Prepare for your appointment with the doctor. If you think you have ADHD, you may experience some or all of the symptoms daily. ADHD affects everyone differently, but these are the common symptoms:
have a short attention span
make many careless mistakes
being forgetful or frequently losing things
being unable to accomplish tasks for an extended period
be unable to sit still
talking or moving excessively
little or no sense of danger
act without thinking
Part 2 Part 2 of 10:Make an appointment with your doctor.
Your GP can give you a prescription. If you have a psychiatrist, you can also make an appointment with him. Schedule the meeting to discuss ADHD symptoms and prescription medication.
Your doctor won’t be able to guide you like a psychiatrist, but they can prescribe medication.
Part 3 Part 3 of 10:Describe the symptoms and give examples.
Talk about your concerns about symptoms. Explain to your doctor how they affect your daily life and how often you experience these symptoms. Reiterate how much your memory, attention span, and concentration hinder your performance at school and work.
Always be honest and try to be as thorough as possible when talking to your doctor or psychiatrist. The more open you are about your symptoms, the more they can help you.
Part 4 Part 4 of 10:Answer the doctor’s questions honestly.
He may ask questions about your symptoms. If you’re having trouble remembering something, check the list of symptoms you wrote down earlier. Indeed you will have to answer questions about your memory, levels of hyperactivity, or impulsivity.
Please don’t exaggerate, but don’t downplay them either.
Part 5 of 10:Tell the doctor that you are willing to take medication.
Some people don’t want to treat ADHD with medication. However, if you’re going to try Adderall as a treatment, you can let your doctor know. Depending on your symptoms, they might recommend trying a different medication or staying on therapy for now.
Other medications to treat ADHD are Ritalin, Concerta, Vyvanse, and Dexedrine.
You’ll also need to let your doctor know about any other prescriptions you’re taking and if you have a history of substance abuse.
Part 6 Part 6 of 10:Follow the dose your doctor tells you to take.
It is essential not to abuse Adderall if you manage to get it prescribed. Take the dose your doctor prescribes and try to monitor your symptoms throughout the day. The amount you take will depend on your age, weight, medical history, and the type of medication.
If you are prescribed long-acting Adderall or Adderall XR, you will only need to take one pill a day.
If you are prescribed standard Adderall, you will need to take two capsules daily.
Part 7 of 10: Observe the side effects during the trial period.
All ADHD medications carry a variety of side effects. When you take Adderall, you may experience loss of appetite, insomnia, dizziness, headaches, stomach problems, or mood changes. These side effects may improve as you take the medication, but it’s important to let your doctor know.
Call your doctor immediately if you experience severe side effects such as muscle weakness, panic attacks, high blood pressure, or psychosis.
Part 8 of 10: Make a follow-up appointment to discuss your progress.
Make the appointment for a month after starting the consumption of the medicine. After a month, you will know if Adderall is improving your daily life. You can talk about your concentration, attention span, ability to focus, and hyperactivity levels.
It will be helpful to keep a diary about your symptoms.
Part 9 of 10:Work with your doctor to adjust your dose.
Adderall is not a one-size-fits-all drug. You may need to increase the dose, lower it, or switch to a different medication entirely. Always check with your doctor before stopping Adderall so you can do so safely and follow their exact instructions.
Stopping Adderall cold turkey can lead to health problems like tremors, headaches, and suicidal thoughts. Always check with your doctor before stopping the use of a prescription drug.
Part 10 of 10: See your doctor every month to get a new prescription.
Adderall is a controlled substance, so you will not receive automatic refills. You will most likely need to see your doctor every 30 days to discuss your symptoms and dosage levels. Some insurance companies allow you to do 90-day refills by mail, but it’s up to your health care professional.
You could have a video or phone consultation with the doctor.