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Question?: Adhd Medications

Ken asks…

Is there a way I can get cheap ADHD medication without insurance?

Right now, I don’t have insurance and I can’t afford it. Not only that, but I also have ADHD. I’m really trying to bring it under control, but it’s very hard. Is there any way I can get cheap ADHD medication without insurance?

admin answers:

Partnership for Prescription Assistance lists initiatives sponsored by drug manufacturers and by government and local organizations to help uninsured people with medication costs. See the link below.

Your doctor may be able to help with samples, but that won’t last you long.

Most ADHD meds are stimulants, so it may help to “self-medicate” with caffeinated products like coffee or coke. Obviously this isn’t a long-term solution, but it may help you ride out the bumpy times.

P.s. I had already checked the Walmart site and didn’t see any of the typical ADHD meds listed.

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Question?: Adhd

Mandy asks…

How can I learn to cope with my ADHD symptoms without medication?

I have adhd and I’m in college and I’m having a hard time focusing and remembering to do my homework. I always feel anxious, overwhelmed, discouraged, and unmotivated to do anything. I feel like I will never be successful. I tried medications and they worked but they made my heart race. I don’t want to use medications but sometimes I feel like it’s the only way to go. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

admin answers:

There are tons of natural things to help! I’ve always used caffiene to help my symptoms. The pills just put me in a daze- I could concentrate but I didn’t have interest in anything. So instead I started drinking one cup of coffee every morning. It slowed everything down to a normal level, but I was still myself. This doesn’t work for everybody, so I would say to try if for a week and see if it helps you. Also, try running every morning. Physical exercise is the best thing for anybody, but especially for adhd. It gives you time to think and let your mind wander while using up your excess of energy that keeps you unfocused. The most important thing I did though was to focus on what is important to me. Us ADHD kids will never care about anything that isn’t of direct importance to us. If we don’t care we’ll end up not paying attention and then cramming for the final and scraping a C in the class- trust me I did this for years. But once I started to study about things I cared about I got straight A’s. So follow your heart and your mind will be happy.
Good luck!

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Question?: Adhd Medications

Charles asks…

Does adhd medication shift your cause of distraction to love?

Since hyperactivity is caused by being too sensitive to what you see and hear, fidgeting etc. does adhd medication make you more distracted by cuddly pets puppies children? Since they are same class drugs as ecstasy (love drug making you want to hug everyone)
Since they are stimulant could they have same effect as caffeine which helps me sleep?

admin answers:

There is NO drug for ADD or ADHD that is even safe! It is only used to get lots of money illegally into doctors pockets and drug companies. “under the table”
Hyperactive is Nothing close to ADD. It means the child is un able to sit still for long and runs a lot! Often with bad tempers. ALL it takes to get it under control is ones decision to want to be under control! Once one decided to and uses the effort, their hyperactivity and tempers are soon all gone! It is a temporary condition!
ADD is a permanent condition. No drug can help ADD! Everyone who really has ADD has three major symptoms! 1. The problem of keeping ones attention. Deep breathing in just the right pattern, and fast will temporary stop it for 12 hours! 2. Everyone that has it is a terrible speller! 3. Ones memories only remember the “strange and unusual”! Unless being tutored!
If you do not have ALL three of these, your do not have ADD. IF you are not as I described for Hyperactive, you do Not have it!
Nobody can have” ADHD” because it si a fake condition dreamed up for $$$$$$ by drug companies! You Research news! It was dreamed up about 1980. Before they dreamed it up, those two condition are never slightly even compared!

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Question?: Adhd

Michael asks…

I have adhd and my mom wont let me get adderall. What are your opinions on caffeine pills?

I zone out in school so bad. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m brilliant, ADHD is just detrimental. My mom is afraid im going to abuse/sell amphetamines if they are prescribed to me. Caffeine is the only thing I’ve found to help me so far. Would it be safe to use moderate doses of caffeine to maintain focus at school?

admin answers:

Try Strattera. Its a non-stimulate adhd medication that is not habit forming.

