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ive been taking adderall since i was in elementary school. im 18 yrs old now. i went off the drug for 3 months and literally went crazy. im not sure whether im addicted or not. it kinda scares me.

uselessinfo22 uselessinfo22
18-21, F
5 Responses Feb 15, 2010

Adderall is basically phamacudical Meth.<br />
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My friend took 2 pills this one night & he had never had them before.<br />
Well before he took them he was planning to write his brother a letter. A day and a half later after no sleep he comes out of his room with a mini novel. <br />
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LOL... This thing was like 60 pages long front and back of notebook paper.<br />
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I hope you feel better and try and get off that stuff if you can.<br />
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Best Wises,

so throw away those drugs, eat a healthy balanced diet, get enough sleep, drink enough clean water. get enough exercise even in home exercise (remember to open the windows) to keep those veins open and clean. use less dairy products (if you use it a lot) ... flesh fruit and steamed veggies. try to eat less sweets, sugar, vinegar, salt. if you have to eat sweets, potato chips, or soft drinks (junk) - then please read the ingredients on the package... do not buy it if it contains any of the following:<br />
MSG (mono sodium glutimate)<br />
Sorbitol<br />
Saccarin<br />
- just to be safe: refrain from using "non nutritive sweeteners"<br />
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Please try to stay away from coloured foods and preservatives like: sodium benzoate, or tartrazine...<br />
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Well that's all I have to offer now...<br />
Hope this helps ;-)

this is great info. thank you xorius!!!

The quality of food we eat (or lack thereof) has a profound affect on Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD. For many people, nutrition alone can effectively work as an ADHD alternative treatment.<br />
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A growing body of research points to nutritional deficiencies - especially with essential fatty acids and amino acids - as a contributing factor of Attention Deficit Disorder and learning deficiencies.<br />
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Put down the Ritalin bottle for one minute to consider these Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD nutrition research findings:<br />
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* A George Washington University School of Medicine study found that hyperactive children who ate a meal high in protein did equally well, and sometimes better, in school than non-hyperactive kids.<br />
* An Oxford University (England) study evaluated the effects of fatty acid supplementation in average intelligence children with significant reading and writing disabilities. The ADHD symptoms in children receiving essential fatty acids significantly improved over the children in the control group receiving a placebo.<br />
* Researchers first tied Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD with lower essential fatty acid in 1981. Studies examining essential fatty acid blood levels in children with behavioral problems in 1983 confirmed this Attention Deficit Disorder nutrition connection.<br />
* Researchers further documented the essential fatty acid deficiency tie to Attention Deficit Disorder in a 1987 study. Then, a 1995 study comparing essential fatty acid levels in ADHD boys against a control group of boys without ADHD found significantly lower levels of Omega-3 fatty acids.<br />
* In 1996 Purdue University researchers have found that boys with low blood levels of Omega-3 fatty acids have a greater frequency of Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD.<br />
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Attention Deficit Disorder is the most common behavioral disorder in children. Not all Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD children are nutritionally deficient in essential fatty acids, statistics and studies show that a significant number of ADHD children are.<br />
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Physicians predominately use stimulant drugs such as Ritalin for Attention Deficit Disorder but studies show that Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD children whose treatment program includes only stimulant medication remain at a high risk for vandalism, petty crime, frequency of alcoholic intoxication, and possession of marijuana. Additionally, ADHD medications can cause potentially harmful side effects and does not treat the cause the Attention Deficit Disorder.<br />
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With Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD, nutrition and food is one the first aspect of treatment to consider, as an ADHD alternative treatment or used in conjunction with traditional ADHD stimulant drug treatment.<br />
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Fatty acids are used to make brain and nerve tissue in the body and are crucial for proper growth, mental function, the immune system and brain development. The body cannot produce the two fatty acids families, Omega-3 and Omega-6, on its own and therefore must receive these key Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD nutrition ingredients through diet and supplementation.<br />
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Although the typical Western diet is high in the Omega-6 family of fatty acids (found in corn, sunflower, canola and safflower oil, margarine, vegetable oil and shortening), most Americans young and old are highly deficient in Omega-3.<br />
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Learning specialists now believe many childhood behavior and learning problems are associated with Omega-3 deficiencies. This deficiency has a greater impact on males because their requirements for essential fatty acids are, in general, much higher.<br />
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ADHD adults and parents of ADHD children should include food high in Omega-3 fatty acids daily. That said, many children simply will not eat the Omega-3 rich salmon, mackerel and sardines.

