrawal symptoms to report as of now.
Frankly, so far I haven’t noticed any changes whatsoever, good or bad. Then again, it’s early in my experiment.REPORT ABUSE
haraldbenzMemberAugust 8, 2013 at 8:54 amPost count: 28
haraldbenzMemberAugust 7, 2013 at 8:09 pmPost count: 28
Alright kids, called my Doc today and talked to him about going off of Adderall XR.
He agreed with me and suggested to take a break from it for three month. He told me no problem to stop Adderall XR cold turkey. It would be a problem with antidepressants but not with Adderall.
I haven’t taken it today and so far no withdrawal symptoms.
haraldbenzMemberAugust 7, 2013 at 12:25 amPost count: 28
Thanks but that doesn’t answer my question.
I tried all kind of medications before I ended up with Adderall XR. I know what it/they do and what it/they don’t.
Could somebody please answer my original question? ThanksREPORT ABUSE
haraldbenzMemberFebruary 22, 2013 at 4:24 pmPost count: 28
@Cayjam: I know what you’re talking about. Had similar problems long before I’ve got even diagnosed with ADD.
I think your are experiencing also some anxiety and compulsory disorder problems. Don’t forget ADD/ADHD never comes alone.
First advice, I second what everybody else already said. Go, see your psychiatrist!!!!!
Secondly, this will help you with those anxiety/compulsory problems.
There’s something very common about people with ADD/ADHD and all the other crap that comes with it (you are not alone, we all have similar problems!).
We always worry more about other people than ourselves. Whether we fear we are disturbing them or whatever else, we are always more concerned about the wellbeing of others around us.
Yet, we are the one’s who suffer from insomnia and what not.
Do yourself a favour and realize that first and foremost you’ve got to take care of yourself. – This has nothing to do with being selfish. It has to do with changing your thinking and hence controlling your anxiety. Don’t be afraid you might wake up the other person. Guess what, s/he is already asleep while you are not. Even if s/he wakes up briefly they will go back to sleep as quickly.
Or if you’re afraid the person beside you might touch up against you, instead of worrying about it and it’s consequences for you (the compulsory part feeds of your anxiety) reverse the role and be the one who does the touching/brushing up. Again, the person beside you is at sleep. By reversing the role you are in fact eliminating your anxiety completely.
When I was your age I had this compulsive habit of checking my alarm clock gazillion times before I could even relax enough to fall asleep. I got completely fed up with having to reach out to the darn alarm clock hundreds of times to check whether it’s set or not, it wasn’t funny anymore. One day I had the glorious idea to get a second alarm clock and put it across the room, way out of my reach. Knowing I had a back-up I cannot turn off accidentally solved the problem instantly and put an end to my compulsive behaviour for good.REPORT ABUSE
haraldbenzMemberFebruary 22, 2013 at 3:27 pmPost count: 28
@Filmbuff984: I’ve got diagnosed about 5 years ago.REPORT ABUSE
haraldbenzMemberFebruary 15, 2013 at 11:47 amPost count: 28
haraldbenzMemberFebruary 14, 2013 at 4:48 pmPost count: 28
haraldbenzMemberFebruary 14, 2013 at 4:38 pmPost count: 28
That didn’t work. Bugger. Let’s try this again.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all!
For the lonely singles (like me) …. Happy Apocalypse-Now Day!REPORT ABUSE
haraldbenzMemberFebruary 14, 2013 at 4:32 pmPost count: 28
Happy Valentine’s Day to all!
For the lonely singles (like me) …. Happy Apocalypse-Now Day!
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haraldbenzMemberFebruary 14, 2013 at 3:58 pmPost count: 28
haraldbenzMemberFebruary 8, 2013 at 1:14 pmPost count: 28
I’m sure you’ll look Fabulous in it. 🙂REPORT ABUSE