Nov 16

Adderall: Tragic, Barely Legal, Miracle Drug Available To Criminals Only

Adderall is coveted by college students but how will history judge it?

Do college students really love Adderall?

Does Adderall really help them improve their grades?

YES & YES.

cvssucksAdderall is staple supply for college students, like it or not

Try asking a college student what they think of Adderall. Here’s a hint though, before you ask keep a close eye on their facial expression. Not all college students are comfortable sharing this information with a stranger, and I can’t say I blame them, but most will grin subconsciously as soon as you say the word, Adderall, which is an answer in itself. Surprisingly most have no problem sharing their feelings of love about the drug. The jury is out, and it says college students like using Adderrall to raise their grades.

 It Really – Really Sucks!

 

Is Abuse of Adderall a Problem, Or Only In Florida?

Alan DeSantis, a professor and researcher at the University of Kentucky, has tracked study drug use there. “It’s abused more than marijuana and easier to get,” he says. DeSantis’ research found that 30% of students at the university have illegally used a stimulant, like the ADHD drugs Adderall or Ritalin. The numbers increase with upperclassmen. Half of all juniors and seniors have used the drugs, the study found, and 80% of upperclassmen in fraternities and sororities have taken them.  (full story by cnn)

I have mixed feelings about Adderall because it has helped me with my ADHD for many years and I know just how well it can improve focus and attention. I selfishly worry that its’ abuse will cause the drug to become less available to those (like me) that need it to function. There is one really sore subject related to ADHD medications that I must dedicate one paragraph to, for myself and for all of the people living in pain because Florida has become worse than Nazi Germany.

ADHD Medication & Pain Medication – FL, Attorney General Fuerer Bondi & DEA – “Know More Than Your Doctor”

Rules, Laws & Regulations Related to ADHD medication in Florida – Short Sell Evil Red Pharmacies & Make Money

  • The evil red pharmacies will not fill your script if your doctor is more than 10 miles away, they tell you “get that filled near your doctor office.”. When you follow the orders given, the evil red pharmacies near your doctor will not fill your script if your home is more than 10 miles away from their location.
  • The evil red pharmacies will no fill your script if your home is more than 10 miles away (but next door to your doctor office like you were demanded) and you are commanded to, “go to a pharmacy closer to your home”. But imagine you have been seeing the same mental health doctor for 20 years and he/she is 21, 30, 40 miles from your home, you are basically screwed and the only way you are getting filled is to find a sympathetic pharmacist (never at the evil red stores) or keep trying, and trying, and trying until you get lucky.
  • The evil red pharmacies will NOT let you drop off a script to be filled. You must hand it to them with your driver license while they perform a background check on you (yes everyone even the Pope). The background thing is understandable, but they will not tell you if the drug is in stock until “after” they perform their little “search”. Persons of brown, black, and non-white skin have reported evil-red pharmacies being out for months whereas white skinned brethren sometimes find medicine in stock. Yes, this is for real we need a REAL investigative journalist in Florida to help drive down he stock (much more) of the evil red… you know what.
  • The evil red pharmacies will NOT let you call in advance to see if the medicine is in stock, in fact they scold you for trying. They say you must drive into the pharmacy and get down on your knees every-single-day until “THEY” say it is in stock. Rumor has it that if you pay cash (evil red makes a ton) the drug will be in stock, and if you have insurance (no stock sorry) because Attorney General & Fuerer Bondi imposed mandatory limits on number of script fills per pharmacy and completely revoked the ability for many to fill ANY script from your doctor because they filled more than the national average. In Florida, where we have retirees in pain, and visitors in pain, with ADHD.  Please vote NO to Bondi.
  • The evil red pharmacies would like to set a strong example in light of all their rules, so if you should lose your composure after being denied a script fill for three-weeks and after hearing of others getting a fill from same location they will promptly… get this… CALL THE POLICE and report that you are scaring them and being threatening. So how does that make you want to do business with evil red pharmacies– how many of you have had the cops show up– and as they walk you out apologize for the way the pharmacists treat their customers. This is not an exaggeration, at the Reinhart Road location just south of 46a in Lake Mary, Florida the pharmacist heard me tell my wife, “the pharmacist said they were out” and my wife said, “I know I hear her being a bitch to you”, and I concurred. Two minutes later we were embarrassed by the Seminole County Police because Ms. Know It All was being a bitch and she felt that us telling her so was a threat, yes the overweight Latin girl who apparently just started the job and was reprimanded.
  • Both evil red pharmacies are publicly traded via stock. You can make money when a stock goes DOWN in price by “selling the stock short”. You can make a TON of money when a stock goes down in price by “buying Put Options on the stock”, the further out of the money you buy them the higher percentage you can make (and lose) so I always recommend buying options that are “in-the-money” by at least 10-15% and doing it after the stock has an extended up-trend.  Email for details. I offer no suggestion or advice only basic investing strategies.
  • Heil Bondi! Heil Bondi! VOTE NO to Fuerer Bondi Florida Attorney General

ADHD, Real or Perceived?  Adderall, Helpful or Hurtful?

Here are some bullet points that cover the questions.

  • Is my overly positive attitude regarding  Adderall a sign that I am overly dependent on Adderall, or worse yet addicted and that I might be glorifying the drug too much?
  • Is it possible that I perceived symptoms (hypochondrias, desires) that weren’t symptoms and rather signs that “life isn’t easy”? I can’t deny the possibility but can say for sure I believe in my case ADHD is real and Adderall is a net-positive in a big way in the quality of my life over the last 15 years. My history through child-hood and early adult-hood is littered with a very noticeable and slightly destructive “trail” or “wake” left behind. Financial problems, decision problems, under-achievement, relationship problems spanning decades and improving after being treated for ADHD.
  • Am I an Adderall abuser? Absolutely not and in the fifteen years on Adderall my quality of life has been exponentially better than it was. This perception is unanimously held by myself, my wife and my entire family. I have never had the urge to exceed dose and discount the addiction potential claimed by the government. My dose after 15 plus years never exceeded 20mg twice daily and is often reduced to 20mg once daily.
  • Is Adult ADHD real? I can guarantee it is as real as it gets, and I can also say that the disapproving looks by pharmacists from both evil red pharmacies is 15 minutes of shame worth living through each month. Adderall requires monthly scripts, NO REFILLS, is often out-of-stock and cannot be “pre-ordered” forcing patients to refill at exactly 30-days and sometimes try at 28 or 29 days to offer a buffer and the pharmacists let the evil looks fly and will often deny a refill the day prior to empty.
  • It is embarrassing to be prescribed Adderall at my age and it is made worse because the evil-red-pharmacies make me feel like a drug-dealer or addict when refilling so I avoid them entirely.

Pre-ADHD Treatment:

Changed jobs often resulting in a negative impact on my career in the long-run.

Performed risky activities, ignoring negative consequences causing minor (thankfully) negative repercussions such as accidents or legal problems.

