Your Questions About Adhd Symptoms In Adults

Helen asks…

What do we do when adult ADHD meds made my husband’s blood pressure too high?

My husband’s Dr. tried putting him on Adderall for his adult ADHD and although it really helped with his ADHD symptoms it made his blood pressure too high. The Dr. tried him on a couple other medications with the same result. In the end the Dr. told us he didn’t recommend medication because of the effect it was having on my husbands heart.

We’ve tried treating the ADHD naturally with diet and natural supplements but had little to no success. He has a lot of symptoms but the one that is really taking a toll on me, our finances and our marriage is the impulsiveness. I have known him for so long that I know exactly where he ends and ADHD begins. I can tell of I’m talking to him or the ADHD. If you don’t have ADHD or live with a loved one that has it you probably cannot wrap your mind around this but this question isn’t for you. I just don’t know what to do and this whole situation is breaking both our hearts in the meantime. I’m honestly scared at this point.

I’m a health food nut who has been very anti medication in the past but I have been through so much with my husband these past five years that I am completely humble at this point and willing to accept that I don’t have all the answers. I feel like I have exhausted all my resources but I am just hoping that someone out there that has adult ADHD or a loved one with it has something that worked for them.

So what has worked for you? Have any of you had problems with medication and blood pressure? Have any of you heard about NEW medication options for people with this reaction to meds? Any natural options that really worked for you?

Please do not answer this if you are anti-med or don’t believe that ADD exists. I was once like you but frankly you just have no f***ing idea.

barry jennings answers:

Is your husband on medication to control his BP? If so it may need increased or changed. If not, why? If the Dr wants to take him off medication without trying a different BP medication or a higher dose then you need to see a different Dr. I know my husband was on a medication for a different problem but it raised his BP to stroke or heart attack level and he had to get off the medication but it was for a different problem and the Dr tried everything but could not get his BP down. Have you searched the net for meds for him that do not cause high BP? Sometimes the Drs don’t know what to do and you have to find an answer yourself. Have you talked to a pharmacist, they know so much more about medications & side effects than Doctors. Speak with your pharmacist, I’m always getting information from mine about meds. He can tell you of any new meds & side effects and what may be best to keep your husband’s BP down.

Susan asks…

I show all the symptoms of ADHD. Will a doctor be less likely to prescribe me medication because i smoked?

So I’ve been doing alot of research into ADHD because I saw a small questionaire in a medical magazine about adult ADHD while I was at the doctors office with my wife on an unrelated visit. Every single thing I’ve read so far about behaviors I would have exhibited as a child and would continue to exhibit are extremely apparent to me. I can’t concentrate on studying until the night before something is due, I’m impulsive (Big Lots is my enemy, I can’t get out of there without buying six useless things. I also married my wife after 9 months of dating without there being any situational pressure involved [i don’t regret this decision in any way, but it’s definitely “impulsive”]).

So I’ve made a doctor’s appointment to go see if I have ADHD and can possibly get some medication to help make my life flow more smoothly.

The only thing I can see being a potential problem is that I started smoking when I was 16 and smoked a pack a day until I met my wife and gave it up for her. Not to say smoking is hard to quit for everybody, but quitting has been hard as hell. Not just the habit part, I got over that fine, it was trying to get off of nicotine gum too because of how I could concentrate when I was using it. I’ve seen alot of articles on how undiagnosed ADHD persons have a propensity to start and have a harder time quitting smoking than most.

What I’m wondering is if a doctor could interpret my personal history in such a way to see my inquiry into medication as an illegitimate attempt to get a prescription stimulant.

I’m 19 with an Associates degree and a 3.97 GPA so I’m not a “stupid druggie.” I was also home-schooled for my entire childhood so no experienced teachers could observe me and recommend I see a doctor in regards to ADHD.

barry jennings answers:

Smoking cigarettes will not interfere at all. It’s irrelevant. If you are diagnosed with ADHD, then they have to help you. It’s a condition that can severely interfere with your life, so it’s important to get it treated. Smoking has nothing to do with it. Having ADHD can cause a lot of stress. Not being able to study, focus or finish things on time, especially on urgent matters, creates a great deal of stress. Perhaps that’s why you resorted to smoking. And yeah, ADHD makes it harder to quit too. But its something you have to deal with so you can live a better life. And smoking doesn’t make you a “stupid druggie”. It’s a hard addiction to get over. Plus, yes medication for ADHD can be habit forming, but the psychiatrist that gives them to you always monitors your doses. And pharmacies are very strict about those too. I think you only have 24 hours to bring in the prescription or it expires. If they suspect any abuse, they will take you off the meds. But you should definitely think about quitting, its very unhealthy. If you do have ADHD and you get it treated, it will probably be a little easier to quit. But you have to make a serious effort, its still gonna be really hard. Hope this helps.

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