Sunday, August 23, 2009

Update on First Day of Adderall

I had pretty bad heartburn last night for about 2hrs, which went away a little before bed. My diet yesterday was pretty normal...

Breakfast: Pasta with green pepper, red pepper, tomato sauce, chicken, mushroom, parmesan.
Lunch: Three cheese tortellini with basil, olive oil and reggiano.
Dinner: Grilled ham and swiss on whole wheat (slightly burned!).

I looked it up and heartburn seems to be a common side effect of Adderall. However, nobody has said how to get rid of it. There are tons of warnings about antacids, tums, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and the opposite, citric acid, orange juice etc. I normally get heartburn about once/month and just take a teaspoon of baking soda in warm water, which gets rid of it immediately. Good thing I read the warnings on the prescription. I'm not really sure what happens if you take antacid with Adderall.



  1. Using antacids once in a while won't be a problem, the warnings are for the people who consistently use them several times a day, day afer day. The best way to take antacids while on stimulants for ADHD is to not take both at the same time.

    As to the chemistry - taking antacids with amphetamines results in an increase of the non-ionized species of amphetamine (the molecule itself). That delays the end of the metabolizing process, meaning it stays in the bloodstream for a longer period of time.

    That's probably not the best explanation - let me try a different approach. Think of it like rush hour on the freeway at the end of the business day when everyone trys to go home all at once. Too many cars overwhelm the available road space and as a result, all the cars slow down and basically sit around idling their engines. That's what happens when you have both amphetamines and antacids in your system. Instead of the amphetamine molecules driving along the freeway at the speed limit, they're slowing down in the resulting traffic jam.

    The result is very similar to taking a higher dose - you end up with side effects you wouldn't have with your normal dose. Whether it's a significantly higher level of side effects or a slight temporary bump depends on several factors: how much antacid, how often, and was it taken at the same time as the amphetamine.

    Watch your diet. The peppers (red and green) both cause indigestion in a lot of people. It's the skin of the pepper that's the culprit here. You can get jars of roasted peeled peppers to cook with to see if that's the case for you. They're usually at the end of the pickle aisle in the supermarkets.

    Fatty foods will cause indigestion. Olive oil not so much, but cheese and butter will definately cause problems as well as other milk products.

    Remember, moderation in all things. If I were you, I'd lay off the dairy for a while. Then phase in low-fat dairy products to see if that causes you any problems. Just plain paying attention to how you feel an hour or two after a meal that has cheese, dairy, or fried foods will tell you a lot.

    Best of luck!

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