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Adderall vs. Ephedrine for Weight Loss


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Adderall is a brand name of amphetamine salts–based medication used for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. It is a brand-name psychostimulant medication composed of racemic amphetamine aspartate monohydrate, racemic amphetamine sulf... Read more on Wikipedia
Ephedrine ( or not to be confused with methcathinone) is a sympathomimetic amine commonly used as a stimulant, appetite suppressant, concentration aid, decongestant, and to treat hypotension associated with anaesthesia.Ephedrine is similar in structure... Read more on Wikipedia
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By moodswings39
February 7, 2015
moodswings39 wrote
mixed meds
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By personal experience...
January 20, 2015
personal experience... wrote
Adderall and Midol
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By davie
January 9, 2015
davie wrote
Ephedrine # 1 asthma
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By Katie
December 27, 2014
Katie wrote
Adderall induced cough
You need to go to a neurologist
Lynn  |  February 4, 2015
The cough is your body's way of attempting to regulate your heart rate... so I've heard
January 18, 2015
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By Tired of Coughing
December 1, 2014
Tired of Coughing wrote
Cough on Adderall/all stimulants
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By Adddddddddhd
November 29, 2014
Adddddddddhd wrote
same active ingredient
Norepinephrine? >.<
Gunnar  |  January 12, 2015
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By CT Henderson
November 23, 2014
CT Henderson wrote
Not Liking Corepharma Adderall At All
Doesn't work for me at all. Teva/Barr brand works for me the best
Agree'd  |  December 30, 2014
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By Sabby
November 16, 2014
Sabby wrote
Adderall and lactation
Ask your doctor to check your prolactin level
Windy  |  December 3, 2014
Yes, I have!
Mandy  |  December 1, 2014
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By Jamie L Nickolopoulos Queen Demitra of Russia
November 3, 2014
Jamie L Nickolopoulos Queen Demitra of Russia wrote
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By Melissa
October 16, 2014
Melissa wrote
Dry chapped lips & dry mouth
There is a mouthwash and toothpaste called Biotene. It helps some but not a lot. Chapstick definitely does make your lips more chapped. Try chewing sugar free gum. I drink a lot of water daily as well. A dry mouth also drastically increases your chances of cavities. I have been on adderall for five months and my lips still chap at times and my mouth is dry. The worst side effect for me has been canker sores. My benefits still outweigh my side effects, so I'm still taking it.
February 1, 2015
Stop using chapstick it makes your lips more chapped. I know it sounds crazy. Your body is DEHYDRATED! Drink at least a gallon of water every day. Stop drinking diet sodas and suger drinks or you will fry your brain and your skin! I know it seems tough but stop biting your lips and putting chap stick on them. If you're going to use any product use CarMax atnight before bed don't put it on all the time or it will get worse.
92101  |  October 20, 2014
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By Shaun
October 9, 2014
Shaun wrote
i think Adderall caused my acute kidney failure
What was your dose? what were your signs of acute kidney failure? Are you okay now? I will pray for you. I am on 45mg of it now and have major skin problems but enjoy the way it makes me think clearly and feel so I stick with it but I'd like to get off it eventually.
92101  |  October 20, 2014
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By Rash
September 18, 2014
Rash wrote
Amphetamines may cause panic attacks
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By Gary
September 14, 2014
Gary wrote
surviving with ADHD
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By fedup.ugh
September 9, 2014
fedup.ugh wrote
adderall is horrible
Lynn  |  February 4, 2015
So, you think the FDA should pull a drug from the market because your husband's personality has changed? I happen to be one of many that this drug has been a miracle for. Adderall is certainly not for everybody but I don't know of any drug that always works for everybody.
February 1, 2015
What happened to your husband is exactly like what happened to my son. He had superb academic achievement all the way to his junior year in high school. He has minor issues like forgetting homework and less organized. He was frustrated and disrespectful. He was tested and given Adderall to help him. We know he doesn’t need it absolutely but thought it would help him being more focused, organized and decrease his internal frustration. He has Adderall for 5 month now. The treatment did not help t
Katie  |  December 27, 2014
It sounds like your husband is bipolar and the adderall is throwing him into mania states, which are always followed by manic depression.
