01-12-2011 11:41 PM
01-03-2013 01:44 PM
I just googled "does adderall lower blood sugar" and your post popped up. I have similar circumstances as yours and also pump with an animas pump. My blood sugar is not as well controlled as yours but, the adderall has a significant effect on my glucose readings. I had to lower my basal rates during the day. I experience alot of "dawn phenomenon" and taking adderall has decreased the frequency of that occurrence. My A1C went from a 9 to a 7 in 2 months, and that two months were the ones that I began the adderall treatment.
I also asked my endo about it and he had no answers, but he has had other patients who said the same thing. It is pretty cool and weird at the same time.
I am glad that you posted what you did. At least I am not the only one that has experienced the change!
01-03-2013 05:44 PM - edited 01-03-2013 05:48 PM
Editing to add: original post is from 2011
have been T1 over 40 years.
I have been on a pump for over 3 years.
I have been on generic adderall for about 2 years.
The prescribing practitioner warned me that adderall could cause hypoglycemia, because a primary side effect is that it suppresses your appetite. As I explained to her, hypoglycemia due to "not eating" should not happen, as I take bolus insulin based on the amount of carbs I am going to eat.
A welcome side effect FOR ME was that I did indeed lose weight. This weight loss has affected the amount of basal insulin that I need, and I have reduced the amount I take overall.
if I were having multiple episodes of hypoglycemia, I would start by doing a basal test ( see instructions in the shaded area at the top of this forum) to see if I needed to make adjustments. If I wanted to know if the adderall was somehow causing the lows, I would still start with a basal test And make sure those rates were correct. Then I would do ANOTHER basal test but omit the adderall that day.
I've learned it is very typical for both basal rates and insulin:carb ratios to need adjustments from time to time.
01-04-2013 12:04 PM
I did find this article on Adderall and Diabetes. If it affects Type 2's then you would surely think it would affects Type 1's.
Under the Disease interactions, click on the word Diabetes. Hope this gives you information you can then pass on to your doctor(s). Doing the basel test should help you also so you can find out if you're working with the correct basel for your body, then go from there. Good luck!
01-05-2013 12:26 AM
It seems that you have a lot of people that agree with you that Adderall does indeed affect blood sugar levels. I am also going to say you may need to have more than one basal such as one for when you are on Adderall and another for night when you are not on Adderall. Basal testing is certainly in order here and also remember thatt you can have several basals depending on what you are doing at the time and also depending on what medications you are on at the time as well. Wishing you the best.
a Deaf person with Diabetes.
05-17-2013 02:28 AM
I completely agree with you!!!.... I think that you are right there is definitely a correlation I am not technically diabetic, but am prediabetic. I was just telling my grandma the other day that I felt the adderall was helping somehow with blood sugar control, because I stopped taking it for 3 days due to me forgetting it on my way to go see friends for 3 days the minute i got back though started taking my adderall XR again the next day I felt so much better there is some kind of mechanism of action I think and I think it has to do with the glucose counteregulatoy hormones -(epinephrine, GH, Thyroxine, Glucocorticoids, and G....) the adderall I saw increases levels of dopamine and serotonin as well as norepnephrine. I read though that the dopamine makes something called MOA-? More sensitive and I believe that could have some affect as well. I take adderall XR 2x daily 20mg each. There is something going on at first i though maybe I had some kind of mild SIADH, but still am not sure I could almost swear it has something to do with the hormone and possibly the adrenal medulla portion of the brain. I hope this helps you as well as encourages you to seek even more answers. There is definitely some correlation and I believe with adderrall if you have some kind of DM1 DM2 or insulin resistance it will work either in one direction or the other (this is why some people think it causes hyperglycemia and i believe for them that is prb true i think it just depends the direction it takes in the body) just like the side effects claim it can cause euphoria or depression it just I think is how your body fires off and uses those hormones in relation to the evels in the body. It has been helping me and I havent felt this good since I dont know when.
Also I think i saw where if the MOA was more sensitized then it would supress hepatic production of more glucose in glycogen storage meaning less build up in the live which is what people with the insulin resistance deal a lot with and most will take metformin as an oral hypoglycemic and this drug has a similer method of action.
05-17-2013 12:23 PM
I think your 1st theory could be correct. You may even be more active while on it, without noticing it. I would just continue to try to adjust my bolus and/or basal accordingly - maybe even do new basal and bolus testing while on Adderall. (I know how vital the med. is for genuine ADHD. )
I don't think the 2nd theory is correct because both of my kids have used Adderall for years, and both have Hashimoto's. They are now 18 and 22 years old. Their thyroid has always been low. They have been on Adderall for more than 10 years, and will probably be on it for life. Their Hashimoto's was diagnosed about 7 years ago. The two are totally unrelated for them.
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