Made reckless and impulsive purchases of non-essential luxuries & repeated same mistakes resulting in considerable financial damage.

Post-ADHD Treatment:

Better decision making has helped erase many of the negative impacts of the past. Decision making easier (other than hyper-analyzing) and less prone to impulse.

Minimized alcohol use which was relatively heavy and was likely used as self-medication / coping mechanism. Became healthier with improved emotional stability.

Over achieved instead of simply meeting expectations. School was naturally easy/boring but Adderall provided ability to focus and excel.

Adult ADHD Treatment Experiences

  • My doctor has switched me from various ADHD medications over the last 15 years, tried them all, and have had good success with most stimulant based medications.
  • I had an AMAZINGLY positive experience with Provigil, but sadly like many ADHD’ers find the benefit from Provigil is short lived. Provigil must cause a fundamental change inside a brain because most will agree the first week on Provigil is like coming awake like in the movie with Robin Williams, “Awakenings”. I truly felt “normal” the first few weeks on Provigil and was so happy until the drug failed to work at all a month or two later. If someone can learn what Provigil is doing to new patients, and find a way to keep the drug from losing effectiveness than I believe it would be the next huge step for ADHD medications. Provigil is in a less restrictive controlled substance level making the chance of abuse lower and eliminating the need to visit a doctor every single month! Provigil was AMAZING for lack of better word, but it just does not continue to work beyond a month or two– in my experience– and anecdotal evidence found all over the Internet in ADHD forums.
  • Considering I am in my 40’s, and been taking stimulant medications; I’ve had two different full cardiac work-up done by request of my doctor to make sure Adderall is safe for my body.
  • I do not have blood-pressure problems, weight problems or other issues related to long term use of stimulants. I have plateau’ed at around 40mg daily, half in the morning and half in the afternoon. I have built a tolerance to the point that I always sleep soundly even if I take my second dose later in the evening but I find the drug is still very helpful.
  • For me Adderall is the gold-standard for ADHD medications considering the downfall of Provigil I mentioned.
  • Vyvanse is good too, almost as good as Adderall for me. Some like Vyvanse better I found it was more prone to raising my heart-rate and blood-pressure between 10am and 2pm and rapidly falling off in the early afternoon. In short, Vyvanse kicked a bit too hard early and lost effectiveness too quickly to the point of causing irritability.
  • There are times when I reduce my dose (with doctor approval) to 20mg daily making it last two months instead of one and sometimes slightly lower yet which allows me to ramp to the full dose at times when I need to be 100%. It has been at least five years on Adderall after five on Vyvance, Concerta or Straterra (yuck) and I approach fifty years old feeling healthy and having outstanding blood pressure 120/80 and no known negative impact (thank goodness) but I worry about it.
  • As I mentioned I very rarely drink alcohol because Adderall just makes it taste bad– my wife likes to have a beer with me every now and then and I feel bad because I hate it now. Alcohol is such a dirty drug, in my humble opinion and if marijuana is legalized I will probably use it very occasionally, like once or twice a month because I feel light usage has great benefit allowing me to “reflect” on life and make “adjustments” based on those “deep” reflections. I find marijuana more addictive than Adderall, but that is just my experience.

So did I really answer any of the IMPORTANT questions about Adderall? I don’t think that I did and rambled more than anything so I’ll leave this introduction with a few really tough questions that get to the real point of this article. Finding the “true” answer will not be easy, and may not be possible with any degree of certainty. I put my answers after each question below; and based on my answers it appears I am from the camp that believes Adderall will be judged positively by history.

  1. Does Adderall help college students to study harder and longer? Yes, this question might be considered rhetorical it is so easy.
  2. It is reasonable to assume that we have more doctors practicing today because medical students had easy access to Adderall during college years whether they suffered from ADHD or not? Yes, and this question is nearly as close to rhetorical as the first one.
  3. The next logical question is easy, and in my mind another “Yes” without question. If there were fewer medical doctors, and specialists today had Adderall not been available, would society be less healthy and suffer from a lower quality of life? Absolutely, right?
  4. You could go one step farther when pondering these questions. Think about several years down the road when the medical field is stretched even thinner due to aging baby boomers and the shortage of medical doctors begins to have an exponentially negative impact on the health of society. We may need something better than Adderall to prepare ourselves for the future such as artificial intelligence or an API to the human brain that allows programming of knowledge like was done in the movie, “The Matrix“. These are answers I’d rather not think about as I am not comfortable with the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and I am a computer science major so I am not the type you’d expect to be afraid of technology.

Notice

Rabbit-Hole here enter at your own risk. On a somewhat related note to the last question and artificial intelligence I want to go on record and say that I am one computer science professional who has made up his mind that he will never-ever “try” Google Glass because he is afraid it would be far too addictive for himself & humans to handle. I remember my childhood days and my Mother preaching to me that “Crack Cocaine” is so addictive that it only takes ONE try. I listened to my Mother on this and am thankful but if forced to try Google Glass or Crack Cocaine, I’ll try the latter because I believe that society (including myself) has a serious addiction to the Internet and technology that has been fueled by corporate greed & a government with an insatiable demand for power and control. The day is coming where people will be deciding (or not) between living in “The Matrix” or reality and may be choosing the Matrix with promises of immortality over conventional life as we now know it. Sound crazy? Imagine the technology exists to download your brain to a computer, and you’d wake up from the process feeling exactly the same as now except your brain is no longer human. Every secret you ever had would still be there, every tiny memory preserved along with the ability to make new memories and feel things. If a family member chose to do it, what would you do with their human body? Would that human body still be a person, or a duplicate? What would be the consequences of turning off the computer, would it equate to murder? Hmm- that would be one rabbit-hole when you start thinking of all the consequences and spying wouldn’t be an issue anymore, instead, “control” and “free-will” would be at risk.

Adderall, Marijuna, Saviors of the Universe, Beginnings of the End? What Do You Think?

They were rhetorical and the truth is that we may never know.

Adderall may just be the savior of the universe, or it may be the beginning of the end. If you have an opinion about which is the right answer please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from some really smart Adderall Mind-Power Boosted, Marijuana Mind-Depth Boosted college students on the subject. The next article will be on Marijuana and whether history will judge it positively or negatively.

 

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Oct 13

Save Money on ADHD Medication by Learning Why It’s Expensive

High Costs of ADHD Treatment – Why It’s Expensive, How Costs Can Be Reduced

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Saving Money on ADHD Treatment is possible. We will learn how to make ADHD treatment cheaper by understanding cost assistance mechanisms and by looking at the underlying problems that cause ADHD treatment to be so expensive. There are some very simple solutions that if incorporated could reduce the cost of ADHD treatment to less than half the cost, or even one fourth the cost, and they are problems that can be solved instantly with very little effort.

