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Risks of Intermittent Low Doses of Adderall?
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An_247765 posted:
I am 23 years old, currently wrapping up my last semester at university. Never before this year had I considered that ADHD could be a part of my life. Admittedly, I always tied a negative connotation to the concept of ADHD, even at a young age. I can't tell you how many times I have been in a social setting where I met someone new and they ask my friends, half jokingly, if I am "on something". I never took it seriously, I am just super hyper, that was until a friend who had ADHD gave me one of his pills. I know, horrible to admit! But I think it is important for someone who is answering my question to know that never experienced with drugs, in fact the worst drug related thing I have ever done is smoke and that is limited to 4 uneventful and boring experiences. The offerring of adderall followed my denial to smoke, I took the pill, researched it furiously, and dedicated an entire Sunday to try the pill. My reaction? Nothing, I just felt a little less hyper and had a little bit of cotton mouth. The person who gave it to me told me he wasn't surprised due to that fact that I act like a spazz in the first place.

This all occurred roughly a year ago. I took my "dealers" comment to heart and started researching and eventually I started talking to therapists and counselors. The more I learned the more it became apparent that not everyone takes x amount of hours to read 25 pages of a text book like me. I noticed things that never really struck me as odd, like having 6 jobs in over a 2 year period or never being able to finish my knitting or master a song on my piano!
I was given the choice to treat my ADHD through medication a few months ago and I denied, I wanted to think on it really. My boyfriend wont hear a word of it because it can't be diagnosed and I still feel slight shame bringing the subject up to my parents attention. So I kept it to myself and found out as much as I could about prescriptions.



Finally, I said yes... I have only been taking Adderall for 4 weeks now. The first 2 weeks I was prescribed one 5mg pill a day, however the dosage didn't seem to influence me at all so my prescription was bumped up to 10 mg twice daily. I decided to just try 10mg just once a day and the reaction was almost unnoticeable but undeniably it was there. I could read without my mind buzzing and I could sit and have a conversation without intruding or bouncing around, my friend even told me this weekend that I have become more dependable, less flakey when it comes to making and keeping plans.

All of this has been an eye opening experience because I don't honestly believe I thought Adderall would help me. Besides, I love myself and look how far I have made it?

Above I stated that I am currently choosing to take 10mg once a day (and experiencing no side effects like heart rate increase or cotton mouth or sleeplessness etc), and I am only taking the medication on days that I feel I would benefit from it, which averages 3-4 days out of the week. I have been consciously attempting to make Wed, and Fri-Sun my days off because I am scared of the abuse potential. Not only that, I don't want to create a tolerance and have to bump up my prescription to an addictive amount.

Is there any way I can avoid the terrifying reality of this drug? I want more input than just my doctors.
Will low doses, kept at a low frequency be able to help me?
Should I also plan to take multiple weeks off of the drug in intervals to keep myself aware of how Adderall makes me feel and who I still am?
I already keep track of the habits I've picked up while working with Adderall in my system, and I actively try to incorporate them into my work when I am off the drug so I can increase natural productivity and focus.
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