Adderall XR vs. Tabs

Sarah - posted on 08/18/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )




I take Adderall XR 25 2 x's /day + 1 20mg tab by 4 pm

I have panic disorder that I take .5 mg Xanax up to 4 x's daily.

That's 70 mgs/ day of Adderall

I'm wondering if just taking tabs would be better.

XR has a roller coaster effect, I've never just taken the same mg. of tabs in a day to see how it would work.

I have certain times of the day that are not good for me, anxiousness, feeling kinda high strung, and sometimes combative. That's when I go for the Xanax. This happens the same time each day. 10AM, 1PM, & 4 PM

My Dr says it's happening during the second timed- release of Adderall, which is why I'm considering the tablet option.

Any ideas?


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I was on Adderall XR but now I'm on Vyvanse 1x a day and Adderall tabs 20mg 1-1 1/2 a day. The Vyvanse is so much better than the Adderall XR. I haven't always been ADD. I am ADD due to a closed head injury. I think that's worse bc you know what it's like NOT to be ADD.


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Ciara - posted on 08/22/2009




I have been on Adderall XR for just a short time and i like it.. i feel like i can get through my day.. I also take .5mg of xanax but hardly have to rely on it anymore with the adderall xr 20mg and 60mg of prozac.. but if you want to switch to the tabs it might be your best option from the sounds of it. Good luck!!

Heide - posted on 08/18/2009




I would definitely try the tablets. My son,who also has ADHD was given to high a mg. of AdderallXR which made his ADHD symptoms worse and also gave him symptoms of anxiety and mood swings. They lowered his mgs. and he is now an honor student and in advanced classes.Myself and 2 of my children are on adderallxr and I don't understand why you would have to take an xr more than once a day because it is time released.If you need more in the evening then if anything you take a tablet not an xr. You really are never getting a steady dose of adderall because an xr lasts 8-10 hrs. where the tablets only last about 4. It sounds like you may not even need the xanax or at least not as often. You really should talk to another doctor I've never heard of a xr being taken like that. Good Luck

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