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Thanks - LOL calling your pharmacist isn't as common over here, but I may give this a try.

I will have to eat a little something after the first dose wears off (because I get starving hungry), but since I am on a very low dose at the moment (5mg), this is around 10 am so I guess by noon my stomach does not really count as "full" any more.
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My question is: how often do you think I should take the stuff? For instance, do I take 3 in the morning, 3 in the afternoon and 3 at night,[/QUOTE]
3 what? I am assuming you are taking a generic version of Ritalin (like Equasym) as Ritalin is only available in 10 and 20mg tablets as far as I know.

To start with, you should always start on the "original" as generics often do not work as well for some people.

Furthermore, you have to work your way up gradually to find out which your optimal SINGLE dose is, i.e. how much (10mg, 15mg, 20mg) you can take in one go to get optimal benefits before you get side effects that stay even after a few days on the same dose.

To do this, most doctors will recommend taking the medication 2 or 3 times a day at the start, working your way up gradually towards your optimal single dose. For example you start on 5mg mornings & afternoon, then raise the dose to 10 mg mornings 5 mgs afternoon, then 10mg for both doses, then 15mg mornings and 10 afternoons and so on.

You should notice that the effects last a little longer (max. 4 to 5 hours) as you raise the dose, so do not decide that the medication "does not last long enough" until you have found the optimal single dose.

Make sure you give it a few days after raising the dose, so you can judge how this dose affects you - we all have good and bad days after all!


If you are not supposed to take more than 45mgs a day, then the maximum single morning dose should be around 20mg, but if less works for you then all the better. That leaves 25 mgs to "play with" for the rest of the day, so depending on when the first dose wears off (should be between 3 and 5 hours after taking it), you can either go 20/15/10, 20/20/5 or 20/10/10/5 and so on, depending on what works for you.

If even 20, 25 or 30mgs single dose still do not yield much of a result, then you should seriously consider trying another stimulant (or other alternatives) because if methylphenidate does not work noticeably at these doses, then raising the dose further is not going to make it work better either.
[QUOTE=Redhead23]3 what? I am assuming you are taking a generic version of Ritalin
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Sorry about that. The tablets are 5mg each. (3=15mg) And yes, it's a generic version of ritalin. (bottle says "methylphenidate hydrochloride. same as methylin") I wasn't given the choice for the original or the generic. The prescription the doc wrote out said "ritalin" on it, but the pharmacy gave me the generic anyway. I do notice some difference when I take it, so for me maybe it doesn't make a difference. really my main concerns about it are when to take it and how much to take. I appreciate your suggestions.

Thanks for your response. It's nice to know I'm not the only person who is going through this. now i forgot what else i was going to type. go figure. what was that about my medication working?? :D
[QUOTE=imatotalmess]I wasn't given the choice for the original or the generic. The prescription the doc wrote out said "ritalin" on it, but the pharmacy gave me the generic anyway[/QUOTE]
LOL the rules about prescriptions are LOADS more strict here in the UK - I had to run back to the doctor 3 times because of 2 minor and one major mistake on the prescription! The 2 minor mistakes were that the doctor did not spell out the amount of tablets and that she wrote "as directed" rather than "one as directed", the major mistake was that she wrote 5mg Ritalin (methylphenidate) which does not exist instead of 10mg Ritalin.

In any case work your way up to taking 15 to 25 mg. in the morning and the rest every 3-4 hours - if the first dose still doesn't have a decent effect for min. 3-4 hours, maybe try the "real" Ritalin or ask for a different stimulant.





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