Holistic Treatment for ADHD – Alternatives to ADD ADHD Drug Therapy<br />
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There is no cookie-cutter treatment for ADHD and no one method can universally be applied to all. After all, ADHD is a multifaceted condition and each individual is uniquely complex. A alternative treatment that works well for one person might do nothing at all for another person.<br />
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Often, a alternative treatment for ADHD that addresses body, mind and spirit – the holistic (whole) view – is most effective. A holistic treatment for ADHD looks at the whole person rather than just treating the symptom. We take the “throw everything against the wall and see what sticks” approach. Try many approaches, keep what works and discard the rest.<br />
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There are many alternatives to ADD ADHD drug therapy. Some are backed by solid research while others rely on observational studies, theory or anecdotal accounts. The alternatives to ADD ADHD drug therapy listed below are those backed by solid, scientific research.<br />
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Nutritional Therapy as a Holistic Treatment for ADHD: The holistic treatment for ADHD that has received the most scientific research to date is nutrition therapy. Study after study conducted in the field of nutrition, Attention Deficit and neurological functional continue to point to the need for increased amino acids and fatty acids for optimal brain functioning. Since the typical American diet is highly deficient in the Omega 3 family of fatty acids and many essential amino acids, nutritional supplementation might be necessary.<br />
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Homeopathy, A Alternative Treatment for ADHD: Homeopathy is similar in concept to that of vaccination. Homeopathic treatment involves the use of very small doses of substances given to cure symptoms, when the same substances given at higher or more concentrated doses would actually cause those symptoms. The idea here is to stimulate the body's own healing and defense mechanisms and processes so as to prevent or treat illness.<br />
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Homeopathic ingredients are organic compounds derived from natural substances that come from plants, minerals, or animals that are essential in minute amounts to the growth and health of an animal. Although a homeopathic ingredient begins as one substance, they are diluted and succussed so that generally not even a molecule of the original substrate or medicine is present in the final homeopathic product. Since homeopathic preparations are very diluted mixtures of natural substances, they are safe and without side effects. Homeopathic remedies are not known to interfere with conventional drugs.<br />
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Biofeedback as Alternatives to ADD ADHD Drug Therapy: Biofeedback has emerged as a alternative treatment for ADHD over the past two decades. Biofeedback trains the brain to control its own brainwave activity through immediate feedback. Biofeedback can help improve sleep patterns, decrease anxiety and depression and manage attention and out of control emotions. It should be noted that people with ADHD generally respond better to biofeedback than do people with learning disabilities or conduct disorders generally.<br />
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Patients usually need between 30 and 40 sessions to effectively control their brainwave activity. The downside of this holistic treatment for ADHD is cost. Biofeedback can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 depending on provider charges. Home biofeedback machines can provide a cost-effective alternative to therapist-directed treatment.<br />
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NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) as a Holistic Treatment for ADHD: NLP reprograms negative beliefs and attitudes through a variety of techniques drawn from psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and linguistic analysis. NLP has no documented adverse side effects. NLP tends to work quicker than biofeedback, and at significantly less cost. If using a practitioner, find one with specific ADHD experience and training. There are also a wide variety of books, videos, DVDs and CDs available for people interested in self treatment.<br />
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Behavior Modification / Counseling as Alternatives to ADD ADHD Drug Therapy: Counseling and behavior modification as a holistic treatment for ADHD is the most accepted and mainstream of alternative treatments. Working with a therapist, and specifically with a therapist to address behavior modification is typically used as an adjunct instead of a replacement to prescription ADHD medications. When looking for a counselor, it is important to find one with specific experience and training in the field of Attention Deficit.<br />
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Chiropractic, A Alternative Treatment for ADHD: Studies suggest that chiropractic manipulation can help with ADHD and attention issue. Chiropractic works best for those whose ADHD symptoms are caused by spinal nerve pressure or irritation. Childhood injuries, traumatic births, scoliosis and other injuries can place the nervous system out of alignment. Many chiropractors incorporate chiropractic adjustment alongside diet modifications and nutritional supplementation.<br />
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Acupuncture/Acupressure as Alternatives to ADD ADHD Drug Therapy: Acupuncture follows a similar vein of thinking as chiropractic but instead of aligning the spine, acupuncture works to align and balance energy paths within the body. Acupressure is used for children who have a fear of needles. Like the chiropractor, the acupuncturist might also include nutritional, herbal and homeopathic remedy treatment alongside acupuncture or acupressure.<br />
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Nature as a Holistic Treatment for ADHD: One study looked at the effects of the great outdoors on ADHD symptoms. A 2004 study showed that ADHD children had a significant reduction in their symptoms when they spent time outdoors enjoying nature. Researchers of this nationwide study recruited 322 ADHD boys and 84 ADHD girls between the ages of 5 and 18. The parents of these children were interviewed and asked to report how their children performed after participating in a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities.<br />
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Researchers found that ADHD symptoms were greatly reduced when children spent time in green outdoor settings (as opposed to outdoor settings without vegetation). Researchers believe that simply incorporating nature into a child’s day could be widely effective in reducing ADHD symptoms.<br />
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Classical Music, A Alternative Treatment for ADHD: Studies show that classical music can be an important factor in boosting learning, memory retention, and communication skills. One study, citing the “Mozart Effect,” showed that listening to Mozart can improve an IQ score by up to 13 points.<br />
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Researchers also found that classical music helps listeners become relaxed and attentive, even when the study participants do not like classical music. Listening to classical music also provided health benefits such as lower blood pressure, lower muscle tension, and a slower pulse rate.<br />
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A 2004 study showed that classical music used in conjunction with biofeedback produced better effects than using biofeedback alone as a alternative treatment for ADHD. In this controlled study of 19 children and adolescents with ADD, one group listened to Mozart during biofeedback sessions while the control group underwent biofeedback without music. The Mozart group displayed better focus and mood control, diminished impulsivity and improved social skill. Among the subjects that improved, 70 percent maintained that improvement six months after the end of the study without further training.

