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 5  ADHD Hair loss. other side effects only in the beginning (less appetite, sleep problems) Great medication helped me a lot, a real game changer for me M 26 100 days
20 1X D
 3  CPTSD; NARCOLEPSY; ADHD; DEPRESSION Frequent verbosity; Often emotionally labile when stress levels increased; Occasional paradoxical return of Narcoleptic sudden-sleepiness; Night sleep problems worsened if second dose taken after 14h00, most pronounced if eg16h00: ie REM state entire night, lifting in regular waves to almost wakefulness -( Adapting to this "thinking sleep", probably exacerbated emotional labileness); PROVIGIL addition, with its"flatness" affect, essentially eliminated tearfulness and irritation; Variable anxiety levels - which were ameliorated by periods of TRANQUIPAM addition to Ritalin/ Provigil dose. Never felt LA variant actually lasted anywhere NEAR 10 hrs at all! Hence 2 doses a day. And, although PROVIGIL presumably decreased crying etc. , and concomitantly improved social integration/ acceptablity - there was increased sense of internal hopelessness/ depression. But suicide ideation staved by overall increase in social interaction. F 50 4 years
40MG 2X D
 2  ADHD -Brain Zaps - Increased appetite - Worsens insomnia if taken even slightly later than usual - Heightened Anxiety - Worsened depression Did not work for me at all, did not improve any aspect of my ADHD, will be talking to my Psychiatrist about switching when I see them next. To be noted: have in the last 2.5 months also come off of antidepressants after 4 years of taking them, so heightened anxiety and depression could possibly also be attributed to that. F 21 7 weeks
20mg 1X D
 5  ADHD comb + bipolar 2 in hypomania It was great, but I operated on 2hrs sleep a day, lost 16kg that I needed to loose, I then stabilised at my ideal weight. But my focus did not improve enough. I swapped to dexamphetamin for 6 months with no improvement, then Ritalin SR (for 10 months), because SR gives a stronger spike but I needed 3 x 20mg dose. I still didn't feel focused enough and changed it to 2 x 30mg dose. It improved slightly, but I forget to take it in the day, I've put 10kg back on. I now think my PTSD effects are now more of my problem. I'm now going to ask to go back to Ritalin LA. I take Lamotrigine 200mg for bipolar. I had a complete loss of appetite and interest in food. Some nights I hyperfocused right through then operated all day, without being excessively tired. One weekend I woke up at 8am Friday after 4hrs sleep then only slept again properly from 10pm Sunday night. Ritalin overall helped me get my life back after severe trauma of loosing my dad to murder, that triggered my previously self managed ADHD into dissaray. The trauma also triggered onset of bipolar. In this time i was also hypersexual again associated with trauma and bipolar, but ADHDers are highly sexed too. On SR I've lost my sex drive, but my focus is improving my life now instead of filling an emotional void with adrenaline hits. Again this can also be PTSD affected too. Sleep has been an issue throughout but magnesium is helping me now. F 44 6 months
2x30mg 2X D
 5  NARCOLEPSY side effects are minimal. ' try to stay away from all other stimulating substances like coffee, tea, certain oral asthma medications. This LONG ACTING VERSION of Ritalin was a positive game changer for me. I have issues staying awake and this helped without all the anxiety. I WAS on the INSTANT RELEASE VERSION of Ritalin and the INSTANT RELEASE gave me a racing heart and intense anxiety with less benefit. I WOULD RECOMMEND RITALIN LONG ACTING instead of the instant release FOR ANYONE WHO HAS physical ANXIETY OR ASTHMA issues. F 29 5 months
30 MG 3X AN
 5  ADD & BIPOLAR Exhaustion once effects have worn off,teeth integrity is declining rapidly, high BP, heart rate increase, irregular period/ shortened. Concentration increased, attention to detail when effective, motivation increased. F 24 12 years
36 1X D
 2  ADD When I would first take this drug after a school vacation, I would often be sick at about noon for the first few days. This drug did help me to be successful in school along with therapy to learn coping mechanisms. This drug would cause me to have insomnia (something I do not have at all when I do not take it) and supressed appetite. While on this medication, I noticed a significant increase in anxiety, and I did not feel like myself. I often told my parents I felt as if this medication "stole my soul" because I was no longer interested in things that previously interested me. I do remember experiencing suicidal thoughts, which is very unlike me. In the last 6 years that I have been off Ritalin, I have not had anything near a suicidal thought and I am know as a very positive person. I would take myself off of the drug for a few days, and the thoughts would go away. I always remained taking this drug because it pleased my teachers and parents, but I was miserable. I believe th F 24 10 years
10 mg 1X D
 5  Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Increased energy and decrease of fibromyalgia pain. Decrease in appetite after I take it. Initially my doctor perscribed this because I was so tired all the time, even after 10-12 hous of sleep at night. He wanted it to provide energy during the day for me. It helps most days with that, but it also decreases my fibro pain which also allows me to get more done during the day. I love it! F 38 5 years
30mg 1X D
 5  adhd n/a great drug has helped alot taking the 4 hr 10 mgs M 35 10 years
10 mg 1X D

 5  Narcolepsy Complete loss of appetite, excessive cleaning, good mood, great drug! When I was diagnosed with narcolepsy I had to do the "run around" with all the drugs. When I got prescribed ritalin I loved it, the only problem was that it didn't last long enough. I was switched over to ritalin LA extended release and it is a god send. I can focus on whatever. I can sit down read and do research for hours. I have to stop myself from working so hard. Weight loss is another. The idea of food makes me sick. Heart pounds, but no discomfort. COMPLETELY RECOMMEND. F 24 1 months
30 mg 2X D

RITALIN LA  (METHYLPHENIDATE HYDROCHLORIDE):  This medication is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - ADHD. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Methylphenidate belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants. It can help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behavior problems. It may also help you to organize your tasks and improve listening skills.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)