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I started Concerta a couple of months ago. I wasn't sure if it was working or not but now I think it is. Here are my observations (by the way I am taking extended release 54 mg):

1. About a half an hour after I take it I feel happy and optimistic. This must be the euphoric effects. If I could stay like that my whole life it would be SO nice. It only lasts about 1/2 hour. During that time I don't feel drugged (energetic though), I just feel like I'm in a good mood. I'm more talkative and patient with my kids, just an overall feeling of well-being. Too bad it doesn't last! LOL

2. My side effects are:

- A little jitteriness for the first couple of hours

- weight loss (just less hungry), which I admit was a nice perk, but I am 5'7" and now down to 115 which is NOT normal for me, so I am trying to gain weight now.

- insomnia (although that seems to be going away)

- sweating (but I am sweaty person anyway)

- irritability after about 4 pm

3. I have noticed a difference in my ADD symptoms. I used to be overwhelmed from the time I woke up till the time I went to bed. Now, mind you, I have two sets of twins in 2nd and 4th grade. I do have a chaotic life. I am not the most organized person in the world although I try and try (classic ADD). But I couldn't concentrate and every time I was doing anything I would constantly be worried about the 100 other things I had to do. My mind was in 50 places at once and I hated it. This has pretty much stopped, at least during the day. However, I don't have motivation to do much of anything, but I don't really care that much either. So I guess I don't get a lot done. I think it's preferable to being overwhelmed, though. I am also hyperfocusing more (this is SO me....get on kicks where I am OBSESSED with things....current obsession is reading about health issues online - can do this for hours on end). I wish this wasn't happening because it does depress me when I get obsessed and ignore everything else. I still think it's better than being overwhelmed though.

So what are your experiences? Does it affect you the way it affects me? I'm just curious!!!!!!
[QUOTE=twins2sets]I started Concerta a couple of months ago. I wasn't sure if it was working or not but now I think it is. Here are my observations (by the way I am taking extended release 54 mg):

1. About a half an hour after I take it I feel happy and optimistic. This must be the euphoric effects. If I could stay like that my whole life it would be SO nice. It only lasts about 1/2 hour. During that time I don't feel drugged (energetic though), I just feel like I'm in a good mood. I'm more talkative and patient with my kids, just an overall feeling of well-being. Too bad it doesn't last! LOL

2. My side effects are:

- A little jitteriness for the first couple of hours

- weight loss (just less hungry), which I admit was a nice perk, but I am 5'7" and now down to 115 which is NOT normal for me, so I am trying to gain weight now.

- insomnia (although that seems to be going away)

- sweating (but I am sweaty person anyway)

- irritability after about 4 pm

3. I have noticed a difference in my ADD symptoms. I used to be overwhelmed from the time I woke up till the time I went to bed. Now, mind you, I have two sets of twins in 2nd and 4th grade. I do have a chaotic life. I am not the most organized person in the world although I try and try (classic ADD). But I couldn't concentrate and every time I was doing anything I would constantly be worried about the 100 other things I had to do. My mind was in 50 places at once and I hated it. This has pretty much stopped, at least during the day. However, I don't have motivation to do much of anything, but I don't really care that much either. So I guess I don't get a lot done. I think it's preferable to being overwhelmed, though. I am also hyperfocusing more (this is SO me....get on kicks where I am OBSESSED with things....current obsession is reading about health issues online - can do this for hours on end). I wish this wasn't happening because it does depress me when I get obsessed and ignore everything else. I still think it's better than being overwhelmed though.

So what are your experiences? Does it affect you the way it affects me? I'm just curious!!!!!![/QUOTE]

I started 36mg of Concerta five days ago. I have already tried it once a while back. Along with Ritalin, Adderal and Strattera.

It may just be my ADD, but I haven't really noticed anything yet.

One thing is for sure, loss of appetite. I never get hungry. I go straight from feeling fine to having a stomach ache from not eating.

I also have a set of twins and two older boys. 6 1/2, 3 1/2 and the twins are 1 1/2.

I also can not concentrate on anything. And I do sometimes think about 100 things that I don't need to or shouldn't be thinking about. But I am taking Lexapro to help with that.

I am never motivated. Most of the time I am sleepy. If not, I just want to lay on the couch. Nothing gets me excited. A freind wanted to take me to a football came last week, and I told him "no" because I just wanted to lay on the couch.

It is hard for me to get to sleep at night becuase I am "thinking about everything".

