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    I have been prescribed to ADD medication since I was about 5 or 6 years old. I have tried a few differant types such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta and with each I have had wierd side effects. I wanted to know if anyone else has had side effects such as mild ticks or tweaking, trouble breathing, getting very angry easily, upset stomache, feeling like a differant person, becoming withdrawn, irregular heart beat, breathing really fast and hard while just sitting down, and feeling like your head is all messed up (kinda like your high but its NOT fun)When I was prescribed to concerta I felt like I could have a heart attack at any moment because my heart would go very slow and all the sudden start to beat really fast then slow down again. I am now prescribed to Adderall but have stopped taking them because of the side effects, I am wondering if I may need a lower dose I am only taking 20mg time release right now. Has anyone had a similar experiance with this drug?

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    hi
    im 20 mgs of ritalin and ive noticed my heart beat kinda slow too bit i have tachnicardia (fast heart rate) so im on a beta blocker.
    my heart doc did say i have a healthy heart but he also mentioned that ritalin can make your heat beat a bit faster believe me i had heat rates that were 155 a minute. but me doc said that most likely it wasnt from the ritalin it was just natual heart rate. my son has been on rit since he was 5 and has been on ever since.

    dont be scared the side affects will go away . i rember the first time i took rit and it made me get ticks but they went away. if your concerned about the side affects talk to your doc.

    but you should be just fine:0)

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    Well Ive been on these pills for a long time and recently I took them for two months every school day and the side effects didnt go away. I just hate the way it makes my head feel. When you stop taking them and then start again how long does it take for the side effects to go away? I quit after two months bc I couldnt stand it nemore.. and before that I took it for like 5 years straight and then took a 1-2 year break.

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    hi
    maybe your on too much adderall what i heard is that if you go on and off stimulints of any kind you will experience side affects. i know when i went off ritalin or take to much then i go down to my reg dose i find that i have mood swings, also once you get used too the med you shouldnt notice it working just have better focus. if your really concered dont be afraid to talk to your doc about it. maybe adderall isnt the right med for you . maybe try somthing else like strattera. which i ve heard has less side affects cuz its a non stimulant. good luck.

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    yeah, they just started me out on 75mg of adderall a day... its pretty sweet, helps me focus a lot but i havent eaten in like 4 days and it makes me get all light-headed when i stand up or sit down fast, also my heart feels like it is beating really fast. But i think that it is worth it because its been helping me out in school a tremendous amount.

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    Adderall was recently banned in Canada until the maker issued a warning that ADDERALL CAN CAUSE HEART ATTACKS IN CHILDREN !!!

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    Thanks for making this thread. I'm 22, have had terrible ADHD all my life, but only just started the medication, adderrol. (terrible spelling). What its done for me as far as focus and schoolwork is nothing short of amazing. I'm so happy I've found this drug. But I also have some problems breathing while I'm on it. I'm a triathlete training for the Ironman, so I'm in great shape. Anyone know why this happens? Thanks!

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    Just jumping in here. I was just prescribed Adderall and have only been on it 8 days. First couple of days I had rapid heartbeat, about double my normal rate even when TRYING to sleep. That has subsided. It's still faster than normal but not as annoying as at first. I don't understand how anyone would want to abuse this drug as it doesn't make you feel good in any way. I feel strange, like in a fog but somehow it does make me focus better. I can't complain with the benefits but I can honestly say there are parts of it I don't like. I am still having trouble sleeping and ambien doesn't touch it. Not sure where this is headed. I can tell you that the side effects have improved from the first couple of days. If I had to live like those first two days I would definetly have not stayed on it. I am going to give it another week and see how it goes.

    My dr said adderall can make ticks worse for people who are prone to them. She said to watch out for any abnormal behaviour. I haven't had any problems with that. I am finding just the opposite as far as socialization, I feel more comfortable around people. Just another case of drugs affecting people differently I suppose.

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    G'day
    so in the hours between now and when I made that first post about problems breathing, my night went to hell. I did get a ton of reading done, which was the goal, but my chest felt like it was caving in. It's only just now starting to settle down. I probably took too many, and drank too much coffee, but I really hope thats the last time I have to deal with this side effect. Its freaking scary, trying to breathe and not being able to.

