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  1. So, this is pertaining to your limited dosing options with Concerta, there is a HUGE difference between Ritalin IR and Ritalin LA. Same drug, technically same dose, but the results are completely different. LA has a noticeably gentle onset, and a much smoother decrease, with no rebound symptoms (at least in my experience). Also, you can open the LA capsules and micro manage the dose if need be (my son needs 15mg of LA, but we only have 10 and 20mg here, so I get three 20mg capsules, open them up, divide the contents into four, and put the doses into small containers. Mindbogglingly tedious, but the results are worth it). My daughter is having similar dose related problems with Concerta, 27mg is not enough, and 36mg gives her sinus tachycardia. As for the slowing down bit, yeah, I think that's what "normal" is supposed to feel like, but you might be better if you dropped your dose slightly. Good luck
  2. I agree with browie. Just out of curiosity, did you use Ritalin IR or Ritalin LA?
  3. Oh, that's awesome, I'm so happy for you. I could throw out 4 of my med's if it was legal here. All the best
  4. I was going to suggest something like this. I used to smoke, before I had kids. It's illegal here, so I stopped when I got pregnant, and have tried to lead by example (doing the 'right' thing). Since then, 16yrs on, I've tried multiples of every family of happy pill out there, suffered myriad side effects, to no avail. Still have crippling anxiety. It's the only thing that has made me relax, and SHUT MY STUPID BRAIN UP. Honest to god, I'm so sick to death of my head and it's veritable tornado of thoughts.
  5. It just occurred to me that I should have thanked you, so Thankyou!
  6. Thanks everyone. I'm not feeling happy yet, (I'm using it as an add on to my SSRI for anxiety), so I may have to up the dose. Cheers
  7. I've started on 10mg because I'm ridiculously intolerant to most crazy meds. Had a splitting brain ache the first day and nausea. Also take 20mg escitalopram, 25mg sodium valproate and 15mg diazepam. Just stopped taking a low dose of olanzapine which made me happy, but I put on 5kgs in 4 weeks, without excess food intake.
  8. Hi there people, I have recently started on Lurasidone as an add on to my cocktail, and it's keeping me awake. I have read a lot of threads with people saying it knocks them out. Does anyone else find this happening to them, or is it just me. I am THAT person who has unusual reactions to meds. Cheers all y'all (sorry, I'm Australian, but I just love that saying ).
  9. I suffer from migraines, and one time I had a feeling like you described, and I wondered if it was a pain free migraine, all the other symptoms were there. I also suffer from Sensory Processing Disorder, so I pretty much put up with that on a daily basis ( everything is too bright, too loud, too much movement, clothes scratchy etc.). Are these new symptoms for you?
  10. Sorry, I don't understand the question.
  11. I have anxiety disorder and ADHD (and Aspergers, but thats beside the point). SSRI's make me hyperactive and clench my teeth (literally to breaking point) with the super fun side effect of major insomnia. I tried vortioxetine for three months, starting with 2.5mg (I can be quite intolerant of drugs), eventually up to 10mg. I didn't get any of the above side effects, well, it did disrupt my sleep a little, but I wouldn't call it insomnia. What it did do was stop my ADHD in its tracks. I mean, my days were twice as long, I am a stay at home mum, and usually I run around all day and before I know it it's time to pick up the kids and I think "holy moly, where did the day go?". On vortioxetine I slowed right down, and by 2pm, I found myself with nothing to do, and actually sat down and relaxed for a little while before I picked up the kids (something my psychologist has been trying to get me to do for years, lol). Also, and this is the biggie, I could read a whole paragraph before distracting myself with daydreaming. It was the most amazing thing. I was able to read scientific texts that have always interested me, but just couldn't keep it together long enough to get through. By the way, I have tried a couple of stimulants with limited success. HOWEVER, it did nothing for my anxiety, in fact, I ended up becoming agoraphobic, I couldn't even go out in my backyard (where no one can see me). This is not normal for me, so must have been the vortioxetine's doing. Needless to say, stopped taking it, now on agomelatine and escitalopram. I am badgering my psychiatrist to add some vortioxetine into the mix, because I miss having a brain that works, but he is a bit reluctant, not surprisingly, lol. I must say, it is truly fascinating how differently the same med's work on different people. Sorry, this ended up being longer than I intended, good luck
  12. I used to use it (in a combination with paracetamol and codeine- sold in Australia) for migraines. It knocked me out, but the whole next day I would be a zombie, so bad in fact, that I would only take it if I knew I didn't have to work/drive the next day. Also it had the alarming effect of making me quite grumpy in the morning, not unlike PMT. I have a girlfriend who had the same experience. I now make up my own combinations with oxazepam/codeine/paracetemol, as the oxazepam, for me at least, wears off much quicker. I am quite sensitive to some drugs, though. You might want to cut the tablet in half to start. Good luck
  13. Can anyone tell me exactly how agomelatine works as an antidepressant? I know about its method of action, but I don't understand how melatonin will stop my anxiety.
  14. Thanks guys. I managed to get into my Dr today (he had a cancellation). Off the amisulpride and double my dose of vortioxetine. Fingers crossed
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