I do get obsessed on things. If I get hypefocused on something that interestes me, (musclecars) I neglect everything else. I do get depressed when I get obsessed and ignore everything else.
[QUOTE=jsta6]I started 36mg of Concerta five days ago. I have already tried it once a while back. Along with Ritalin, Adderal and Strattera.


I also have a set of twins and two older boys. 6 1/2, 3 1/2 and the twins are 1 1/2.

I also can not concentrate on anything. And I do sometimes think about 100 things that I don't need to or shouldn't be thinking about. But I am taking Lexapro to help with that.

I am never motivated. Most of the time I am sleepy. If not, I just want to lay on the couch. Nothing gets me excited. A freind wanted to take me to a football came last week, and I told him "no" because I just wanted to lay on the couch.[QUOTE]

jsta6,

I'm going to guess that 36mg problably is too low of a dose for you; maybe your Dr. will let you try 54mgs.

what is Lexapro? My worst problem is consentration, I get easily distracted or forget what I was doing? Is it related to Wellbutrin? Have you ever tried Wellbutrin and if so, what did you think of it?

When my boys were 1 1/2, 3 1/2 and 5 1/2 (and I only had one 1 yr old!) I was always exhausted! I don't think that has anything to do with your ADD! That was the hardest time of my life! Little boys are soooo busy and so full of energy (they get it by draining it directly from their mother!) that it was all I could do just to keep up with them, let alone do all that laundry, dishes and house cleaning! I was too tired too do anything else no matter how exciting it was. Their is hope though, after my youngest turned three, (they are 10, 8, and 6 now) things got MUCH, MUCH easier and I began to be able to have a life again! Hang in there! God bless you and give you strength, Sincerely, Fuzzybrain
[QUOTE=Fuzzybrain]...Everytime I increase my dosage, I feel better. How do you now when you're 'there'? Sincerely, Fuzzybrain[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=Fuzzybrain]...Here's something interesting--for some reason, ever since I started my ADD medicine (concerta), it's been MUCH, MUCH easier for me tolerate my pain!... Sincerely, Fuzzybrain[/QUOTE]

Fuzzybrain,

Stimulants increase the production of neurotransmitters. Dopamine is the one whose increase is believed to help with concentration/focus. They also increase the production of serotonin which is probably what is giving you some pain relief.

You have to be careful with the increasing-your-dose game. When you first begin stimulants (or when you increase the dose), you sometimes get a lovely feeling of well-being. It doesn't last. Trying to recapture that feeling of well-being is a slippery slope leading to abuse.

Please understand that I KNOW you aren't abusing it and I'm not accusing you of that. I'm just adding a word of caution.

Oh, in another post you asked about Wellbutrin and the inability to concentrate. Actually, Wellbutrin is sometimes prescribed for ADD. It is the antidepressant that should be *least* likely to cause fuzzy-headedness. The methadone you take probably worsens your fogginess.
[QUOTE=Fuzzybrain][QUOTE=jsta6]I started 36mg of Concerta five days ago. I have already tried it once a while back. Along with Ritalin, Adderal and Strattera.


I also have a set of twins and two older boys. 6 1/2, 3 1/2 and the twins are 1 1/2.

I also can not concentrate on anything. And I do sometimes think about 100 things that I don't need to or shouldn't be thinking about. But I am taking Lexapro to help with that.

I am never motivated. Most of the time I am sleepy. If not, I just want to lay on the couch. Nothing gets me excited. A freind wanted to take me to a football came last week, and I told him "no" because I just wanted to lay on the couch.[QUOTE]

jsta6,

I'm going to guess that 36mg problably is too low of a dose for you; maybe your Dr. will let you try 54mgs.

what is Lexapro? My worst problem is consentration, I get easily distracted or forget what I was doing? Is it related to Wellbutrin? Have you ever tried Wellbutrin and if so, what did you think of it?

When my boys were 1 1/2, 3 1/2 and 5 1/2 (and I only had one 1 yr old!) I was always exhausted! I don't think that has anything to do with your ADD! That was the hardest time of my life! Little boys are soooo busy and so full of energy (they get it by draining it directly from their mother!) that it was all I could do just to keep up with them, let alone do all that laundry, dishes and house cleaning! I was too tired too do anything else no matter how exciting it was. Their is hope though, after my youngest turned three, (they are 10, 8, and 6 now) things got MUCH, MUCH easier and I began to be able to have a life again! Hang in there! God bless you and give you strength, Sincerely, Fuzzybrain[/QUOTE]

No, I really feel I am a bad father. But I do honestly believe it is directly attributed to the ADD.





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