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Old 04-28-12, 04:57 AM
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Anyone feel anxious/irritated/angry on Concerta?

I've been taking 56mg for a 4+ months now, about 4 days a week. When i'm on it I often notice that I get quite irritated/annoyed easily, I feel somewhat hyper-sensitive to what's going on around me. I especially feel this way when i'm focusing on a task, and someone tries talking to me, or when people are just around me. I feel very annoyed by them and end up acting rude / anti-social towards them.

Also, I sometimes feel anxious when taking it. I end up feeling uneasy, nervous, with a feeling similar to an adrenaline rush..

Does anyone eles ever feel this way when taking Concerta? Is it possible that my dose may be too high?

I find it very hard to concentrate when i'm constantly annoyed by my surroundings. It feels like Concerta only improves my concentration/mood 1/2 the time, the other 1/2 of the time I feel anxious/annoyed/angry.
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Re: Anyone feel anxious/irritated/angry on Concerta?

I did have anxiety issues w/ my Concerta, but as ADHD has a plethora of comorbid diseases that go hand in hand- we treated my anxiety issues (present BEFORE the medication, I might add), and it has decreased.

Why do you only take it 4 days a week? It could be the up and down that your body is experiencing that is creating some of these problems- especially the irritability. I would talk to your doctor- let them know and see what they think about your dosage.
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Re: Anyone feel anxious/irritated/angry on Concerta?

I took both ritalin and concerta and couldn't handle they mood swings. The methylphenidate family of drugs just isn't for me.
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Re: Anyone feel anxious/irritated/angry on Concerta?

not really for me i feel pretty good with my concerta & ritalin combo
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Re: Anyone feel anxious/irritated/angry on Concerta?

oh if you are experiencing these problems though it may be worth discussing with your pdoc about a change in meds...just dnt let them try and convince you to swap to strattera :s maybe adderall or vyvanse or something like this
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Re: Anyone feel anxious/irritated/angry on Concerta?

it's possible that 56mg is too high, the agitation and irritability side effects are common with too high of a dose. Concerta is the same think as ritalin, or methylphenidate. I used to take Ritalin LA 40mg and it made me so angry at everything every time I took it. Now I take 10mg of the instant release Ritalin and feel much better!
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Re: Anyone feel anxious/irritated/angry on Concerta?

It sounds to me like you are experiencing a rather bad "crash". Methylphenidate, no matter in what form inhibits Noradrenaline and Dopamine, and when your mediaction starts to wear off your brain has to adapt to that.

These are some methods to easen the crash which I personally find useful:
* nutrition. Eat regularly when you're hungry, even though you might not have the appetite. If you find eating solid foods too hard, consume liquid foods like yoghurts, sports drinks without sugar, smoothies or milk.

* drink at least 2 liters a day. You need more water if you are on the meds for some reason. At least that is the case for me. If might be because they speed up your metabolism.

* take some vitamin C 3 hours after you ingested the meds. Pill form of fruit, whichever you prefer.

It would be great if you could try those. Tell me if they work!


When do you experience those symptoms, do they start about 6-10 hours after taking your meds? If the answer is yes, it is a crash. If not, talk to your doctor and have him/her prescribe you another medication.
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Re: Anyone feel anxious/irritated/angry on Concerta?

I do also have this issue sometimes. With ritalin it was intense and not worth the benefits. With concerta, I take 36mg twice a day..if I dont space them apart enough-the irritability is awful! I do get very frustrated when I am interrupted from a task in which I am focusing. (it is such a miracle to have that focal time at all-but those around me do not understand that part) I found if I space the doses further, it is a more fluid state of positive for me.
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Re: Anyone feel anxious/irritated/angry on Concerta?

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I've been taking 56mg for a 4+ months now, about 4 days a week. When i'm on it I often notice that I get quite irritated/annoyed easily, I feel somewhat hyper-sensitive to what's going on around me. I especially feel this way when i'm focusing on a task, and someone tries talking to me, or when people are just around me. I feel very annoyed by them and end up acting rude / anti-social towards them.

