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Effects - Adderall no longer working as well as having stomach issues

Discussion in 'Adderall' started by Snack Daddy, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. Snack Daddy

    Snack Daddy Newbie

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    Oct 9, 2013
    28 y/o from U.S.A.
    To start off dog began taking adderal when he was 14. Dog started with a dose of adderall 20mg xr taken once in the morning and then about 2 years later dog's prescription was upped to 40mg xr taken once in the morning. Dog experienced amazing results with adderall throughout highschool and felt as if it made studying and focusing much easier, dog no longer felt lose or behind due to dog's adhd in a sense dog felt normal. However when dog got into college dog noticed that adderall 40mg xr was starting to not work as good as it did before. Then about 2 months before the end of second semester adderall stopped working all together out of nowhere. Dog tried taking more to see if that was the problem, but that never worked. It seemed that no matter how much dog took he would never feel the affects he did before, so dog ended up stopping taking adderall for the last month of finals. During the summer dog also stopped taking adderall completely, hoping that his doctors advice of a 3 month adderall vacation would completely fix the issue. However when dog went back to his second year of college, and began taking adderall 60mg xr he realized the problem of it not working was still their. Dog felt more tired, hungry, restless, and never felt concentrated. Next his doctor tried prescribing vyavanse which ended up not working well, then concerta which led to feelings of anxiety and depression that over shadowed the medicines positive affects. In addition to no longer feeling focused, dog also has noticed an increase in anxiety which was never present before starting adderall, and dog was recently diagnosed with anxiety. Dog was then prescribed lexapro which has helped with the anxiety, but the problem of adderall still no longer working was still there. Currently Dog is just began taking straterra 40mg, and has adderall for when needed, but due to how it doesn't work dog stays away from taking it due to how it leads to no positive effects.

    Side Note: Dog noticed stomach problems right around the time adderall began to stop working, he went to the doctor but the doctor said that everything was ok. Now 7-8 months later Dogs stomach problems are much worse and have an effect on his everyday (he has an apointment with a stomach doctor next week) In relation to stomach problems dog feels a tightening/cramping feeling in his stomach throughout the entire day that makes him think he is hungry, dog also constantly feels gassy (sometimes burping supresses the stomach pains for a couple seconds to a couple a minutes), sharp pains in the upper abdominal region as if there were little needles poking that area, feeling hungry right after eating, the feeling of "hungry" makes it hard to focus or think critically, feeling overtired (might result from feeling hungry). Dog has come up with a hypothesis but isn't sure if it is at all plausible. The hypothesis is that there is an imbalance in stomach acids/chemicals that are leading to food and medicine not being digested properly which would therefor lead the nutrients from the food never being dispursed which may cause the hunger, as well as having adderall never being digested properly as well which would be why it seems the medicine wont work no matter how much is taken.

    Dog hopes that someone might have experienced the same thing, and will be able to give advice on what may be happening as well as ways to get the medicine to work again, or how to deal with his recent stomach issues
  2. LaFolle

    LaFolle Silver Member

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    Mar 22, 2012
    49 y/o from U.S.A.
    Just wanted to bump this thread to see if anyone who had not seen the topic yet had any information on the stomach issues and Adderall (or any other kind of amphetamine).

    I think the theory that some change in the stomach due to use of stimulant which causes a reaction that leads to an imbalance of acid and/or gut flora which leads to mal-absorption of food causing gas and related pains may be right on the money, but I don't know.

    It would be really helpful if anyone who has experienced this could post their specifics and what was done to combat it. Also if any science types who know the chemistry and biology behind this phenomenon could respond, I think a lot of people could be helped.