ADD ADHD medication question:
“My doctor is prescribing buproprion for adhd. Is this experimental? Am I a Guinea Pig?”
My response:buproprion is a well known antidepressant that works on the same neurotransmitters as the stimulants, and is sometimes effective for ADD. If it works for you, it is probably a better choice than the stimulants. It is “experimental” only on you – we never know what the right medicine, or the right dose, or the right scheduling is going to be until we try it.
In that sense, I guess we’re all “guinea pigs”, but probably the only place that term would really apply is if you are in a drug study, in which case you would have been given a lot of information and signed a lot of forms so that you would have “informed consent”.Buproprion (Wellbutrin) is a good medicine, and I hope it works for you; again, it might take some adjusting of the dose and timing.Best wishes ,DougThe bottom line:Everyone is different. Some people need the medicines, such as Ritalin, Adderall, buproprion, Vyvanse, Daytrana, etc., and some don’t. Some people do very well with them, and some don’t. The choice of medicines, the dosing, the scheduling, all has to be tailored for the individual, and you’ll never know until you try.Bonus tip:Some people do very well on the medicine and think everybody should take it. Some people have a terrible experience with it and think no one should take it.These are examples of over generalizing.Other posts on medications: