Adhd and running
How does adderall effect running performance? 9/10/2008 11:26PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Ideas?
i know mother clucker
RE: How does adderall effect running performance? 9/11/2008 12:34AM - in reply to Adhd and running Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
first, it works great for a while ... then very gradually it starts to wear off and you need more.

growth hormone drops - or growth hormone receptors get blocked
your adrenals wear out - heart doesn't pump as hard (lower stroke volume)
somewhere in there your testosterone drops to extreme low normal after ~1 year.
no interest in sex - or you always have a softie.
no desire to exercise - you stay focused on school, work, etc. no need to "run around"
when your adrenals burn out, you end up tired, unmotivated, depressed and soft - no muscle.
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long term adderall use is bad news, don't take it unless your adhd is causing you a lot of trouble.
AdamBirkenhauer
RE: How does adderall effect running performance? 12/11/2008 7:59PM - in reply to i know mother clucker Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Im a junior and i run cross country and i am prescribed to take 10ml adderall IR, which last four hours.I take it two or three times a day. Most of the time i take 15mls at a time. im pretty supersyicious about my races and training so i take it probably an hour before i run. I honestly dont know wether it hurts me or not. Last year i would always tek 10ml before my races and i would run around sixteen minute 5ks!Thats when i was a sophmore! but my junior year has been different. although i did get mono ten months ago i am running mid 17 minute 5ks this year...it sucks.I want to know if its the adderall thats effecting me. When i take it i feel somewhat motivated to train and run hard but i always have bad races now. Maybe it makes me over think things but im not really sure. I juust want to be good again so i can kick some ass out there. any suggestions?
ugggghh
RE: How does adderall effect running performance? 12/11/2008 8:40PM - in reply to i know mother clucker Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

i know mother clucker wrote:

first, it works great for a while ... then very gradually it starts to wear off and you need more.

growth hormone drops - or growth hormone receptors get blocked
your adrenals wear out - heart doesn't pump as hard (lower stroke volume)
somewhere in there your testosterone drops to extreme low normal after ~1 year.
no interest in sex - or you always have a softie.
no desire to exercise - you stay focused on school, work, etc. no need to "run around"
when your adrenals burn out, you end up tired, unmotivated, depressed and soft - no muscle.
****

long term adderall use is bad news, don't take it unless your adhd is causing you a lot of trouble.


Please do not spew out this misinformation without at the very least citing a source.
Lieutenant Inattentive
RE: How does adderall effect running performance? 12/11/2008 8:43PM - in reply to AdamBirkenhauer Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I'm not doctor, but what happens if you go off the Adderall for a few days? If you can handle that, maybe it's worth the experiment to see what it does to your running?

There's also this newer drug called Vyvanse which is supposed to have fewer side effects for most people. I'm curious about it.

http://www.askdrjones.com/blog/vyvanse-new-treatment-for-adhd/
deekr
RE: How does adderall effect running performance? 12/11/2008 11:10PM - in reply to Lieutenant Inattentive Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
It should have no impact on your running performance, either positive or negative -- except that if you use it within 7 days of a USATF meet you will get a 2 year drug suspension if you don't have a TUE (Theraputic Use Exemption) from the US Anti-Doping Agency.

I have a daughter who uses ritalin (essentially say drug) and that never impacted her running performance, except that if she suddenly discontinued taking ritalin to enter a USATF meet, the sudden withdrawal did hurt her running performance for the next two weeks or so. Then she was back to normal racing wise. She eventually applied for and received a TUE for ritalin so she didn't need to stop using it before a USATF competition. This TUE is very difficult to obtain. She had to provide a strong medical justification / need going back quite some time period (over 100 pages of doctor documentation was submitted).