How to control ADD when the side effects of meds are too much?
January 2, 2014 6:33 AM Subscribe
I have pretty bad ADD, and have consistently underperformed throughout my life. I got on meds a little while ago, and it was life-changing experience. I actually got things done! Unfortunately, the side effects forced me off of the meds, at a time when I need structure more than ever. I would advice for non-medicated coping methods from others who have been in a similar situation to me (that is, couldn't handle meds and learned to manage without them).
posted by Thanquol180 to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
The meds I tried were:
Concerta (In the distant past): A disaster. I never had bruxism before taking this med, and now I do. Made me feel wired up.
Adderall XR: The dose at 20mg was a lifechanger, but I got muscle tension in my shoulders which grew to be debilitating. It was eventually diagnosed as thoracic outlet syndrome, and the doctor did not think that there was a connection between the Adderall and the symptoms, but I never had them before I was on the med and the shoulder tension all but disappeared after I got off. I also tried 15mg, which was a bit better but not enough to justify staying on, and I crashed HARD later in the day.
Vyvanse, 30mg: Fewer side effects than the Adderall, but a bit of muscle tension still reared its ugly head. Also, it didn't manage my symptoms as well as Adderall did.
Wellbutrin XL: This was recommended and worked well for a while (also helped with the mood), but I got muscle tension on this too!
I am now unmedicated and am relying on coffee, which seems like the strongest stimulant my body is able to handle without body tension. I know there is still Strattera to try, but I have not heard great things about that medication so I figured I'll try going 'all-natural' for a while and see if positive habits will help
It's not working out so well thus far, and I would like tips on how to keep focused (particularly in the early day) in an unstructured environment, which I have always had a difficult time with.