@gorilla it can take a while to get the right medication and dosage. For instance, you might need your doctor to step up your dosage until it’s an effective amount for you. Or maybe try you on a different medication, or a combination of medications. Unfortunately, for a small percentage of people who are diagnosed as ADHD, none of the meds are any help.
My doctor tried me on Adderall XR first, 10mg. It helped somewhat, it was definitely better than no meds, but I got cranky in the evenings when it wore off. My doctor increased my dosage to 20mg, no further improvement, and I developed the side effect of tachycardia (elevated heart rate), which was a little concerning. Then, off for a month with doctor’s orders to monitor my heart rate. (Remembering was too hard, so I got a cheap heart rate tracking smartwatch.) Heart rate wasn’t as elevated, but still higher than my doctor liked to see it at. Then 5mg, almost no help at all. Then 10mg, still only partially effective.
Finally, I convinced my doctor to start me on atomoxetine (a generic of Strattera), a non-stimulant ADHD medication. I’ve been on 40mg per day since last Spring, and it’s just what I needed! It’s twice as effective for me as Adderall ever was! I may need the dosage increased someday, but I still function pretty well on the starter dosage. (I think I read that most adult males go up to 80mg, and some to the maximum 100mg.) It’s good to feel, for the first time in my life, that I have a whole brain!
I’ve read about people on a combination of a stimulant like Adderall and also something like Wellbutrin (an antidepressant) for best results. Or alternating a few years in a Ritalin family stimulant, then a few years in an Adderall family stimulant, back and forth.
There are more medication options for ADHD than ever before.