November 16, 2014
wants to get help. Sorry my email trailed off there.
92101  |  October 20, 2014
Your husband sounds like he is severly depressed might have a drinking problem and could be addicted to Adderall. If he takes too much aderall hell want to drink at night to come down so that's why he drinks to level out.. then he sleeps because he's either depressed or hungover. I did the same thing. I just quit drinking. Still depressed still on my aderall but so much better with out alcohol. He could seek help at an N/A or AA meeting or through counseling but nothing will help him unless he
92101  |  October 20, 2014
In response to FedUp, I have numerous suggestions. If he is not thinking clearly than you must accompany him to his next doctor's appointment with a knowlegable physician who has an expertise in your husband's condition. I am not a physician but I am in the medical industry and there are potentially numerous other medications available for your husband based on hid specific condition. Start by getting off Adderall and replace it with one or a combo. of the following: 1. Stimulants: modafinil
Reply to FedUp  |  September 14, 2014
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By Squirrel!!3131
August 15, 2014
Squirrel!!3131 wrote
Adderall blackout!
how about no more Adderall that's the problem
February 27, 2015
I can relate to the previous posts. I am on Adderall 30mg XR and have been a functional black out almost every time that I drink. No one around me can tell I am wasted from only a drink or two because I appear to be coherent. It really is a scary feeling to wake up and not remember the night before.

I completely agree with the previous comment, "If you're on these meds you shouldn't drink at all. Or you will turn into a bipolar manic depressive."
Beatrice  |  December 16, 2014
Yes that happened to me all the time sober or drinking. I recently quit drinking because of it. I am still taking Adderall 35 days without any wine or beer. I think if you're on these meds you shouldn't drink at all or you will turn into bipolar manic depressive. I had to choose one or the other. I choose Adderall.
92101  |  October 20, 2014
I can completely relate to this. It doesn't happen every time I have drinks with the wife but we'll be watching an episode of The Strain or something else and having rum and cokes... she'll say that I was actively engaged into the show with her, we'll be talking about what had just happened, made dinner... and I can't remember what we talked about, what happened in that episode, what we had for dinner... it's bad. It is effecting our relationship a bit because she gets frustrated I can't reme
August 29, 2014
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By Kayla
July 4, 2014
Kayla wrote
screw it!!!!!!
Strange they deleted the rest of my post :/ I said just do your intake and be honest with the psychiatrist. If you need a 12 step program for your addiction google it or get back on your meds but don't abuse them!
October 20, 2014
I find it odd no one commented on your post after nearly two thousand views. Sounds like you need to go to a psychiatrist. Go to your general doctor first and let him know you were happier on your Adderall with out it you have been experiencing XYZ whatever it is you're going thru... and with it you feel XYZ and your life is better because it helps you XYZ. He will then recommend you see a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist will do an intake. Don't ramble on and on and tell them you want drugs. Ju
1634 views not one comment  |  October 20, 2014
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By K
June 18, 2014
K wrote
Adderalll and Dermatillomania
Yes because of Morgellons which is not actually morgellons its a strand of bacteria infection that gets in your body and the fibers and hairs are Cilla and Fligella.. I can't spell I know. Any how its aggervated by dirt, plants, soil, animals and prescription drugs. So Take some Ampacillin and stay away from plants, soil, animals and tappe off the addreall
October 20, 2014
I've picked my cuticles for as long as I can remember. I started taking adderall three years ago and I've experienced what I believe to be excoriation disorder (dermatillomania). I've noticed that especially when I am on the med I pick at my scalp like crazy and it's a huge distraction. It's also started to last after my doses wear off, like into the rest of the day or the next day to the point where I don't even realize it until someone tells me to stop touching my head. It drives me crazy. In
L  |  September 20, 2014
It has been the opposite for me. Adderall is what caused my dermatillomania.
