Posted 12/3/2008 12:05 PM (GMT -6)
I've taken adderall as a supplement to my normal anti-depressants, mainly to combat fatigue I felt due to a combination of other medical conditions and depression. I had trouble staying awake whenever I wasn't actively doing something. It was so bad that my co-workers would joke about me needing a pillow if there was going to be a meeting that day. I started off with concerta, but it had an opposite effect on me, and it made me even more drowsy. Then I moved on to time relase ritalin, which definitely gave me more pep, but I was still falling asleep on it. Then we moved up to Adderall, and that has helped me lots. It gives me that extra energy needed to break out of my shy shell, as well as keeping me awake. True, it isn't necessarily an anti-depressant, but if it makes you feel better, what's the problem? Unless of course you have a history of abusing amphetamines or other drugs, in which I'd be really hesitant to try any of the prescrip amphetamines...there is a definite potential for misuse and abuse.
Keep your doc informed on how you're doing, and if you start building a tolerance, it might be time to take a break. Tolerance is a symptom of physical dependency, so going without the ritalin for a couple of weeks will help bring your tolerance back down. If you start noticing that you can't sleep (or don't want to), or that you are becoming OC, that might be another signal that it's time to take a break.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ UC in May '06
Meds & supplements:
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone (down to 2.5mg/day), flaxseed oil, L-glutamine, magnesium, and vit B-12.
Trying the spinach/sunflower diet. If needed, my next experiment will be to try LDN.