The problems associated with expensive controlled ADHD Medications such as Adderall, Vyvanse, Concerta, Ritalin, Methyphenidate, Focalin, and other stimulant based medications are complex, however there is a direct correlation between government regulation and an exponential increase in the cost to treat ADHD with medication. We will also dig into solutions to the problem, ways to make treatment of ADHD cheaper and more effective for the patient.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neuro-behavioral disorder. It is more common, or commonly found in children but ADHD can last into adulthood. Treatment may last years which multiplies the effect of problems making the total costs exponentially higher than most.

 

Cheaper Adderall, Or Lower Cost ADHD Treatement a Common Goal of Patients

 

There are many people looking for the same answer that you are, wondering how to make ADHD treatment cheaper? This is an example of one that was posted a question on a Q&A website. The patient was looking for ways to find a cheaper Adderall or reduce the cost of Adderall treatment. The patent could not afford the name brand medicine without insurance..

Q. My son has ADHD and is doing great on Adderall XR 30mg. The only problem is that his medicine costs us over $100 a month. Is there a generic version of Adderall XR that might be cheaper?
A. While they are very convenient and work well for most children, the once a day ADHD medicines can be rather expensive. Many families without insurance and prescription drug benefits can not afford these medicines, such as Adderall XR, Ritalin LA, Concerta, or Metadate CD.   – full article here

 

Sad Truth – Government Meddling & Regulations Increase ADHD Treatment Costs Exponentially

The sad news is that some of the problems causing high cost of treatment are government regulations by numerous government agencies. Adderall, and ADHD treatment costs have been tripled if not more for some patients due to excessive rules and regulations set by government agencies. These problems will not be solved easily as government, like a black-hole, have a very strong influence on our lives, if we get too close they can suck us passed the event horizon becoming completely dependent and a servant of the government. Exaggeration? Maybe a little, but it was done for maximum effect.

ADHD Medication and Treatment Are Expensive

ADHD has some additional costs that other medical conditions do not have. The primary reason ADHD treatment costs more money than other treatments is due to government regulations. The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and FDA have put in place rules and regulations that require you to visit your doctor every month for a new script for ADHD medications.

Scripts for ADHD Medication Like Adderall Are Good For Only 1 Month

 

For example if you were taking Adderall 20mg two times a day, you would receive a script for 60 pills, or enough for one month. You then need to return to the doctor and get another script for a one month supply, then go to the pharmacy again and get it filled.

Government Agencies Interfere With Doctor Orders Thereby Increasing Costs To Patients

In Florida and other states the DEA has restricted the ability for patients to get medicines that their doctor has prescribed. In effect the DEA are overriding the orders of doctors by setting firm monthly limits on each type of medication that can be prescribed by a particular pharmacy. These limits severely increase the cost of ADHD medication due to the patient needing to travel to many different pharmacies to find one that hasn’t reached its’ quota, or is not out of the medication.

To make matters worse, if you called the pharmacy to ask if you can drop off a script for Adderall in Florida, CVS & Walgreens will tell you, “We are not allowed to tell you if we do have the drug or not, you must drive into the store and find out”. What a joke, right?  This is the truth and it adds a huge burden on the family purchasing the medication. Some controlled medications are so restricted in Florida that doctors have had to prescribe other more dangerous or less precise medications. People living in these states need to contact their government representatives.

DEA Knows More Than Your Doctor About You

The DEA claims to know more about your health than doctors in Florida as they set monthly limits to the number of specific pill that can be prescribed leaving the filling of the scripts to luck, whoever tries the hardest by going from pharmacy to pharmacy wasting gas, time & money will get the Adderall filled and those who are not willing to waste so much money will not get their script filled.

 

Reducing ADHD Treatment Costs For Patients

If your medication costs are too high, there is help, you can ask your doctor if they have pharmaceutical discount cards or other patient assistant programs.

Persons taking ADHD medications, or any person for that matter should consider not doing business with CVS or Walgreens which are complicit with the DEA in keeping you from getting your medicine and raising your costs. No matter what CVS & Walgreens should be avoided. I have reached out to both corporate agencies regarding this issue and they have not bothered to respond. There is a website called cvssucks.com, that is pretty funny, it is an employee who tells of the horrors of what goes on behind closed doors at those stores.

Get everyone you know to contact their government representatives. It is easy to ignore one or two people, just as it is to ignore a few raindrops, but when there are enough raindrops, action must be taken. So the analogy, we need to rain complaints down on our representatives to that they are forced to get an umbrella or stop the rain.

Saving Money on ADHD Medications by Price Comparisons

This may appear obvious, but there may be options that you are overlooking. Ask your doctor about on-line refill. Ask your doctor if there is a similar version of the drug you are prescribed that might have a lower cost. You can also find many cost comparison websites for ADHD medications, there is one in the advertisement above.

Just for reference here are national average prices of ADHD Medications for 2012 (retail). They came from Healthline’s ADHD Consumer Report page.

 

Adderall – ADHD Medications

 

Amphetamine mixture (Adderall)

$285 – $298/month for 10, 15, 20, and 30 mg tablet brand name
$84 – $94/month for 10, 15, 20, and 30 mg tablet generic

Amphetamine mixture (Adderall XR)

$265 – $291/month for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 mg continuous-delivery capsule brand name
$177 – $184/month for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 mg continuous-delivery capsule generic

Dextroamphetamine (ProCentra)

$256/month for 5 mg/5 ml solution brand name
$24/month for 5 mg tablet generic

Dexedrine – ADHD Medications

 

Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine)

$229/month for 10 mg sustained-release capsule brand name$100/month for 10 mg sustained-release capsule generic

$100/month for 10 mg sustained-release capsule generic

Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin)

$70/month for 2.5 mg tablet brand name

$52/month for 2.5 mg tablet generic

 

Ritalin, Concerta, Methylin – Methylphenidate Based ADHD Medications

 

Methylphenidate (Methylin)
$317/month for 5 mg/5 ml solution brand name

$240/month for 5 mg/5 ml solution generic

Methylphenidate (Methylin ER)
$34/month for 10 mg sustained-release tablet brand name

$32/month for 10 mg sustained-release tablet generic

Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
$66/month for 5 mg tablet brand name

$18/month for 5 mg tablet generic

Methylphenidate (Daytrana)
$238/month for 20 mg/9 hr patch/disc brand name

$33/month for 20 mg extended-release tablet generic

Methylphenidate (Metadate CD)
$188/month for 30 mg sustained-release capsule brand name

$144/month for 30 mg sustained-release capsule generic

Methylphenidate (Concerta)
$207/month for 18 mg sustained-release tablet brand name

$172/month for 18 mg sustained-release tablet generic

Methylphenidate (Concerta)
$215/month for 27 mg sustained-release tablet brand name

$176/month for 27 mg sustained-release tablet generic

 

RxAssist

RxAssist is a PAP website run by pharmaceutical companies. Instead of searching for individual PAPs that might cover your ADHD prescription, RxAssist can find several at once. RxAssist may provide a prescription discount card. You may be able to use this card even if you have health insurance coverage. Print a copy of the card from RxAssist’s website. Each time you fill a prescription, hand the pharmacist your discount card. They can enter the information to see if RxAssist can help lower your final prescription cost.

