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Re: paxil, ritalin, add, & addiction

Posted by SB on July 10, 1999, at 11:59:25

In reply to Re: paxil, ritalin, add, & addiction, posted by Cynthia on July 4, 1999, at 21:50:43

Hi Anna. I can certainly say that I have been there with pain medication. That is what started it all for me as far as dependency is concerned. Why are you on pain killers? What are you taking? With me, it was Hydrocodone. (Lortab, Vicodin, Lorcet, etc.) Cough syrup too. (Codiclear DH, Protuss, etc.) It became a nasty habit that got so bad that I pretty much hit bottom. I have known for years that I have ADD, and I know that many people with ADD that do not recieve treatment, medicate themselves with substances. The pain killers actually helped me concentrate, like a stimulant. And they kept me awake, not drowsy. Anyway, I feel good about my treatment and my Ritalin medication which I have taken as prescribed. The Ritalin has helped with my cravings and, for the most part, eliminated my impulsiveness. I hope you find what you are looking for in terms of your happiness. You may need to continue to see doctors until you find what works for you. Good luck.
> >Hi SB,
> I'm glad you're relating well to your psychiatrist and being responsible with your medications. It sounds like you really want to change. The best thing is, or the most hopeful thing is that psychiatrists use their medications to get patients to a 'good average' (this is what my previous psychiatrist told me). So I'm thinking people who feel a nice stable 'good' don't feel the need to do recreational drugs. For me, after about 10 days on paxil, I simply didn't drink again (no effort required). Just keep the channels of communication open with your psychiatrist (maybe your dose of ritalin isn't high enough for you).
> Me, I'm planning to make a doctor's appointment for the week of July 12 to find a new psychiatrist (I've moved cities). I've been putting this off for months because of one little tiny winy bad experience that filled me with incredible amounts of anxiety (not getting my dexedrine). Do you still party alot?
> Take care
> Cynthia




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