It just goes to show you how powerful medication can be--even a really small dosage. For the last three weeks, I've been taking 10 mg. of Adderall in order to get up in the morning. I've been slightly depressed due to the seasonal change.
Despite having taken Adderall for a number of years now (but only for a few months at a time), I didn't truly realize its effect...until today. For the last few weeks, every time I've played badminton, my new sport, I've had to quit after about 45 minutes, and sit and rest because my face has been so flushed that I looked like I was having a stroke.
Monday was the worst. Not only did I feel flushed, but after I sat down and rested, it still took 30 minutes for me to feel better. And then once I did, I began feeling chilled. So I left class early, showered, and changed. As I started walking to my car, I felt so tired that I had to stop for an orange juice as a pick-me-up.
I just assumed that the entire episode was caused because I was so tired from packing boxes due to our remodeling job.
But today when I awakened I didn't need the Adderall, and today was the first time where I could play badminton for the entire 90 minutes with only a brief 10 minute rest.
Since I don't believe in coincidence, what I do believe is that the Adderall, which is a stimulant, has caused the flushing, the slight shortness of breath, and the extreme tiredness. So, hopefully I'm now off it for good.
I hesitate to think what damage all the other medications I took for six years--including Abilify, Adderall, Ativan, Buspar, Celexa, Concerta, Cymbalta, Depakote, Effexor, Geodon, Klonopin, Lamictal, Lexapro, Lithium, Neurontin, Parnate, Prozac, Seroquel, Strattera, Tegretol, Topamax, Trileptal, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, and Zyprexa--caused, and I'm so grateful I'm no longer on it.