Good that you are on Pristique, which net says is an anti-depressant. If your nerves get to you, they have an anti-depressant that also treats anxiety, I believe. You might want to talk to your psychiatrist about
You said, “She went from mother of the year to nightmare” and “Maybe it’s not bi polar and mania. Maybe it’s her current meds.”
In an earlier post, you said: "she is taking 30-50 mg daily Adderall and two antidepresents along with 1 mg of Xanax each night to sleep and she hardly sleeps. She has always had severe mood swings but I suspect the psychiatrist is missing something"
You said, "All the signs (for bipolar, I’m thinking you mean) are there: self esteem through the roof, not sleeping then crashing, very talkative after taking Adderall and thoughs wander, making huge plans and not following through, racing thoughts, sexual on line behavior, spending a lot of money, extremely irritable, yelling, swearing (even with kids)."
You didn’t mention depression, so maybe with the Adderall she doesn’t get depressed, or, she’s just manic without the depression, if that exists. Before Adderall, did she ever get depressed?
Again, you said, “Maybe it’s not bi polar and mania. Maybe it’s her current meds.”
(She may be already hooked, as stated below can happen fairly quickly, is why she doesn't want to change doctors. --Tim)
To see if it might be the medicine she’s taking, Adderall, Rx.com said, Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine salts) is an amphetamine used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Side effects of Adderall include:
• nervousness, restlessness, excitability, irritability, agitation, dizziness, headache, fear, anxiety, agitation, tremor, weakness, blurred vision, sleep problems (insomnia), and others.
It also has weight loss as a side affect -Tim. Years ago, some doctors, quacks, use to prescribe it for that, but I heard they had to cut back or stop that. Years ago, some students would take it to stay up all night and study, but it wasn’t something a legitimate doctor would prescribe.
It’s so controversial and potentially dangerous, that it’s a controlled substance, which the net says are those medications which have a higher or lower potential for abuse. It’s so much of an upper that it’s a street drug.
I had a next door neighbor who told me she went to the town quack doctor (who was later arrested) to get her amphetamine/dexotrine and that she had to take sleeping pills to go to sleep at night, and amphetamine/dexotrine to get up out of bed in the morning.
Some of the more commonly used dextroamphetamine-based drugs include (Adderall).
According to the University of Maryland, dextroamphetamine belongs to the Schedule II class of controlled substances, which makes for a high abuse and addiction potential. The potential for dextroamphetamine abuse greatly increases when taking this drug for recreational purposes or when exceeding prescribed dosage schedules.
The dangers of dextroamphetamine abuse become more so apparent with long-term use, though this drug’s damaging effects take root during the early stages of drug use. Dextroamphetamine continues to warp brain, body and central nervous system functions to the point where a person’s health and psychological well-being start to deteriorate over time. With continued use, dextroamphetamine abuse will inevitably lead to addiction.
Dextroamphetamine acts as a central nervous system stimulant, speeding up brain chemical processes, which in turn speeds up most every major system in the body. These effects take a tremendous toll on brain cell functions as well as on the body in general.
Brain cells produce the neurotransmitter chemicals that for the most part regulate brain and central nervous system functions. This excessive toll placed on brain cells causes considerable structural damage to develop.
Dextroamphetamine effects include: Increased alert
ness, Increased concentration, Increased energy levels, Confidence, Talkativeness, Loss of appetite.
In general, drugs that produce near immediate effects carry a higher abuse potential than those producing slower effects. Dextroamphetamine abuse practices not only enhance the drug’s effects but also speed up the rate at which abuse takes place.
The ongoing damage done to brain cell structures makes cells less responsive to dextroamphetamine’s effects. When this happens, users must increase dosage amounts in order to experience the same “high” effect.
As a result, the brain’s tolerance level for dextroamphetamine can increase at an extremely fast rate. With rising tolerance levels comes additional brain cell damage, which in turn drives increased dosage amounts.
Before long, this vicious cycle drives users to engage in bingeing behaviors where large doses of the drug are taken in rapid succession. This practice, in and of itself, can induce any number of serious conditions, some of which include: Cardiac arrest, Violent behaviors. Psychotic episodes.
Ultimately, bingeing practices cause widespread brain cell deterioration. This form of dextroamphetamine abuse also damages most every bodily system in terms of the wear and tear the body undergoes when under the influence.
Much like a person feels “fried” after drinking 20 cups of espresso, dextroamphetamine abuse “fries” the neural pathways throughout the brain.
Feelings of rage, anger and aggression can happen on an increasingly frequent basis as the drug wears away at essential brain chemical processes.
The effects of dextroamphetamine abuse can easily be compared to those produced by cocaine. Like cocaine, dextroamphetamine causes extensive damage within the frontal lobe region of the brain. The frontal lobe regulates cognitive functions, some of which include: Judgment, Thinking, Decision-making, The ability to feel empathy for others.
Signs of frontal lobe syndrome include: Unusual risk-taking behaviors, Depression symptoms, Anxiety disorder symptoms, Psychotic-like behavior, Ulcers, Heart disease.
In this state, addicts experience frequent and sometimes continuous breaks from reality.
Post Edited (Tim Tam) : 1/4/2018 4:39:32 PM (GMT-7)