Thanks so much for reading - I'm hoping someone who has experience with this might be able to help steer me in the right direction.
- First of all, I'm female, 23 years old, 5'3, about 135lbs -
I have been prescribed Adderall ir for Adult ADD and treatment resistant depression for about 3 years now. In the beginning, we started with just 5mg - and it did wonders for me! It was like a switch had been turned on, and I could see clearly again. Work improved vastly, and socially... I was finally able to feel.. "myself"! I could get out of bed, take care of all my responsibilities, enjoy forming relationships/friendships... It was a lifesaver. Anyway, as it sometimes goes, with the doctor's supervision, the dose slowly crept upwards as time went on in order for the medication to maintain it's effectiveness - 5mg to 10mg to 15mg, etc...
Cut to about 3 months ago, I filled my (new) normal script for 30mg ir - With my Doctors guidance, I'd normally cut them in half, and take about 45mg over the course of the day. And... Nothing. I laid around all day. After a very depressing month of this, the Doc and I tried Nuvigil for a month, but I did not like it at all (bad headaches, "awake" but totally foggy, extreme difficulty sleeping... etc).
After a lot of research and thought, I went back to the Doctor and discussed switching to the Brand Name Adderall - thinking that perhaps the generic was just not as effective for me anymore. After going about my normal routine of 15mg x3 to no avail, I stopped splitting them in half, and instead would take at the full, normal dose - 30mg, 3 times a day.
But there's still been no change, and these last 3 months have been pretty horrible. I'm incredibly lethargic, unmotivated, distracted, moody, occasional headaches... you guys know the drill. I work freelance, and i LOVE my job - normally happily moving from project to project, working year-round! These past 3 months... I've managed to finish only one project... I dont know if I'll be able to pay rent at this rate! I guess I could up my dosage, but I feel like maybe its time for a change...
This brings me to my question! At my last visit, the doc mentioned switching meds. In particular, I've heard a lot about peoples positive experiences with Vyvanse. I know that everyone is different, and different meds work for different people, but seeing as Vyvanse is still in the same "family" of stimulants, I'm worried to get too hopeful. I.e have I already ruined my chances with Vyvanse due to my adderall use?
Has anyone who responded positively to Adderall initially, and then experienced a large decrease in effectiveness, had luck with switching to Vyvanse? I have an appointment with my Doctor tomorrow afternoon, and I'd like to go to him with a clear, educated opinion/decision on our next step.
If Vyvanse is a good option for me, I'll be thrilled! Would be so nice to have some hope for my health!
- If not Vyvanse, do you have any other/better suggestions that I can discuss with my Dr tomorrow?
- If you think Vyvanse would be a suitable alternative, what dose do you think I should be trying? (My body is now used to 30mg of Adderall ir, 3 times a day = 90mg total)
- Does anyone have any experience with (female) sex drive in relation to these meds? For the most part, with the adderall, my sex drive is definitely on the lower end of the scale... Im curious if maybe Vyvanse could improve this, or at least not "decrease" my sex drive as much!! I'd love to be as excited about sex as a normal 23 year old is!
Sorry for the long post! Thank you for reading - I'm looking forward to hopefully getting some words of wisdom from you guys!