100 Days of Writing – Day Seventeen

Adventures in Living: Trying to treat ADD with meds, while at the same time, quit smoking – Day One

Here I am, at sixty-three years of age, dealing with two “situations” in my life: Attention Deficit Disorder and smoking cigarettes. I’ve tried a couple of prescription medications for both ADD and smoking without success. This is the beginning of yet another attempt to take care of the two, which in union, can my life unmanageable.

I addressed the ADD situation first, figuring if I got it under control, it would help with quitting smoking. The first non-stimulant prescription I was given did nothing but make me very sleepy. I was to have doubled the dose for the second week and I knew that’s something that would be difficult to tolerate. So I stopped that med after four days and waited until my next doctor appointment a couple of weeks later.

So the grand experiment continues with my next doctor visit and he decides we’ll try a generic form of Adderall, which is methamphetamine. Although I’ve only taken one dose of the new med, I’ve already noticed some relief from the heaviness of my ADD symptoms. The final verdict is not yet in, but I’m pleased with the early returns.

In the smoking arena, I have tried more than several times to stop smoking. I recently had a smoking friend who received a lung cancer diagnosis and this called me to action in once again attempting to find a solution. I didn’t start smoking until my mid-30s, but I realize on a daily basis that it’s detrimental to my physical health on so many fronts. Nicotine lozenges, patches, and four different attempts with the prescription drug Chantix left no long-lasting effects. I was able to stop smoking for four years at one point, but life issues cropped up and I was once again back on the smoking train.

I’ve determined with the new ADD meds on board, I’m ready to try once more to quit the hideous habit. I’ve gotten an ample supply of nicotine lozenges to once again tomorrow morning give it a go. I’m hoping that with the combination of meds to help with my ADD and smoking cessation, I’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone.

I do believe that the behavior characteristics of ADD and my smoking habit feed off one another. My mind is all over the place, here and there, and that can create a lot of anxious thoughts. My current solution to those thoughts is to go and smoke a cigarette. Since cigarettes are stimulants, they may be a short-term fix for those anxious thoughts. But of course, it’s there’s the domino effect where it’s one cigarette after another after another and then the cycle starts all over again.

I’ll try to document my progress along this journey, hoping it will offer some experience, strength, and hope to others who are dealing with either or both of these same issues.

Wish me luck.

Published by David Lee Moser

I am a sixty-three year old semi-retired elementary science teacher.

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