Adderall IR vs. Adderall XR experience

Anonymous

So I’ve been on adderall for over 15 years. Adderall XR makes my acid reflux unbearable and gives me a raspy voice and causes dehydration. IR is great if you can remember to take it on time every 4 hours. I set alarms

Anonymous

I take both XR and IR. When I took only IR and then mostly IR with some XR I experienced more side effects especially irritability and anxiety. At day 3 if taking a full dose of only IR the side effects would peak and I would even sometimes have a slight tremor. No bueno very uncomfortable.
XR alone doesn’t do much of anything for me but the side effects are nonexistent.
I take an XR dose with a small IR dose in the morning then take another small dose of IR at lunch if my activity requires it. This prevents the sudden drop off feeling that you have while on only IR. I find that if I am tired and the IR has worn off (3-4 hours) I can nap but there probably isn’t enough time left in the day to take a 2nd IR dose. I can sleep on my meds if need be or if I didn’t get sleep the night before etc. and can always still sleep on a train, plane, and automobile as passenger. Honestly it’s the most logical way of taking stims in my opinion based on the performance and efficacy charts provided by the pharma manufacturers

Anonymous

i took only IR and it worked for a while but then started to make me jittery…switched to only 1 XR a day and works for me. I feel it pushes me through the day where on IR i would just crash. Talk to your doctor and be prepared to try a few diff combos/dosages sometimes ppl need IR and X-RAY at diff times of day…patience and persistence

Anonymous

I take both. A 10mg IR and a 20mg XR three times a day. Depending on what I have going on that night, I can often get away with not taking the 3rd XR dose and sometimes can skip both if I don’t have much to do after work or if I took my second dose a little later than normal. My daytime sleepiness is way better, but I’m trying my 5th sleeping meds in as many months after trying a bunch of them, finding one that worked and then realizing that one worked too well once I was used to the adderall and I couldn’t come out of the morning fog. Ugh. I’m so sick of N 😩. Sorry for the tantrum, but I got 12 hours of sleep last night and still struggled to drag my butt out of bed this morning.

Anonymous

Xr is over time, usually used as a main treatment. IR, releases faster and is usually used as a pick me up. In my experience. I’ve taken both. I prefer IR with Nuvigil as my main. It keeps me alert (most days) and by the time I go to bed has lost its hold.

Anonymous

I use both. I take the XR in the morning and IR in the afternoon as needed. I find the XR keeps me alert and feeling more awake longer. It’s also smoother like not a sudden crash most days (although I’ve gotten pretty good at judging if I’ll need the IR in the early afternoon hours so it helps me to stay awake). I find that I can nap on either if I need to. I get less headaches from the XR than from IR.
Sometimes I’ll get up too late to take my XR and I’ll only be able to take my IR and those days are much more difficult because I just don’t feel as awake and I’m generally more moody. I also crash a lot more on those days.

Anonymous

I prefer the Adderall IR over Adderall XR. I take modafinil so I don’t always need the Adderall. I like to be able to control my dose because I don’t always need a full prescribed dose but sometimes I need a little more. Also I like to be able to regulate it based upon the symptoms im baving at the moment. Also for whatever reason the Adderall XR always made me feel jittery all day like I drank too much coffee and I hated that. The Adderall IR doesn’t do that to me it’s so much better. I don’t take the prescribed dos everyday religiously of any of my meds except xyrem. I don’t like taking all that medication so I only use it if I truly need it. Which is often more times than not but still I like to be able to control what I put into my body

Anonymous

I like the XR more. I use both and take the IR as needed on sleepier days or when I only need another hour or so. XR seems to last about 4 hours and IR about 2. Both linger longer, but for effectiveness that’s what I plan on.

Anonymous

M trying to work off Adderall . Im tired of the man made poison. I’ve try Ritalin, Provigil and Adderall. All have messed with my heal. Been trying to find a more natural way. Drives me crazy the lack of know doctor s have about the drugs they give out.

Anonymous

the issue with adderall is it fluctates heavily based on stomach pH, since it’s a combination of amphetamine salts. So a highly acidic environment will metabolize them much quicker while a more alkaline environment will make it metabolize for longer. This is one of the reasons vyvanese is advisable to some since it’s essentially broken down differently given that it’s attached to an amino acid. However, Adderall has levo-amphetamine which is more active towards norephinerine, Vyvanese is strictly dextro-amphetamine. also, Adderall XR’s mechanism is a combination of beads that also breakdown after 4 hours, so you’re essentially getting two dosages. Adderall IR doesn’t work like that. Personally, I think Adderall XR is preferable as it has a lower abuse potential than the IR. You want to be wary of the come up and down since that’s where the abuse potential lies. Use it as directed, it is a powerful drug that can seriously ruin your life if you let it.

Additionally, i recommend some additional supplements with it to balance it and protect you from any stress it might cause the body and mind. Ashwagandha & Bacopa will minimize the compulsive attributes of the drug, as will 5-HTP. You also want to find some neuroprotectives given any oxidative damages. CDP-Choline and magnesium help with some of the damages and tolerance imo, although haven’t put magnesium into it.
You want to be really wary of the drug though, I really can’t stress that enough. Ended up losing a job because of using it twice daily thinking I had the ability to manage it, stopped sleeping and worked none stop. But compulsively, as fun as it was, don’t let yourself slip. It’s a delicate balance, and you have to be aware of that.

Anonymous

I started off taking 20mg XR once a day. That wasn’t enough. My dr also added 10mg IR to take 2x a day when I need it. Sometimes I don’t need 2. But it’s nice to know that I have that to take, if needed. My XR is brand name and IR is generic. I don’t know if the brand name makes a different or not. In my opinion, I feel like both are ok by themselves but it’s better to have both the XR and IR. That’s what seems to work best for me.

Anonymous

I take IR throughout the day for “boosts” and nuvigil (armodafinil) once in the morning as a longer term kind of thing. It’s what my neurologist recommended, honestly not sure if this particular combo is optimal but I’m surviving on it well enough.