 

Stopping Treatment Due To ADHD Medication Costs

For many people with ADHD, the costs of treatment will become too high and aborted. Much of the extra cost can be directly related to government activities which should not be happening, in our experience the government regulation more than doubles the cost of the drug. Our doctor is one 90 miles from our home, this is because it is a doctor we’ve had for years and trust, but we must drive there every month for script refills. We have had to visit as many as 63 different pharmacies to get a script filled due to them being out, or over their government stipulated quota.

CVS & WalgreensEvil Red Pharmacies – Add Costs To ADHD Treatment

CVS & Walgreens will typically not answer questions about whether they are able to fill your script on the phone. I asked why and they said it was to protect the customer. What!? I asked how does this protect ME? There are exceptions to this rule, I suspect the person on the phone judges the patient, in essence a form of racism. If you sound okay to them (they judge you) then they might tell you, but most of the time they will tell you the corporate line, that they cannot tell you over the phone.

If you don’t believe me, call a CVS or Walgreens anywhere in Central Florida or Orlando and ask if they can fill a script for 90 Adderall 20mg or 90 Oxycodone/APAP 10/350.

Avoid CVS & Walgreens, Reduce ADHD Treatment Costs

How do CVS & Walgreens add to the cost of ADHD treatment? Good question, the answer is pretty simple, CVS & Walgreens have policies that hurt the patient and help their shareholders. They both work directly with the DEA in making it more difficult for patient to get the medicine they need.

CVS & Walgreens Quadrupled The Cost of My ADHD Treatment

CVS & Walgreens do not increase costs in a way that is easy to see, but make no mistake if they were to change a few simple policies it would save ADHD patients and families a lot of time & money. Four times the cost to treat my ADHD using CVS or Walgreens, here is how:

CVS & Walgreens Policies (verified in dozens of Florida locations)

Customer May NOT Call CVS or Walgreens To Verify Availability of Drug

CVS or Walgreens are instructed to NOT tell the customer if an ADHD medication is in stock or not. They must tell the customer that they do not share this information for their safety. I asked a few of the employees how this affects my safety and could not get a clear answer. I was told it is just the policy and must be followed.

Profit Over Patient Cost & Convenience – The Evil Red Pharmacies

Why might CVS not want to tell you if a script is in stock? Well, the more times you have to visit CVS, say it takes six days with five days not having success, then you will have been in their store six times compared to one, thereby increasing sales.

There are exceptions to this policy, I suspect the person on the phone judges the patient, in essence a form of racism. Most of the time when I call, I am given the corporate line, that they cannot tell you over the phone due to security reasons.

If you don’t believe me, call a CVS or Walgreens anywhere in Central Florida or Orlando and ask if they have enough in stock to fill a 90 Adderall 20mg or 90 Oxycodone/APAP 10/350. If you get an answer then please leave a comment, it would be nice to figure out what the common denominator is, maybe they are using caller-id– it is possible.

2. Customers May NOT Drop Scripts Off at CVS & Walgreens 

You can not drop off a script for controlled substance like Adderall or Hydrocodone in Florida. CVS or Walgreens will do a background check on you, then after they do the background check they will tell you whether they have it in stock. Yes I know that seems strange but it is true, at least in Florida I have witnessed this behavior and asked about it.

This would imply that whether something is in stock or not depends on “who” you are, and CVS employees have told me, off the record, this is entirely the case and that there are certain levels of priority, and if you aren’t the right type person you will be told they are out.

Read more about how to stop using addictive substances by slow-tapering at the Subotex Suboxone Tapering Tool website.

Learn about how a drug half-life affects how long the drug works and how long before it leaves your bloodstream using the Interactive Blood Plasma Half Life Calculator.

 

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Oct 12

Reduce Costs of ADHD Medications 600% or More By Forcing CVS & Walgreens To Fix Policies

CVS & Walgreens – Policies Costing You Serious Amounts of Money

cvssucksAt least two of the massive corporate pharmacies have created policies that contributed to the doubling, tripling and quadrupling of ADHD treatment costs. We will illustrate a few of these policies, and how they directly increase the cost of ADHD treatment. We’ll also look at ways cause CVS or Walgreens to change the policies that increase profits to them while adding cost to you.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder. It is more common, or commonly found in children but ADHD can last into adulthood. Treatment may last years and amount to significant costs. How can we reduce the cost of ADHD treatment? This is a common question and there are several answers we will discuss.

ADHD Medication Costs – Reducing Costs of ADHD Medication

The cost of ADHD medications is a common problem for many, here is a question and answer that I found on about.com.

Q. My son has ADHD and is doing great on Adderall XR 30mg. The only problem is that his medicine costs us over $100 a month. Is there a generic version of Adderall XR that might be cheaper?
A. While they are very convenient and work well for most children, the once a day ADHD medicines can be rather expensive. Many families without insurance and prescription drug benefits can not afford these medicines, such as Adderall XR, Ritalin LA, Concerta, or Metadate CD.   – full article here

 

ADHD Medication and Treatment Are Expensive

ADHD has some additional costs that other medical conditions do not have. The primary reason ADHD treatment costs more money than other treatments is due to government regulations. The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and FDA have put in place rules and regulations that require you to visit your doctor every month for a new script for ADHD medications.

Scripts for ADHD Medication Like Adderall Are Good For Only 1 Month

 

For example if you were taking Adderall 20mg two times a day, you would receive a script for 60 pills, or enough for one month. You then need to return to the doctor and get another script for a one month supply, then go to the pharmacy again and get it filled.

Government Agencies Interfere With Doctor Orders Thereby Increasing Costs To Patients

In Florida and other states the DEA has restricted the ability for patients to get medicines that their doctor has prescribed. In effect the DEA are overriding the orders of doctors by setting firm monthly limits on each type of medication that can be prescribed by a particular pharmacy. These limits severely increase the cost of ADHD medication due to the patient needing to travel to many different pharmacies to find one that hasn’t reached its’ quota, or is not out of the medication.

To make matters worse, if you called the pharmacy to ask if you can drop off a script for Adderall in Florida, CVS & Walgreens will tell you, “We are not allowed to tell you if we do have the drug or not, you must drive into the store and find out”. What a joke, right?  This is the truth and it adds a huge burden on the family purchasing the medication. Some controlled medications are so restricted in Florida that doctors have had to prescribe other more dangerous or less precise medications. People living in these states need to contact their government representatives.

DEA Knows More Than Your Doctor About You

The DEA claims to know more about your health than doctors in Florida as they set monthly limits to the number of specific pill that can be prescribed leaving the filling of the scripts to luck, whoever tries the hardest by going from pharmacy to pharmacy wasting gas, time & money will get the Adderall filled and those who are not willing to waste so much money will not get their script filled.

 

Reducing ADHD Treatment Costs For Patients

If your medication costs are too high, there is help, you can ask your doctor if they have pharmaceutical discount cards or other patient assistant programs.

Persons taking ADHD medications, or any person for that matter should consider not doing business with CVS or Walgreens which are complicit with the DEA in keeping you from getting your medicine and raising your costs. No matter what CVS & Walgreens should be avoided. I have reached out to both corporate agencies regarding this issue and they have not bothered to respond. There is a website called cvssucks.com, that is pretty funny, it is an employee who tells of the horrors of what goes on behind closed doors at those stores.

Get everyone you know to contact their government representatives. It is easy to ignore one or two people, just as it is to ignore a few raindrops, but when there are enough raindrops, action must be taken. So the analogy, we need to rain complaints down on our representatives to that they are forced to get an umbrella or stop the rain.

Saving Money on ADHD Medications by Price Comparisons

This may appear obvious, but there may be options that you are overlooking. Ask your doctor about on-line refill. Ask your doctor if there is a similar version of the drug you are prescribed that might have a lower cost. You can also find many cost comparison websites for ADHD medications, there is one in the advertisement above.

Just for reference here are national average prices of ADHD Medications for 2012 (retail). They came from Healthline’s ADHD Consumer Report page.

 

Adderall – ADHD Medications

 

Amphetamine mixture (Adderall)

$285 – $298/month for 10, 15, 20, and 30 mg tablet brand name
$84 – $94/month for 10, 15, 20, and 30 mg tablet generic

Amphetamine mixture (Adderall XR)

$265 – $291/month for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 mg continuous-delivery capsule brand name
$177 – $184/month for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 mg continuous-delivery capsule generic

Dextroamphetamine (ProCentra)

$256/month for 5 mg/5 ml solution brand name
$24/month for 5 mg tablet generic

 

Dexedrine – ADHD Medications

 

Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine)

$229/month for 10 mg sustained-release capsule brand name$100/month for 10 mg sustained-release capsule generic

$100/month for 10 mg sustained-release capsule generic

Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin)

$70/month for 2.5 mg tablet brand name

$52/month for 2.5 mg tablet generic

 

Ritalin, Concerta, Methylin – Methylphenidate Based ADHD Medications

 

Methylphenidate (Methylin)
$317/month for 5 mg/5 ml solution brand name

$240/month for 5 mg/5 ml solution generic

Methylphenidate (Methylin ER)
$34/month for 10 mg sustained-release tablet brand name

$32/month for 10 mg sustained-release tablet generic

Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
$66/month for 5 mg tablet brand name

$18/month for 5 mg tablet generic

Methylphenidate (Daytrana)
$238/month for 20 mg/9 hr patch/disc brand name

$33/month for 20 mg extended-release tablet generic

Methylphenidate (Metadate CD)
$188/month for 30 mg sustained-release capsule brand name

$144/month for 30 mg sustained-release capsule generic

Methylphenidate (Concerta)
$207/month for 18 mg sustained-release tablet brand name

$172/month for 18 mg sustained-release tablet generic

Methylphenidate (Concerta)
$215/month for 27 mg sustained-release tablet brand name

$176/month for 27 mg sustained-release tablet generic

RxAssist

RxAssist is a PAP website run by pharmaceutical companies. Instead of searching for individual PAPs that might cover your ADHD prescription, RxAssist can find several at once. RxAssist may provide a prescription discount card. You may be able to use this card even if you have health insurance coverage. Print a copy of the card from RxAssist’s website. Each time you fill a prescription, hand the pharmacist your discount card. They can enter the information to see if RxAssist can help lower your final prescription cost.

 

Stopping Treatment Due To ADHD Medication Costs

For many people with ADHD, the costs of treatment will become too high and aborted. Much of the extra cost can be directly related to government activities which should not be happening, in our experience the government regulation more than doubles the cost of the drug. Our doctor is one 90 miles from our home, this is because it is a doctor we’ve had for years and trust, but we must drive there every month for script refills. We have had to visit as many as 63 different pharmacies to get a script filled due to them being out, or over their government stipulated quota.

Avoid CVS & Walgreens, Reduce ADHD Treatment Costs

How do CVS & Walgreens add to the cost of ADHD treatment? Good question, the answer is pretty simple, CVS & Walgreens have policies that hurt the patient and help their shareholders. They both work directly with the DEA in making it more difficult for patient to get the medicine they need.

Read more about how to stop using addictive substances by slow-tapering at the Subotex Suboxone Tapering Tool website.

Learn about how a drug half-life affects how long the drug works and how long before it leaves your bloodstream using the Interactive Blood Plasma Half Life Calculator.

 

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Oct 11

CVS & Walgreens: Quadruple Patient Costs, Hurt Environment – For Profit Only

Evil Red Pharmacies – Profit At ANY Cost

 

Walgreens & CVS Suck

Walgreens – Would you miss them?

The evil red pharmacies are commonly referred to as  CVS & Walgreens.

Employee websites can give an interesting view to the inner workings of these evil corporate pharmacy. They can also give prospective investors insight about the company they are considering investing in. I wouldn’t invest a dime in either company as I avoid them like the plague and will turn as many customers away from them as humanly possible– unless I see a drastic change in policy.

Employee or Disgruntled Customer Websites:

  • CVSSucks – I just had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine who works for corporate so I figured I’d pass this on to everyone. CVS is currently and actively snooping on employees social media accounts and firing anyone with questionable content. By questionable content, I don’t mean pictures of you and your buddies doing crazy things after work. … if you are making negative comments about the company on media sites belonging to employees. (Control the serfs, damn them for talking bad about their master)
  • CVS-Profit$ Over Patient$ – After 10 years working for Can’t Value Sanity I am no longer with the company. Several months ago I made the move out of their grasp, and haven’t been this satisfied at work in YEARS. Just being out of the world of CVS’s own particular brand of corporate bullshit has had such a calming effect it’s almost too good to believe. On those occasions when I have stressful moments at my new job I just take a moment to remember how much it would suck to be back at CVS and I am instantly appreciative of where I am.
  • CVS is Hell - * When is it going to get to the point where there is too much shit to do in the pharmacy? I remember the days when you just filled scripts as they came in, rang people up and answered questions. Now there’s this automated refill trickery, CSI, PCQ, FBI, CIA….WTF???

CVS & Walgreens – How They Can Increase Patient Costs By Over 600%

Two huge publicly traded pharmacies have corporate policies that are costing patients a serious amount of money in the name of greed/profit. These policies are supposedly put in place to benefit the patient but I am not able to see how they benefit the customer. I asked two different

 

CVS employees to clarify and they were not able. but in reality we have personally witnessed increases of 600% or more for treatment of chronic pain or ADHD disorders.

