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Thank you! So when you said maybe taking them closer together at smaller doses.....maybe like 15mg and then about 2 hours later another 15mg? Also I have taken ritalin before as well as focalin, both instant release. No matter how small of a dose I take of the methylphenidate type meds my heart races like crazy and I feel very weak. Could the adderall side effects also have something to do with the fillers in the generic version? Thanks for your advice :)
[QUOTE=ST22;4268143]Thank you! So when you said maybe taking them closer together at smaller doses.....maybe like 15mg and then about 2 hours later another 15mg? Also I have taken ritalin before as well as focalin, both instant release. No matter how small of a dose I take of the methylphenidate type meds my heart races like crazy and I feel very weak. Could the adderall side effects also have something to do with the fillers in the generic version? Thanks for your advice :)[/QUOTE]

ST22,

I read Jane and Thunor and wasn't going to chime because "the dose IS too high." I can not tolerate more than a 10mg dose. More causes me a horrific crash. My brain would shut off as if a switch was thrown. I could barely keep my eyes open, and at times it left me feeling depressed.

I chimed in after reading your latest post this thread. You scared me with your symptom description. It looked like and could be an indication of an undetected structural defect in your heart. You should have a good heart workup. But don't worry. I think anxiety is the cause.

Make good and sure you understand, I ain't no GP, shrink or cardiologist. And I ain't as smart as Jane or Thunor. Jane, that "ain't" was so quaint.

Seriously ST, you need the real thing to determine whether a heart problem is responsible. Stimulants like Ritalin, Foculin, Adderall, are safe if not abused and if no structural heart abnormalities exist. Otherwise they become deadly dangerous. I think that should be enough fear to ensure you see a doctor. Now stop worrying.

Ritalin and Adderall commonly cause anxiety reactions. Adderall and anxiety problems pop up regularly on this board. It could be as high as 5 or 10 percent who experience it.

Ritalin causes an anxiety reaction more frequently than Adderall. I have no idea how Foculin measures in.

Possible solutions are Dexedrine and Vyvanse. Your doctor's recommendation and the size of your purse will determine which is right for you. Never guess what? Your doctor may know more about doctoring than I do and have an even better solution. You can be confident that a solution exists.

Bob
lol Thank you for your reply! I'm glad you have a good sense of humor, I needed to laugh a little today :) but I have had a full cardio workup-stress test,EKG,holter monitor,ultrasound,MRA. I was in the military and they thought I had a heart problem. Turns out my heart is just fine and it's a different problem but that's on a different board lol.

I have talked to my doctor about the scary ritalin side effect and she said to stop taking it of course and switched me back to adderall. About 30 minutes ago I took 15mg so I'll see how that goes. So far so good. The negative side effects of adderall are nothing compared to those of ritalin for me, just wanted to make that clear. I went in about the ritalin problem and she gave me focalin which is basically a cleaner version of ritalin. The side effects were definitely improved but not enough for me to be comfortable with. So far i'm stuck with adderall but I'm left wondering....is there something better? Like you mentioned possibly dexedrine. Sounds like that is basically a cleaner version of adderall, its stronger so you need less but it might be better. Thank you for your insight and advice :)
I have not abused my medication if thats what you mean. Back in high school, I tried the normal high school drug....pot of course. I was less than impressed. Why would I want to make myself even more tired and unorganized than I already was lol.

My doctor didn't really say why he wanted me to try strattera. I don't think they know very much about the other ADD meds. Pretty much all they have mentioned is adderall, ritalin/concerta, and strattera. The last time I went into my doctors PA (my dr. was on vacation) I was asking about other options besides just those and she had to get out her med book and then go do research on her computer or something. She came back with a prescription for focalin. Maybe this time she'll come back with a script for dex lol.
I wonder what the availability is of it in Missouri, we are the #1 state in America for meth labs lol. I just don't want to come across to my doctor that I'm just trying to get like stronger drugs or something. I've become so paranoid about that since I get treated like a criminal at the pharmacies. I'm afraid that he doesn't know enough about these meds to know the difference in all of them. Is it normal that I've gotten two prescriptions in one week? I got focalin and couldn't handle the side effects so my doc prescribed adderall. Before then I still had like 3 weeks left of my ritalin. There's all these rules about it, but she was sure handing out scripts like crazy! None of them are even useful to me lol thats the crappy thing.

I do currently take wellbutrin SR 150mg per day. I also take citalopram at night just to balance things out I guess. But I definitely want to stay away from strattera. Nothing about it seems appealing, just doesn't seem like it's what I need. He isn't trying to insist on it but he'll probably want me to try that before dex so I'll just have to see how to handle that when it comes up!

Do yall know which chemicals ritalin effect? My mom takes ritalin and I was telling her about our conversations on here so now she wants to know lol. Thanks everyone :)





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