I Officially Have ADD and Narcolepsy, Trying New Medication

I know I haven’t posted in awhile, mainly due to procrastination and lack of ideas. I had my neuropsych evaluation about 2 weeks ago and got my results back last week. My neurologist told me that I have ADD on top of narcolepsy, which I pretty much already knew, but had to go through with the evaluation to be able to be prescribed stronger medication. I have inattentive type ADHD, which used to be called ADD before doctors combined ADD and ADHD into one diagnosis.

Inattentive symptoms include:

  • Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes
  • Has difficulty keeping attention during tasks or play
  • Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
  • Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace
  • Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities
  • Avoids or dislikes tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork)
  • Often loses toys, assignments, pencils, books, or tools needed for tasks or activities
  • Is easily distracted
  • Is often forgetful in daily activities
  • sluggishness
  • drowsiness
  • daydreaming

My doctor prescribed Vyvanse, which is a stimulant medication, and took me off of Provigil because it wasn’t working. Vyvanse is a reformulation of Adderall which lasts longer and has fewer side effects. It appears to be working a little better than the Provigil, but I am starting out on the lowest dose at the moment. I have only been taking it for a few days but I don’t feel as foggy as usual so I am hopeful that it is going to work pretty well for me, especially when I get to start taking a higher dosage.