Krista  |  September 7, 2014
As a 23 year old who has struggled with DTM and ADHD almost every day since the age of 13, I have all the hope in the world that you will be able to reach that "light" at the end of that dark tunnel I am all too familiar with. I also have been taking Adderall XR for almost two years now, so I believe I can give you the perspective that you're looking for here. That being said, and you're definitely not going to like this, Adderall is very likely to cause your picking to become severe if you are
Dermatillomantis  |  June 22, 2014
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By krinh
June 12, 2014
krinh wrote
30 mg Adderall = bad breath?
@ krinh: This is why: Adderall dehydrates you so if you're not drinking at least your proper daily liter amount (which is based on weight, activity level, etc.) you'll suffer from a dry mouth as you probably know and this affects your normal saliva production. So the higher the dosage and the more frequently you take them you're are more prone to develop tonsil stones within the pockets of the tonsil area. You may not have any or may not know you do until they get wedged out over time. Tonsil s
Jen  |  November 12, 2014
Can confirm. It really isn't bad when staying hydrated and drinking lots of water. But it tastes like metal in my mouth (at first I thought I was getting sick or something, but the sickness never happened).
August 29, 2014
It's true and it's cause it dehydrates you leaving you without the salivation you usually have.
June 28, 2014
That makes no sense, Gabriel ...
Jase  |  June 26, 2014
Its because you dont open your mouth much to talk if you have your mou that closed for long periods of time you will get bad breath
gabriel  |  June 16, 2014
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By lee
May 22, 2014
lee wrote
rash and adderall
We're all having the same problem. It's Morgellons. You'll sound like you're mental if you tell your doctor that tho so google bacteria & fungal infections and you'll find cures.
Morgellons  |  October 21, 2014
Also wanted to add to my comment that my adderall was generic brand pharmacy filled. It was a round blue pill with cor 130 on one side
Rose  |  September 13, 2014
I just started adderall 5mg on Tuesday of this week and on Wednesday I started itching and felt like needles sticking me. Then I had red under skin blood dots and severe bruising with purple rings. It's Friday on this week symptoms of itching and bruising all above symptoms worst. I just took benedril because I don't like this itching pin pricking sensation. I'm stopping this medication because I must be allergic . I read where one girl said her purple bruising didn't go away and scared her ski
Rose  |  September 13, 2014
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By T!n@
May 18, 2014
T!n@ wrote
Nicole I would not speak about proper use of English if I were you, being that your 6-response diss rant is in fact one huge run-on sentence.
Paul  |  October 13, 2014
and you end up with symptoms that the meds are actually supposed to get rid of then clearly those 10-20 people are only taking it to feel the stimulation of the amphetamines if they didn't have the excessive talking problem before and they developed that symptom after they took it. So to close, in all actuality it was your comment that was useless and irrelevant. I may have been a little verbose myself but your the 1 that made yourself look ignorant in the end :)
Nicole  |  September 2, 2014
one of my "symptoms" not side effects actually is talking excessively which runs in the hyperactivity class of ADHD. There are actually 4 different classifications of ADHD which include 1. Disorganization & Forgetfulness. 2. Impulsivity 3. Emotional Difficulties 4. Hyperactivity or Restlessness and 3 classes of ADD..1. Hyper-focus 2. Trouble Concentrating & Staying Focused 3. Disorganization & Forgetfulness. If you take this medication no matter what class of ADD/ADHD
Nicole  |  September 2, 2014
that get "excessively talkative", which just fyi I think u may have just been trying to use some big words to try and make yourself look intelligent that u just kinda threw together because hyper verbose is not even an actual word (better consult the dictionary) clearly shouldn't be taking adderall and clearly don't have ADHD if it makes them talk excessively, I know this for a fact because I was diagnosed with ADHD and have been on 30 mg adderall 2 x day for 10 years and
Nicole  |  September 2, 2014
rash when I'm pretty positive listed as the topic @ the top of the page it says list your experiences with adderall not list your experiences of how adderall causes skin rash or list the side effects. Also, would like to add that I have been diagnosed with ADHD and mild OCD and on 30 mg adderal for 10 years now and if u really want to get technical those 10-20 people that u personally know
Nicole  |  September 2, 2014
Actually, the previous post talked about skin rashes and the previous one before that talked about something entirely different so how is her making a new post about her experiences with being on adderall and you can clearly see that she was finishing her sentence with talking about getting headaches (which last time I checked that would be considered a "side effect") and it didn't let her complete it obviously, where are u getting that she has to share about it having anything to do with skin
Nicole  |  September 2, 2014
This is about itchy skin side effects. But, "Tina" (?!) you for posting a useless unrelated comment. Even if u got claim you got cutoff, even if at best it was halfway through, these first 7 lines are still the longest comment on this page yet not one reference to itching NOR ANY side effects of adderall. I say this to you because I want you to consider that perhaps this drug isn't improving your functioning as you believe it is. I know 10-20 people personally who quickly became hyperverbose,
Useless  |  August 29, 2014
August 8, 2014
That awkward moment where it didn't let me finish and I just got this today and I don't know how to/if I can edit my posts?
