54 patient evaluations for Methylphenidate

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Apr 1, 2011 (Started Oct 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (loss of appetite, upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: upset stomach, loss of appetite

Mar 21, 2011 (Started Oct 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (loss of appetite, upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I take Ritalin "as needed". I suggest that if you are also of this regime, make sure to have a ritual (a Ritalinual?). For example, if you take a dose and then go on the computer just to wait for it to "kick in", you might get sucked into the e-world. If you take it before a planned stretch of work have everything ready before hand: all materials in front of you, your workspace tidied, and all unrelated tasks finished. Start with the small stuff during that 0-20m kick in phase, maybe just review some notes or re-read what you have already started on. Good luck!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: upset stomach, loss of appetite

Dec 1, 2009 (Started Oct 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (loss of appetite, upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: upset stomach, loss of appetite

Oct 27, 2009 (Started Oct 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Ritilin helps me when I need to keep my thoughts and work ordered, especially when I am in danger of being distracted (when I am under pressure, for example). I take it "as need", per doctor's instructions. I do have fears of developing a functional dependency on it however, and will try to moderate usage.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: upset stomach, loss of appetite

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Jan 15, 2011 (Started Aug 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (social withdrawal, drug dependence, irritability, loss of appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: The medication works, but you will lose your appetite, some sociability, and will be highly dependent on it. I'd also recommend getting a short-acting supplement because it starts wearing off in the evening.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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Jan 10, 2011 (Started Jan 10, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 4, 2011 (Started Nov 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 x 18 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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Dec 23, 2010 (Started Oct 31, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    Mild (depression in afternoon, dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 27 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: depression in afternoon, dry mouth

Aug 7, 2010 (Started Oct 31, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 27 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: depression in afternoon, dry mouth

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Dec 23, 2010 (Started Dec 31, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    Mild (headaches, dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: headaches, dry mouth

Jun 7, 2010 (Started Dec 31, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    Mild (headaches, dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: headaches, dry mouth

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Dec 9, 2010 (Started Oct 27, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (flushing, rebound headaches)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: migraine/rebound headaches
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: flushing, rebound headaches

Nov 11, 2009 (Started Oct 27, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (flushing)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Side effects: flushing, rebound headaches

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Nov 1, 2010 (Started Mar 28, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 19, 2009 (Started Mar 28, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 27, 2010 (Started Nov 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (head pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 54 mg/24 hr Daily
Side effects: head pain

Dec 29, 2009 (Started Nov 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: taking concerta is not like taking methilyn in timed ways for me
Side effects: head pain

Dec 10, 2009 (Started Nov 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 54 mg/24 hr Daily
Side effects: head pain

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Aug 10, 2010 (Started Oct 30, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for loss of energy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (anxious mood)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Dosage too high for my current health. When my energy levels drop again I may return to using it.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: anxious mood

Feb 4, 2010 (Started Oct 30, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for attention deficit disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for loss of energy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (anxious mood)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: anxious mood

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