Use Of Adderall in Fibromyalgia

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by HHSRN, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. HHSRN

    HHSRN New Member

    Has anyone else used Adderall in the fight again the "fog" and exhaustion of Fibromylgia? My pain specialist - Dr Keith Javery in Grand Rapids, MI is trialing the use of Provigl and Adderall. I was not able to take both due to my other medical conditions, but just the use of Adderall alone has allowed me more days of energy, restful sleep at night and less "fog" days.
  2. peachbunnee

    peachbunnee New Member

    I saw my psychiatrist recently and he suggested I try adderall to help with my concentration and energy level.

    I have not been officially diagnosed with fibro as I haven't been able to see a rheumy yet due to lack of insurance. However, my symptoms seem to be that of fibro.

    In any event, my psych suggested a dose of 20mg twice a day.

    I haven't decided if I want to give it a try or not.

    But increased energy sure sounds good, as long as it doesn't keep me from sleeping.

    What dose are you taking?

    peach :)
  3. gramaT

    gramaT New Member

    Sounds good- more restful sleep and energy?? What I wouldn't give! Just hate to try even one more thing.
    Thanks for the info and Bless You

    Carolyn in Ill
  4. elsa

    elsa New Member

    I have both in my stash ... I alternate days on them, but not both on the same day.

    They both have been effective for EDS, but I think adderall was more effective in helping the brain "stupids" so common to FMS.

    I took have an rx for 20mgs 2xd ... It isn't often that I actually use that full dose ... actually been a while but very glad I have it.

    My provigil rx is 100mgs 2xd ... but if it is a very. very long day I will take 3 tabs spread out over the course of the day.

    I like them both ... they helped with quality of life which is a very nice thing to hold onto .

    Elsa
  5. elsa

    elsa New Member

    Bump for chance to read ...
  6. jengus

    jengus New Member

    I take Adderall twice a day and it helps with my fog and energy If I take the 2nd dose too late, seems harder to sleep. What is PROVIGIL?

    Jengus
  7. KittyCat

    KittyCat New Member

    Hi All,

    I just read an article regarding Adderall and other medications similar to it prescribed for ADHD. I know many of us take this medication. It was on the USA Today site. They mention something about warnings for folks with pre-existing heart conditions.

  8. mer0928

    mer0928 New Member

    My doctor originally put me on Provigil for my overwhelming fatigue, but I anywhere from 400-600 mg a day and felt no difference. So, I was prescribed Ritalin, which was an absolute miracle. I never realized how much fatigue actually affected me until then. Not only did my fatigue get better, but all my symptoms (headaches, ect.) decreased significantly. However, I eventually built up a tolerance and was taking 20 mg of the slow release tablets 3 times a day. After about 7 months, I found that it helped very little. My doctor recently switched me to Adderall (regular, not slow release) at 20 mg three times a day. It's only been a little over a week, but I'm still not sure how effective it is. On a positive note, I do have a friend that has taken Provigil for 5-6 years and has never had to increase his dosage...

    Mary Elizabeth
  9. ritatheresa

    ritatheresa New Member

    Wound up in the ER!!! I was having really bad palpitations, worst panic attack.

    I've been taking Provigil for a while now and I was complaining why I should even bother taking it. Well if I don't I'm pretty much bedridden. So for me the aderral is a no-no.

    I had a sleep study done which showed no stage 3, 4 or REM sleep also known as alpha intrusion. They're not even sure how to treat it. They prescribe CPAP for everyone (it's a machine with continuos pressure to keep your airway open while you sleep), well it doesn't help me.

    I'm having labs drawn in 2 days through my endocrinologist to see what's going on, (alot of hormones control sleep patterns etc.)

    For me the fatigue has been the worst part of this DD, the pain is bad but I'm sick of walking around like a zombie.

    Sorry I went off the topic, just my experience.

    Take care, Ritatheresa

  10. HHSRN

    HHSRN New Member

    Dr Javery started me out on 10 mg at 700am and 10mg at 12n. My heart and body could not handle - I tend to me very sensitive to most medications. I am presently just taking 5mg in the am. I set my alarm 1/2 before I have to get up and take it then. This helps me get up and decrease the "fogg and exhastion".

    You need to take what every your help your mind and body function.
  11. HHSRN

    HHSRN New Member

    You are correct, if you take adderal any later than 12n-1pm it will affect your sleep. That is why I set my alarm to take my dose 1/2 prior having to be awake.

    Provigil is a medication used in narcolepsy and other sleep disorders. It is a strong stimulant medication, similar to Adderall but stonger in some ways. I have patients that use it to treat their Parkinson's fatigue also. I can not take it since it increases my blood pressue
  12. HHSRN

    HHSRN New Member

    Mary Ellen,

    It is amazing how each of your body chemistry's affect the drugs we take. If I took that much Provigil, I would be dead from a heart attach or stroke. The problem with Ritalin and Adderall is that our bodies do get "tolerant" to the effects. I just keep praying new drugs will be found that will be as affective once I get tolerant to Adderall.
  13. HHSRN

    HHSRN New Member

    Ritatheresa,
    I am sorry to hear about your reaction to adderall. It does affect the cardiopulmonary organs and can cause fatal heart problems. My girlfriend just who does not have Fibro but has sleep apnea was just started on Provigil and Bi - pap, not C-pap. It is helping her get a better nights rest and be less fatigued.

    The problem is CFS or FMS fatigue is different since it is related to the sleep cycle also. I have not heard of your sleep disorder but I pray they can find a treatment for it. I know about the feeling of dealing with chronic pain. It is frustrating and depressing. Keep trying or keep forcing your MD to find relief for you.