May 18, 2014
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By barneca
May 14, 2014
barneca wrote
Adderall Ruined MY TEETH
If you are experiencing dry mouth while using Adderall which is a common symptom, you are in danger of tooth decay due to the lack of enzymes found in saliva which aid in digestion of Breaking down food. There are some products that help the body produce more saliva by stimulating the salivary glands. Biotene products can help
Ryan  |  February 27, 2015
i just turned 35. been taking adderall since i was 20. i'll take half of 30mg tablets 4 times a day and, since i like the taste, i'll let it dissolve in my mouth. my teeth are fine.
nd  |  January 17, 2015
I'm right in the middle. ive lost r teeth since starting treatment for my ADHD. dental workers who don't REALLY know what co-occuring psychiatric treatment med plus chronic migraine (&chemical sensitivities too ??) I'm 36 and have been on more than 200 meds (at least more than two weeks each!) in 20 yrs. I was born on a commune in Wyoming and drank water that had more issues w/ salmon "contamination' than anything like the literal overdose of fluoride that occurred when I moved to suburban Kan
gene  |  January 14, 2015
I agree. Most drug abusers lose their teeth. If taken correctly this will not happen to you :-)
sue  |  December 21, 2014
Bruxism was just added to the Medication Guide for Adderall in July 2014 so actually this is an official side effect to the drug product you are taking. I am 38 and have been on it for 8 years, i am not abusing the drug, and also have damage due to grinding (Bruxism)
August 18, 2014
As a dental assistant taking adderall I have to agree with JoeS.
Pasha  |  June 28, 2014
Tooth decay due to adderall usage would mean that too high of. A dosage was taken. Symptoms such as dry mouth typically go away after a few days if you are taking a proper dose
animamos  |  June 17, 2014
I agree with JoeS. Make sure you are also drinking enough water, tooth decay can be the long-term result of dry mouth.
Nikki23  |  May 26, 2014
Unless you were abusing the Adderall for all those years, it is not the cause of your tooth loss. Bruxism is a common problem with any type of stimulant, so is dry mouth. Both of those problems can be easily identified remedied. To blame a prescription level of adderall for losing all of your teeth by age 35 is more than a little bit silly. Drinking sodas or other sugary foods, improper dental care, some diseases, there are plenty of things that can cause tooth loss like you describe. Tak
JoeS  |  May 14, 2014
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By Imfeelinfine
April 28, 2014
Imfeelinfine wrote
Adderrall and Procardia together
Thanks for being so kind in writing to me. I am on Nifediphine Nifediphine medicine which does lower the LES by as much as 30-40%. This one drug should not be used as the damage to the esphogus has been proved. But what do I take to stop my spasms.I asked my GI if I could go off this medication and he said to try it. He wants me to try another one. I have made several changes in food, medicines, stopped smoking awhile ago, e
September 22, 2014
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By Eman
April 24, 2014
Eman wrote
20 mg adderall
I know adderal causes, at least initially, a diuretic effect, you should increase your water, or since your an althelte, your electrolyte consumption. Talk to your doctor about possibly lowering the dose if this continues to be a problem.
