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  1. From what I understand, RitalinSR is intermediate-acting (lasts up to 5 hours) where RitalinLA and Concerta are both longer-acting (like up to 8+ hours) Other than this, is there any other difference between the 2? Do you feel different on each of them? For me, with RitalinSR, the effect was fairly quick, peak action within 2 hours, but would wear off usually within 4 hours. The good thing though, was that I would get tired in the afternoon/early evening and sleep really really well. If I were to go on Concerta, would it wreck my sleep schedule?
  2. I've been taking concerta for 6-7 years now, sitting at 63 mg. I've been feeling as if it's not working as good as it used. It honestly feels like I'm taking a placebo that has a small amount of caffeine in it. I don't focus as good anymore, I personally feel like it isn't working. I don't know whether I should tell my pdoc that I need the dosage upped or if I should go on a different medication... I fear having to start on a small dose with a new med. Has anybody else had a similar experience with it?
  3. Though I came up surrounded by close family members who struggled with various mental illnesses, I wouldn't say I had an especially traumatic or even a really remarkable childhood, apart from the sporadic, sometimes episodic fireworks Crazy can bring. On the whole I had a pretty typical middle class upbringing, for which I am grateful. My older sister served as my introduction to the mysteries and miseries of mental illness. She suffered from Bipolar Disorder, and it was clear my parents despaired at her condition. There was much acting out, at least one suicide attempt that I am aware of, multiple stays at inpatient facilities, and an ever-changing cocktail of medications throughout her teens. She tapered off meds when she planned to start a family, and has done amazingly well without them. My younger sister struggles with panic disorder and more physical ailments than anyone her young age ought to be saddled with. My mother was a survivor of child abuse, and subsequent to the passing of her father when I was about 12, she suffered a series of psychotic breaks that led to the first of several inpatient hospitalizations, and a lifetime of profound treatment resistant MDD that continues to this day. Not only did she not perpetuate the cycle of abuse she suffered but I never even knew what she'd been through until I was much older. My father never (to my knowledge) sought treatment for any mental illness, and tended towards stoicism and emotional opaqueness. I suspect however that he suffered (or even suffers still) from depression -- at the very least. HIs siblings suffered from myriad mental maladies. His upbringing was somewhat of a mystery to me, as what remained of his immediate family were separated by geography. I believe he too was a survivor of child abuse, based on what I've gleaned from anecdotes. My older brother was a bit of a black sheep, and when youthful indiscretions of the self-medicating type became too much for my well-meaning folks to handle he was given an ultimatum and joined the armed services. He was stationed in South Korea, and I gather his self-medicating ways came along for the ride. Upon returning stateside he had a hard time reintegrating, finding stable work, and had to rely on the support of his family more than I think he would have liked. He was a very emotional person, and felt things very deeply. I imagine if I would have asked him for one word to describe himself he might have chosen "failure". That's certainly not how I would have described him, but he was the type of person for whom every setback might have seemed like the universe pointing a spindly celestial finger at the tip of his nose and proclaiming FUCK. YOU. By the time my brother killed himself with the sputtering exhaust of the sparkly brown hatchback my mother had given him, I was living my own kind of Crazy. Today, I find myself at a strange cross roads. I am happily married. Successful, especially considering I never finished college. I have more than my fair share of material possessions. I have family and friends whom I love, and who love me. As much as I curse those who use the phrase, I'm Blessed. And yet, I can't recall a time I felt more lost. You see, growing up as an insatiably curious child in a household surrounded by Crazy, and where both parents worked in the medical field. So I didn't just *live* with Crazy, I, in a sense, *studied* it. Psychology. Anatomy. Psychiatry. Biology. Pharmacology. And most especially *Psychopharmacology*. I was never under the illusion that reading medical texts would make me a doctor any more than reading cookbooks would make me a chef. But I found, and still find the subject phenomenally interesting. In the late 80's and early 90's before webforums, TV drug adverts, wikipedia, etc., it seemed physicians expected laypeople to know almost nothing about medicine, so much so, that if you knew even a little, and went in with talking points memorized, you were going to leave with whatever it was you came for (within reason). Maybe it's always been that way. But I certainly felt clever, and in retrospect maybe a part of the burgeoning vanguard that changed how pharmaceuticals are consumed. Modern medicine is so unabashedly, brazenly consumer driven, I doubt any clinician bats an eye when patients come in and know exactly what their diagnosis is, the name brand and dosage of the drug they want, and oh by the way I've already printed off my own coupon that makes my copay 3 dollars until the drug goes off patent in 2030. But back to my personal tale of medico-consumerism. 22 years ago, at about 14 years of age, I self-diagnosed myself with depression. PART II To Follow Later
  4. In the last four months I've moved from a Vyvanse/Adderall pairing, which was gradually making me more and more anxious, as well as leaving my heart constantly pounding, to a Concerta/Ritalin pairing. While I find the effects of Concerta and Ritalin far more smooth, I'm having almost the opposite problem with these stimulants than the prior ones. Fatigue. At first I thought I was simply sleepy, but when I'd lay down to -try- and sleep, I'd just lay there in a dozing lull. Increasing the dose helped somewhat, however this is still a symptom that annoys me. Feedback? Anyone? Bueller?
