The Tragic Truth Of Prescription Adderall, or “Madderall”

Prescription Adderall and its commonly poor prescribing is the topic here—not how to illegally obtain and abuse illegally obtained prescription Adderall. Buy Generic Adderall

Let’s get this out of the way:

  • Prescription Adderall works very well for some people with ADHD.
  • For others, however, Adderall effects can create more problems than it solves—exacerbating anxiety, irritability, anger, grandiosity, and even rage.

That’s why 20 years ago I started calling it Madderall

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Here’s what you likely won’t hear from your prescriber:

  • Poorly prescribed Adderall can ruin lives and ruin relationships. 
  • The same is sometimes true for Dexedrine, too. Those of you in Australia, where the NHS considers it the stimulant of choice, be aware.
  •  The individuals experiencing poor results often don’t realize it.  They assume it’s the price of focus. Their loved ones might, too.
  • Next stop: These adults with ADHD might develop a cannabis habit to “come down”.
  • Or: They love the intense focus too much to let go—a focus that often simultaneously reduces self-awareness. (In other words, they assume that everyone else is being annoying, not them.)

The truly tragic part? There are so many less risky options to try first. Why do doctors too often insist on prescribing Adderall to newly diagnosed patients—and with little guidance?  It seems they are misreading a meta-analysis, which I will write about in a future post.

Bottom Line:

  • Treating ADHD is not simple.
  • There are genetic differences among individuals that affect drug response.
  • Prescribing requires expertise and method. Start low, titrate slow. Rating scales. Third-party feedback. And much more.
  • To further complicate matters: Adderall is also a popular drug of abuse. Yet, even the story of “Adderall Abuse” is complicated.

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