My 13 year old has been taking Adderall XR 10 mg for a month. It has clearly been working as she has straight A's right now - which was not the goal and is pretty outrageous! We've been using a little rating scale I found and it seemed the 10 mg was working really well. Recently, I found the side effects we'd seen before (not hungry till around 8, not sleeping till around 10:30) have gone away. I'm not sure.... do you think this means the meds are also less effective?
I'd been quizzing her and quizzing her about this - she's not easy to get info from anyway, but I suspected there was something else going on. She finally said that it is only just a little effective right now. Her sister joked that she was taking meth. She also read that you can become addicted to Adderall so now I think she's afraid to go up in dose b/c she might become addicted. I explained (hopefully accurately!) that if I were to take it and since I don't have ADHD would feel a high, I could become addicted to that feeling, and I could become addicted. For her, who HAS ADHD, we're not looking for a high. We're looking for her to be able to focus to the level of an average person - like me. Thus she would not become addicted. For her, it's medicine.
I'm just nervous that I said or am doing the wrong thing - like I'm talking her into raising the dose. (our doctor is proving to be wacky and I trust our research and how she feels much more than the doctor's advice. It's easier to ask the doctor to approve our plan that keep it open ended and ask her advice). I'm thinking about asking to try 15 mg. I definitely see the side effects diminishing and I wonder if this is "proof" that the med is not working as well. That would help confirm this little test I want to do.
I do want to do the lowest dose necessary, but the med helping her to focus "just a little bit" is sort of pointless. Any thoughts?