Help addressing medication change from Mental Heath Doctor for ADHD

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Help addressing medication change from Mental Heath Doctor for ADHD

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Joined: 13 Sep 2017, 02:46

13 Sep 2017, 03:05 #1

Hello all!

I was diagnosed with ADHD back in December 2015.  As a child I had attention issues but parents did not want me medicated so I found ways to help aid my disability.  I am now in college working towards an engineering degree.  I struggled big time in several classes and my professors told me to seek help since they knew that it was not lack of knowledge or drive.  They saw that during exams I could not/would not stay focused and was easily distracted.

My mental health doctor started me out with and anti-anxiety med to see if my issues were caused strictly from a testing anxiety (they were not but I agreed to try).  Once we found no change she gave me straterra (complete disaster) which only made me fall asleep during class.  She then switch me to 5mg of Ritalin 2x daily which was better than the 2 previous medications so I stayed on it for 8 months.  I returned to her asking to try something different since the medication did not seem to work for more than an hour or so and I was back at square one unable to focus when studying.

She suggested vyvanse at the time but I have heard horror stories of this medication not working and expressed my concern,  she then upped my dose to 10mg 2x a day aout 4 months ago.  Since then she has left and I have a new doctor that I have never met.  I would like to switch my meds to either vyvanse or adderall (prefer adderall as many colleagues at the center for students with disabilities take it and say it works).  How should I propose this switch? I do not worry that she would think drug abuse as I only fill my current script during school semesters whic shows that I am not addicted.

Has anyone been switched from ritalin to adderall?  If so how did you get the doctor to agree to the switch?  Any help is appreciated as I am now entering my Senior level classes and wish to get my attention under control.
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The Old Medic
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Joined: 17 Oct 2009, 18:03

16 Sep 2017, 13:23 #2

Just talk with your treating folks about it.  What works for one person, may not help another.  Follow the advice of your DOCTOR, and not some fellow students.
The Old Medic, R.N., M.A., M.S., Ed.D
US Army 10/1959 - 09/1969 SFC E-7
55G10, 91B40, 91C40, 91F40
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Retired)
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (Retired)
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