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Old 01-25-12, 09:01 PM
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Re: Share your Ritalin Success Stories

Well, I'm gonna declare the medication a success. It's been four solid months. After the first month, I switched to 20mg ER 1xd.

I could kick myself in my own *** for waiting 43 years to tackle this problem. Every area of my life is better. It's not like life doesn't carry the usual trials and tribulations, but the way I respond has improved dramatically. I'm not really short tempered anymore. I'm finally a practical and reasonable parent totally capable of NOT letting my stepson goad me into getting angry (passing the purple duck, as our family therapist calls it). I no longer want to quit my job every day. I'm starting to not be "overly sensitive" by taking everything personally and feeling like everything is my fault. Finally, those frontal lobes of mine seem to be pulling their weight.

I did just recently start taking a pill on weekends too, because I have a MUCH easier, better time being around my stepson for longer periods of time.

It's not like I want to be dependent on a pill, but I can't argue with the way this drug makes visible the path to clear, deliberate, functional thinking.
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Re: Share your Ritalin Success Stories

Hi, I have been diagnosed with adhd at the age of 5. I was kicked out of 3 schools and received a counselor until I was sent to rehab at the age of 17, had a lot of issues at high school and now I have been sober for 2 years except the occasional drinks (every 3 month or so with family or friends.). Now I'm 19, my life has changed drastically I achieved my g.e.d, got a part-time job, and maintaining A's and B's in college.
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Re: Share your Ritalin Success Stories

Im interested in what average dosage of ritalin (ir or sr) is enough for soften symptoms of adhd-pi although for some time of day. Is really the need to increasing dose in the course of time? For how long is possible to take the same quantity. Id like hear story those who take no more than 60mg from some long time (how long?). And is it worth to take it even though it doesnt work the whole day?
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Re: Share your Ritalin Success Stories

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ritalin works the best for me 20mgs x4
I think that's about what I prolly need for my long, busy workdays in a stressful field.

I'm male, 31 yrs old, currently on ritalin twice a day at 20mg each with ativan and celexa thrown in there for anxiety and depression.

My question is, how can I ask my physciatrist (who is a gruff Russian woman who doens't seem to like too many of her customers) to up my dose without sounding like a fiend?
I was on strattera for two years and I felt like it might have well been sugar pills.
Ritalin worked immediately I like it but dosing is hard. My doc last said she woud take me up to 20mg twice a day but that that was as high as she would let me go because of my medical history of drug addiction.
This sucks and I feel bad about it.

What is a typial dose for a 31 yrd old make, around 190lbs, 5' 11"?

How high up do the doses go? I'm truly not a pill popper; I just want relief!!
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Re: Share your Ritalin Success Stories

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I think that's about what I prolly need for my long, busy workdays in a stressful field.

I'm male, 31 yrs old, currently on ritalin twice a day at 20mg each with ativan and celexa thrown in there for anxiety and depression.

My question is, how can I ask my physciatrist (who is a gruff Russian woman who doens't seem to like too many of her customers) to up my dose without sounding like a fiend?
Ativan is highly addictive.

maybe you could say you only get 8 hour coverage with 20mg twice a day, and ask if you can go on 20mg 3 times per day,
One when you take up, one 4 hours later, third 4 hours after second.

I wouldn't recommend taking ativan though, i'd take a longer acting benzo like diazepam once per day, it's not as strong but it's not as addictive. And try take it as PRN if you get anxiety take it, if you don't , don't take it
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Unfortunatly mine was a failure. Hope to see some really great successes here...
Do you take xanax with ritalin. Well they do the opposite things, how could ritalin work? I bet it might if you gave up the xanax, at least only take it when you are especially anxious or at night and not literally along with your ritalin at the same time of the day.
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Re: Share your Ritalin Success Stories

Can someone tell me if they notice a permanent change?
Ill explain a bit better. I had sexual disfunction induced from SSRI use, and when i stopped SSRI, i still had sexual disfunction for months. When i tought "ok, thats enough" i decided to get help. a doctor gave me cialis, which is similar to viagra. i took 1 (ONE!!!) pill and my penis is back at work ever since. its 8months now and it has been working without problem.