Pasha  |  June 28, 2014
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By Aub job 1
March 23, 2014
Aub job 1 wrote
Also caused from tension when taken in large amounts happens to me also
Kayla  |  July 4, 2014
The swollen joints and bad headache might be a sign that your blood pressure is very high! With all of the different things you take and smoking on top of that I would say please get it checked! Adderrall raises your BP, smoking raises your BP, lack of sleep raises your BP. A headache feeling taking over your body might be your blood vessels being so swollen and the pressure of your blood trying to pump through them. Just speaking from experience =)
Imfeelinfin  |  April 28, 2014
Thank you chris
Aub job  |  April 16, 2014
You NEED WATER.... you should be drinking a TON of water and that is TOO much adderal a half of a 10 mg should do the job.
Kris  |  April 7, 2014
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By WhiteTigerGirl
March 8, 2014
WhiteTigerGirl wrote
Adderall causing me to smell
I just ran into this post and yeah, Adderall can make you smell kind of funky. I used it a few years ago, taking 20mg once per day. I remember being sent home from work because my coworkers said 'Nate, you smell.' I was horrified and troubled at the time but I figured out that what was really going on was 2 things. The first- I was not drinking enough water. The second- I had other issues below the surface which were causing me to sweat, like deep fears and things that I needed help for.
Nate  |  December 30, 2014
hahah  |  October 15, 2014
I just stumbled on this thread while looking for something else...I have felt smelly too-never would have made the connection with Adderall! My rx is 20 mg twice daily, though I find 30 in the morning is more helpful; then I might or might not feel the need for the second dose.
About the smell- I've never talked about it with anyone, so I don't know if it's noticeable to others. I haven't been in an intimate relationship since taking Adderall. Do other people have confirmation that this smell
September 23, 2014
July 25, 2014
Well to me I can smell if I want to as long as it helps with the fatigue I get from lupus and fibrous and many other immune disorders
teetee  |  May 21, 2014
I too have had significantly increased armpit odor since starting Adderall a few years ago. Adderall is metabolized by the liver. The liver is already busy breaking down toxins so they can be flushed out of the body (environmental toxins, pesticides,etc.) When I am careful to limit the foods that also make the liver work extra hard, (alcohol, sugar, preservatives, dyes, and for me specifically, wheat) the smell goes away. Not immediately. It takes maybe a week? And until then, I sometimes
Kerri  |  May 21, 2014
I took Adderall 20 Xr (Orange pill) and I never experienced any odors or excess sweating, but the fact that Adderall is a stimulant and increases bodily function by releasing epinephrine(adrenaline) may be the cause of the symptoms you guys are experiencing.
Emanuel  |  April 24, 2014
I just recently started taking Adderall XR 10 mg daily to help with treatment of a rare sleep-wake disorder that I have called Idiopathic hypersomnia (plus I have ADHD). I've never taken Adderall XR or any Adderall before. I, too, am not a sweaty or smelly person, and I have NEVER had body odor, and now I do, in my pits (mostly my left one). I figured it was the Adderall XR doing this to me since I've never had to deal with any body odor, and it's only started since taking Adderall XR. Thanks f
JV  |  April 24, 2014
I have an extreme increase of smell since taking Adderall. I can't have air fresheners in my house anymore since Adderall. I can smell the liter box that is on the other side of my apartment even if the cat has only used it once. I was writing with a sharpie the other day and I felt like I was going to pass due to how strong the smells seemed. It is really strange but not in your head.
$taceFace  |  April 11, 2014
No it's definitely not in your head. There are several other forums that discuss a distinct smell people can sometimes get while taking Adderall. I used to take the orange ovals and I get a weird odor with that one. When I take the circular blue ones...it makes my right armpit stink and sweat profusely. I'm not a sweaty person at all and I have NEVER had body odor issues until being on Adderall. My mother works for a doctor that helps people that have excessive body odor and excessive swea
Julie  |  March 13, 2014
I am pretty sure it is all in your head.. yes you may be sweating more, which is caused from the Adderall.. but yeah I would have to apply old spice plenty of times..then I just wore a tighter under shirt and I was fine.. I would be sweating my natural body odor.. and yes that made my worry that I smell like BO but nope! its all in your head... have a great day !
" TBI you know youd rather see me die than to see me fly"
mark$tar  |  March 11, 2014
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By Lost
January 8, 2014
Lost wrote
Adderall & opiated withdrawal
Adderall and opiates is speed balling, especially at those levels. Your basically doing heroin and meth.
