Re: Adderall vs Ritalin
I have taken both Ritalin and Adderall (both legitimately). I currently take Adderall because the Ritalin caused me to gag whenever I took it. Ritalin sets in faster than Adderall does (and it leaves just as quickly), but Ritalin gives more "nervous energy" than Adderall. Adderall is a lot "smoother" than Ritalin. I didn't like Adderall at first, but it's grown on me now, and I intend to continue with it. To be honest, I don't see what the big fuss over stimulants is. I haven't experienced any major euphoria or anything from Ritalin or Adderall. Although, Adderall did cause some slight euphoria when I first took it, but that went away. I think Xanax (and benzos in general) have more of an addictive quality despite the huge difference in legal status between benzos and CII stimulants.
Ritalin did cause me to feel feverish, which is something I haven't experienced from Adderall (yet?), so that's something to look out for. As for stimulants being "omega" drugs - drugs of "last resort" - as most people seem to describe them as, I disagree. Like I said before, neither Ritalin or Adderall has given me anything other than a stronger ability to concentrate/focus, some motivational energy, and some excess "nervous energy."
Wellbutrin SR 300mg, Eskalith CR 900mg, Luvox 100mg
Things I have tried:
Lexapro, Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, Effexor XR, Remeron, Wellbutrin SR, Eskalith CR, Topamax, Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Ambien, Restoril, Desyrel, Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine, Inderal, Lopressor, Thorazine, Lamictal, Abilify, Depakote, Geodon, Seroquel, doxepin, chloral hydrate