Posted by Bekka H. on January 8, 2002, at 1:14:07
In reply to Re: Motivation/Focusing Problems on Provigil » Bekka H., posted by Mark H. on January 7, 2002, at 20:42:04
The memory problems you describe sound similar to what I experienced on Dexedrine and Ritalin. I don't know whether those two stimulants actually impair short term memory, or whether they cause you to focus so much that you are able to ignore everything else, including items in your memory! I was on Dexedrine for a few years, and then I was on various forms of methylphenidate for a while. I had always prided myself on my memory, and I was very upset to see my memory failing me. It was much worse, of course, if I hadn't had enough sleep, but even a good night's sleep didn't cure the problem. Now I am not on stimulants, although I might go back to them at some point, but I have noticed that my short term memory has significantly improved in just a few weeks.
You also mentioned some problems you experienced today after having resumed Ritalin. I am not a physician, and I should not presume to tell you what to do, but I do want to mention that I did a lot of "medicine hopping" this past summer, and it made me worse. Of course, I had to do some hopping to find out what was right for me, but when I switched meds from one day to the next, I felt as if I was going nuts, and I decided it wasn't good for my brain. In addition, I broke out in all kinds of rashes during that time. Again, I'm not a physician, but I often think that dermatologic problems are the visible manifestations of internal problems, and my skin seemed to reflect the upheaval that I was causing by constantly switching meds. I took the rashes as a sign that I was overdoing it. My brain felt fried during that time, my memory was impaired and I couldn't focus, even though the medicines I was hopping to and from were medicines that help focusing. Perhaps the medicines had longer half lives than I thought, and they were potentiating each other. Again, I know you have to try different medicines and different combinations to find out what's right for you, but I found there was a limit to the number of different compounds I could tolerate within a given span of time. I'll try to write more in a few days. I hope things are better for you.