Re: how to get Adderall prescribed?
Originally Posted by Noca
go to korey's psychiatrist and say you have a cough or a cold and im sure you'll get prescribed some sort of amphetamine
Careful - your jealousy is showing
Psychostimulants are not supposed to be used for just
motivational perks. I think the treatment of depression is the main off-label usage of psychostimulants. If you have not responded well to a lengthy list of common types of antidepressants (SSRI's, SNRI's, etc.) and/or you are on such a large amount of sedating medications (benzos, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, etc.) that you need CNS stimulation just to get out of bed in the morning (and/or if you actually have diagnosable attention problems), then bringing up the subject of off-label treatments with your doctor might be well-accepted.
My psychiatrist trusts me when I make suggestions about different methods of treatment (medication, really). He doesn't blindly prescribe anything that I ask for - in fact, he's flatly said "No" to quite a few requests of mine in the past. When I originally brought up the idea of using a psychostimulant as an antidepressant and to counter the massive sedation that the relatively large daily doses of Xanax and lithium that I take cause, I suggested a very small amount of Ritalin. It worked great for a while, and I worked my way through different doses and dosing schedules. However, Ritalin gave me excessive nervous energy and unpleasant nausea/gagging, so I requested to switch to a different type of psychostimulant. My psychiatrist switched me over to Adderall, again starting with a tiny dose and slowly working upwards until the best dose and dosing schedule was found (which I'm actually still working on). The health benefits of taking Adderall outweigh the health costs for me, otherwise my doctor would not continue to prescribe it.
Like I said, if you haven't been responsive to a lot
of other common treatments, then ask your doctor about considering alternate methods of treatment (ie, off-label stuff). Do some reading about different possibilities. I should probably tell you not to expect to get prescribed a CII psychostimulant just for some extra motivation.
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