Also, I sometimes feel anxious when taking it. I end up feeling uneasy, nervous, with a feeling similar to an adrenaline rush..

Does anyone eles ever feel this way when taking Concerta? Is it possible that my dose may be too high?

I find it very hard to concentrate when i'm constantly annoyed by my surroundings. It feels like Concerta only improves my concentration/mood 1/2 the time, the other 1/2 of the time I feel anxious/annoyed/angry.
Exactly what I am going through now! It is Sunday day two on 36 mg and I can't stand it. Wondering if this is all a mistake. I keep losing track of things, including time! Thought this was suppose to help me focus.
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Re: Anyone feel anxious/irritated/angry on Concerta?

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It sounds to me like you are experiencing a rather bad "crash". Methylphenidate, no matter in what form inhibits Noradrenaline and Dopamine, and when your mediaction starts to wear off your brain has to adapt to that.

These are some methods to easen the crash which I personally find useful:
* nutrition. Eat regularly when you're hungry, even though you might not have the appetite. If you find eating solid foods too hard, consume liquid foods like yoghurts, sports drinks without sugar, smoothies or milk.

* drink at least 2 liters a day. You need more water if you are on the meds for some reason. At least that is the case for me. If might be because they speed up your metabolism.

* take some vitamin C 3 hours after you ingested the meds. Pill form of fruit, whichever you prefer.

It would be great if you could try those. Tell me if they work!


When do you experience those symptoms, do they start about 6-10 hours after taking your meds? If the answer is yes, it is a crash. If not, talk to your doctor and have him/her prescribe you another medication.
I am anxious, irritated and angry exactly 8 hrs after taking concerta like clockwork. Then the worst headache I have ever had. Lights, sounds, cause extreme pain only on 18 mg. My doc did not seem concerned and upped me to 36 mg. Second day on 36mg no better. The most constructive thing I have done today was register on this site for some help. I called the pharmacy and no real advice there either. Help!
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Re: Anyone feel anxious/irritated/angry on Concerta?

Alright man. I know this a old post but sometimes old post can be informative and useful. It's Feb2014 and maybe I read this same post a year or more ago looking for answers just like omgmelol7 wanted to know about concerning ritalins nasty side effects.

So now that I read up on biology from things like wikipedia while experimenting with various difference supplements and observing, making notes on things about the liver, triglcyeride fatty acid chains, relationships between B-vitamins & aceyltocholine, me and people like konokoro (here) are gonna be the reason you started this post. Ok. let me just tell you now what you need and i'll jab on later.

You basically just need the following supplements to help with the side effects: 1.trimethylglycine (betaine), 2. S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine (or SAMe), 3. a Acetylcholine source (eggs, phosphatidylcholine, or phosphatidylserine supplement). Less/but important are: 4.Omega 3 (don't worry about taking too much. its not a pill but food. Don't worry about omega 6&9 cuz they're already in the foods you eat and sales marketing says you should buy them), 5.Coenzyme Q10, 6. Folate source (not lab synthesized "folic acid" but something like 5-MTHF supp. You need folate, folate. stay away when hearing folic acid!), 7. Glucosamine (since it kinda acts like folate), and 8. B12 (always let it dissolve in your mouth, don't swallow). Take all of these, especially the first 3 and play with the doses, the times when you take them.

I'll give you the basic do's and donts.

Betaine.

you need to basically load up on it. Ritalin raises your cortisoles for the adrenaline you feel, so all the powerhouse shell coating working environment (mitocondrea) that the cells have because of betaine gets once where it use to coat your stomach to help you digest food is now being concentrated on your individual cells mitochondrea and it you take ritalin everyday pretty soon you'll run low on this betaine stuff and you'll have malnutrition to digest food properly which will ruin your health and make rit side effects worst especially if you take rits everyday, constantly puting out this cortisole hormone/addrenaline.

you'll also have intense cravings for ciggarates if you smoke that you think will calm you down (along with a wierd like burning sensation in your throat) and it'll happen only 30mins after your first ritalin dose sometimes.

