Do you or one of your children suffer with attention problems or hyperactivity? Do you feel restless all the time and have trouble organizing your thoughts? Are conversations with others often difficult for you to maintain without speaking out of turn or talking too fast for them to catch up? If any, or even better, many of these symptoms apply to you, you may be a victim of the dreadful Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and potentially a candidate for Adderall XR, ADD, ADHD prescription drug medication.
Adderall and the Adderall XR alternative, Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder medication is currently the number one most prescribed drug treatment for Attention Deficit and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders. ADD and ADHD are increasingly common illnesses in our society today and are marked by an individual’s feelings of constant nervousness or need to keep moving or speaking, racing thoughts and conversations, and impulsive, sometimes unruly behavior at inappropriate times. Though many critics argue that this illness is far too often diagnosed, it seems that as the generations continue to go on, the truth of the existence of this illness lays quite obvious. And despite popular new age theories that a better diet with less sugar and/or better, more strict parental procedures would sufficiently do the trick, unfortunately these non-medication treatments rarely work. Not to mention that in this bustling fast paced world that the United States is operating in, cutting sugar out of the diet of a young child is very difficult to maintain, especially when his or her parents are not right by their side at times such as in school or at a friends house. But while 60% of people, including children, adolescents and adults were once thought as being doomed for future failure due to lifelong Attention Deficit, ADHD symptoms interfering with life, psychiatrists all over the world have seen a huge increase in overall success in their patients with Attention Deficit, ADHD after sustained use of the Adderall XR alternative, ADD, ADHD product. According to Adderall official website, 70% of individuals will respond effectively to treatment with a stimulant medication, such as the Adderall, XR alternative medicine.
So how does Adderall work? Well, currently there are two forms of the drug on the market. Adderall XR alternative drug and Adderall. The former is an extended release version of the faster activated but shorter relieving latter drug type and there are as many differences in the two as there are similarities. One should discuss the two options in detail when meeting with his or her doctor about the Attention Deficit or Hyperactive Disorder and together, choose which alternative seems to best fit the patient’s needs.
Both Adderall brand and Adderall, XR alternative, Attention Deficit, ADHD medications work on the dopamine (DA) and neurepinephrine (NE) chemicals in the brain. Nobody really knows the cause of Attention Deficit, ADHD yet, but it is believed due to the body’s reaction to this stimulant based treatment, that each ADD, ADHD sufferer’s levels of these two neurotransmitters are improperly regulated. The goal of Adderall is to intervene and increase or decrease the level of the neurotransmitters so as to create the same happy medium of chemical activity that can be witnessed in a healthy person’s brain cycles. It is an imbalance of the dopamine and the neurepinephrine that have been found to cause impulsivity, restlessness, lack of concentration and inability to remain alert, all classic symptoms of Attention Deficit, ADHD.
The original Adderall formula, which contained a Dextro-Amphetamine Salt mixture is an immediate release pill that reaches maximum concentration in the body’s plasma after three hours. Due to the wearing off of the medications effects at the end of a day, along with a heightened risk for potential abuse (as seen commonly with fast acting, short lived drugs like this), the original Adderall medication is not prescribed as often now that the new formula of the drug is available. While Adderall comes and leaves the body in a rapid cycling of up and down type affect, with often, for some, the same sort of “crash” feeling that comes at the end of a late night coffee binge, the extended release version, Adderall XR alternative, is made to work on a 24hour basis. Adderall XR, ADD, ADHD medication reaches its highest level of absorption in the plasma after about seven hours.
As an avid customer of the Shire Pharmaceuticals, Adderall and Adderall XR alternative brands for the past seven years or so, I can tell you first hand that there are pros and cons related to both types of Adderall medications. I would hesitate to say that one form is better than the other because they both seem to fit different needs. When I first started with the Adderall brand medication I took the Dextro-Amphetamine salt blend, in both the brand name and the generic form of the pill. This was during my first few years after being diagnosed with the Attention Deficit, ADHD. The medication treatment worked wonders for me. During instances where I would otherwise have a horrific experience trying to remain focused and concentrated on any project I took on, I found myself strangely determined to keep working along and being productive, with little need for the snack breaks and power naps that I would normally without the medication have taken on regular intervals during the task. Furthermore, what was better, was that I seemed to have an uncanny sense of motivation. I felt like minute, boring things like cleaning my kitchen or typing a term paper up on the computer were the most fun things I could be doing at that moment and I proceeded with the tasks at full force with high enthusiasm. And what was also bizarre was that I seemed to be flooded with the emotions that my usual depressed personality had restricted me from experiencing. I can recall watching hours fly by as I would sit in my best friend’s apartment after taking an Adderall to study and me, usually known for my detachment toward others and somewhat cold exterior, would talk her ear off about what an incredible person and friend she was and how much I loved her. I would suddenly become inspired to write compassionate letters of poetic sentiments to people I hadn’t spoken to in ages who probably had since forgotten who I was. It was amazing. It was as if every time I took one of those little pinky-peachish pills, my whole being would come back to life. It was great. This was with the regular Adderall, which despite the positive attributes, also has some negative factors associated with it for some people.
