I have come to this site a few times to read what others post, but this is my first post, so bare with me. I have been on generic Adderall (regular form, not extended release) for a little over a year now, with changes in dosage to find what "helps" me. I'm not all that thrilled with my doctors plan - or what he considers to be an improvement of my condition. He is happy with the fact of me telling him that I don't feel as tired through out the day as being sufficient treatment. I have made multiple complaints to him about my confusion or rather finding it more difficult to remember things, form a coherent thought, and difficult to focus on a thought or task. He has never seemed concerned about this because all he hears is "but you're not as tired as you were and you're not napping". He usually brushes off the concern with the fact that I'm under a lot of stress; ok yes I agree that stress can effect those things but I'm talking about a gradual increase of this problem for the past year now! Now more recently to top things off I have found myself to be WAY more irritable/angry/quickly get upset all the time. I'm not sure if this is a side effect of the drug or if it's more due to new stresses in my life. I looked up online the side effects of Adderall, and yes being more irritable is on the list, but says it's not a common side effect. My boyfriend has been trying to tell me that it's most likely the Adderall making me this way - but I'm not sure if it is the medication or just me not being happy with my life in general right now.
So I guess I am wondering if any others have been on Adderall and what side effects they have experienced with it?
I'm trying to figure out if I should stay on the medication, because yes it has helped me with my day time sleepiness, or if these mood changes are a result of the medication and I need to switch to something else. I have tried other medications in the past and none have helped me feel as awake/able to function; but at what expense do you accept being awake and a mean/miserable/unhappy/emotional mess of a person versus being tired, unable to work but happy??!
(With any suggestions/advice of changing medications please keep in mind I have no medical insurance so I also have to look at the fact that I can somewhat afford Adderall)