Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
Fatigue when not on Adderall
I love the work that I get done when I am taking my Adderall however, I really only need it 2-3 days out of the week.
When I had a huge class load last year I peaked at 30 mg at 7am and 30mg at 1pm and thats only because I attended college at night.I feel fatigued when I am not using Adderall, even if its been 2 weeks I still don't feel like I have energy.I find myself wanting to nap when possible.Any suggestions on how to fight Adderall fatigue.I do weight train and exercise but it has been difficult due to my fatigue.
Cancel
9 Answers
Page 1 of 1
Avatar universal
You need to speak with your Dr. I suffer from adult ADD and I can't take my adderall right now due to pregnancy, but you could be experiencing withdrawls... Just because if its fast acting Adderall, then it's only meant to last 4 hours.. After that it wears off and you come "down" so to speak.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
189897 tn?1441130118
  And its always possible that its not the Adderall, but your schedule that is fatiguing you.  You probably need about 8 hours of sleep a night.  If you are not getting that, you will feel fatigued.  And it typically takes 2 to 3 days to make up for one night of lost sleep.  Try getting a couple of nights of good long sleep and see how you feel.  
   By the way, I didn't start taking naps until about my junior year in college - and I still do.  Just make them power naps.  Don't sleep for more than about 40 min.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
It is most likely the adderall that your feeling. I get the same feeling when I come off of it. But I am now taking Vyvanse which is the same thing, but only it lasts longer and there is almost no comedown. I still use the adderall when I need a quick boost. And like sandman2 said you may also need more sleep and also you might not be eating right. I don't know how you live at all except for what you said though.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
I am not a doctor, but I've been perscribed 30mg + 20mg adderal XR once a day for 8yrs I will tell you you should just get off the pills and hope that it hasn't had an irreversable effect on you. It doesn't matter how long I go without anymore, all I do is sleep. The only way I have motivation to do anything is to take the pills. caffine/sugar/excersize/5hr energys...nothing else works or even helps. My doctor says its not addictive - well my doctor must be a ******* idiot because that is exactly what it is and as for the adverse side effects like lack of energy, motivation, diminished mental state, depression, and everything else I don't know if there's anyway to fix it. If anyone knows why this is and what to do? Please help me
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
189897 tn?1441130118
It really depends on what condition you have for the prescription.   What you have sounds more like narcolepsy than AD/HD  or severe depression.  You can have the depression with AD/HD.  Are you on any other meds?  If so that could be the problem.
   Your doc is right in that the dose is not addictive - however, I'm not sure he is giving you the whole story here.  So I guess the big question is - are you on other meds and what was the official diagnosis?
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
757137 tn?1347200053
Yes, it most certainly is addictive. Any doctor who claims it isn't is either not up on his chemistry or is being misleading. Adderall is a form of speed. I don't need an MD to know what that means.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
189897 tn?1441130118
   If a person has ADHD or ADD, and does not misuse it, it is not addictive.  As "The ADD/ ADHD Answer book," by Susan Ashley says on page 162, "Dosages prescribed are low and not anywhere near the amount required to develop a dependency."   If it was addictive, there would be about 10 million kids addicted to it.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
1699033 tn?1443113373
Absolutely true what Sandman2 said when used correctly...my son took it only on weekdays when he had school.  No weekends, no summer, and when he decided he didn't want to take it at all anymore, he just stopped.  It only stays in your system for a certain amount of time and then its gone.  
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
I feel the same way.... been on adderall for like 10 years and no matter how long i'm off it, i still can't get my energy back. I gain weight, can't get it off. i try to be active and eat healthy and still can't get energy level back to normal. it's such a disadvantage that i started taking it again. i hate this cycle.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Recent Activity
1236893 tn?1408490528
Blank
IGF1 and Muscular Development
47 mins ago by gymdandee
1236893 tn?1408490528
Blank
gymdandee commented on Protein Dessert That ...
50 mins ago
4522800 tn?1470329434
Blank
VICourageous commented on Protein Dessert That ...
3 hrs ago
Top Children's Development Answerers
189897 tn?1441130118
Blank
Sandman2
San Pedro, CA
ADD / ADHD Community Resources
Top Children's Development Answerers
189897 tn?1441130118
Blank
Sandman2
San Pedro, CA