To answer your question, I don’t think anyone would recommend consuming a high level of anything especially something that will make you crash like caffeine.

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Question?: Adhd Symptoms

Helen asks…

Has any one had trouble with ADHD medication in their child?

My 5 year old son started Focalin XR, and I have seen slight improvements in his ADHD symptoms, but he has become very whiny and crys over things he wouldnt have before. Has anyone ever experienced this in their child with a medication before?

admin answers:

This is a side effect of the medication that WILL pass in time. It won’t last months just a few weeks. I have a son who was diagnosed at 7 with ADHD and was put on Adderall XR and he went through the same exact thing and in a short amount of time this did end for him….

You will notice it when the medication has work off or even around bed time. It is ok for this to happen. Most all medications in this world have one side effect or another and sometimes we don’t get them and sometimes we do……………..this one is natural.

Do some reading up on the medication and it will be something I am sure that is listed…..Don’t worry for him he will be fine…it will pass.

— I hope this helps to reassure you from one mom to another of a child taking medication for ADHD —

— good luck —

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Question?: Adhd In Adults

Richard asks…

Is it possible to effectively manage adult ADHD without medication?

I’ve read several books about adult ADHD, and they all seem to emphasize the use of medication. I have nothing against the use of medication, but I can’t afford it right now. Is there any way for those of us who have ADHD and can’t afford medication to effectively manage our symptoms?

admin answers:

It’s possible in some ways, but it’s very difficult.

I would suggest speaking to your doctor about what your problem is. See if he or she can refer you to somewhere where you can get the medication you need.

My best friend has adult ADHD in the worst way. Most of the time, those of us who know her well recognize after about three or four minutes that she’s not taken her medication in a while. But, she doesn’t take it every day. Sometimes she’ll go weeks or months without taking it.

Most of the time, it means that she has to really cut back her case load at work. Naturally, the longer she has to concentrate, the harder it is for her to do it without her meds.

She is also married to a man who is her polar opposite, and who kind of keeps her in line. He does help her a lot in a mind-over-matter sense — he knows it’s difficult for her, but he does call her out on it when she is being extremely ADHD, and he’s really a soothing influence on her.

What she has done in the past was get her prescription, and use it when she needs it. Most doctors do reccommend with childhood ADHD that it be used in school hours or extreme circumstances only. It wears off around the time school lets out, so unless there is major studying to do, or some other activity that requires sustained focus, they reccommend you come off of it and start again the next day. Weekends, holidays and summers are often times they suggest you not be on meds.

Apply the same tactic in your situation. If you know there is a situation that will probably be difficult for you, take it that morning. If there are days when it’s a little less necessary to focus for a significant length of time, skip it. It can help make one refill go a long way.

I would also suggest talking to your doctor about generics (LOTS cheaper than name brands), samples (many doctors have them, and are more than happy to hand them out for just such an occasion) or changing the Rx altogether.

The normal non-drug-related suggestions are not as effective, but if you suffer from mild to moderate ADHD, they could help some. Make sure that you get enough good sleep, eat well, try to adhere to a schedule, cut out processed foods, allow yourself breaks to collect yourself (then either be disciplined enough to go back to your work or have someone to help keep you accountable), etc.

Something that helps some ADHD people is a bit of caffienne. For some reason, a lot of the time, the bodies of people with ADHD react differently to stimulants and depressants, so caffienne can be somewhat soothing, and Benadryl can cause excitability or hyperactivity. Go figure. After all, most of the drugs on the market today for ADHD are stimulants similar to speed.

But it’s always best to speak with your doctor before deciding to stop taking a drug you’ve been prescribed. If you have no other options, you could just try to help it on your own. But it’s possible there is something between shelling out the money to pay for your current Rx and taking nothing at all.

Good luck!

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Question?: Adhd Medications

Susan asks…

Is there a better adhd medication than vyvance?

