I know no one here is really qualified to answer this, but how would you think a low dose (10mg) of adderalls stimulating effects, compare to drinking energy drinks, and using nicotine several times a day (I chew, about 3 times per day). I am on a low dose of adderall, 5mg twice per day, it should probably be more but it has a positive effect and im comfortable with it right now. I don't like the idea of taking an "amphetamine" and asked my doctor if its safer then consuming heavy caffeinated drinks, and chewing, since the days I don't take adderall I use them more, and when I take the adderall, I don't seem to use caffeine or nicotine nearly as much. Her answer was definately the adderall was the safer alternative (obviously because of the tabacco) but she wouldn't really say how caffeine compares. I also suffer from depression, and I'm not currently takin an AD but the adderall seems to have a more positive effect on days I'm feeling really down. I'm 24 and am a recovering alcoholic, I know all about dependence, withdrawal, and the hellish nightmare it all is, I had the worst of it. I don't ever want to go through it again. But I have major problems with waking up in the morning, and thinking clear through out the day. I was diagnosed add younger but never took meds since I managed to do well in school. Any opinions here would be greatly appreciated. thanks!