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HELP! Adderall Stopped Working?!? - February 22nd 2012, 04:17 PM

I've been taking Adderall XR 30mg for a year. I also have Adderall 20mg "booster" pills that last about 4 hours. (taken only when I need to focus for a shorter time than the 8-12 hour)
I normally take Adderall XR once a day (in the morning) and it lasts until the evening. (note- I sometimes will only take it every other day or every 2 days because I do not want to develop a tolerance or addiction to it.)
I usually experience a high energy level, great focused concentration, boost of confidence and sociability, lack of appetite, dry mouth, and sore muscles.
Over the past year, the only thing I have found that affects the potency of Adderall for me is lack of sleep, however, I was still able to feel the effects until I had slept less than 5 hours in 2 days. (could go a while without sleep and it still work)
I didn't take it for about a month and a half while out of school. When I took it after this break, it worked like normal for about 3 weeks and I had all of the good and negative side effects as well. As of yesterday and today, it does not seem to be working. I instead feel almost in a daze kinda like when you don't get enough sleep. I'm not energized and not focused. I'm not confident and not social. I also haven't experienced lack of appetite, or dry mouth. Muscle soreness (tightness) is the only effect I've noticed. It's almost as though taking the Adderall puts me into this dazed state.
I haven't done anything different. I've been getting anywhere from 6-9 hours of sleep per night. I am eating the same types of food. I do not eat for an hour before taking Adderall to help it absorb. I am taking the same birth control and dosage of birth control and the same multivitamin gummies that I've been taking.
PLEASE HELP!!! Adderall has been the most helpful in concentrating in nursing school (LOTS of studying) and has been extremely beneficial in countering my social anxiety. I'm getting worried and desperate.
ANY ADVICE, SUGGESTIONS, HOME REMEDIES, EXPERIENCE, ETC. IS MORE THAN WELCOME!!!
   
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Re: HELP! Adderall Stopped Working?!? - February 22nd 2012, 08:04 PM

I would talk to your doctor about it. I was on medication that worked for me so well but them just stopped. Sometimes medicine just stops working. Or ask your doctor about Intuniv it can be taken along with other medicines to help you focus better and can definatly help with any form of anxiety.
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Re: HELP! Adderall Stopped Working?!? - February 23rd 2012, 01:07 AM

Im not sure if mediciane just stop's working or its more you built a tolerance to it. Talk to your doctor maybe you can try a add on med or increase or lower your does to help.
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Re: HELP! Adderall Stopped Working?!? - February 23rd 2012, 03:40 AM

You may have built up a tollerance. I don't know anything about Adderall but sometimes the body builds up tollerance to medications and a higher dose or new medication needs to be used in it's place.
It's something none of us here could really truly help you with, you would have to go talk to your prescribing doctor.


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Re: HELP! Adderall Stopped Working?!? - February 23rd 2012, 03:45 AM

Adderall, and amphetamines in general, are pretty well known for "tolerance effects" -- i.e. a reduction in potency/effectiveness after long-term use. I can explain this more if you'd like, most people just get annoyed with my "brain jargon" lol

Having said that, I'm a bit surprised you're experiencing this after taking a break from the drug. Seems to me that, if anything, Adderall should be more effective after an abstinence period, not less. Have you been taking a higher dose these past weeks, or dosing more often than you used to?

How are your stress levels, diet, and exercise? Do you normally have worsened anxiety and concentration problems in the winter?



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