Posted by bleauberry on October 18, 2009, at 13:42:27
In reply to Thinking about Ritilan, posted by cactus on October 18, 2009, at 0:03:25
> Since I have had a really good look at the meds that have help me over the years, which have been few. I have noticed that all of them involved dopamine to a certain extent.
You could maybe try tyrosine supplements. Start low, at say 75mg (which is FAR less than recommended on bottles) and work up from there. Don't expect sudden miracles. Studies showed results in the 3 to 6 week range. Too much too fast will give side effects such as too much coffee and headaches. I mention tyrosine because it is the precursor to dopamine.
Another precursor is Mucuna Pruriens, which supplies L-Dopa that converts to dopamine.
Ritalin is in a class all its own, so categorizing meds into "stimulants" or "dopamine meds" might not work. You will have to try all within each class. For example, the stimulant Adderall sends me into a deep depression, but the stimulant Ritalin lifts my mood quickly. They are both working on dopamine, but in different ways.
The closest thing I have felt to Ritalin was Milnacipran (Savella). While it is an AD in the rest of the world and a FM med in USA, and definitely not a stimulant, it had in my opinion a vaguely similar feel as Ritalin, almost as if they were cousins.
You could try a different brand of Rhodiola. Visiting other forums it becomes obvious that one brand is not the same as the next. Some give energy. Some give mood. Some do all of the above. Some just give headaches and anxiety. The only way to find which one is best for each person is to try different brands. The Mind Body Spirit brand seems to get a lot of thumbs up.