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    same deal. i got put on 10mg 2x/daily, then he upped it a week later to 40mg 2x/daily. The whole not being hungry deal is so awesome... I can make myself eat fruit and vegs, but sides that... im digging the weight loss. Am having the same side effects as far as standing up and dizziness, and the trouble breathing is utterly nuts. But for the school work and reading I'm getting done.... this drug is nothing short of a life saver.

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    I get symptoms like that if I take adderall for to many days in a row, without sleeping enough (which I don't have time to do, drugs or no drugs). I'm only on 7.5 mgs though, and it's not my scrip. I'd honestly recommend that you try different meds, even I can take that much without problems (5'2", female, 102lbs), even when I haven't taken it in a while. There are so many other meds out there these days, unless you've tried everything else, one of them might be a better fir for you. There's a recent new one that I don't remember the name of, it's another amphetamine, but it still might be better.

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    I haven't had any problems with the breathing stuff. Today is better, but I cut my dose in half yesterday and it made a difference. I slept better, still not perfect, but better. I think that will be my plan. Will cut it in half every few days (or maybe skip a day entirely) to avoid a build up. At this point, I don't think the side effects are enough to keep me from enjoying the benefits. My dr said she might increase the dosage. Uh, I don't think so! 10mg 3X day is plenty for me. Most days I only take two instead of three. Also, I have found if I take them in halves through the day it's not so hard on my body. It really has helped me a lot. I still have an appetite, but not eating that snacky food all during the day like I used to. That's nice!

    thanks for everyone's input here...

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    Hey,

    I went through the same thing (shortness of breath)...When I was taking Concerta (or Adderall XR), I it would feel as though my chest tightened and something began closing up, even if I took a sniff or ritalin.

    I believe that this is due to an allergy to the drug or the drug is just causing another ailment you have to become worse. I also noticed I had more gas from it too (always fun for the whole family).

    After feeling horrible from not being able to breathe for a month, my dr. finally tried giving me an inhaler and that took away at least 70% of the problem. I am getting tested tuesday for asthma now because of this (I had it when I was 8 years old and had a puffer for awhile). So it's possible it could be asthma.

    It's tough for me, I liked concerta a ton and it really did help me, but not being able to breathe just sucks. Get tested and figure out if you have anything else that could be getting worse by taking ADHD meds. It's all about your body so figure out every little detail and let your doctor know everything, then it's just tweaking it till you find a cure. Goodluck (by the way swimmerfish I am 23, its good we are figuring this out at a young age)!

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    Its been a few days since I got the new dosage, 20mgs 2x, and I havent been completely faithful to it, since its pretty strong, and it makes running pretty tough. But I've noticed when I read, its a much more focused reading and I take way more notes and am much more into whatever the subject is. But I dont read as fast as I used to. Ive also noticed Im much better at socializing, I can sit and talk for hours. But the huge thing is not noticing time going by. Anyone else notice this time thing? When im on it, i couldnt care less that Ive been sitting and reading for 10 hours at a time. wacky.

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    Almost two weeks on adderall (10mg 3 X day). It has really settled nicely now. No more rapid heartbeat, can finally sleep at night with no problems. Strangely, it doesn't make me wired anymore. Just keeps me focused and on a direct path all day. I am really pleased. I didn't expect the results to be this good.

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    how old were you when you were diagnosed with ADD? and was this through a specialist?

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    I am 48. Diagnosed about a month ago. It's not severe, just enough to keep me distracted from following through. I am very even tempered, no anger or emotional problems. I saw a psychiatrist. It just wasn't making sense to me that I was struggling through the day to get normal stuff done. I wish I had gone to see a dr years ago. Just one of those things I put off.

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    Same here, I wasn't tested for it when I was a kid...I passed highschool and college just fine, but I didn't feel good through it (great times, just school and even after school activities...paying attention was a challenge).

