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It's been now almost 10 ten days on Ritalin. If it were modafinil it would have easily pooped out by now. But don't think the Ritalin is going in that direction. Does it eventually poop out or what happens? Somebody let me know so that I don't later get disappointed. I'm against taking tolerance breaks. I need the med to work without any breaks.

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There are entire threads devoted to this on the various add/adhd forums. You might want to check those out so you have a wider variety of member contributions. 

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12 hours ago, the maze runner said:

 I'm against taking tolerance breaks. I need the med to work without any breaks.

Eventually (can't really predict how long), tolerance will most likely develop to your current dose, and when that happens, you will probably need an increase in dosage to get the same effect.

Most pdocs will have a limit as to how far they will increase the dose of a stimulant.....Sometimes, they will try switching stimulants if max dose of another stim has been reached.

My son has adult ADD, and only takes Adderall on days he works.....He  doesn't take it on weekends, vacations, or work holidays.

When he was a child, he was on Ritalin, and we avoided the tolerance effect for the most part, by skipping weekends, school holidays, and summer vacations.....In other words, he only took it for school....Now, he just takes Adderall for work.------Just my take on it.

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I've been on stims (including Ritalin) for years. I've found that the duration of effect reduces greatly over time. For example I was getting 6 hours off a Vyvanse dose and now I get 2 or 3. I get ~ 1.5h off of an Adderall dose now too, which is much shorter than originally.

I continue to take them though as a few hours a day not being severely depressed is infinitely better than zero hours a day not being severely depressed.

3 hours ago, CrazyRedhead said:

Most pdocs will have a limit as to how far they will increase the dose of a stimulant

Yeah my PDoc has decided 60mg Adderall is the max and that's where I've had to stay :( 

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11 hours ago, sming said:

I've been on stims (including Ritalin) for years. I've found that the duration of effect reduces greatly over time. For example I was getting 6 hours off a Vyvanse dose and now I get 2 or 3. I get ~ 1.5h off of an Adderall dose now too, which is much shorter than originally.

I continue to take them though as a few hours a day not being severely depressed is infinitely better than zero hours a day not being severely depressed.

Yeah my PDoc has decided 60mg Adderall is the max and that's where I've had to stay :( 

Thanks. Indeed it seems that way to me as well. I'm probably getting shorter duration of action as well. But like you said a few hours is better than no hours at all.

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My experience is different. I take stims for ADHD. I have been taking stims for over ten years, and, after finding an adequate dose, the only reason I've changed doses was because of other changes to my med cocktail (stop Vyvanse to take MAOI, for example). I have not had much tolerance build-up at all with true stims like Vyvanse or Ritalin (Strattera was different).

Additionally - I do not do med holidays. I want to be able to focus in the evenings, on weekends and on holidays - not just when I'm at work. It makes such a difference to my mood to be able to focus. I've never understood not giving these meds every day. I may find the ADHD more disruptive than some people, I suppose.

I want to say that I've heard that my experience of limited or no tolerance effect is consistent with an accurate ADHD diagnosis - that the way it effects those with ADHD is much different than other people, and tolerance is not an issue (or is less of an issue). I don't have a source on that though, so take it with a handful of salt.

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