Amphetamines for ADD ADHD: Follow-up. Plus, Foundations — ADD Tip O the Day 589

Great Comment On Last  Meds Post From Dr. Boerboom. Summary:

Dexedrine is not very addictive/abusable.  It has a low incidence of side effects. They are different from methylphenidate.

Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) may cause side effects, but apparently not often.

  • restlessness
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • headache
  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of your body
  • dry mouth
  • unpleasant taste
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • changes in sex drive or ability

Seems to me similar to Ritalin (methylphenidate)

See Dr. Boerboom’s full comment

I disagree on one point – I have been called obnoxious, inappropriate, silly, but not boring. I think the medicine helps me focus and be more of myself, not less. It helps me focus enough to use strategies and my life is better.


Bonus Links:

Dr Anahi Ortiz on Medicines  part 1    part 2


While we’re talking about medicines, let’s not forget the foundations:

Sleep, exercise, structure, strategies, outdoors, prayer or mediation or yoga

And the other faciliators: coaching, therapy, support groups, education about ADD ADHD


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Why, yes, sometimes I am a little hyper and socially inappropriate.  Screw you!

About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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5 Responses to Amphetamines for ADD ADHD: Follow-up. Plus, Foundations — ADD Tip O the Day 589

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  2. rammkatze says:

    Hi Doug, I agree that the comment about “being boring”. I liked Dr Boerboom’s comment, but I think that the perception of someone who is organized and less impulsive as someone who is “boring” is a rather juvenile concept. Which makes me the more surprised when I see an adult saying it like that! 🙂 But I’m sure he meant well.


    • ram- good point! Organized and less impulsive, doesn’t necessarily mean boring, does it?
      Thank you for the comment.

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    • shannonell says:

      Sadly, someone in my “live” support group was just talking about that. Their partner found them less “funny” on meds, too “serious all the time”, and so they stopped taking them. Heart breakingly sad.

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      • Shannon – yes, sad. And a lot of times, if an alcoholic can stop drinking, everyone will try to get them started again. I don’t know if meds makes you “too serious.” But it might make you less impulsive and less inappropriate- and maybe that would be less funny?
        thank you for commenting.

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