The evil red pharmacies policies contribute to the excessive use of fossil fuels, we will get into the details later. These policies are not complex policies put in place to develop a drug, but rather policies put in place with the intention of maximizing profit at any cost, even patient health or destruction of the earth.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder. It is more common, or commonly found in children but ADHD can last into adulthood. Treatment may last years and amount to significant costs. How can we reduce the cost of ADHD treatment? This is a common question and there are several answers we will discuss.c

CVS & Walgreens – How They Contribute to Environmental Destruction

The companies are not destroying the environment in a way that is easy to see, like oil drilling companies, or fracking installations do. The way that these evil red pharmacies contribute to environmental disaster is much more sinister and less-known.

If the public knew what CVS & Walgreens were doing to customers, treating them in a cruel way, causing them much additional cost and hassle they would rise up and refuse to do business with these companies, and they would do the same to the government agencies that had a hand in on the problem.

All three of the examples below directly contribute to the excessive waste of fossil fuels, the burning of them and negative impact from that, traffic problems, cost of time, and cost of fuel and transportation. This cost can easily cause the REAL cost of your treatment to double, triple, or more. I have had one script that required driving almost 60 miles of city driving and entering 63 different pharmacies over a period of three days. The travel related costs were approximately $154, compared to the $5 copay that I pay on the medication. This resulted in a 30-fold increase in expenses.

I had also lost around 8 hours of time over a period of three days. Had Walgreens or CVS simply allowed the script to be dropped off they could have reduced my ADHD treatment costs for the month from $159 to under ten dollars so the headline mentioning an increase in 600% is not an exaggeration.

 

1. Customer May NOT Call CVS or Walgreens To Check Availability

CVS Pharmacy Gods

CVS Gods – Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Shit

CVS or Walgreens are instructed to NOT inform the customer if an ADHD medication is in stock or not. They have policies in place that instruct employees to tell the customer that they can’t share that information for security reasons. I asked one employee, “for who’s security reason are you talking about?” and I did not get an answer.

Profit Over Patient Cost & Convenience – The Evil Red Pharmacies

Why might CVS not want to tell you if a script is in stock? Well, the more times you have to visit CVS, say it takes six days with five days not having success, then you will have been in their store six times compared to one, thereby increasing sales.

There are exceptions to this policy, I suspect the person on the phone judges the patient, in essence a form of racism. Most of the time when I call, I am given the corporate line, that they cannot tell you over the phone due to security reasons.

If you don’t believe me, call a CVS or Walgreens anywhere in Central Florida or Orlando and ask if they have enough in stock to fill a 90 Adderall 20mg or 90 Oxycodone/APAP 10/350. If you get an answer then please leave a comment, it would be nice to figure out what the common denominator is, maybe they are using caller-id– it is possible.

2. No Dropping Off Scripts at CVS & Walgreens

NOCvsYou can not drop off a script for controlled substance like Adderall or Hydrocodone at a CVS or Walgreens. Instead you must go to the store, show your drivers-license so they can enter your information into a background check type system- it is not until they check your background (usually) that they will tell you that they are “out of the medicine”. Instead of holding your script for a few days, they say, check back tomorrow.

And, why do they need to check your ID before checking availability? I suspect that they are deciding which customers are more valuable to them, and the less valuable customer will be told, “we are out” and the more valuable customer will be filled.

Lying about having a drug in stock was fact at CVS for some time until word got out and CVS apparently changed the policy so that employees could no longer lie. I suspect that they still pick-and-choose who they will fill via other means and maybe they simply hide the inventory so that the employee is not lying– “plausible deniability”.

This would imply that whether something is in stock or not depends on “who” you are.  CVS employees have told me similar stories off the record.

3. Forcing Patients To Visit Their Doctor Every Month – Disallowing Refills

This policy is partially due to pharmacy and partially due to government meddling and regulation which is why we listed it last in this category. The DEA & FDA are very involved in the enforcement and control of controlled medications for ADHD or pain management. For example if you were taking Adderall 20mg two times a day, you would receive a script for 60 pills, or enough for one month supply. You then need to return to the doctor and get another script for a one month supply, then go to the pharmacy again and get it filled.

The DEA will not let your doctor give you three separate scripts post-dated.

The Pharmacy will not let your doctor raise your dose amount or put three daily doses so that you can stretch the prescription three months instead of one.

The pharmacy, if they do not have the full quantity of your medication, you may get it filled but you only get the quantity the pharmacy has, and you lose the rest– can never get the rest filled. This method of limiting patients once they become desperate and cannot find their medicine puts them in a worse situation for the next script.

Government Agencies Interfere With Doctor Orders Thereby Increasing Costs To Patients

There are many government agencies involved in restricting, licensing, watching, meddling and controlling the evil red pharmacies.

1. Arbitrarily Set Maximum Number of Pills Refillable By Store

In Florida and other states the DEA has restricted the ability for patients to get medicines that their doctor has prescribed.

In effect the DEA are overriding the orders of doctors by setting firm monthly limits on each type of medication that can be prescribed by a particular pharmacy. Of course we should know our government knows more than any doctor. These limits severely increase the cost of ADHD medication due to the patient needing to travel to many different pharmacies to find one that hasn’t reached its’ quota, or is not out of the medication.

Some controlled medications are so restricted in Florida that doctors have had to prescribe other more dangerous or less precise medications. People should consider contacting their government representatives and complaining constantly until the problem is solved.

2. Arbitrarily Restrict Certain Stores From Filling Controlled Substances

In Florida there are many CVS’s that the government has decided that they will not allow controlled medications to be refilled. So the people living in these areas (usually poor) have no way of getting their medicine refilled and often times they end up turning to the street where it is sometimes easier, but far more expensive to get the same medication.

3. Making Safe Medications Excessively Controlled and Micro-Managed

The DEA claims to know more about your health than doctors. They continue to make more-and-more drugs controlled thereby increasing regulation, licensing fees and bringing in more for the government. The government also makes more money when prosecuting people like you when you are caught with something that is controlled and you don’t have an active script. Tramadol, a weak, non addictive pain killer was recently added to the list of controlled substances, I am not sure why the government chooses to schedule so many medicines, maybe they want more of the drug for themselves.

It is all about regulation, control, licensing, and knowing who is taking what, and how much they are taking. This all ties in with what the NSA is doing and the massive spying scandal and illegal spying being done by the NSA.

 

Reducing ADHD Treatment Costs For Patients

If your medication costs are too high, there is help, you can ask your doctor if they have pharmaceutical discount cards or other patient assistant programs.

Persons taking ADHD medications, or any person for that matter should consider not doing business with CVS or Walgreens which are complicit with the DEA in keeping you from getting your medicine and raising your costs. No matter what CVS & Walgreens should be avoided. I have reached out to both corporate agencies regarding this issue and they have not bothered to respond. There is a website called cvssucks.com, that is pretty funny, it is an employee who tells of the horrors of what goes on behind closed doors at those stores.

