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I take Adderall 10mg i'm doing good on it except i can't sleep geodon (ziprasidone) 60mg isn't working anymore what's a good sleep medicine that will work quickly?

Depends : From your information it looks as if you been diagnosed with more than just adhd and that the insomnia preceded the use of adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). In general that low dose taken in the am does not usually cause sleep issues in an adult although it might aggravate existing issues. It is also contraindicated to be taking the additional meds you have listed at the same time. Need visit with provider. ...Read more

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Idiopathic (Definition)

An idiopathic medical condition is one of unknown or obscure cause. In some conditions, there may be known causes as well. For example, themajority of glaucoma cases are idiopathic (unknown cause), but there are some cases related to eye ...Read more


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Does Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) work for idiopathic hypersomnia?

Does Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) work for idiopathic hypersomnia?

It might: Stimulants are often used to help treat disorders of excessive sleep. One potential difficulty is the possibility of becoming tolerant to the effects over time. I would recommend you seek out a sleep disorder clinic and let them guide in with respect to best treatment practices. ...Read more

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I have had idiopathic hypersomnia for years. OSA negative. Was prescribed Nuvigil, insurance denied it. Am on 20 mg Adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) but still fall asleep during the day for HOURS. Wake up feeling awful-HELP?

I have had idiopathic hypersomnia for years. OSA negative. Was prescribed Nuvigil, insurance denied it. Am on 20 mg Adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) but still fall asleep during the day for HOURS. Wake up feeling awful-HELP?

May be on wrong dose: If the adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) that you take is a tablet, then it is only designed to last 4-6 hours. So if your mornings, are super and alert but the afternoons are sleep city then you should visit with your doctor about either an xr capsule that lasts 10-12 hours or adding a second tablet about lunchtime. Nuvigil is still the rx of choice, so if your dr submits a PA with a dx of narcolepsy and the sleep study, ...Read more

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Took sleep test, diagnosed w/ idiopathic hypersomnia. Take Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & Nuvigil. Any suggestions for how to improve wakefulness w/o more meds?

Took sleep test, diagnosed w/ idiopathic hypersomnia. Take Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & Nuvigil. Any suggestions for how to improve wakefulness w/o more meds?

Great question!: You may consider using vitamin B12, sublingually (under the tongue) Nuvigil is a stinulant used for excessive sleepiness. What is the cause of your sleepiness? Adressing the underlying problem is usually the best option.
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How much Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is needed for hypersomnia?

How much Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is needed for hypersomnia?

Perhaps none.: Choosing a treatment for sleepiness, fatigue, narcolepsy, etc, depends upon several factors- underlying issues, related conditions, prior attempts at treatment, activity potential/level, &more. I doubt i would use Adderall at all. If med is appropriate, consider Nuvigil first; vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is another possibility. But you need expert professional help to get a solid diagnosis & optimal treatment. ...Read more

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I have severe ADHD & hypersomnia. I recently became pregnant. I was on adderall, nuvigil, & vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). Is anything safe to continue? I am struggling...

Prregnancy ADHD meds: I see that you have a diagnosis hypersomnia. Has this is been evaluated by an overnight polysomnogram? If it has not, that should be to make sure that the cause is not apnea which would be safely treated with CPAP in pregnancy and which is not uncommonly a cause for adhd symptoms. Unfortunately, in spite of the many years of use of adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) we do not have an adequate Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) safety registry so as to advise clearly regarding the use of adderallduring pregnancy. This will need to be discussed between you, your psychiatrist or sleep medicine physician, and your gynecologist. I wish i could provide youwith more detailed information, but unfortunately it is not available. Best wishes for a happy new year and a happy healthy baby. ...Read more

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I am on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for hypersomnia and take it as soon as i wake up, but it is causing insomnia. Will it eventually stop causing insomnia?

Sleep study?: If you are taking this for day-time somnulance then you may need a change in dose, a change to the release form of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or a different medication. However if you have not had a sleep study yet - that would be important. ...Read more

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Can Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) cause insomnia in someone who has hypersomnia?

Yes: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is a potent stimulant used to treat attention deficit disorders, sleep disorders, depression, etc. It can reverse hypersomnia and even cause insomnia. ...Read more

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34 female, For MDD/bipolar on 450mg WellbutrinXL, 100mg Lamictal, 150mg Topamax, and 0.5mg of Klonopin. Fioricet and Percocet 10mg PRN for migraines, and Vyvanse & adderall for hypersomnia. Trying to loose weight, dieting, exercise not working..HELP?

34 female, For MDD/bipolar on 450mg WellbutrinXL, 100mg Lamictal, 150mg Topamax, and 0.5mg of Klonopin. Fioricet and Percocet 10mg PRN for migraines, and Vyvanse & adderall for hypersomnia. Trying to loose weight, dieting, exercise not working..HELP?

Use up the calories!: Anything that uses energy (calories) will help one lose weight, as long as she DOES NOT eat or drink back more calories than she uses up. Examples: if walking, take longer route; use stairs instead of elevators; take several trips to and from the car when unloading groceries; walk the kids to school; at home skip dessert and go walk around the block instead. Must take in fewer calories than used. ...Read more

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29 year-old woman who has been suffering malocclusion and tinnitus since a facial fracture 5 years ago, is now looking for her first surgical.....?

29 year-old woman who has been suffering malocclusion and tinnitus since a facial fracture 5 years ago, is now looking for her first surgical.....?

Team treatment: Patient suffered dental and skeletal displacement and fractures. These anatomic malrelationship said have to be restored to normal for resolution of am atomic malrelationship said. Team should be assembled chaired by both an Orthodontist and an Oral surgeon who communicate well with each other and who have a track record of treating Orthognathic cases. Team should also include ENT, neurologist, general physician, perhaps a periodontist, and a restorative dentist. But most important, align upper teeth to upper jaw, lower teeth to lower jaw, then properly align jaws to rest of Craniofacial-facial structures and to each other. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia. Adderal is not consistently effective. Why? Is there something else more effective?

Right for you: The most effectiveedicstion is the one that works for you. Every human is truly an individual. Talk with your doctor about how the Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is working for you. We are here to help you. ...Read more

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I live with my parent's because of medical expenses. Neither seems to understand Idiopathic Hypersomnia at all and will not research it. What to do?

I live with my parent's because of medical expenses.  Neither seems to understand Idiopathic Hypersomnia at all and will not research it. What to do?

Ideopathic means: that the cause of your excessive sleeping has not been discovered yet, as you may know. Please seek a second opinion if you have not done so. Consider side effects of medication, depression, poor diet, as factors. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it possible to miss work from hypersomnia?

Is it possible to miss work from hypersomnia?

Hypersomnia: Hypersomnia if it causes excessive distress, and not being able to function personally, socially and work
then you may be eligible. ...Read more

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Is nuvigil effective for idiopathic hypersomnia?

Yes: Nuvigil is a central nervous system stimulant and can be effective for hypersomnia (sleepiness) of any origin including idiopathic hypersomnia. The response to Nuvigil is different in different individuals. ...Read more

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Can you have "idiopathic insomnia with physiological hypersomnia"?

Can you have "idiopathic insomnia with physiological hypersomnia"?

Insomnia: Yes. Oftentimes insomnia can cause or be effect of hypersomnia conditions. Caution because idiopathic insomnia is very rare and may be the effect of another underlying sleep disorder specifically if hypersomnia is present. If concerned please contact your pcp or sleep specialist because formal testing can be very helpful to weed this out and is generally not done in people with only insomnia. ...Read more

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