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MattH
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What are the issues with ADD meds and Lyme? Do they help? I know the side effects but am wondering if they help temporarily or hurt or non issue.

Specifically Adderall.

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I haven't stopped taking Adderall for the past 9 years, 5 of them in treatment.

I don't know of any issues, other than you don't really nap...

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I have been on Adderall for 4 years. Have had Lyme and co for three. There have been times when I took it just to make it through the day, because it gives me focus less and less.

I wonder if Adderall does not perhaps hinder healing though. Amphetamines are known to be related to higher levels of cortisol. Cortisol is a steroid. And steroids are bad for the treatment of Lyme and Co.

I Googled "amphetemines cortisol" and read the first link from nature.com returned. So it seems I formed this opinion based on facts some time back.

To boil it down: If I had not taken Adderall XR while in treatment, I might not have a job to support treatment. But if I had not, then perhaps I would be done with treatment now.

I have been cutting the does down over the last couple months. And while I am not a doctor I would not recommend starting it if you do not NEED to.

The bigger question is do people on ADD meds recover from Lyme?

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JMB,

That is why I asked the question. Focus is an issue but more so now.

I will explore other options first.

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Well it is obvious how much focus I have, and would explain why I started another thread a moment back. Appologies to all.

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Dear Friends,

ADD drugs are amphetamines, sometimes with a tranquilizer added to cut back on the "hyper" feelings produced by the amphetamine.

These drugs have serious, serious long-term consequences, including addiction, heart problems, as well as depression, suicidal thoughts, homicidal rages.

B vitamins can be a good handling for attention problems. Also, chlorella can also assist because it carries toxins out of the body instead of letting them recirculate.

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Cass A

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L-Theanine can do what adderall does, no?
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