Also, when you run low on betaine, you'll start having uncomfortable tingling sensations under your tongue (cuz your cells are starving for energy they can't synthesize). you'll say/do compulsive stuff cause you're to irritated to know care if what you say/do may be offensive. you'll have brain fog as the day progresses with you taking series of rit tablets all cause you're building up homocyestine levels which may explain vision problems, brain fog, and this homocyestine is the reason why your veins constrict when you're on stimulants, ie adderall, ritalin etc.

So when you feel irritated right? Get you 2 slices of bread (preferably that has monotriglcerides) cuz it has starch and munch/wash it down with 200mg betaine and some milk. Now if you feel irritated with brain fog do the same thing while adding 200mg phosphatidylserine, 400mg phosphatidylcholine, or 2-3 eggs. Now that I covered my no. 1 and no. 3.

Now SAMe will help with your mood throughout the day. Betaine buffers SAMe's effect and keeps SAMe's and ritalin's homocyestine producing effect under control so it's best to take betaine at night and during bad crashes and SAMe during daytime. But also, SAMe will potentiate ritalins positive effects since ritalin doesn't really alter serotonin activaity, it only effects dopamine. So hey. Ritalin and SAMe. Kicking butt and chewing gum all day long baby.

Now as for no. 4-8, you're gonna have to play around with them observe while you read on them while maybe even making notes like I did based on how you feel using them with ritalin. I'll tell ya that if you think you have a intense homocyestine problem and you want more homocyestine control than using betaine, use B12 too to calm you down.

See, these are the things I had to find out for myself because basically doctors don't care or they're incompetent and I start to find that out when I get up in the 30's when I need doctors' help. So yeah. It really urks me when someone says, "you should talk to your pdoc about your irritation problem" or when a supplement bottle says "ask your physician if you should take this or take more than the recommended dosage". It's like, ok, and just what typically happens when you ask doctors about this. They always don't say what you expected them to say before your appointment. They don't go in to detail about why you have certain symptoms/problems to give you some idea what is wrong with you to help you know what you should do or don't do. The medical industry is basically a useless joke! Just thank goodness for the internet so in this lifetime we can read up on biology to discover the root problem of what we have and then we can correct it instead of going to a doctor where the doctor will not invest time to figure out the root cause like you'd expect but instead, they do what big pharma and corporate america taught them to do in med school which is to treat patients with prescription drugs instead of trying to get down to the source like with whatever nutrient deficiency you may have. Then, they say something stupid like "I think you need to eat a salad more often" or "you should stretch for 5mins after you get out of bed". I'm like "a salad? stretching? 5mins? NO MAN. I don't want to hear that. DUDE, WHAT IS REALLY WRONG WITH ME?". You'll have high exceptations that they'll know what's wrong with you but you end up getting disappointed. You're just gonna have to read on the net and make observations and notes as you go. And by the way. When I do that stuff. When I read on forums, I so hate it when people talk out of there "you know what". They'll just say something you already know. It's just so frustrating.

Yeah gatoradde on here was ok cause he was just trying to help by sharing a experience but for someone to say something like "yeah, well, thats what ritalin does. it uses up your body's energy reserves til theres none left and then you get tired and cranky". I'm like man, do you know what you're talking about? Do you really think that 2 cents of yours is profound enough to mention here? Ok, so i'm sure we all kinda know it uses up your reserves, so then how can we prevent it or alleviate it then? It's like MAN!! What is wrong with people sometimes? Ok. Thats it. I hope yall be ok and I wish yall the best and i'll see ya on the flippy flip. Peace.

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Re: Anyone feel anxious/irritated/angry on Concerta?

Hey, here's a further note and observation I've made. don't take betaine EVERY time you feel bad. Only take it when you have a overwhelming crash. See betaine will act like a anti-inflammatory enzyme and fight off these cortisole molecules roaming around in your body and if they keep "facing off" in series's throughout the day you are going to inflame some important vein passage way in your body which will eventually come back to bite you!!

