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ADD and Concerta
Mar 17, 2005
Hi Everyone!
I'm a 22 year old college student and need some help!! I just got diagnosed with Adult inattentive ADD and am on Concerta. I have a few questions about concerta. I heard that people lose their appetite from medicines. If so, why am I as hungry or more so than usual? is this normal? I think concerta helps me focus but I think I Should be focusing even better so am thinking of increasing my doseage from 36 mg to 54 mg. I will ask my doctor first of course. Anyway, I just want to be normal and be able to study. How long does it take for concerta to really help a person? I started it last Wednesday. I don't know what to expect. I do know that this helps though. I'm distracted less and i'm more attentive and focused. But I want to learn all that I can on ADD and concerta. I have a very hard time reading when there is noise and especially if it is boring...I still have a hard time with the medication. I have hypersensitive ears and loud noises drive me crazy. Does anybody else with ADD have hypersensitve ears? Also, for the first few days of taking Concerta i seemed even more forgetful. I lost my ID card for school and bought a new one the next day and then found the old one...lol. So frustrating! Then I forgot my backpack when I was going to class and had to come back for it which made me a little bit late. or I'll lose something and it will be right in my hand. I do think I might be getting better with that now but the first few days on concerta seemed even worse than normal. Also, the doctor was all like telling me that concerta causes sleeplessness. I am able to sleep every night when i lay down to go to bed at midnight or so. I guess its because I take the medicine early enough but I was thinking that even taking it early enough I'd still struggle getting to sleep for the first few days. Does anybody knows about this? have you had trouble sleeping with the once a day 12 hour concerta pill? because I sure havent. Although, I have been waking up early in the morning and not being able to sleep! I hate that! I used to be able to sleep in better! I've always been a light sleeper but now even more so. My room mate is always waking me up by moving around and making noise in the morning. Anyway I just have so much to talk about but I'll write more later. Does anybody else have INattentive ADHD? if so, tell me how you are and what medication you use and anybody who knows about concerta feel free to tell me more about it. thanks!
[QUOTE=PrincessBride22]Hi Everyone!
I'm a 22 year old college student and need some help!! I just got diagnosed with Adult inattentive ADD and am on Concerta. I have a few questions about concerta. I heard that people lose their appetite from medicines. If so, why am I as hungry or more so than usual? is this normal? I think concerta helps me focus but I think I Should be focusing even better so am thinking of increasing my doseage from 36 mg to 54 mg. I will ask my doctor first of course. Anyway, I just want to be normal and be able to study. How long does it take for concerta to really help a person? I started it last Wednesday. I don't know what to expect. I do know that this helps though. I'm distracted less and i'm more attentive and focused. But I want to learn all that I can on ADD and concerta. I have a very hard time reading when there is noise and especially if it is boring...I still have a hard time with the medication. I have hypersensitive ears and loud noises drive me crazy. Does anybody else with ADD have hypersensitve ears? Also, for the first few days of taking Concerta i seemed even more forgetful. I lost my ID card for school and bought a new one the next day and then found the old one...lol. So frustrating! Then I forgot my backpack when I was going to class and had to come back for it which made me a little bit late. or I'll lose something and it will be right in my hand. I do think I might be getting better with that now but the first few days on concerta seemed even worse than normal. Also, the doctor was all like telling me that concerta causes sleeplessness. I am able to sleep every night when i lay down to go to bed at midnight or so. I guess its because I take the medicine early enough but I was thinking that even taking it early enough I'd still struggle getting to sleep for the first few days. Does anybody knows about this? have you had trouble sleeping with the once a day 12 hour concerta pill? because I sure havent. Although, I have been waking up early in the morning and not being able to sleep! I hate that! I used to be able to sleep in better! I've always been a light sleeper but now even more so. My room mate is always waking me up by moving around and making noise in the morning. Anyway I just have so much to talk about but I'll write more later. Does anybody else have INattentive ADHD? if so, tell me how you are and what medication you use and anybody who knows about concerta feel free to tell me more about it. thanks![/QUOTE]
Hey princessbride,
First off, I'm a 29 y/o female that was just recently prescribed ritalin 2 weeks ago. I just wanted to share the fact that I couldn't BELIEVE this, but when I registered for classes yesterday, I LEFT my bookbag THERE and luckily it was at the lost and found this morning,lol. :D So, I think I need an increase too(currently taking 10 mg 3x a day). I'm thinking about trying out concerta but my appt aint till the 1st of april. I lost 5 pounds on this medication, and I did notice a huge decrease in my appetite. And, I also sleep like a baby...I could go to sleep on these meds with NO problem. :yawn: My diagnosis is ADD which is classified as the "slower thinker" and memory problems. And, I think the meds are helping me with better focus during my studying but we will see, my test is on the 29th. I know that concerta is the same substance as what i'm taking(methylphenidate) but I just have to pop a few extra pills and I hate that. I feel like such a mental case, :D oh well, talk to ya later. :)

Oh, and I also noticed I grind my teeth alot on these meds? Do you? Does anybody?





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