    I am a video editor/compositor just trying to follow my dreams still waiting to see what treatment is right for me, but it takes time... it's never too late to start though. Goodluck with figuring it all out and combining that with what you love doing, I think that's one thing we all want out of life.
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    Wow, I'm glad I got diagnosed early. I can't imagine trying to get through grad school without this stuff. Undergrad and high school were bad enough. It sucks sometimes when I look back and think about all the classes I skipped (and lower grades I got for it) just cuz I couldnt make myself sit still for them.
    On the bright side, being without it taught me a focus, so now on it, reading all night is a breeze.
    And the breathing problem has completely gone away. If anyone else is experiencing it, try cutting all caffeine out of your diet a day before you take the stuff.

    good luck!

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    Don't know if this is from the Aderrall!!! I have been getting a twitching like sensation in different parts of my body(usually arm or leg,this is what I recall) and it happens when I am falling asleep. It wakes me up and starts in one of the body parts and my body twitches or shakes. I take Adderall on and off and I am also on Subutex and just recently stopped Lexapro after a month(by the way I had no noticable side effects like everybody else was claiming). I have not been on the Adderall for like two weeks and the Lexapro for almost a month. It has subsided over the last week. I am just wondering if this is from the Adderall or Lexapro??? I mention the Adderall over the Lexapro because this side effect has happened at other times before ever taking the Lexapro. I guess I can't rule out the lovely Subutex but I never really noticed this from taking just Subutex.Thank You for your input!!!

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    swimmerfish,
    glad you are not having the breathing problems anymore...that would be a side effect you could not live with..

    i didn't have add as a kid. Always did great in school, college, job,etc. This developed much later in life which I guess is not the norm. I think that's why i put off seeing someone about it. I generally think of ADD or ADHD people as having it all their lives. Not true with me. I am not hyperactive at all, just the opposite. I just couldn't follow through with stuff. I suppose that is why they have "AADD" (adult ADD!). Anyway, adderall is still doing great for me. I am so happy to have been prescribed this medication.

    PS I too get little tingly spiky feelings in my arms and legs on occassion. Nothing bad but I am sure it's the adderall. Small price to pay for the benefits! Also, I must have one amazing appetite because after the first couple of days I am eating as normal as ever. Once again, I feel like if a drug is doing what it is truly meant to do, treat the condition it is meant for, then the side effects are more like to be less...(does that make any sense?)

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    Hey Greenday, I notice those tingly feelings too. I kind of dig them, its a pretty cool feeling.
    Breathing problems have gone away and now Im more able to focus on multiple things at once, so same as before, but much more in depth. Either this is what its meant to do, or Im already building a resistance.

    Question - my doc prescribed these and is totally willing to prescribe provigil, and upped my dosage about a week after i was on the stuff without a question. Its been about three weeks since I got on the stuff - since you guys have all dealt with different doctors etc, would next week be too soon to ask him to up my dosage again? I was on 80 mg/day, but Ive noticed its taking bout 100 to have an effect

    thanks!

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    Gosh, I am only on 30mg a day so I can't imagine what 100mg a day is like. I know I need to be dosed higher. I knew this on day 5 of taking it so I am SURE it's not a tolerance issue. I kept a small journal and wrote in it each day to track how the adderall was making me feel. Day 5 the "bottom dropped out". It's still working but a higher dose would be more beneficial. Nothing too dramatic. We will see. I go back to dr on Wed and I am sure we will discuss it as she told me she would probably have to increase. Part of me wants to stay at this lower lever as long as possible, but another part of me wants to get it right. I guess I will see how it goes on Wed.

    This stuff has been a life saver for me. And yep, there are some drawbacks but all is well for the most part.

