When I started taking Adderall about a year ago, I got the generic kind. I didn't care, I figured a drug is a drug, they're still required to qualify a certain amount of the active ingredients, right? But the side effects were terrible. The come down gave me headaches that "froze" my forehead (reminded me of the one time I did coke), and I got really agitated by people, loud noises, or anything that I didn't choose to concentrate on. When I switched to name brand, the difference was amazing. I only needed half as much for the same effect, and it gave me all good feelings -- everything was fine
Recently I switched insurance and can't afford the name brand (over $100, even w/insurance)... the generic is only five bucks. So I take the crappy generic, and though I don't get headaches anymore (probably as I've been on it over a year now), if I take more than 60mg a day I do get muscle stiffness & twitches in my forehead and eyes, and it feels kinda..."dirty" compared to name brand.
Has anyone else experienced this, or noticed differences?
What is the difference, chemically, that makes them feel different? I'm pretty sure it's not just in my head...
(doseage: im prescribed 30mg IR twice daily, but just take it as-needed. depending how tired i am, i take anywhere from 15-30mg on weekday mornings, then another 15mg after lunch, and if im still dragging, another 15mg a few hours later)