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Old 10-01-2013, 09:37 AM
 
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Good friend of mine got a prescription for adderall a couple of weeks ago. She was told to take it every morning.

Then she suddenly tells me how great this prescription is. How she can take it late at night when she is having trouble studying, or in the afternoon during boring classes, etc. She raves about how much better it helps her focus.

Now, I'm no doctor, but to me someone who gets their prescription and immediately starts taking it at times they aren't supposed to, and raving about how great it is, seems like they are getting off to a bad start.

So I talked to her bluntly for a bit about how even legal prescription drugs can ruin people, and it's not something to just goof around with. It's not like coffee where you just take it when you need a boost or anything.

She got all mad and said she felt like she was being intervened upon or something. I told her I just wanted to make sure that she was healthy and that doctors' orders are there for a reason, but that didn't appease her.

So now she's pretty upset with me, but I'm standing by my decision to mention that.

Have I done the right thing, or does she have reason to be offended by what I said?
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Technically, she should be READING and FOLLOWING the instructions that came with the drug. Do you know for certain that she isn't supposed to be taking the drug at those different times (I'm not familiar with how that drug is administered).

If so, then hey, you did your part by reminding her that she's not taking it properly. Whether she should or shouldn't be offended is irrelevant to you. You can only vouch for your own actions and "shoulds".
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:12 AM
 
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Do you know for certain that she isn't supposed to be taking the drug at those different times (I'm not familiar with how that drug is administered).
Yup, she even admitted she's not supposed to be taking it at night but did it anyway... She said once a day in the morning.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:30 AM
 
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If she's taking more than the recommended dosage, then she'll run out before being able to get a refill. Actions will have their own consequences.

Adderall usage is huge on college campuses now.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Greenwood Village Colorado
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I have a friend who uses it for weight loss. She claims her family doc said she has ADD, which is a line of bull. Simply weight loss and energy.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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OP, your friend knows when she's supposed to be taking the medication, and she knows she's taking it at other times when it isn't prescribed. Unless she's incredibly stupid, she knows that taking more than the recommended amounts of ANY medication can have some very bad side effects. So you were telling her things that she most likely already knows. People hate that, especially when you tell them you're doing it for their own good. It does start to feel like an intervention. No one likes having their potentially self-destructive behavior pointed out to them, unless they had no clue that the behavior is potentially self-destructive.

So unless you're sure that your friend has no idea of the potential consequences of her actions, if you want to maintain the friendship you should probably MYOB.
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Old 10-01-2013, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I'm sure her doctor told her the side affects, when to take it, etc.

You've mentioned your "concerns'. Now it's all you can do. Unfortunately, if you keep pressing her about it, she will turn on you and your friendship more than likely will dissolve...

People do stupid things with their medications..
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:14 PM
 
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Maybe she's "all upset" with you because she'd hoped for your support, and maybe that you'd be exited for her to have found something that helps her so well. Even if she does take it the odd time when she shouldn't have, does that mean she'll forever more abuse them? Maybe she's angry that you don't trust her to do the right thing for herself.
It's good that you informed her of the side effects, now she knows, try not to be her keeper and question her about it anymore. You've said your piece, now she knows...just be happy for her now.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:18 PM
 
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SInce this topic is about the relationship, not about the health of the friend, it is moved to Non-Romantic Relationships.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:56 PM
 
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Good friend of mine got a prescription for adderall a couple of weeks ago. She was told to take it every morning.

Then she suddenly tells me how great this prescription is. How she can take it late at night when she is having trouble studying, or in the afternoon during boring classes, etc. She raves about how much better it helps her focus.

Now, I'm no doctor, but to me someone who gets their prescription and immediately starts taking it at times they aren't supposed to, and raving about how great it is, seems like they are getting off to a bad start.

So I talked to her bluntly for a bit about how even legal prescription drugs can ruin people, and it's not something to just goof around with. It's not like coffee where you just take it when you need a boost or anything.

She got all mad and said she felt like she was being intervened upon or something. I told her I just wanted to make sure that she was healthy and that doctors' orders are there for a reason, but that didn't appease her.

So now she's pretty upset with me, but I'm standing by my decision to mention that.

Have I done the right thing, or does she have reason to be offended by what I said?
MYOB. Its her health care and none of your business. When you get your Medical Degree you should then give her advise.
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