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sisoon posted 3/6/2014 16:51 PM

I've consulted with 5 AD(H)D specialists. The first 4 claimed specialties in AD(H)D. They offered generic stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin), branded stimulant/stimulant-like drugs (Vyvanse, Stattera), or other drugs explicitly aimed at the AD(H)D market (Intuniv).

None of theses drugs work for me.

I recently consulted a 5th shrink who specializes in pharmacology and AD(H)D. He thinks in terms of brain chemistry first, drugs 2nd, so he has a much wider range of drugs to work with.

I'm now trying out a drug that increases certain brain chemicals. It's not perfect, but it's had an amazing effect on me.

In any case, if you've got a choice, and if AD(H)D is a potential issue for you or your kids, I recommend looking for someone with broader expertise than just an AD(H)D specialty.

I'm aware there are potential issues with off-label uses of drugs, but given the fuzziness off drug testing, maybe there are potential issues with all drugs.

[This message edited by sisoon at 11:31 AM, March 8th (Saturday)]

purplejacket4 posted 3/6/2014 17:46 PM

If you don't mind me asking what is it?

sisoon posted 3/7/2014 15:21 PM

Amantadine.

Started on 100 mg 2X daily, but that screwed up my sleep. Now on 100 mg once a day, still with some sleep issues.

The effect is different from Adderall, more subtle. With Adderall, I focused - on whatever was at hand. On Amantadine, I just seem to pick up things on my task list and do them. I'm not aware of focusing, but I start and finish things, pretty much because I feel a desire to do them.

On no meds, I can't even keep a task list.

On no meds, I 'hear' a pretty constant message saying, 'It's no use - you can't finish this, so why even start?' On 100 mg/day of Amantadine, I think I hear something like, 'No, no, you CAN do this. Might as well start it.' On 200 mg/day, I don't hear the negative message at all. The message is more like, 'Let me at this so I can finish it and feel good and do something that's even more fun.'

Still early days, though. I accept the sleep problem because when I'm awake in bed, it's as if it's 1985, but I don't know how long my tolerance or the effect will last. I don't even know if I'm acclimated to the drug yet.

purplejacket4 posted 3/7/2014 20:15 PM

That's great! I'd heard it had been tried off label for ADD. And maybe it'll keep you from every getting the flu!

sisoon posted 3/8/2014 11:46 AM

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