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Re: Anyone Tried Ritalin or Adderall? Lamdage22

Posted by Tony P on May 31, 2018, at 18:31:38

In reply to Re: Anyone Tried Ritalin or Adderall?, posted by Lamdage22 on May 26, 2018, at 8:08:47

> > > What about Ritalin for depression & negative symptoms in Schizophrenia?
> >
> > Hi Lamdage,
> >
> > Stimulants aren't used in schizophrenia because of the risk of worsening psychosis.
>
> Well i probably need more Dopamine in some areas and less in other areas of the brain. Hopefully one day a drug will adress this. My depression responds to dopamine for sure.
>

Afaik, it is being increasingly recognized that many schizophrenics suffer from depression as well, often treatment-induced. I should think Ritalin is somewhat risky, but it has the advantage of being both fast-acting and short-acting, whereas drugs like Prozac & Wellbutrin may take a long time to wear off if they create a problem.

My housemate is more bipolar than schizophrenic by diagnosis, although he strikes me as somewhat schizoid, and he is taking olanzapine prn for manic episodes -- but he's also taking Ritalin, which does seem to help him. He was on Prozac 40 mg/day, and has cut that back to 10mg, replacing it with Ritalin 10-20 mg/day.

I really favour Modafinil, I was on a low dose (100 mg/day) for a while; it has most of the positive effects of Ritalin, but with a lower addiction risk, and less roller-coaster effect. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to persuade my new GP to prescribe it for me yet. I'm taking very low doses of Ritalin myself off-Rx, 2.5-10 mg/day, and it helps me get active & feel positive better than my regular Wellbutrin.


Depression is an altered state of consciousness - SLS
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Bupropion XR
Diazepam 5 mg tid - weaning
Robaxin - non-prescribed
Kava - non-Rx, prn


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