I know a lot about adhd medication and have taken many different medications trying to find the right one to ease my adhd a little with out having an overwhelming amount of side effects. I am currently taking vyvance and it works great for school work, tests and quizzes but outside of school i dred being on the medication. Is there any adhd medication that works as well as vyvance in aspects of school work?

admin answers:

I have major depression and anxiety and I attend a weekly support group for people with depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, etc. One of the first things I learned is that a medication that works wonders for one person might not be helpful at all for someone else.

The brain is the most complex organ in the body, and it is still trial and error for doctors to figure out what medications work the best for an individual. I have lost count of all the psych meds and combinations of meds I have tried for my problems.

People on YA can make guesses on which meds might work best for you. However, the sad truth is that you will probably have to experiment with different meds to find out what works the best. This can be be VERY frustrating. I know this from my own experience.

Below is a list of the most common ADHD meds. Maybe something in the list will give you some idea. Otherwise, you can try googling “ADHD medications” or “ADHD medication lists” and do some research. It would be nice if the doctors did all the research and knew all the answers, but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way, at least not at this time.


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Question?: Adhd Medications

Linda asks…

What is the best adult ADHD medication?

I have been taking Vyvance 40mg twice a day and it only works 3 hours at the most per 40mg. I know everybody reacts differently to different types of medication but what seems to be, in general, the most effective ADHD medication?

admin answers:

First, some corrections to this statement:

“If you’re not sensitive to amphetimes (Adderol, Ritalin) then those are the most effective. However, Straterra and Concerta are non-amphetimes.”

1. There is no “most effective” medication for ADHD. Individual neurochemistry is the biggest factor, and no one can predict which medication will work best for an individual.

2. Ritalin is not an amphetamine. It is methylphenidate, which is milder than an amphetamine class medication.

The methlphenidate class medications for ADHD are Ritalin, Concerta, Focalin, and the Daytrana patch. These are all, essentially, the same medication but in very different delivery systems. The choice of delivery system can make a huge difference.

Adderall is a mixed-amphetamine salt and is in the amphetamine class that includes Dexedrine and Vyvanse.

The general rule is that for about 40 percent of the population, one class works better than the other.

In general, the newer formulations are designed to produce a smoother delivery, eliminating the problematic “roller coaster” effect of the quick-release medications that can start abruptly and end abruptly (Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine, etc.)

3. Strattera is a norepinephrine-reuptake inhibitor. Anecdotally, many people with ADHD and their physicians find it less effective for ADHD symptoms than the methylphenidate or amphetamine class medications (considered the first-line treatment), though it does help some people with mood.

As to the original question, you need to define the term “works.” If you are going solely by how “buzzy” you feel, that’s not a good indicator. You need to be using objective measures and rating scales. If your physician is not using rating scales to measure progress, ask him/her to start doing so. Your treatment should have been initiated on the basis of targeted behavior, such as challenges with reading, driving, temper, listening, etc. In other words, proper medication treatment does not consist of the doc asking, “How are you doing?”

If you are doing all that and still find Vyvanse works for only 3 hours, you might be a fast metabolizer. This is typically related to a genetic mutation. But there can be other factors.

Good luck,
Gina Pera, author
Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?


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Question?: Adhd In Children

Linda asks…

How do I deal with my ADHD Child?

My son is 14 years old. I still have to bring him to a child psychologist for a proper diagnosis… if my son is ADHD. He showed several symptoms of being one and it worries me. I am not so keen on putting him on medication because of the possible negative side effects. I do believe that there are other ways and means of dealing with ADHD children other than medication.

admin answers:

I use to work with ADHD children, the true ones, not every child that can’t concentrate long enough to satisfy their teachers. These kids, even into preteen could NOT concentrate on one task for more than 30 seconds. We have got to stop medicating children to counteract poor diet and being a kid. I would look at what your son is eating, cut out as much “artificial food” as you can, dyes & additives have a poor effect on most people, lack of concentration and hyperactivity are symptoms of a poor diet.

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