Gemma  |  February 17, 2015
In some ways adderall can help deflect some aspects of opiate withdrawal (OW). For one, adderall is a stimulant--duh! When one is going through OW is can be the closet event in one's life to walking through hell for a week (or 2-3 if methadone). The very fact of taking "something" helps fulfill the underlying addiction problem and, just conjecture, probably helps silence the kappa receptors for a bit. What adderall most certainly does for OW is provide you much needed energy and strength. Like
Otto  |  August 29, 2014
I don't know if you have this is in your area but there is an herb called Kratom that helps ALOT with opiate withdrawal. You can find it in headshops depending where you live or online. It's from thailand and all natural. Unfortunately the FDA is trying to ban it because they are overreacting and thinking it's heroin so it might not be available in your are but I've used it to withdrawal before and it really helps. As far as the Adderall I abused it before and all I can say is you'll just have
marlasinger  |  July 17, 2014
Does adderall help with opiate withdarwl
April 25, 2014
Wow I can relate on the adderall part, my prescription only lasts me 7-8 days. If I feel like it's wearing off at all I take another (XR 30mg). I told my doctor at my next visit I want to try something else... After the monthly withdrawal of a week.. My house will be a disaster and I'll get it back to normal, feel like myself again, go to my doctor and go through it all again. I love how focused I get, and I'm able to do so much, yet I hate the feeling you get when you know your body needs food
Chelsea  |  March 4, 2014
Oh man, I feel you! I was on a methedone program for 3 years. I was put on adderall a few months ago. I FINALLY got off the program. Try Freefromhell.com. Lots of info and LOTS of support! I hated it, but I was lucky I had my withdraw in a new unfamiliar area, no connections, and not even a car or money any way. Day 4 was my peak. Try to sleep and if you can't just TRY and keep your mind active. Nothing straining, but off of the pain and sadness. KEEP A SENSE of humor! I recorded this really st
Katy  |  February 13, 2014
Yeah it's going to be a living hell for at least 7 to 10 days. Around day 6 you should start to see light at the end of the tunnel. Just remember that if u make it couple or few days and decide u can't take it anymore and use....you will be starting all over and will have to ensure all of this again and each time from my experience it just gets worse. So stock up on water and Gatorade and ...vitamins help especially a multi vitamin, vitamin c, b12, melatonin for sleep, small doses of Xanax or
My works  |  January 17, 2014
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By TruthTeller
January 3, 2014
TruthTeller wrote
Personal study of Adderall
And I don't know how they did thus to me its like I was a zombie or something so not fair now I'm scared to take anything .n I'm adhd .idk WAT to do I mean people we're taken my money right out my pocket so don't understand
Does anybody out there understand or y does this happen .
December 14, 2014
I took adrall and has anyone like mind drift or something cause
I believe because my friends stole n all my medication
December 14, 2014
I think is a little unfair and slightly narcissistic. Perhaps you have a light case of ADD that can easily be managed "as needed". There are those of us who's ADD has severely effected their life. Just like with alcohol, illegal drugs and plain old non prescription food, there are people who abuse, overuse and become dependent. I have been on Adderall for over a year. It has significantly improved almost every aspect of my life. I am currently taking Vyvanse which is an extended version of Adde
Sledman  |  August 25, 2014
Totally agree... I was diagnosed about 3 months ago... I can definitely see myself becoming addicted and that scares me!!! I read all of these forums out there and it sscares the crap out of me! It sucks I truly believe, I should say I know I have ADD at first I thought my doc was crazy.. It's really helped a lot, just know that I have to be careful! Maybe see if there's an herbal regimen that will help with ADD.. If you know of any herbal remedy, please share..
Vhs  |  August 17, 2014
wow! your story is very similar to mine. I totally agree with you. Aderall should only be taken as needed. i started taking it in January this year and of course it does make a difference when i take it to take a test or if i have a long lecture that i need to focus. Today i just orded Ginkgo biloba because i would like to try something natural instead. I'll let you know how that works. :)
nursing student  |  May 18, 2014
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By dumbass
December 16, 2013
dumbass wrote
Ephedrine destroyed my life sooooooooooo bad!
