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Re: what options besides stims for focus and energy? krazy kat

Posted by Ritch on May 17, 2002, at 22:36:46

In reply to what options besides stims for focus and energy?, posted by krazy kat on May 17, 2002, at 14:41:18

> I know this has been answered, but I can't find it. Probably because I can't focus.;)
> I'm getting worried. The first few days on Ritalin my focus and energy were better with minimal side effects. I am trying Concerta next week, so I AM hopeful that will work, but right now, I go into weeping fits as soon as the dose is going down, and I'm paranoid most of the rest of the time. Also, the focus is not nearly as good.
> What are the other options for people who are stim-intolerant? (Besides AD's?) I must have something to offset Depakote's effects.
> Thanks!
> - kk

Hi KK,

I don't know if you have tried this or not, but, have you considered adding SAMe to the Depakote? I am saying this because I have been tinkering with it off and on, and my mood charts definitely show an energy upswing on the days I am taking it. Another possible option would be adding that oft talked about T3/T4 thyroid augmentation. Another..option would be to *displace* some of the Depakote you are currently taking (2G, yes?) with some Neurontin instead (esp. since you have some OCD/anx. probs, etc.). You might go even further and *displace* even more Depakote with a little Klonopin. Could you possibly get by with Depakote ER 500mg 2x daily (i.e.), with some Neurontin, Klonopin, and SAMe? Dunno. Stuff to think about. See ya in a few days.





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