  5. Has anyone else experienced olfactory hallucinations on Concerta? It's been 6 weeks since my dose was increased and pretty much since day 3 I've been smelling cigarette smoke. And I don't mean "oh someone's smoking nearby" type of smoke, I mean "stuck in a ventilation free room with 8 smokers and Joe Camel" type of smoke. Sometimes it's so strong I swear my lungs start to hurt from breathing in all the phantom smoke. So is this happening to anyone else or am I alone on this particular crazy boat? Oh yeah, how the heck do I make it stop?
  6. Hi there! I'm a new member here as I feel this is the best place to seek our peer reviews on my medical status. For starters, I'll give a little background info: I'm a 22 yr old Medical Biology student about to apply to OSU's DO school and BEYOND excited about it. There are, however, a few obstacles to overcome. Growing up, I saw a therapist for unrelated issues that led to an IQ test in 5th grade trying to explain my failing grades through public school. What was found was an above average IQ that was bored with the monotony of the class room. As of 8th grade, I was moved to a tiny private school (less than 200 students across 6 grade levels in the back of a church) and suddenly took an interest, as it was more free and open to allow me to focus when I wanted and rest when I wanted. We had a family business that I took part of in my free time (metal fabrication. If it's metal, I can do it. From sawing to welding and machining). We had that business for roughly 8 years. I did not go out with friends or play kick ball in the neighborhood, as I was always there. Not complaining, just giving reason for my next point. Not spending a lot of time with the other peers, I took to trying to listen to everything around me so as not to be left out of what was going on socially. It is mine and my physicians belief that that choice and forced habit may have led to my adult-onset ADD. I began college looking forward to completing a Mechanical Engineering degree before going back and going through medical school (I know, high ambitions! More like crazy ambitions. lol), and almost immediately, my grades began to fail. I was able to stay in school thanks to my filler and gen. ed. courses being high grades, but my science and math grades were suffering. I switched majors after moving to another state roughly 2 years ago, and here I am in my 5th year of college just having been diagnosed within two weeks end of my spring semester. To drive the point home, I went from mid-D's in all my courses (Genetics, Organic Chem. 2, and Physiology) to high B's, and coming in 5th from highest in my Organic class of 30+ students. Needles to say, I'm certain this is an issue I have to get tackled. I had a bad habit in class of trying to pay attention, would have a thought enter my head that was completely unrelated, and I would suddenly regain awareness several minutes later in my phone reading facebook, not able to recall when I had stopped paying attention. I always chalked my inability to pay attention or study up to motivation issues. But I knew that couldn't be it. Anyone I had ever discussed biology with KNEW I had no other choice of study. What brought me to my doctor's office was one day I noticed that while having a discussion with a fellow student, I was editing a conversation beside me's vocabulary, trying to listen to another conversation for class information, and noticing that there seemed to be a set pattern in shirt colors repeating as students walked by in the adjoining corridor. this would be excellent, except that I was retaining absolutely NO information. I decided that that was where I drew the line. My doctor started me on 25mg doses of Vyvanse. That was where my grades swung up dramatically as I stated above. It was good, but only because I would zone out like normal (that didn't change), but I wouldn't come aware later. I was able to catch that I had zoned out immediately and fix it, but it didn't happen any less frequently or less severely. I just had the motivation and the ability now to catch it when it happened. Come one month later I explained this to my doctor, and he upped my dosage to 40mg. It was a miracle. But I started