I'm just learning more about this drug here...<br />
Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.<br />
Adderall is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).<br />
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GENERIC NAME: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine<br />
BRAND NAME: Adderall, Adderall XR<br />
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DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine are used in combination to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Adderall stimulates the brain and also can increase blood pressure. In a recent small study in children with ADHD, the effects of Adderall lasted longer and were preferred over methylphenidate (Ritalin), the most commonly used drug for ADHD. Adderall XR is an extended release form of Adderall. Adderall was approved by the FDA in 1996.<br />
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GENERIC AVAILABLE: no<br />
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PRESCRIPTION: yes<br />
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PREPARATIONS: Adderall tablets: 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 20, and 30 mg. Adderall XR capsules: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 mg.<br />
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STORAGE: Tablets should be stored at room temperature, between 15 and 30 °C (59-86 °F).<br />
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PRESCRIBED FOR: Adderall is used for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.<br />
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DOSING: Adderall usually is taken once or twice a day. Adderall XR is taken once daily. The dose is adjusted carefully by the physician to achieve the desired effects.<br />
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DRUG INTERACTIONS: Adderall should not be taken with monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor drugs including phenelzine (Nardil) and tranylcypromine (Parnate). Patients receiving antihypertensive medications may experience loss of blood pressure control with Adderall.<br />
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PREGNANCY: Adderall should not be used in pregnancy.<br />
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NURSING MOTHERS: Mothers taking amphetamines such as Adderall should refrain from nursing their infants because these drugs are excreted in human milk and can have undesirable effects on the child.<br />
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SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of Adderall include excessive stimulation of the nervous system leading to nervousness, restlessness, excitability, dizziness, headache, fear, anxiety, tremor, and even hallucinations and convulsions (seizures). Blood pressure and heart rate may increase, and patients may experience palpitations of the heart.