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Adderall later in life?

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Evenflow

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Dec 31, 2018

Has anyone started taking Adderall or whatever later on in life during a successful career, and if so what's your experience? I've coped with add for a long time but now I'm wondering what I might be missing (would be nice to not have to read every paragraph 3x), but I have not tried any prescription drugs due to possible side effects etc. TIA!

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  • Google nXzp52
    I’ve taken it for a while before. be careful. maybe try fixing your diet first and exercising a few times a week. for me, raw foods and making lots from scratch works. I don’t eat candy, drink soda, or alcohol. I picked up organization strategies at work. I don’t need adderall anymore. adderall is wonderful but I didn’t like the side effects.
    Dec 31, 20185
    • SonicWALL / Eng
      tUpH80

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      Could you please elaborate on organization strategies at work?
      Dec 31, 2018
    • Cisco / Eng0.1
      Looked up “adderall side effects”. That resulted in a crazily long list!

      What were yours? If you don’t mind sharing ?

      I have an appt with a psychiatrist this week. I took that what seemed like a reaction test - flashing letters.

      Otherwise, I already have quit soda. Never had any alcohol. I am working to limit candy/sugar intake like forever!
      Dec 31, 2018
    • Microsoft / EngTier 1
      The most common are:

      - dry mouth
      - teeth grinding
      - jittering legs / arms / hands
      - lack of hunger
      - can’t sleep

      But these only really apply whilst under the influence of amphetamine. They wear off later in the day.

      Withdrawal effects are kind of like a hangover / coffee withdrawal. Not as bad IMO. It mostly just makes you sleepy and have a headache.
      Dec 31, 2018
    • Google nXzp52
      the annoying but small side effects: talking way too much, feeling elated. I don’t like feeling fake happiness.

      negative life consequences: somehow adderall makes me stop seeing the “big picture” necessary for solving the right problems. I’m usually pretty good at divergent thinking, written communication, creativity, empathy. adderall weakens my ability in all these areas and replaces it with other strengths. this puts me out of balance and I believe this ends up making me less successful in the long term even if the adderall helped in the short term. I find it very difficult to enjoy quality time with other people when I’m on the drug and when it’s wearing off, and maybe even the next day. so it hurts my personal life. It just puts my career and life priorities out of wack. I also have trouble seeing things from alternative perspectives.
      Jan 1
    • Nestle / DataPIAo40
      I agree to all of them. I used it during uni. Tried stimulant and non-stimulant add meds. Ended up giving up on all bc of side effects.

      Good diet, exercise and meditation/mindfulness/anxiety mgmt exercises do the trick for me now, although you need to always have in mind your condition and be careful to keep the good habits..
      Jan 1
  • Benefitfocus / Data
    dMOf15

    BenefitfocusData

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    dMOf15more
    I started on Adderall XR at 30. I wish I would’ve started much sooner in life.
    Dec 31, 20183
    • Nauto / Eng4652414b
      I did IR for a year and it was super helpful but got off of it due to the ups and downs and fucked up sleep. How is XR? Thinking of giving it a shot.
      Dec 31, 2018
    • Benefitfocus / Data
      dMOf15

      BenefitfocusData

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      XR Is great. I take one pill in the morning and I’m good all day. It is a little slower to come on compared to IR but it’s also a much smoother come down.
      Dec 31, 2018
    • Microsoft / EngTier 1
      Try Vyvanse. It’s much smoother.
      Dec 31, 2018
  • Apple
    OxKing

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    Strong and built like an Ox. I don’t look like your typical Engineer. 😀
    OxKingmore
    Try Provigil (Modafinil)
    Dec 31, 20182
    • New ynvc88
      Kinda cant tell if you're dreaming or awake if you take it everyday kind of scary.
      Dec 31, 2018
    • Apple
      OxKing

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      Strong and built like an Ox. I don’t look like your typical Engineer. 😀
      OxKingmore
      Yeah I would imagine it would make you feel that way if taken often. I always limited myself to 4-5 days per week max at 200mgs/day.
      Dec 31, 2018
  • Apple Juociyf
    I started add meds at 37 and wish I had earlier.

