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Offline NycJoe

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Ritalin Question
« on: August 01, 2014, 08:55:59 AM »
My doc and psych have come to the conclusion that I either have adult ADD or some cognitive decline due to the meds. Either way I have a low dose script for Ritalin (5mg).  I don't know why but I am worried about taking it.  Being too jittery, talking too much etc.  Anyone have any experience with this drug?  Just want to know what your experience was and side effects.



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Re: Ritalin Question
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2014, 09:25:11 AM »
I take a similar drug, now for about 2 years. I have been HIV+ for 6 years.  50 years old.
I take it for ADD identified at this time. Specifically to help me stick to a task and focus.
It works great.
My drug is time-released.  I found that I really must take it earlier in the day otherwise I may have problems falling asleep at night. Also, I am sure there is more teeth grinding when I sleep, though it was something I did before I got the drug anyway, it increased.
I don't feel jittery during the day. I felt a huge difference in focus, at first. Now less so after time. Also I have in different dosages and 5, 10, and 20.  I used to take the 20 most days but now I almost always take just 5.

I wonder if it will be different in effect if your diagnosis is ADD or "cognitive decline" because those 2 things seem pretty different. If I were you I guess I would want the docs to determine which is the diagnosis, anyway.  Maybe how you react to the ritalin will help show what the diagnosis is...

I think you will like the drug.  ;D
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Re: Ritalin Question
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2014, 09:43:13 AM »
Thanks for the info Mecch.  The psychiatrist said that ritalin works for either diagnosis and I am getting an MRI and a neuro workup which is good.

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Re: Ritalin Question
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2014, 09:47:05 AM »
My docs prescribed that drug off label for my fatigue issues and then tried another similar when I didn't like the side effects . I never really gave the side effects a chance level out but only tried taking a half dose for a few days and stopped taking it . I think it didn't mix well with my thyroid meds because it really agitated me and made me jumpy and anxious so ditched it ... maybe too early . My point is maybe adjusting the dose and give it some time my be the best course .

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Re: Ritalin Question
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2014, 11:47:49 AM »
Also I take a different molecule:  dexmethylphenidate
ritalin is methylphenidate
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Re: Ritalin Question
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2014, 03:52:29 PM »
Hey Joe,

I have been taking Ritalin for over a decade with no problems.  I take a slow release in the morning and have 10mg fast acting, that I can take in the afternoon, if I need it.  It was prescribed to me because I take large doses of antidepressant/antianxiety drugs and I had horrible fatigue.  What the Ritalin does is to increase your ability to focus and concentrate and at least for me, I do not get any jittery or speedy feelings from the drug.

I would suggest you try the drug, taking it in the morning and see how it affects you.  You can always alter the dose or change the type (fast acting, slow release) if what you have is not meeting your needs.

I think you will find the addition of this drug to be very helpful for you.


Offline NycJoe

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Re: Ritalin Question
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2014, 07:23:57 PM »
Thank you Joe and everyone else who responded.  I feel better about it now and notice a new calmness about myself on a stimulant.  Who knew?




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