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Re: Ritalin? Really? KathrynLex

Posted by chemist on April 20, 2004, at 13:25:47

In reply to Ritalin? Really?, posted by KathrynLex on April 20, 2004, at 12:54:51

> Hi Guys,
>
> I've just been prescribed Ritalin. I don't know anything about this med, except that it's often prescribed for ADD.
>
> I currently take 20 mgs of Lexapro (for anxiety and depression)and 150 mgs of Wellbutrin, but have zero energy. I saw my pdoc this morning and he wants to replace the Wellbutrin with Ritalin.
>
> My pdoc told me that if it does any of the following I should stop taking it:
>
> -causes insomnia
> -increases anxiety
> -makes me feel jittery
> -makes me hyper
>
> Can anyone tell me how Ritalin makes you feel after you take it? What does it do for you attention span and energy levels? What are some of the most common side effects? I would really appreciate hearing other peoples experiences.
>
> Thanks!
>
> K.

hi k....ritalin will ``calm down,'' if you will, a person who truly has ADD (usually) thanks to a phenomena known as the paradoxical effect (you give someone a CNS but they don't get wired). a ``normal'' person would be - as advertised by your doc - jittery, restless, and have problems with sleep. ritalin is also use just as in your case, when you are taking something or have mood problems (e.g. depression) that cause you to lose focus or be generally out of it. dexedrine and adderall are the 2 other most commonly prescribed CNS in this regard. you can expect increased attention span, jitters at the outset of treatment, dry mouth, and you can avoid sleeping problems by dosing early in the day. hope this helps, and all the best, chemist


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