itching like crazy immediately. I wrote it off as poison ivey or chiggers (I had just finished a days work in the yard when it struck). But it only got worse. I began to have clear bubbles form and explode on my hands, feet, wrists and stomach. Most concentrated on the sides of my hands, in the curve of my thumb (where thumb meets pointer finger) and inside of the wrists. For the next month we agreed to have better sleeping habits and see if it helped (I was also having weird episodes where i'd forget where I was, but that turned out to be sleep deprivation), but the itch didn't cease. Next months appointment, He switched me to a generic form of Concerta at 25mg, and a generic adderax (hydrochortizon I believe it was called) that was like Ibuprofen on steroids. It worked to remove the rash, but the itch only subsided. We did remove me from the Concerta, as it did absolutely zip for my attention span, but sent my anxiety and stress through the roof. It scared my family, as I am known to NEVER freak out or worry. I just don't see a point in stressing out over things that can be fixed. This last visit, he prescribed me 20mg a day of Aderall XR (the generic form). The bubbles and itch are back and even worse. It has spread to my scalp, and eyes now (minus the bubbles thankfully). Google has failed me. Thanks to it searching by keyword, it finds either spam medicine sites, or leads me to places like this, but not to anything truly helpful. I DID try to search this site, but the search engine here isn't helping me either. Like the last post I read before I wrote this, I feel like a Jack of All trades, and I'm losing my mind here. A) has anyone experienced this? I read about one other guy on a site I can't find now that has, but it was from 2009. B) If you have, what helped? The amphetamine based drugs are causing his to worsen, where the caffeine and otherwise based one didn't do anything helpful...
  7. Hi all, I have been currently taking Concerta for the past couple of months... My doctor moved me up to 54mg last month, moving from 36mg to the 54mg made a big differnce.. It was like I was on a "drug", it did not make much difference to the motivation but it really really made me very anxious. (when I was on 54mg I would get panic attacks, ( about 70% of them were low panic attacks...) could of also been caused by sleep deprivation and stress.. Anyway, for the past 3 days I have stopped taking 54mg and taken 36mg instead. All the anxiety side effects are mostly gone... Now back on Friday when I took the 36mg it worked great.... Its like the same effect as today except I had more motivation.. yearsday and today its just giving me a chilled out effect... things are more slow,chilled out,calm,etc... its pretty good... now, I was also on "Strattera" which was pretty bad.. it also gave me a chilled out effect but a too much chilled out effect and I felt cold,dull,sad,lazy,etc on it.. With Concerta 9 out of 10 times its just giving me a nice calm chilled out effect... it does not seem to effect my motivation that much (dopamine).. its like its ignoring the dopamine... (MPH) is apost to block the dopamine reuptake inhibitor right?, but it concerta 9 out of 10 times does not seem it does that. This is not serious (not effecting my health,brain,etc) in any bad way but overall I would like it to increase my motivation.. I was also on Ritalin 10mg fr, 20mg la and 30 la... they all made me get the motivation ... why is this?, so say I take concerta 10 times for 10 days . only 1 day out of those 10 days It gives me a motivation feeling.... I just don't understand, why?... why is this?.... Anyone know why?, could something be causing this?, is this normal,etc?. Have a great day. Thank You.
  8. I was recently prescribed concerta for my bipolar depression. I'm bipolar II and my depressive episodes have progressively been getting worse. My Pdoc has been trying everything and nothing seems to help. I am also a binge eater, only binging during depression. During my last visit on Monday he thought it would be best that we try a stimulant, namely concerta. Has anyone else tried this? Or any other stimulants for their BP depression?
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