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Hello everybody!

It’s been a while since I posted last here. That’s why I figured it’s time to tell you the results of my little experiment.

Yes, you can stop taking Adderall XR cold turkey. No withdrawal symptoms whatsoever.
It took about 4 weeks until I noticed a change. I was tired pretty much all the time and couldn’t get anything done. No focus whatsoever.
To see if the being-tired-all-the-time thing was just a temporary ‘reaction’ I stayed on course and off Adderall for a few more weeks.
Eventually, after about two month and no further change I decided it’s time to stop my experiment and go back to taking Adderall XR.

Of course, one could think this experiment of mine was a rather silly endeavour but I beg to differ. It made me realize how Adderall XR actually works. Thanks to it I managed to solve a problem that was haunting me for some time, insomnia.

Like many of us I always had problems with sleep. Better said with not sleeping. Nothing new but for the last year or so my insomnia went to bad (excuse the pun) to worse and then to downright nasty.
During that time eight (8) hours of sleep was my regular quota. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it.
Unfortunately, that’s not 8 hours per night but per week (Sat. and Sunday included).
It got nasty when I couldn’t sleep at all for 7 nights in a row.

Anyhow, back to Adderall. Unlike other ADD medication Adderall is an amphetamine. When it comes to sports it is an illegal substance and qualifies as doping. With the exception of North America it can’t even be prescribed by a doctor or legally purchased anywhere else in the world. Nice, eh.
For all the doping junkies in us the XR version of it comes with the ADDed benefit of being a time release product. And therein, my friends, lies the problem.

You see, every morning I have to take thyroid medication a hour before I can eat anything. Not wanting to mix the Adderall into my thyroid cocktail (T4 + T3), I ended up taking it rather late in the morning.
Turns out too late for me. When the last release of amphetamine finally kicked in the effect pretty much kept me up all night. Hurray.

After realizing this I consulted with my pharmacist. Now I am taking my entire meds all at once and do so early in the morning, between 6 and 7am.
I am happy to report I’m sleeping like a baby ever since.