hello, i am currently 17 years old, and i have been taking concerta for about 6 months now. i am on 54's once a day. at first, when i started out on the 18's it made a world of difference, but by the second or third day, it just wasn't doing much at all. this kept happening untill i got to the max recomended dose, which is 54. concerta just isn't in my opinion, doing as much as i think it should. I was also getting mild headach's every once in a while, and not threatning, but noticeable heart rate i am going to talk to my doctor soon, but soes anyone know if adderal, or vyvanse is a better option? from what i have read, i think it may be just the thing i need to get the upper hand on my ADHD.
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what is a better, stronger medicine than concerta?
Examine your motives. You sound like you are seeking a more intense drug. If you have only ever been on one medication for ADHD, you are probably not a good judge of which medications are "better" than other medications. Concerta is a time released medication. You would probably feel the same way about Adderall XR or Vyvanse. As for side effects, Adderall and Vyvanse are 100 times worse than Concerta. If you don't check yourself now, you are probably in for the life of a typical addict.
Discuss this with your physician. One medication is not "better" than another, it depends on the individual.
If you have an accurate diagnosis by a specialist, are taking medication as prescribed and are monitored by a physician regularly, addiction would not be my concern. People who meet the above standards and take medication as prescribed do not become addicted.
But I'd also say you are not alone when it comes to approaching ADHD medications this way. Too many people with ADHD (and physicians) rely on the visceral reaction. Too many people with ADHD forget how they felt before they started medication and so they think it's "stopped working."
What they should be relying on is a careful identification of symptom targets and checking those targets as the medication is started and increased to an optimal dose.
Are you stating that those who are accurately diagnosed with ADHD and take medication as prescribed are at risk for addiction? I have worked in mental health for over 20 years and I have never met a psychiatrist who has agreed with that statement.
ADHD medication is highly addictive. It is listed as one of the side effects for the ADHD medications that I have taken which have been adderall and vyvanse. Truth be known that most people have ADHD symptoms. For the people whom have the more moderate to severe symptoms are the ones whom should be taking the meds. I have been diagnosed with severe ADHD, and I only take my meds when I know that my ADHD will cause problems. Furthermore I want to add that there are behavioral side effects to the medication. I don't know that adolescence and younger can recognize these side effects and distinguish between themselves and the meds. I currently Intern at a Juvenile Detention Facility and run into this problem all the time. For someone to say that it is not addictive even to someone who has moderate symptoms is mind blowing when it's listed on the meds.
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