I take two doses of 16mg a day. How the hell can someone take over a thousand lol Obvious drug addicts in general. Someone mentioned Narcanon, stay away from that place. It's a Scientology front group which means it's junk science
Doug  |  January 5, 2015
What dosage do you take and in what form? I have used ephedrine, in combination with caffeine and baby aspirin, on and off over the past several years for weight loss purposes (when I plateau or need a metabolism/energy boost) and have had no side effects other than diminishing effectiveness after longer consecutive periods of use and a lower tolerance for alcohol while taking it. Once in a great while I'll feel a wave of nauseousness if I haven't eaten in some time or am hung over, but it does
December 2, 2014
I know this is an old post, but for anyone else looking for advice, you may want to look in your community for NarcAnon meetings. Drugs can easily ruin people's lives, be they "legal" (alcohol, this) or illegal, and others looking for sobriety may be able to help encourage you and keep you accountable along the way.

Best of luck!
john  |  October 29, 2014
I'm sorry I couldn't get my story to start at the beginning. For some dumbass reason this site will only allow so many characters. Start at the 5th one down and work your way up and they will be in order. So stupid.
August 24, 2014
withdrawals won't be nearly as bad. Anyhow, I just wanted to let you know that you are most certainly not alone. You got this. Good luck.
August 24, 2014
Could with steel toed boots on. My stomach was extremely cramped and I had severe diarrhea and nausea. I couldn't eat and I couldn't sleep but I made it through those 4 days and told myself that was it. I thought I was going to die. Going cold turkey was absolutely horrible but it is doable. I didn't have a choice because I remained an addict until the last possible second. I know you can get clean if you put your mind to it. Decreasing your dose (tapering) day by day will help and the withdr
August 24, 2014
at the same time so I made the decision to kick the liquor habit before my jail time. That was rough, but let's save that story for another time. I continued my extreme ephedrine habit all the way up until the morning I went to the courthouse for sentencing. I was high when I went to jail that day. Not be able to add more ephedrine throughout the day began to take a toll on me. I started sweating uncontrollably but I was cold and shivering. My hea felt like someone kicked me as hard as they co
August 24, 2014
I was spending almost $1000 a month and this was 10 years so when ephedrine was readily available in local gas stations for cheap. To add insult to injury, I also had a major dependence on alcohol and used to get blackout drunk nearly every single day along with the ephedrine. Anyhow, I got a 2nd DUI because of my reckless behavior and had to do jail time, which was a blessing. Yep, I said it...a blessing. I knew I was going to have a terrible time dealing with the withdrawal of two substance
August 24, 2014
I feel your pain but trust me withdrawals are only temporary. I also suffered from an extreme addiction to ephedrine. I'm not talking about a few pills a day, I mean extreme amounts. I should have been dead. I used to have to take 600 mg just to get myself up and moving, which is a 24 pack of 25mg ephedrine hydrochloride. In a typical day I was ingesting up to 1750mg a day. I rarely slept and when I did it was for an hour or two and then I would wake up to a nice 600mg dose once again. I was s
05mustangGT  |  August 24, 2014
i feel exactly like you self control please this stuff is poison doesnt work i need help i'm going down in a hell hole
sam  |  June 21, 2014
I've also had a whole TON of problems related to ephedrine use. I'm not addicted anymore, but I have a whole ton of health problems...I stopped taking ephedrine almost 4 yrs ago (august will be 4 yrs) and just this past november I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and last week I was diagnosed the CFS. Man you gotta work hard, for doctors to think maybe something IS wrong.

I'm just commenting to say I'm also a DUMBASS, and to give you support in that you can get over this! I'm he
Richard  |  April 1, 2014
I've been taking an ECA stack followed by 2xEC daily for 6 months. A friend of mine has been taking it for years. Neither of us have any side effects thus far aside from looking and feeling great. Do your research on it because it is unlikely to be the cause of these problems you and others are experiencing.