SO i wonder: is it possible that ONE dose of ritalin, or maybe a couple, UNLOCK or RESTORE something in my brain and then it starts working properly? or is that purely a maintenance cure that fades when you dont take enough?
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Re: Share your Ritalin Success Stories

^ No it can't. One dose won't cure your dopamine levels. Dopamine is where it's at, and ritalin basically blocks the re-uptake of these chemicals so your receptors get more of it. When it wears off, re-uptake happens again.

It can help get a clear picture of your life and where you're headed, and that can be a big improvement even when you stop taking it after. I believe it can be a good kick in the but and a wake-up call. But your focus won't improve when off the meds.
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Re: Share your Ritalin Success Stories

I've taken Ritalin IR for about 10 years and have done well with few to no side effects and I take quite a few additional medications. I tried Adderall then Concerta and both were extended release but wore off quickly and it was too soon to take another.
I did not start taking medication until I was almost 40! ADHD wasn't even a thought when I was a child. I was just a "bad" child. I actually had several teachers physically abuse me because of my "uncontrollable" behavior. I was so thankful when I actually had a reason for my behavior! Without medication my brain feels like the middle of the busiest street in New York at rush hour. I can't separate one thought from another. Ritalin gives my brain a "filter"!
I've never had a problem sleeping, in fact I can take 30 mg and be asleep in an hour if I choose to be. I think if you find the right medication for you it should balance you out. It shouldn't sedate nor rev you up but just let you be somewhere in the middle.
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Re: Share your Ritalin Success Stories

My dose is 20 mg Ritalin ER 3x a day -- once when I get up, once about 10 am, and another about 2 pm. If I have a very busy day and some highly intense event in the evening I need another dose in the p.m. to make it to bedtime (and then I usually am wound-up until 2 or 3 in the morning). The IR Ritalin only lasts about 2 hrs for me.

Upon my first dose at age 40 it was SO amazing. I realized how much work my brain was doing just doing simple tasks. With medication I could just do something without having to have intense concentration just to remember all the steps necessary walking from the house to the car (there are really quite a few!) or load the dishwasher with more than 3 dishes before getting a headache. I had been so overwhelmed with my daily responsibilities before medication that I spent hours during the day sleeping to cope. I had tried anti-depressants (Effexor-ER works best for me) and anti-anxiety (Valium works like a magic wand), but I still had a constantly racing brain. The Ritalin took my brain off the spin cycle so I can actually do one of the many things on my mind. My high level of anxiety also went from an "8" to a "1-2" going from Valium almost everyday to maybe once or twice a month for those really bad days.

My 10 year old son has had a similar success story as mine. He's been on Ritalin for about 2 months now and he told me the other day that the medicine was like a key to the box he was stuck in. You could tell he had so much on his mind but it was all stuck inside. On Ritalin he can now talk my ear off about all the brilliant things he is thinking about! He can now focus on his schoolwork, get shoes on without getting distracted, and he finds school exciting instead of boring (He's always loved learning new stuff). He had been so frustrated he spent much of his time buried under blankets or pillows on the couch and had also been experiencing increasing numbers of full blown anxiety attacks that could last for days. He simply couldn't get his words out without much work.

The Ritalin IR 10 mg. worked well for him for 6-8 hours but he required a second dose for the evening (or he'd become unresponsive/ unable to accomplish simple tasks) and this left him too wound up to go to bed easily. The Ritalin ER 20 mg. has solved the problem for the evening. His only main issue now is if he doesn't eat regularly he will crash where he did not have this problem so much before, and since the Ritalin does affect his appetite a bit I have to make sure he eats on a regular schedule. Whatever appetite loss he has during the day is made up with his bed-time snack. He has experienced a few neck twitches (I did too when I first started on the medication) so we are watching that to make sure it does not become a problem.

I am so excited to have my brain off the spin cycle and be able to enjoy my family -- and to see my son blossom!
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Re: Share your Ritalin Success Stories

Hi. Did anyone notice any improvement in retaining memory/information/studied Topics having taken Ritalin. I am not seeing any improment in that though it help me to concentrate more and sit and study more time. I am still forgetting things which i studied very fast. Whats your experince with Ritalin in Retaining memory. Or do you suggest any other medicine which is helpful in retaining memory ? Does Adderall help? Whats the diff Adderall & ritalin. Thanks folks
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Thanks for that Dan, I am starting this week, and its great to hear your doing better, I'm hoping to feel that clarity.
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Re: Share your Ritalin Success Stories

Hello all!

