I have a client who is on Adderall, when she takes her meds she loses her appettite due to the suppressive nature of the meds. As such she will go all day without eating then binge at night once the meds wear off. Has anyone had to deal with a similar situation? If so what did you do? Where you successful? Thanks
There several strategies for eating while taking Adderall. While it may be too obvious to mention, has the client discussed this with their physician/clinician. They may be able to have the dose reduced and thus the effect on appetite reduced. They should not do this without approval from the attending doctor. And there are alternatives to Adderall. Again a discussion for their doctor.
Then there is forced eating. Scheduled meals eaten whether they feel like it or not. This is especially important for post workout regimen. Skipping eating after exercise is actually detrimental to muscle mass. They can use a protein supplement if it helps them, but try to get them to have a prepared meal of about 20 – 30 grams of high quality protein and 40 – 60 grams of quality carbs immediately after their workouts. Some people will suggest snacking which is pretty much small serving forced eating.
There are appetite stimulants. But I don’t like the idea of taking another drug to conteract the first drug. They are called orexigenics. I don’t recommend them. But that is my personal opinion to a point.
Lastly, be supportive. Try not to sound judgemental or authoritative when encouraging eating with this client.