medication

Why isn't my Adderall XR doing anything for me?

taralane98 Community Member April 01, 2009
  • I'm a 29 year old female. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 11. My parents choose to take a non drug approuch to my what they thought of as a learning disablity. I was successful in high school and wasn't till college that my ADHD started to effected my day to day life. At 25 I went on Strattra. The Strattra worked great for me. My insurence resently raised my copay on the Strattra so I asked my doctor to change me to something that would be less. I was put on adderall XR 20mg. I just compleated my second month on the medication. The problem is I feel NOTHING. I could take a vitamin and get the same effect. I have been unable to concentrate at work. I'm getting up twice and much. I find myself talking nonstop. The only thing I have noticed is that I have been sleeping great, I normally suffer from insomiea. My docotor looked at me like I was lying when I said it did nothing for me. Is what I'm experenceing normal? Why isn't it working for me? What should I do?

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  • LifeInPieces
    Apr. 01, 2009

    I too found adderall to be ineffective, though my doctor insisted it was almost identical to the amphetamine I had been taking. But he took my word for it, thankfully, and put me back on old-fashioned dexedrine, which to this day has been the only thing that makes me functional. I have tried many medications, and sometimes doctors appear shocked that I am 'still'...

    RHMLucky777

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    I too found adderall to be ineffective, though my doctor insisted it was almost identical to the amphetamine I had been taking. But he took my word for it, thankfully, and put me back on old-fashioned dexedrine, which to this day has been the only thing that makes me functional. I have tried many medications, and sometimes doctors appear shocked that I am 'still' on this 'old stuff', but you know, many medications are marketed / promoted and prescribed prematurely. You must trust your own symptoms and experience. That's what meds are for-- to get rid of those. So don't use the new stuff only because it's the new hot product out there and your doctor wants to try it on you. use what works. Insist on a change in medication until you are content with its effects.

    • grannyp
      Apr. 04, 2010

      I have been taking adderall xr 15mg for ADHD in feb. 2010. I am 5'2" 115lbs., 53 female. We have gradually increased my dose to 25 mg. When we change dose I get headache for several days. My only side effect seems to be no appetite. I don't feel focused at all, no jitters or anything like that. I can't even tell I am taking it. The first day I did notice for...

      RHMLucky777

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      I have been taking adderall xr 15mg for ADHD in feb. 2010. I am 5'2" 115lbs., 53 female. We have gradually increased my dose to 25 mg. When we change dose I get headache for several days. My only side effect seems to be no appetite. I don't feel focused at all, no jitters or anything like that. I can't even tell I am taking it. The first day I did notice for the first time in my life I could actually sit and watch tv without fidgeting. I have noticed I am less compulsive and can sometimes control butting in on people talking. From this I assume it IS doing me some good. I am wondering if I am expecting too much from the drug. I just don't get the CONCENTRATION and focus most experience and keep hoping that will kick in. I plan to make appt with dr after 2 weeks to discuss treatment expectations. It seems to be a slow process. I really want to take the smallest dose possible to control symptoms. 

      good luck

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      happymixneloov
      Feb. 15, 2014
      I have not had problems with adderall. I did have the same problem with Ritalin. It had no effect on me. I came to realize it has to do with the chemical structure of the drug. Adderall and Vyvanse worked very well. Their chemical structure is similar, unlike Ritalin, which did not work. I think that's the same issue here. The doctor may have thought it should...
      RHMLucky777
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      I have not had problems with adderall. I did have the same problem with Ritalin. It had no effect on me. I came to realize it has to do with the chemical structure of the drug. Adderall and Vyvanse worked very well. Their chemical structure is similar, unlike Ritalin, which did not work. I think that's the same issue here. The doctor may have thought it should work, but perhaps Adderall's chemical structure simply isn't compatible for your needs.