What you need for "maintenance crashes" is to keep your potassium and magnesium levels in check while when you periodically feel like crap during the day while on methylphenlidate. You do this by blending up a yellowish-greenish bannana, milk, whey protein (preferrably with a enzyme to quickly breakdown the protein such as 30,000 unit size dose of serrapeptase), 250mg of magnesium dioxide, 1 omega 3 fish/krill oil pill, and 200mg of coenzyme q10. If you don't have a blender while you're out of your home find some way to keep the bannana cool in your car (so it can stay yellowish-greenish) or something by getting like a portable car cooler you plug in to the ciggarette lighter port and just shake up the whey protein powder in a mug with the water or (preferably) milk so you can "wash it down" with the other supplements I just mentioned.

Also, keep some b12 in your mouth if you feel nauseated or notice you having usual morbid thoughts! *note*, sometimes taking b12 when you're not suppose to while you're on SAMe and ritalin will cause nausea as it depends on what molecules are "facing off" in your veins/circulatory system inducing central nervous system inflammation which cause the nausea or headaches.

Speaking of headaches, try to stay away from tylenol, alieve, or other headache medicine. instead take a ginko biloba capsule with plenty of water.

As for betaine along with a acetylcholine/choline source, take it before you go to bed and as for other times take it only rarely if you have a really bad crash with brain fog which you can eliminate the acetylcholine/choline source if you don't have the brain fog.

Yeah, make sure take 1,000-1,500mg of Magnesium Oxide before bed too. Yeah, its alot but hey, you want to fight off the side effects right? Well thats the sacrifice and answer that doctors will not give you the time of day to tell you!!

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Re: Anyone feel anxious/irritated/angry on Concerta?

Hey guys. what is going down. So I just wanted to give status on how the day went and whewww, "man I never felt so relieved and cured while on ritalin!" So just carefree. no anxiety, irritation, or thinking people are thinking the worst about you. none of that, but man, the awareness you have to have about what you did earlier and what you think you need to do/take whatever nutrient now to maintain a pleasant mood.

Oh, and forget about what I said about the cortisol "facing off" against betaine trymethylglyeride. thats not what happens. Betaine actually takes the bad homocystine and converts it into harmless L-methionine so than your cells are free to take the L-methionine and utilize it to synthesize/duplicate another cell so in theory, if you felt bad, you could take 200mg betaine, wait 10mins then take a whey protein shake (maybe as well another bannana/magnesium or not depending on if you have a high pulse) with some serrapeptase and your cells are good to duplicate again so I'd pretty much say you're back to being on top of the world again!

I guess it makes sense as in my last post when I said what you need to take for a periodic "maintenance crash". You're asking your body to surge up its metabolism and certain things have to be in order for it to work at the pace you desire it to work at. Its all about methylation (such as when I speak about betaine) and the breaking down of proteins.

And when it comes to proteins such as taking that whey protein shake like I talked about, you just might want to get that serrapeptase supplement to go with your "crash protein shakes". The amino acids in that shake will be absorbed alot more efficiently and prevent the crash!

And right after the shake and the other supplements I said to take with it, yeah, it might be smart to dissolve some b12 in your mouth while the proteins are being absorbed. Well thats it for now and hey, if my advice worked for you, leave me some comments please. Gotta go for now.

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Take a good magnesium supplement. Concerta steel magnesium
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Re: Anyone feel anxious/irritated/angry on Concerta?

Hi! I'm new here, and my biggest problem too is I get real tense and get anxiety from Concerta :/

I've had a med-break now for two weeks, my mood is generally great throughout the day - only problem is, and this is a HUGE problem, I get really sleepy after school.
I get home and sleep for about five hours, which means I'm wide awake when it's time for bed - this results in me not getting up in the morning and I skip school and sleep until noon

I get so tired, nothing helps! I just have to sleep and it's ruining my life!
Today I went on Concerta again (54 mg), and the first two hours I feel GREAT, but after that, I get really tense and get anxiety, I can't do anything productive.. I don't know what to do :/

Should I try changing my medication to amphetamine? (PS, I can't take Ritaline because of side-effects, my physician refuses to give it to me, so it's Concerta or amphetamine (which I've never tried before)).

Any advice/help is deeply appreciated, Mixic (Norway, 22 years old).
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