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  • Winifred June 04, 2008
    June 04, 2008

    Hey Scott,

    I sometimes took stimulants - (Ritalin, then later dexedrine spansules) - for long periods then stopped. I experienced two weeks or so of foggy thinking then felt fine. Nothing earth shaking.

    My experience with Adderall was limited. It worked but unfortunately I was never able to shake the headaches so stopped it after having taken it for only six weeks.

    In general, when stopping a medication give your doctor a call first - (that's why we pay them the big bucks...for their knowledge and expertise!). No appointment will be needed.

    He or she will have specific recommendations on how to best stop the medication. Some medications can be stopped immediately; others are best to wean off over a period of days or weeks.  

    Sometimes it is helpful to go off our medication periodically to see how the medication is helping us.

    Other times it can be harmful, as in the case of someone with bipolar disorder who is responding well to their medication with few or no side effects. Having a manic episode is no fun.

    Fortunately, for ADHD adults, the effects of going on and off our medication is usually less dramatic, but there are always exceptions.

    Let us know if you have a specific concern about taking your medication. Perhaps we could be helpful.

    Winnie, an adult ADD advocate

  • Evelyn August 21, 2008
    August 21, 2008

    What if I stop my ADHD medication after taking it for 3 years?


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