Common sense  |  February 26, 2014
need to have self control, self discipline
February 7, 2014
ephedrine its artificial substance in time paranoia,weak immune system, social phobia are common sides.A friend of mine suicide over this with extreme depression symptoms and i was there taking my first circle.
You have over abused it - Go out as easy and comfortable you feel.
It messed my head 2 it drained my self esteem and my energy .Stop. Take royal jelly, lift weights! spirulina, hippophaes,?3, ur body will recover soon.
Sound therapy,OM etc, exercise social skills.
feel sry after
i will help you 2  |  January 9, 2014
I can help you
Carl  |  January 5, 2014
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August 30, 2013
hollographic wrote
Solution to Bloating and Chest Tightness while on Adderall xr?
This is normal with adderall xr. IR typically does not cause these reactions in most. Tell your prescribing Dr. Exactly what is going on. He will help. Your drs are always there to help, they are the only ones who can decipher what will help. Give him a call. It sounds like an issue. I took xr and had the same horrible problems _so i told my dr pros and cons and we tried ir it works better for me but everybody is going to react to this differently especially with all the shit generics out there
missme23  |  June 17, 2014
OMG! I JUST found out something I never thought of as I was googling about the sudden bloating , etc since switching from concerta (brand) to adderall xr generic-- THE GENERIC adderall contains things I am allergic to!! Corn starch, DAIRY, and along with ANY corn product, usually comes the GLUTEN contamination !! It never occurred to me that these " fillers" used for the generics ( sometimes even brand, depending on the med) would be used in any medication!! Especially without some kind of war
Jessica  |  June 8, 2014
Well I realized this was a year ago, but before taking Adderall, eat a light healthy meal, and avoid caffeinated drinks or juices, and drink plenty of water and Gatorade, but make sure your are near a bathroom because I experienced diarrhea about 30-40min. after I take it. by the way I started off on Adderall xr 20mg 1 pill a day
April 24, 2014
This is way to obvious. Why in the world would somebody prescribe 15 mg to start. I started on 5 years ago and almost stopped because of somewhat similar stuff, no bloating. Many years later I take between 11-15 mg per dose after moving to 7, then 10 etc. With the 5mg when I started taking Magnesium and some other supps and eating much better the drug worked much better without the chest tightness etc. Its a strong drug and you need to have all the proper cofactors and nutrients to help regula
February 28, 2014
Along with what - j - has written , which is as good of advice as you'll find I can promise you that -- I just want you to understand that because you're now super focused symptoms you most likely had before taking the stimulant is now magnified. I suggest you read up on Candida and try Activia yogurt to balance out the good and bad ratio of 80 / 20 ( I think that's correct ) -- Now that you're taking this enhancement drug -- which is how I think of it -- you need to prepare your body for wh
K  |  February 12, 2014
I have tried almost all the pill forms of medicine for adhd and adderall works the best for me. It does however upset my stomach sometimes and my intestines because it is a strong stimulant. So I understand the feeling you are talking about. I agree that water is key with adderall since it can dehydrate you. So always lots of water with it and eating more veggies and fruit will help with your digestion. I wouldn't have coffee with it unless you are eating enough to help with the absorption rate
January 28, 2014
Not sure about the bloating, but you might avoid some chest tightness and anxiety by not drinking coffee with it; otherwise you're taking two stimulants (Adderall and caffeine) at the same time. If you still have chest tightness or anxiety, you might consider a beta blocker; 40 mg propranolol once or twice a day has been great for me. Of course, IANAD, and you should talk to yours.
Frank  |  January 19, 2014
Hey bub. Your "gastric motility" ground to a stand still. Basically, Adderall causes your body to shift blood used by your gusts to digest food to your skeletal muscle, preparing your body for action. Exercising and increases water intake can help here- as a matter of fact, they will probably be the fist thing your doc suggests. Otherwise he'll prescribe Reglan (which can cause permanent tremors in your hands) or Miralax. Water will reduce the bloating and gas too. Tums is ok if you hydrate.
j  |  December 16, 2013
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By boys shouldnt use adderall
boys shouldnt use adderall wrote
adderall and man boobs
Which drug did you switch too?
Stephanie  |  January 23, 2015
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