Get everyone you know to contact their government representatives. It is easy to ignore one or two people, just as it is to ignore a few raindrops, but when there are enough raindrops, action must be taken. So the analogy, we need to rain complaints down on our representatives to that they are forced to get an umbrella or stop the rain.

Saving Money on ADHD Medications by Price Comparisons

This may appear obvious, but there may be options that you are overlooking. Ask your doctor about on-line refill. Ask your doctor if there is a similar version of the drug you are prescribed that might have a lower cost. You can also find many cost comparison websites for ADHD medications, there is one in the advertisement above.

Just for reference here are national average prices of ADHD Medications for 2012 (retail). They came from Healthline’s ADHD Consumer Report page.

 

ADHD Medication Costs – Reducing Costs of ADHD Medication

The cost of ADHD medications is a common problem for many, here is a question and answer that I found on about.com.

Q. My son has ADHD and is doing great on Adderall XR 30mg. The only problem is that his medicine costs us over $100 a month. Is there a generic version of Adderall XR that might be cheaper?
A. While they are very convenient and work well for most children, the once a day ADHD medicines can be rather expensive. Many families without insurance and prescription drug benefits can not afford these medicines, such as Adderall XR, Ritalin LA, Concerta, or Metadate CD.   – full article here

 

Adderall – ADHD Medications

 

Amphetamine mixture (Adderall)

$285 – $298/month for 10, 15, 20, and 30 mg tablet brand name
$84 – $94/month for 10, 15, 20, and 30 mg tablet generic

Amphetamine mixture (Adderall XR)

$265 – $291/month for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 mg continuous-delivery capsule brand name
$177 – $184/month for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 mg continuous-delivery capsule generic

Dextroamphetamine (ProCentra)

$256/month for 5 mg/5 ml solution brand name
$24/month for 5 mg tablet generic

Dexedrine – ADHD Medications

 

Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine)

$229/month for 10 mg sustained-release capsule brand name$100/month for 10 mg sustained-release capsule generic

$100/month for 10 mg sustained-release capsule generic

Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin)

$70/month for 2.5 mg tablet brand name

$52/month for 2.5 mg tablet generic

 

Ritalin, Concerta, Methylin – Methylphenidate Based ADHD Medications

 

Methylphenidate (Methylin)
$317/month for 5 mg/5 ml solution brand name

$240/month for 5 mg/5 ml solution generic

Methylphenidate (Methylin ER)
$34/month for 10 mg sustained-release tablet brand name

$32/month for 10 mg sustained-release tablet generic

Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
$66/month for 5 mg tablet brand name

$18/month for 5 mg tablet generic

Methylphenidate (Daytrana)
$238/month for 20 mg/9 hr patch/disc brand name

$33/month for 20 mg extended-release tablet generic

Methylphenidate (Metadate CD)
$188/month for 30 mg sustained-release capsule brand name

$144/month for 30 mg sustained-release capsule generic

Methylphenidate (Concerta)
$207/month for 18 mg sustained-release tablet brand name

$172/month for 18 mg sustained-release tablet generic

Methylphenidate (Concerta)
$215/month for 27 mg sustained-release tablet brand name

$176/month for 27 mg sustained-release tablet generic

 

RxAssist

RxAssist is a PAP website run by pharmaceutical companies. Instead of searching for individual PAPs that might cover your ADHD prescription, RxAssist can find several at once. RxAssist may provide a prescription discount card. You may be able to use this card even if you have health insurance coverage. Print a copy of the card from RxAssist’s website. Each time you fill a prescription, hand the pharmacist your discount card. They can enter the information to see if RxAssist can help lower your final prescription cost.

 

Stopping Treatment Due To ADHD Medication Costs

For many people with ADHD, the costs of treatment will become too high and aborted. Much of the extra cost can be directly related to government activities which should not be happening, in our experience the government regulation more than doubles the cost of the drug. Our doctor is one 90 miles from our home, this is because it is a doctor we’ve had for years and trust, but we must drive there every month for script refills. We have had to visit as many as 63 different pharmacies to get a script filled due to them being out, or over their government stipulated quota.

Read more about how to stop using addictive substances by slow-tapering at the Subotex Suboxone Tapering Tool website.

Learn about how a drug half-life affects how long the drug works and how long before it leaves your bloodstream using the Interactive Blood Plasma Half Life Calculato

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Oct 11

Adderall vs Ritalin – Which is Better? What are the Differences?

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Adderall vs Ritalin:
By the time you’re done reading this article, you will know how Adderall and Ritalin compare. Is one better than the other?
If you want to know what Ritalin actually is and how it works, see here.
And are you confused by all your medication options? (Ritalin, Adderall, Focalin, Vyvanse, Intuniv, Metadate, Pemoline – and that’s just getting started!) Figure things out – a Full List of ADHD Medications tells you what you need to know.
The Chemical difference
Ritalin goes to brain cells and stops them from taking up dopamine and norepinephrine, which are chemicals associated with focus, motivation and pleasure. That increases the amount of them in the general space between cells.
Adderall does the exact same thing. It also, however, goes inside cells and makes them pump out dopamine. It not only blocks the reuptake of the substance but also acts to increase its levels directly.
It is this mechanism that may explain itsslightly higher strength in some ways.

More about Ritalin
Ritalin is the most commonly prescribed stimulant for ADHD, far outselling Adderall, but this doesn’t mean it’s better. It’s just been out a lot longer. Ritalin and ADHD are pretty much synonyms, and that association makes a big difference in doctors’ prescribing habits.
Chemically, Ritalin is derived from an amphetamine and has very similar biochemical behavior.
It is a very effective treatment for ADHD. Roughly 55% of those who use Ritalin experience benefit. Combined with therapy, however, that number goes up to 70% or even 80%.
The reason for this difference is likely that Ritalin, at the right dose, enables you to perform in a less “ADHD” style, but you still have to learn how to do so.
You can get Ritalin in an instant release (IR) and extended release (XR) form. On the one hand, extended release means more consistency and more convenience. On the other hand, instant release might provide more of a “punch” so to speak.
Clinicians we’ve spoken to tend to highly prefer the extended release form as it is less variable and makes life a lot easier than instant release.

