52 patient evaluations for Methylphenidate

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Jun 17, 2010 (Started Dec 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I feel that this med (Ritalin, aka methylin) works moderately well in treating my ADD. I take one 10mg tab when I wake up & one 5mg tab around noon. I do feel that I wake up easier & faster when taking this, which was unexpected. This is positive for me as I have always had a very hard time waking up in the morning no matter how much sleep I've had. Anything that makes it easier for me to wake up is a good thing for me! I say the Ritalin has helped moderately because when I first started taking it the difference was remarkable! I felt almost normal, like I could sort out my thoughts a bit more coherently. Unfortunately, this didn't last long - my body seems to adjust to meds VERY fast (always has w/every med I've taken). At first I was taking 5mg in the am & another 5mg at noon. The noon dose made me sleepy if that makes any sense! So, I started taking both in the am. After talking to my pdoc, she decided to increase my dose to what I take now. I do feel that it works, but just not enough. It's like there's these steps in my brain, and the ritalin bumps me up the step, but just not quite enough. I can feel it, like it's just not quite there, not quite right yet... don't know if that makes any sense! Anyway, I'm babbling!!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 15, 2010 (Started Jan 07, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This caused me extreme stomach problems
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 5, 2010 (Started Nov 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for forgetting words)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for forgetfulness)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 18 mg/24 hr Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 15, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 17, 2010 (Started Jun 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 31, 2009 (Started Dec 24, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Idiopathic hypersomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (anxious mood)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: taking ritallin has improved my FM symptoms dramatically! The short term dosage is a supplment to the SR dosage.
Side effects: anxious mood, anxious mood

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 31, 2009 (Started Jan 14, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Idiopathic hypersomnia)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: you will need to take a "vacation" from the drug for a week or so to manage the increased anxiety that is a side effect of long term use of Ritalin. But, this is minor trade off for how much better the FM sypmtoms while I'm on the drug.
Side effects: anxious mood, anxious mood

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 5, 2009 (Started Feb 05, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 28, 2009 (Started Apr 28, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (racing heart feeling)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: My heart rate was alarming to my Drs and they advised me to stop taking it. It helped to clear the cog fog and I was able to think clearly.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: racing heart feeling

May 15, 2009 (Started Apr 28, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I take Methylphenidate on days that I really need to get something accomplished. It really clears out the dreaded cog fog. It also helps alot with the fatigue.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: racing heart feeling

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 12, 2009 (Started Oct 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I only take a half a 10mg pill, when I feel zapped. The whole thing, if I'm really exhausted.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks
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