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nuckenfuts asked 3 years ago

my doc started me on 10 mg of adderall. it doesnt seem like its strong enough. what strength are you taking, and what determonds the strength of the dose.

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StrungOutOnLife answered 3 years ago

Re: strength of dose
Quote from nuckenfuts on 19. Apr 2006 at 03:31:

my doc started me on 10 mg of adderall. it doesnt seem like its strong enough. what strength are you taking, and what determonds the strength of the dose.

I’m on 40 mg/day, but I had to build up to that dose. I started on 10 mg/day.

jenapherever answered 3 years ago

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Hmmm, I think I started on about 10mg a day, maybe it was 10 mg in the am then 10 mg in the afternoon.  Within 6 months I was up to 40 mg a day, and I stayed on that does for a long time.  After a while I found it to be no longer effective, however, the “family physican” I was seeing to get the Rx said that he “did not feel comfortable prescribing any higher of a does”.  He also said some b.s about 40 mg being the reccommed limit dose (not true).  That was when I realized that perhaps these family practicioners arn’t the ones you should see about mental stuff.
 
My friend refered me to her psyciatrist, and he immediatly upped the dose to 60 mg a day (40 in the am, 20 in the afternoon).  This seems to be working fine.  I do wonder myself what might occure if and when this dose becomes less effective.

nuckenfuts answered 3 years ago

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my doc bumped me up to 25 mg. the differance is night and day.

wozzie answered 3 years ago

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I am currently taking 50mgs of the adderall XR, the only reason why I am that high is because of my body and how quickly my tolerances build up.   Chances are with only 10mgs you arent feeling anything, depending on how confortable you are with this stuff, trying taking 10mgs, and then wait a little bit and then just keep adding 5mgs or maybe 10mgs till you feel like its working.  Once you feel that the Adderall is working, stop.  Then the next day take that much expect but instead of taking it over a span of a few hours take it all at once and see how you feel.  The only thing you have to worry about is running out of pills early.

Possum answered 3 years ago

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I just got put on Adderall since Strattera sucked for me. I’m on 10mg and I don’t think it’s enough. I take it when I wake up, and it does hit pretty fast (which is nice ’cause I’m soooo slow to wake up and get moving). Even so, I’m not much more focused. I’m tall and I’m pretty tolerant to meds as it is, so I think I need a decent size dose to get an effect. Though I can understand my doctor wanting to start me lower rather than higher.  
 
I was more focused with Strattera, but the side effects were so crummy– sleepiness and made my girly time all wonky– that I couldn’t keep taking it.  
 
So… for now I’m not much more focused, I tend to get hungrier (the hell?!!) and I don’t think my sleep is altered much.  
 
I’m hoping upping my dose will give me the effects I need without leaving me a cracked-out speed freak.