52 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 (upset stomach, decreased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: upset stomach, decreased appetite

Mar 21, 2011 (Started Oct 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach, decreased appetite)
  • 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, decreased appetite

Dec 1, 2009 (Started Oct 23, 2009)

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

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Jan 15, 2011 (Started Aug 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (irritability, drug dependence, social withdrawal, decreased 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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Dec 23, 2010 (Started Oct 31, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth, depression in afternoon)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 18 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 (dry mouth, headaches)
  • 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 (dry mouth, headaches)
  • 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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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

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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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Jul 1, 2010 (Started Oct 31, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (racing heart feeling)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: insurance would not approve Provigil or nuvigil so resarted this drug again
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: racing heart feeling, anxiety and frustration

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Jun 28, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    Mild (nausea if taken on empty stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 54 mg/24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: Anyone who is looking to make their anti-depression meds work better should talk to their doc about starting on a low dose of concerta. I've found that it makes my SSRI more noticeable. I would say that if you have ever had a problem with any kind of drug addiction, legal or not, you should not take this. If you do take it, make sure to take it in the AM. When you first start it you may feel really sick, but it gets better. Taking this med has really helped me be functional so that I can take my mental health to the next level of adequate counceling.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: nausea if taken on empty stomach

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