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Re: Anyone Tried Ritalin or Adderall? SLS

Posted by bleauberry on May 10, 2018, at 6:16:09

In reply to Re: Anyone Tried Ritalin or Adderall?, posted by SLS on May 9, 2018, at 8:33:00


My doc finds wide spectrum benefit from the stimulants with a wide spectrum of patients. Sometimes I wonder why they aren't prescribed more often. Well actually, I personally think Adderall is maybe over-prescribed, while Ritalin is under-prescribed. Adderall is basically just a doctor approved street drug in controlled doses that leads to the same longterm problems of meth addiction. Ritalin is in a different class, a different mechanism, and personally I think it is a better friendlier med for long term.

Adderall made me super depressed within hours of dosing. Anything that does reuptake inhibition has done that to me. My brain does not like stagnant pools of neurotransmitters with slowed down firing - which is what reuptake inhibitation does to me.

I'm not sure but I think Ritalin is more of a releaser, more than a reuptake thing. It causes more firing and more activity, without a stagnant pool. My brain likes that.

Despite both meds being stimulants for ADD and ADHD, I think they both have great potential in psychiatry, I think they are generally under-utilized, especially Ritalin, and of the two I think Ritalin is the better choice. Most doctors/patients seem to go straight to Adderall. Not sure why.

Anyway. I like the stimulants and think they could play a bigger role than they currently are.

> I've tried Ritalin, Focalin, Dexedrine, Adderall and Vyvanse.
> I like Focalin better than Ritalin. It seems smoother and doesn't produce a precipitous letdown. If for some reason I were to go back to it, I would try the Focalin XR version. Actually, I might use it to help ease Parnate withdrawal, which is mostly fatigue for me.
> For me, caffeine works better than all of the above, but I can't use it every day or else tolerance develops. Caffeine is pretty cool. It doesn't work at monoamine synapses. Instead, it is an adenosine receptor blocker. Adenosine works to modulate neural activity. It normally reduces it and brings on sleepiness. Blocking the receptor disinhibits this braking mechanism and causes increases in alertness and concentration.
> - Scott




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