I'm brand new to this forum, and was just diagnosed with ADD at age 31.

My doctor prescribed me Ritalin 10mg, to take twice a day once in the morning, and once at noon. Yesterday, after I came home from the doctor, I took my first pill and could really feel how focused I became. After a couple of hours however, I got really tired but still decided to go out for a walk (which is something I normally would have N E V E R done, especially as I live in Bangkok and it's like 35 degress celsius these days...). As I was walking down the street I realized how I registered everyhing around me, even though I also felt extremely tired (still not sure whether it was the medication that made me this tired, or the fact that I hadn't got much sleep the last coupe of weeks, per ususal). It almost felt like I had some sort of superpower

Today was my first full day on the meds, and I took my prescribed dose in the morning, but after an hour I still didn't feel very focused or alert, as I had anticipated. Instead I only felt a slightly nauseous, and a slight pressure in my head. When I came home after a couple of hours I decided to take half a pill (5 mg) and after about half an hour I could feel how I became slightly more focused, and calm in genereal. At noon I tool my second full dose (10 mg), and went to meet with my long time parter. We walked around in a shopping mall and had some lunch. Afterwards, my partner commented on how amazed she was over my behaviour. She couldn't almost believe it was true! For my own part, I didn't really know what I did (or, rather, didn't do), but when she pointed it our, I also realized exactly how screwed up I have been acting for so long (getting angry and/or agitated over tiny, non-issues).

I can honestly say that sofar, Ritalin has saved me and my relationship, even if I have only been on it for one and a half days. It was actually the fact that my partner was one small step away from walking away after seven years together. She coudln't take it anymore. This made me finally google (yes...) what was possibly wrong with me, and after stumbling upon some links that described adult ADD/ADHD, I realized chances was very high I suffered from it, which in turn made me book a doctors appointment the next day, where he more or less confirmed my thoughts (I still haven't received my final diagnosis, but based on everything I read so far, and the effects of the meds, there is no doubt in my mind that I have it).
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Re: Share your Ritalin Success Stories

First and foremost Ritalin is a dangerous drug. Had to get it out of the way. For me I have ADD and was diagnosed in high school but mom would not let me be treated with meds. 38 now and I can tell you that without a shadow of a doubt that since I was prescribed at 25 my life has drastically changed. The way I perform in my daily life and with my family is like night and day! I can only compare the focus to the movie limitless! I absolutely could not concentrate under most circumstances without it!
The only thing I think should be done is have a EKG before starting because I had two AFIB episodes after starting it so I have to be careful with dosage now ! Ritalin did not cause it but exacerbated the problem I have.

Otherwise, I am very thankful for the DR. that knew that I needed this to help me in life!
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Re: Share your Ritalin Success Stories

I just hit the plateau on my Adderall XR 20 mg, 3x/day. My doc switched me to Ritalin ER 20 mg, 3x day. She also added an Adderall IR 10mg booster in the morning for my "wake up" pill.

I've never been so clear and alert before. I work as an Internet Sales Department Director for a car dealership and have to wake up at 7:00AM and work sometimes until 11:00PM on weekends and events. This Extended Release Ritalin can hold me all day with no crash at all. BUT, when it's time for bed, I don't have to go through any sort of "crash and burn." It's really easy to fall asleep on the Ritalin ER. I like it, and I sell a lot of cars....my bosses are trying to pull me into management, but I've been there before, and prefer to do the social media advertising and assist my Internet Sales Team to make some serious money. Ritalin ER has given me the energy to manage a mid-sized team effectively, focus on my delegation of responsibilities, put out fires, and help the floor sales folks as well, when it comes to promoting their own business.

I'm gay and come home to my husband everyday, and still have plenty of energy to have a healthy relationship.

Ritalin, specifically the extended release, gets a stellar endorsement here.
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