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I have ADHD. Talking from experience here:
There is no best medication. Each ADHD person is different and will react differently to the medications. My advice , try one at a time and do not “fix” side effects with something else like alcohol or weed or whatever, because you will never know what works. Also try each med and dose of it for at least 4 days. This will tell you for sure what you feeling.
Ritalin, Concerta are same family. I personally found them giving me focus but extreme intense feeling. Also I was very irritated. This one is a no go for me.
Weed works “well” on its own without anything else, problem is you have to constantly smoke it. I find that it takes care of anxiety more so i can make myself work. When I tried smoking with medication (Adderall or Concerta) it made my anxiety worse, plus I actually felt high, which is not what I wanted.
Adderall XR – I am on this right now, since in Canada we are very limited on types of meds we can get. I find it best out all the rest at the moment.
This medication releases half of its dose in 20 minutes after you take it and than the rest during the day. You need to start with 15mg right away or you will get discouraged. If you feeling speedy (kinda anxious) in the morning just after you take the pill and than you feel it ease up 4 – 5 hours later, than this means that the dose in the morning is too low. In civilized countries they have Adderall IR which would work as a booster in the morning – usually another 5 mg, but in Canada you cannot get that so just go back to the doc and ask for next step up so from 15mg to 20mg or you look on internet how to make your own booster using Adderall XR.
There is another medication Vyvanse. This is a bit different than Adderall but similar as chemical substance. The main difference is the way it is released. You body must start breaking it down before you start feeling effects. I have not tried it but just the mechanism sounds like it will take at least 1 hour before you notice anything. Although a lot of peps say it is good I think that the Shire company is using this as a replacement for Adderall since their patent expires and greedy company needs money. They will prolly lobby to ban Adderall after that since they need to stay monopoly.
There is also more meds like Straterra and other non stimulant crap. they might work for you.
You need to patient with the meds and be self-aware. See what helps and in which way and than go to next med. Do not believe anything you hear without reading about it. Also if the doctor does not want to try other meds for you, just find another doctor right away. Noone understands ADHD better than us – people that have it, doctors are there to write the prescription (I am only relating to ADHD, not other medical conditions), and I am talking form experience here.
Do not be afraid to experiment as well. If you think that something will work better than other, than try it ( of course with limits ! ) but looking at you age I believe you are responsible enough to take care of your own health.
If you feel like you are abusing the meds in any way, do not tell the doctor or you will be done. You must take control of the meds not the meds take control of you. Frankly speaking keep the weed out of the doctor – patient conversation, as well as any substance abuse or anything illegal. This will save you the trouble of switching doctors due to their lack of understanding. ADHD people are all substance abusers ( well not really since we self medicate ourselves to function properly). People out there do not understand that, but who gives a damn for stupid people anyways.
Hope that helps.