Posted by Emme_V2 on August 1, 2012, at 12:38:04
In reply to Re: Stims? » Emme_V2, posted by TRD_12 on August 1, 2012, at 11:45:02
> > > > Hi. Yes, unipolar depression. I take 100 mg Lamictal and 2.5 mg Abilify. But I'm pretty sensitive to meds even at low doses.
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> > > > Don't be scared off of stims by negative stories if your doctor is suggesting you try one. People tend to write about experiences when those experiences have been negative. The people with positive experiences may not feel a need to post about them on the internet.
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> > > This is true.
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> > > I find Focalin helpful. You would know pretty quickly if a stimulant is going to be useful to you.
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> > > > Good luck.
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> > > Thanks. I don't know, alcohol seems to bring me down for four-five days and I believe it's a culprit. Today has actually been a good day with 250mg of modafinil. Need to stay away from alcohol. If I can continue to stay at this level I will probably keep Lamictal and Seroquel.
> > > I don't know about methylphenidate, can you exercise on it? How often do you take it and at what dosage?
> > Focalin is dexmethylphenidate. It's one of the isomers of Ritalin (methylphenidate). What concerns you about exercising on it? That you will be too overstimulated from the drug?
> I read this article:
> I did some weight training this morning and took 250mg of modafinil 1.5hrs before, it worked great. The training had very good impact on my anxiety, felt harmonic all day.
Ah, right. That's what I thought you were probably getting at. It doesn't hurt to be cautious until you know how your body handles a drug and maybe time your workouts appropriately. I do like the Focalin because it speeds me up less than Ritalin, and the immediate release version is short acting. I'm naturally a night-time exerciser anyway, so a potentially raised heart rate and blood pressure haven't really been a big issue for me since the Focalin wears off before then.