Aderall...changes you noticed on it

DH finally went back to a dr. and got a script for Adderall (first try with a stimulant). He filled it right away and took the first one at work. I called him to see how it was going and he said a million times better. He had been having lots of anxiety from work about getting stuff done, which was probably due to not being able to focus on it. Yesterday (day 2), he was vague about the effectiveness. He said that he had to get a bunch of smaller tasks done, so he couldn't really tell if he was concentrating better. This morning (sat.) he is in true ADHD mode with 50 things going on. He didn't plan on taking one today b/c his brother's bachelor's party is tonight and he thought it wouldn't be good to take while drinking. But, I think he does plan on taking it on the weekend.

So far, I have not seen him while the Adderall has been in his system. Most of the time he will be at work, and the dr. asked me for my observations at the next appt. in 3 weeks. I told DH to write down changes he noticed while taking it, but I doubt that will happen. ANyway, if you or a spouse take this, what are some of the changes you noticed in yourself or your spouse? I am just wondering what to look for.


I lucked out because Adderall (Generic Non-XR) taken 3 times a day was immediately affective for me. I had major anxiety issues at work and home and felt So much better. It takes a while to get the dosage correct and tweak the timing of dosages. If the dosage is too low, you will notice a difference the first time or two you take it, but will quickly feel like it is not really doing anything. Too much Adderall and you might be a bit more on edge and more frantic and almost More ADD. The correct dose makes things seem like you have walked out of the Fog, better mood, more productive, focused and aware of the things around you. One thing to watch out for is after you see how much more efficient you are, you might take on more and end up as frantic as ever because you got cocky and took on too much extra.

The bottom line is it takes quite a while to get used to how your brain works, after a lifetime of the ADD short circuits. Ask your DH when he takes his dosages, because the Adderall tails off about 4-5 hours after it is taken and pretty much gone in 6-8 hours. I hope you and your DH begin to see the improvements you need. It can happen, but it takes time...

Thanks YYZ! It's been about 2

Thanks YYZ! It's been about 2 weeks now. The first day he took it, he said it was a million times better (he called it a happy pill). Now he doesn't know if it's working, and it definitely isn't helping with his anxiety. He is on 20 mg 2xs a day, but is a big guy and may need more. I also wonder if he needs something for the anxiety, too. Because he mainly takes it at work, I don't really see him on it. He took one last Sunday and I didn't notice any huge differences, to be honest. He hates that it is something that doesn't work all the time, but the Straterra  did not work well for him. I did notice the one day he took it three times (b/c he was planning on working late), he sent me a really funny text (he NEVER calls/texts/emails during the day) about a show we had watched the last week and called after leaving a meeting. This made me feel like he was actually "connected" rather than the usual zoning out. We go back to the Dr. next week, so hopefully we can tweak some things. I really hate that my husband is feeling the way he does, but it also really effects me and our family.