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I Need Medication Advise

I Need Medication Advise

I’ve been taking 15mg of adderall 3 times a day. Most of the time it works, I just hate the crash at the end of the day and I feel like it changes my personality. My Dr. Called in Sunosi but my pharmacy has to order it. She says I can just take Sunosi and stop adderal. Has anyone tried this? I’m afraid I’ll have adderal withdrawal. I’m afraid it won’t work. Neither modafinil or armodifinl worked for me. I hate figuring out what works to keep me awake during the day. Any advise is greatly… read more

posted November 11, 2022 (edited)
A MyNarcolepsyTeam Member

First, consider this: your modafinal and armodafinal failed because it didn't give you the clarity and sharpness you were expecting. Perhaps your expectations were assigned incorrectly!

Let me explain: When I take one of those two drugs, I do not expect it to make me sharp as a tack, but I DO expect it to keep me awake. Talk With your doctor about dosages and dcheduled times to take the modafinal or armodafinal.

I count on the Adderalls, Ritalins, Methamphetamines and Vyvanses for the sharpness of thought that I believe all Narcoleptics crave. Understand that these potent helpers for your mind also have a time limit, and take them when you NEED them. I can take my Vyvanse in the morning and afternoon and know that I have 6 sharp hours in me. If I have a night meeting or function to attend, I will swap the afternoon dose with a nap and take the second Vyvanse about an hour before the event that I want to be sharp for.

I don't think that doctors manage this way, but in essence, by taking that jolt of clarity when you need it most, we are learning to cope with our disease in a good, safe way.

I have had times when I've felt a need for a "third" dose. What works for me is a dose of 5- hour energy, available practically everywhere. With it, there is no horrible crash - you simply wind down somewhere during hour 5. Way better than risking a shortage of your mind uppers during the day.

I may not have struck a chord for you --- it DOES seem to play out this way for me. Bottom line, talk with your doctor about your concerns and needs and KEEP talking until you have all the information that you need. Sleep doctors DO UNDERSTAND WHAT NARCOLEPSY DOES AND HOW IT AFFECTS PEOPLE DIFFERENTLY. I have yet to find anyone better equipped to help me deal with my Narcoleptic struggles. Good luck!

posted November 29, 2022
A MyNarcolepsyTeam Member

Thank you!

posted November 19, 2022
A MyNarcolepsyTeam Member

Sunosi works differently than modafinil and armodafinil and adderall. These are all stimulants while Sunosi is a DNRI (dopamine norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor). I do not know about the withdrawal but I'd suggest giving it some time and don't be hard on yourself. If you're concerned, talk to your doctor and don't let them be dismissive. Hope this helps.

posted November 19, 2022

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