I am familiar with Vyvanse, which I assume is the same medication.
First, there are a variety of dosages. Rather than mess with your pills and cutting them or emptying them, why not just have your doctor prescribe a lower dosage? That makes no sense.
Opening the pills and removing some was my doctor's advice. And it is still the best choice for me since I have more control over my dosage that way.
Further, to say that the effect of ADHD medication is to "Shut down" the brain (or to say it of anti-psycotics) is more than misleading, it is completely incorrect.
You misquoted me, but what I wrote was my experience, and the experience of others. I lost most of my creative ability, which gave me the ability to focus, but at a cost that should at least be recognized. It shut down my impulse center.
For a more reliable understanding of what ADHD medications do, it is best to check the manufacturer's website or consult your doctor.
This is simply a ridiculous statement and this type of thinking is why I bothered to write anything on this subject in the first place. These medicines are arriving so fast that the majority of doctors have little more than the same marketing materials that you have on their effects. I doubt that your doctor was involved in the testing of these drugs, and while as a doctor they do have an understanding of the human body, don't assume that they understand them completely. I'm not trying to insult doctors, but they are only human. The idea that you can get useful information from a drug manufacturers website is amazingly naive and laughable. I am not saying that drug manufacturers would knowingly or intentionally lie or mislead the public about the medications they offer, but they are still involved in a business. Realize that these websites are promotional tools. They are created by the marketing team, not the research team. They can be a good source of basic information, but you shouldn't ever believe their claims over the experiences of people taking the medications. Many decades ago a drug company released a new drug that they claimed would cure all dependence on morphine! It was called heroin. I hope you can see my point. Do your own research and use common sense.
Basically, some time ago, it was found that stimulants for people with ADHD had a different reaction than expected. The stimulants helped the patients focus more, thus relieving many of the problems focusing during cognitive learning and functioning.
If one has ADHD, a dosage that is too high could actually result in somnolence, whereas if someone else took the medication, they may feel speedy.
I'll repeat myself, I don't buy this at all. This something that has been said for quite some time, and has been used as a "scientific" justification for giving children stimulents. I believe what is occuring is simply dependance. When I took my medication daily and regularly I had the effects that you describe an ADHD sufferer would have. While now, I take my medication sporatically, and the effects are often desirable, but often speedy. The idea that these medications have the exact opposite reaction in someone with ADHD that they would have in someone without ADHD is not true. I think that every parent should take the medication they are giving their children at least once. You may not be able to understand the long term impact that it has on your child by simply taking it once, but you will understand the intensity of these drugs. They have been beneficial to me in my life, but when I think back to my childhood, I know that I would have been much better off if my parents had understood the intensity of these drugs they were giving me. Besides, if you can't take something safely for a single day, then it can't be safe for your child to take every day.