More on Adderall
Adderall is a mix of amphetamine salts, and it works about as well as Ritalin. It too is available in IR and XR form. It’s become increasingly popular since its introduction in the 90s. And it might just be a little stronger than Ritalin.
Some studies show that kids need to take 2 instant release pills of Ritalin to cover a day at school, while 1 IR of Adderall works similarly well. It is possible that an instant release of Adderall works for 5-6 hours, although officially, it is supposed to work 3-4 hours. Molecule for molecule Adderall is more potent. But that might just mean you take less of it than Ritalin.
Some other studies show that Adderall produces a slight advantage over Ritalin in treating certain symptoms. One study showed that Adderall had significant advantage in keeping people on task and helping stay focused. But please take that study in context. It wasn’t a rigorous clinical trial, and only examined 37 patients.
Larger, more scientific studies have also shown a slight advantage of Adderall over Ritalin. The difference is so small that in any one given study it might not mean anything. What makes it significant is that the slight advantage of Adderall seems to occur in multiple studies.
More interesting is that people who start Adderall might be more likely to keep on using it than Ritalin.
And in a summer school study at SUNY Buffalo, Adderall was viewed to be slightly more effective. Staff clinicians especially liked it, favoring it 3 to 1 over Ritalin, but of course they weren’t the ones taking it.
Efficacy:
Dr. Tuckman, a clinician who has treated hundreds, if not thousands, of adults with ADHD has this to say: Roughly 1/3 of people with ADHD respond best to a Ritalin type medication, 1/3 to an amphetamine type such as Adderall and Vyvanse, and 1/3 respond equally well to both.
So Adderall and Ritalin are about as effective for treating ADHD, and some people respond better to one or the other.
Side Effects:
Adderall may be slightly stronger than Ritalin. It may also have slightly different side effects. One clinician’s study showed that Adderall was less likely to cause anxiety and agitation, while being more likely to cause insomnia.
Adult ADHD:
ADHD can be a lot different in adults than in children. If you are concerned that you have ADHD and are over 18, see an ADHD Test Made for Adults.

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Oct 11

ADHD Is It For Real?

Finding good reading material can be time consuming. I have located all the good ones and links to them at Amazon.com.

First set of ADHD books focus on:

Second set of ADHD Symptoms, ADHD Treatment related books.

 

Studies about ADHD, and if it affects children or stunts growth

 

 

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Feb 05

Amazing Provigil vs Adderall for ADHD

Provigil is some pretty awesome medication for ADHD

Provigil is an amazing medication but it isn’t perfect.

Adderall, Ritalin, Provigil The problem with Provigil is that my body became immune to it very quickly. Provigil works great for the first few days. Provigil works okay for the first few weeks. Provigil loses most of its’ punch after a few weeks. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

Never fails, if you get a perfect medication then it won’t work for long. Nothing is free in life. Right?

The Provigil was SO good for me right at first I was so happy. I felt completely alive again after Provigil. I’d love to talk to a scientist about what Provigil does inside our body. Specifically which neurotransmitter is affected. I only used the Provigil for about a month because it quit working and it was so expensive.

Adderall is the gold-standard for me

Adderall just works. It is easy to build a tolerance to Adderall. The potency loss isn’t as bad as Provigil. If you’re careful about never exceeding your dose then Adderall stays effective at low doses around 20mg in the morning and 10mg in the afternoon. I often skip the afternoon dose because I can get by without it. I usually skip one day on the weekend and give my body a rest. Adderall is pretty good, have you tried it yourself?

If you are considering Adderall, you can’t go wrong. Adderall is pretty good for treating ADHD.

MY experience with Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Straterra, and Provigil

YES, I have tried all of them.

Stratera – My doctor started with the Straterra. The Straterra was a nightmare. I felt like a zombie after a week on Straterra. Being on Straterra was like being high. Straterra may work for other people but I hated it.

Ritalin – Ritalin works okay, but it was not as effective as the Adderall for me. The Ritalin seemed to be slightly longer lasting, but I felt more of a crash from the Ritalin in the evening.

Vyvanse – This is a good ADHD medication. Vyvanse is almost perfect. The Vyvanse is a little bit speedy compared to the others. I would feel my heart skipping beats with Vyvanse around 3 hours after taking it. Vyvanse lasts almost the full day but you do crash a little in the evening. Vyvanse makes you feel nice and level. Sometimes the shorter acting Adderall bounces you like a basket ball.

Adderall – Yes this is my favorite. It works. It is shorter acting so I can take an evening dose if I want.

Provigil – Provigil was my favorite medicine for three days, then it slowly stopped working. Provigil stops working entirely. Provigil must alter your brain permanently because I have tried going back to Provigil and it never has the same magic it had. Provigil is like Ecstacy, it makes permanent changes to your brain. Does anyone agree?  Just my 2 cents here but I have heard other people describe it in a similar way.

Let me know if you agree or disagree with any of my opinions. You can leave comments without registering, so I’d appreciate hearing from you!

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Feb 05

ADHD Drug Equivalency Chart – Amphetamine, Methylphenidate, Provigil, & Straterra

 ADHD Medication Equivalency Chart

What is the equivalent dose of Adderall 20mg? You can find some dosing schedules for ADHD medications here.

This chart shows the basic drug duration and side-effects for most ADHD medications

 

ADHD Drug Family
ADHD Drug
Duration Type
Duration  Side Effects
Amphetamine Stimulants
Adderall
Short
4-6 hours
Some loss of appetite, weight loss, sleep problems, irritability, tics.
Dexedrine
Short
4-6 hours
Dextrostat
Short
4-6 hours
Dexedrine Spans.
Long
6-8 hours
Some loss of appetite, weight loss, sleep problems, irritability, tics.

Adderall XR

Long
8-12 hours
Vyvanse

Long

10-12 hours
Methylphenidate Stimulants
Methylin
Short
3-4 hours
Some loss of appetite, weight loss, sleep problems, irritability, tics.
Ritalin
Short
3-4 hours
Focalin
Short
4-5 hours
Metadate ER
Intermediate
6-8 hours
Some loss of appetite, weight loss, sleep problems, irritability, tics.
Methylin ER
Intermediate
6-8 hours
Ritalin SR
Intermediate
4-8 hours
Metadate CD
Intermediate
8-10 hours
Ritalin LA
Intermediate
8-10 hours
Concerta
Long
10-12 hours
Some loss of appetite, weight loss, sleep problems, irritability, tics. .
Quillivant XR
Long
8-12 hours
Focalin XR
Long
6-10 hours
Daytrana patch
Long
10-12 hour
Skin irritation, some loss of appetite, weight loss, sleep problems, irritability, tics.
NonStandard Non-Stimulants
Strattera
Extended
24 hours
Sleep problems, anxiety, fatigue, upset stomach, dizziness, dry mouth. Rarely, liver damage.
Intuniv
Extended
24 hours
Sleepiness, headache, fatigue, abdominal pain.
ADHD Medicines and Safety 

The FDA has also issued a warning about a connection between antidepressants (including the non-stimulant Strattera) and an increased risk of suicide in adults aged 18-24, especially in the first one or two months of treatment.

The FDA has issued a warning about the risk of drug abuse with amphetamine stimulants. FDA safety advisors are also concerned about the possibility that all amphetamine and methylphenidate stimulants used for ADHD may increase the risk of heart and psychiatric problems.

While these risks may seem alarming, keep in mind that experts generally consider these medicines safe. Serious problems are rare. Still, you should discuss the risks and benefits of these drugs with your doctor.

 

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