For one, the regular Adderall medication, immediate released, is very obvious in the body. You can feel quite strongly the very moment it kicks in and also the second it starts to wear down. Sometimes when it dissipates I would start to feel a little bit of depression for no reason. And I would feel very tired. These symptoms occur because of the drug’s fast acting effects when it comes to both entering and leaving the body. So even though the traditional formula tends to create a greater impact in the short term, my doctor and I have decided that for me, personally, the Adderall XR alternative capsules are more ideal for my treatment.
So after a few years, I switched to Adderall XR, ADD, ADHD medication capsules. There was a huge difference in the drug’s immediate impact on my brain and body. For with the old pill, I got immediate relief from fatigue or depression, the Adderall XR alternative formula took some time to enter my bloodstream to its fullest capacity. In fact, since my doctor switched me over to the XR without changing the dosage amount, it was actually as if I was taking only half of my regular dose with the Adderall XR, ADD, ADHD pill formula. I didn’t feel an immediate rush of emotion, motivation or energy; I had to wait awhile for that to overcome me. And when it does, the feeling is much milder than it is with Adderall. On the plus side, though, this pill lasts 24 hours so I no longer need to scurry to fit all of my days chores and tasks into a short time period because my pill will run out because I know that if I continue to take it as prescribed, it will not. It does sometimes become a problem if I take the Adderall XR alternative too late in the day, as I sometimes do not feel like sleeping at any reasonable hour and will end up staying up very very late. This has proven to work for me though, as I have committed to a work from home freelancing lifestyle that allows me to create my own work hours. And even though, I’d love to blame it on the medication, quite frankly my peak time is late night early morning. I love to watch the sun rise as I’m hard at work and it is in these quiet hours that I believe I concentrate best, with fewer symptoms of Attention Deficit, ADHD and other mental illness.
Both the traditional, immediate release Adderall medication and the Adderall XR, ADD, ADHD capsule are being prescribed for patients suffering from the Attention and Hyperactive illnesses. Though there are exceptions, the original formula is now first prescribed more often at low doses to people who may only need the effects to last them during a work day, school, or for writing such things as term papers or other college assignments that require a moderate degree of focus and concentration. It is to my awareness that the Adderall XR, ADD, ADHD extended release medicine is then prescribed for people like me whose disorders not only hinder me from getting certain tasks done, but whose symptoms are so powerful that they often even prevent me completely from getting out of bed and making it to much needed appointments or the workplace. I also see a benefit in its ability to ward off excessive sleepiness and depression, which are two symptoms of mental illness that have caused me stress to no end throughout my life and that now, are at least mildly controlled. I suppose it, as with most medications and treatments, all depends on the individual.
And just on a final note, if you seek treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder with Adderall or Adderall XR alternative, ADD, ADHD medicine, be sure to ask your doctor to help or check with your insurance company before meeting with the psychiatrist to determine whether your plan even covers the drug, as this might make the decision for you. Adderall XR alternative does not have a generic form and a thirty day supply of 20mg pills can cost over $230 at some pharmacies. The original, Adderall immediate release formula, does have a generic formula, but is very near in high cost and most insurance companies will cover either both of the types of Adderall pills or none of them. If an Adderall regimen is not covered by your prescription drug plan, and you still are suffering from Attention Deficit, ADHD symptoms, I urge you to still communicate with your psychiatrist regarding the potential for an alternate stimulant medication. There are several others on the market that are similar in nature but do not necessarily cost as much as Adderall and Adderall XR, ADD, ADHD medications. Either way, if you are suffering from Attention Deficit ADHD, speak up to your doctor as soon as possible. You do not need to go on suffering for there are treatment options available to fit most people’s needs.