Adventures with Adderall: Withdrawal

I was so tired yesterday. Just didn’t have any energy, and I even took a nap. Dozed off fairly early at night, and then woke up at 2AM for a bout of insomnia. And this while on 20mg of Adderall. So I’m wondering if, after a measly two weeks, I’m already racking up a tolerance. As such, I’m going Adderall-free today, to see what happens.

But, on the positive side of things, I’ve lost 4lbs while on it.


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Since I posted my little “we’re busy at Tangent, mm-kay?” whine, I’ve received half a dozen emails from folks interested in reviewing for me. *blink* I’m all yay, but my labor shortage has suddenly become a labor glut. More proof that the universe enjoys keeping me off balance.

And to top things off, I also got a query from a writer who thought Tangent published fiction and wanted to know whether I’d consider a serial. Uh . . .

Did they even look at the site before hitting SEND?

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9 Responses to Adventures with Adderall: Withdrawal

  1. terracinque says:

    Is it safe to go on and off your meds like that?

    • Eugie Foster says:

      It should be. It’s your basic amphetamine and I’ve only been taking it for a couple weeks. I might get a bit of withdrawal if I’ve actually formed a dependance, but after only two weeks, it should be a pretty minor one. That’s actually a major reason I’m going without today, to see what kind of withdrawal effects I get, if any. If I have them, I’m going to want to pull back and definitely lobby to switch to Provigil the next time I see my p-doc. But either way, I’m not particularly endangering myself doing this. Unlike, for example, if I went cold turkey on my prozac (or my Imuran for that matter).

  2. aimeempayne says:

    Nothing wrong with a labor glut. Put those new reviewers to work.
    *whip crack*

  3. Anonymous says:

    So…you’re lazy and…skinny? Hee. what a concept, sleep your way to weight loss! :)

    Pat K.

  4. murasaki23 says:

    another possibility: you could be tired because your metabolism is slower (from reduced calorie intake). i take 30 mg of adderall daily and it suppresses my appetite enough that i often forget to eat until i get home from work in the evening. if i do that too many days in a row, i get tired and worn out. human bodies like little bits of food throughout they day more than they like once-a-day smorgasbords. maybe your “snack signal” is gone??

    • dude_the says:

      Excellent thought!

      Good point. And let me tack on a ditto from my experience. Without the hunger signal, there is a definite need to check your mood and mental states to watch for being sugar-low. Even at my fastest weight-loss, I don’t think I ever did much more than a pound a week (and this was when I was knocking on the door of 300lbs). So, you might want to play with your meals and their schedule a bit.

      PJI

      • Eugie Foster says:

        Re: Excellent thought!

        I think you’re both probably dead on, now that I think of it. My energy perks do seem to be associated with food intake. Huh. I should have realized.

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