    One thing: find an add specialist. Getting the meds right can take a few tries, and your average psychiatrist isn’t up to the task.

    I know a few good ones, if you message me your region I’ll give you names, if I can.
    Dec 31, 20180
  • Amazon / EngChad🕶
    You should probably meet with a psychiatrist and they can help you figure all this out
    Dec 31, 20180
  • Oath / MgmtAtinlay
    TC?
    Dec 31, 20180
  • Wipro
    JohnnyCa$h

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    JohnnyCa$hmore
    Try intensive work out with weights followed by 30 min meditation. You sleep for 8 hrs and wake up fresh. Do it everyday for 21 days to see the results
    Dec 31, 20180
  • IBM ooei73
    Nootropics are better
    Dec 31, 20180
  • Lighthouse eDiscovery / Enghuh🤷
    Don't take it every day, only when you really need it. You'll gain a tolerance otherwise and you'll start to feel like a robot. Even after I quit it took me 3 months to feel completely normal again.
    Dec 31, 20180
  • New / Other
    Tarot

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    Somewhere in the future.
    Tarotmore
    I tried meds later in life and it really helped. I wish i had tried them before. I slowly upped doses under doctors care. After a year, dr felt i could slowly come off... sometimes you just need a temporary dose to get your body chemicals aligned
    Dec 31, 20180
  • Benefitfocus / Data
    dMOf15

    BenefitfocusData

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    I could have a perfect diet, get perfect sleep, and be in great shape... and I’d still have to read every paragraph in a book three times without medication.
    Dec 31, 20181
    • Google / Eng
      Evenflow

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      OP
      I started the keto diet and excercising 5 months ago and have lost 20lbs, and for a week approx. a month in I had great mental clarity but haven't been able to achieve that since. The experience is what made me realize that I was missing out on potential mental efficiency in the first place.
      Jan 1
  • New / EngMSFTE
    How long have you been taking it? Any side effects for long term, like getting dependent to it? I know that depression pills are hard to cut if you got used to it for several years
    Dec 31, 20181
    • Microsoft / EngTier 1
      Yes amphetamines cause a physical dependence.

      With occasional off days, it’ll never get very high as you won’t need to increase your dosage much.

      Withdrawal effects aren’t too bad. It just gives you a headache and makes you tired.
      Dec 31, 2018
  • Google bbbhhhuuu
    Speed makes EVERYONE better.
    Jan 10
  • New / Eng
    behooman

    NewEng

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    behoomanmore
    Aderall and nootropics are for the weak. Learn self control lol
    Dec 31, 20180
  • PayPal / EngGopherGd
    Viagra
    Dec 31, 20180
  • TripAdvisor owlwise
    Define later
    Dec 31, 20182
    • New / EngMSFTE
      After 30?
      Dec 31, 2018
    • Google / Eng
      Evenflow

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      Closer to 40
      Dec 31, 2018
  • Move JUvY31
    I have a prescription and have used adderall on and off for a few years. Would recommend adderall only for interview days or the 1 busy day out of the week. For the other 6 days stick to coffee or nootropics. Also 20 mg should be enough.
    Jan 10
  • Benefitfocus / Data
    dMOf15

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    dMOf15more
    Here’s my advice. Talk to a psychiatrist. They’re going to know better than all of us internet doctors.

    From my personal experience though, extended release drugs are better (Adderall XR or Vyvanse). Drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeine because it works against the drugs and causes irritability when combined with the drugs. Try to workout for at least 30 minutes in the evening. It naturally helps overall focus and mood.
    Jan 10
  • Microsoft / Dataneveragain
    Have ADHD?
    Dec 31, 20180

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