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#1 UmmaGumma

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 12:02 PM

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I have posted this in another forum but I wanted to share it with this forum as well. Because of fibromyalgia, I suffered horribly from IBS, both constipation and diarrhea--but mostly constipation. The pain has been so intense that I have vomited and almost passed out. I tried laxatives, fiber tablets, exercising, just about everything under the sun.And then about three years ago, my psychiatrist put me on Adderall for treatment-resistant depression and chronic fatigue. And then I realized I no longer suffered from IBS because Adderall makes you go to the bathroom. Once you take it, if you have anything in your bowels, you will easily go to the restroom in only a matter of minutes. I do not like to take the Adderall every day as prescribed because it is a stimulant. However, if I feel an IBS flare-up coming on, I will pop the Adderall and in a matter of minutes I can get relief without having to endure any excrutiating pain. It even relieves narcotic-induced constipation.The only downside to this medication is that doctors will not prescribe it simply for IBS. Also, if you have a heart condition, it may be a little too risky to take. Adderall is prescription amphetamine and is mostly presribed for ADD/ADHD. I believe the reason it works so well is because I read somewhere that medications that affect the central nervous system are effective for treating IBS. Naturally, being a stimulant, Adderall fits into that category. I can now eat and drink anything I want without painful consequences.


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#2 rosiep

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 01:18 PM

This is not the first time I've heard about this. I have a friend, who when she gets really constipated, pops one of her son's adderall and she says it works every time!

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 02:42 PM

rosiep - Your friend could be playing with fire by taking a serious prescription drug without it being prescribed for her! She is being irresponsible and not teaching her son any good habits by stealing his medication.Has she read the potential side effects of Adderall? Just because it helps her IBS symptoms doesn't make it necessarily 'safe' for her to take. She should talk to a doctor!
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#4 Kathleen M.

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 03:08 PM

Many medications have GI side effects and sometimes that makes someone's IBS better depending on their symptoms and the side effects. On the other hand they can make other people's IBS worse depending on their symptoms and the side effects they get.Every treatment has risks and benefits and often taking something for another disease or problem is not a good idea for IBS alone because the risks outweigh the benefits of the side effect.Taking other people's prescriptions or getting something on the black market is not a safe way to deal with any illness.Things that are stimulating to the nervous system as a whole often do stimulate the nerves controlling the colon to make it more active. This is why caffeine, a legal stimulant, is sometimes helpful.Stimulants do tend to increase heart rate and blood pressure because they are, well, stimulating as the category name would suggest. Many of them also carry a risk for addiction as well.K.
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Posted 05 March 2008 - 03:25 PM

I'm so happy for you Umma.
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-->IBS INDUCED BY NSAIDS NAPROXEN
-->NSAIDS YOU SUCKS!!!
-Permanent discomfort/cecum&sigmoid stuck/trapped gas-
---->IBS-Type constipation normal transit time(diagnose with non-relaxing puborectalis december 2005)
--->Pubic nevralgia
***WORST PERMANENTLY SINCE RIFAXIMIN

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 06:06 PM

Umma,do you have a lot of trapped gas?And what happen to them...
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-->IBS INDUCED BY NSAIDS NAPROXEN
-->NSAIDS YOU SUCKS!!!
-Permanent discomfort/cecum&sigmoid stuck/trapped gas-
---->IBS-Type constipation normal transit time(diagnose with non-relaxing puborectalis december 2005)
--->Pubic nevralgia
***WORST PERMANENTLY SINCE RIFAXIMIN

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 08:47 AM

I had read the case report about this drug helping one pelvic pain patient.Well i had a sample of Aderall and took a tiny dose yesterday and i end up having acute sigmoid pain and had to take enema....I was naive to think it help IBS.
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-->IBS INDUCED BY NSAIDS NAPROXEN
-->NSAIDS YOU SUCKS!!!
-Permanent discomfort/cecum&sigmoid stuck/trapped gas-
---->IBS-Type constipation normal transit time(diagnose with non-relaxing puborectalis december 2005)
--->Pubic nevralgia
***WORST PERMANENTLY SINCE RIFAXIMIN

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 05:52 PM

Ironically, I found this thread because I Googled "IBS Adderall" to look for any indication that Adderall could irritate or intensify IBS. I have been taking Adderall for years and have never had the "rapid clean-out" effect the original poster describes. It does make me nauseous if I take it on an empty stomach, however. My husband prompted me to wonder whether this could be connected with my IBS's recent advance to continual nausea. I'm just beginning to look into that, but the Adderall definitely does not help my IBS. During the time I've been taking Adderall, my IBS has advanced from a once-monthly, couple-hour bout of severe symptoms synced to my hormonal cycle to continual nausea and pain (currently stopped with Librax, but recurring as soon as I miss a dose) and severe, constant limitations to the foods I can eat. As a final touch of black humor, the Librax, even at one dose/day, substantially affects my concentration and complex thinking ability. I feel like I used to on a "thinking through mud" day before I ever heard of Adderall - and that's with me still taking Adderall.

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 12:36 PM

Do adderall competitors like ritalin have the same effect? Anyone know?

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 02:35 PM

This is the most ridiculous solution I've ever heard. Adderall is NOT a laxative and is NOT meant to be taken for this and NO doctor in the world would EVER prescribe it for that!! It is MOST CERTAINLY NOT the best solution as a LARGE percentage of Adderall users, including MYSELF, suffer from moderate to severe CONSTIPATION due to the medication. Everyone is different as one of the others who replied stated. Absolutely absurd blog.



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 09:18 PM

In my experience at least, "Adderall makes you go to the bathroom" has certainly not held up as true. I've been prescribed Adderall XR 15 mg BID and, If anything, I think it causes my bowel movements to be more formed, solid, and has almost completely ameliorated my abdominal pain. I think it might have something to do with it just making me happier overall and reducing my anxiety/sadness, and also making me more mobile/active. My IBS is/was predominantly abdominal pain and cramping when going to the bathroom, not really true D. In addition, Adderall significantly helps with my tendency to just constantly eat and eat non-stop, which probably plays a huge role in improving symptoms as well.

 

I'm taking a break from Adderall right now because I'm on summer break from nursing school (with something like Adderall, taking occasional breaks or even "off-days" can be important), and I'm starting to see a recurrance of abdominal pain again. I think the mind-gut connection (things like serotonin, etc) probably has a lot to do with it.

 

Adderall can pretty significantly dehydrate you, so especially if you have D, make sure you hydrate (drink slightly diluted Gatorade or something).

 

Best wishes!


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#12 Benzo Belly

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 06:47 PM

Stimulants are amazing when used responsibly!  I haven't tried Adderall, but the other stims I've used work wonders for constipation.  Instant relief too.  Even strong coffee does the trick, albeit with some discomfort and urgency. 

 

Of course, everyone's different.  Never know what works until you try it. 







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