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    hi im 14 a freshman in high school and this past week has been bad to help me on finals the first day i took 3 tramadol which r painkillers and the next day i took 4 today i took 2 little oarnge adderall that i got for finals to concentrate and iwhen it kicked in i immedietly started crying i felt like i was high but in a wierd why i keep grinding my teeth my toungs it white eyes bloodshot what i found really weird was at lunch my friends told me i had a girl friend and she broke up with me and i am single so i knew they were kidding but i started bawling my brains out and i couldnt control my mouth i also had thouight my mom died andmy mouth would frown on its own and i would start to bawl not just cry bawl a lot. just wanting some help so anyone who can email me A.S.A.P ps. i am not a drug user and i dont try to abuse painkillers just made me feel good


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    bb7,
    I hate to tell you this but you ARE a drug abuser. You are only 14 so if you have any intelligence at all PLEASE stop this destructive behaviour. I am not here to criticize you, but you are heading down a very difficult path if you continue the way you are going. It is so easy to rely on pills to get you through tough days (finals,etc), but before you know it everyday will present some complication that you will reach for a pill to solve. You have your whole life ahead of you. Read this forum and see where popping pills will get you. Again no criticism intended. Adderall is strong stuff (as I think you have found out) and it's not meant to play with. If you could fast forward yourself in five years and see where this all will get you I guarantee you will heed this advice. There is not a person here that would love to get back years wasted. If you feel you need some help with focusing or whatever, GO SEE a psych dr. Get on medication the correct way so you don't overdose yourself into oblivion or worse. My son just lost ANOTHER classmate from doing exactly what you are describing. Please please think of everyone that cares about you and loves you and don't take chances with your life.

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    Hullo thread

    I did something pretty naive, so I hope someone can get something useful outta my stupidity.

    Its a bit un-nerving how easy it is to take too many of these pills. This past week, I took a couple extra than my dose recommended over the period of two days in order to get some extra reading done. ended up not sleeping for almost 3 days, not eating, and by the time I forced myself into bed, I was too wound up to sleep for another few hours. (But I got all my work done, ha)

    Towards the end of the 2nd night up, I started noticing that I was beginning to hallucinate, seeing ghosts or weird visions superimposed on my furniture. Yet my body felt fine, except for the usual increased heart rate and difficulty swallowing.

    I've read up since then on over-dosing on this stuff, and unlike what I had heard from friends, it is possible to have a fatal amount. So, take it from someone that likely came pretty close to doing something irreversible. Just be careful, and keep in mind that most of the time, you don't actually need the extra dose. **And drink plenty of water, cut out the coffee and energy drinks. Theres no way that they can come close to having the same effect as the drugs, anyway.**

    I also think part of the problem was not just the drugs, but the combo of not sleeping or eating. I cant eat at all on this stuff, even the smell of food makes me feel sick. This is where fruit and veggies come in handy, since they're mostly water based.

    Anyway, just be careful out there, fellow ADHD'ers. No one wants a Darwin Award.

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    Sorry to hear your bad couple of days, swimmerfish. I can't figure out why anyone would want to take too much of this stuff. It doesn't make me feel "good" or "high" at all. I guess it affects people differently. You are so right to post about taking a couple extra so others will think twice before doing the same. Hope you are feeling better by now.

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    Hey everyone. Hows the adhd world today?

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    Hey there Swimmerfish! Everything is good in my world. ADD is under control thanks to the meds. How are you doing? Got a tough week ahead of me so I hope I can keep it together...juggling tons of little fires all week long so we will see if the adderall is a magic pill-LOLOL

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    Question Long-Term Exposure to Adderall?

    Interesting forum, glad I found it and thanks to all for sharing. Quick background and a question...10 years ago diagnosed with depression at age 28, tried St. John's Wort, Wellbutrin and Lexapro but with no huge positive gains...still was depressed, had a lot of trouble concentrating, sleep problems...all fairly standard.

    So about a year ago I went to a new doctor and they said while depression was a factor, the core issue was ADHD. I had no idea adults could even have it. It's been an educational process for me.

    So she put me on Adderall XR, dropped my Lexapro to the smallest dose possible. The results over the past year have been incredible! Can concentrate, feel good, and am doing well at work with little to no side effects, but...

    Recently I've begun to feel jittery and depression has increased. Has anyone else had these side effects occur so far into a Adderall XR therapy? I'm wondering if they're side effects or related to something else...the depression could be situational as Father's Day, my dad's birthday and the anniversary of his '06 death are all currently passing in June and July...

    Would welcome any thoughts. Thanks and sorry for the long post.

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