7 patient evaluations for Methylphenidate taken for the purpose of 'attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Major

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Aug 13, 2018 (Started Aug 14, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle tension, stomach irritation if not enough food in stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I switched from Adderall XR to Methylphenidate d/t fact that Adderall was making me jumpy to a fault. I find that the Ritalin doesn't make me jumpy; I have more clarity & focused thinking. I had to add the 10 mg. at noon b/c my morning dosage of 20 mg. was fizzling out by 3 p.m. It should really be taken with food d/t possible stomach aggravations.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 15, 2017 (Started Aug 14, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle tension)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Mar 14, 2016 (Started May 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Mar 13, 2016 (Started May 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg/24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I was taken of concerta and put on strattera. I used it for 5 years without problems, but then started developing hypertension. So we are trying strattera too see the effect on the blood pressure
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Jan 13, 2016 (Started May 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Aug 14, 2012 (Started May 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg/24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I am very fortunate - I have not had any side effects - I have heard from other people taking Concerta that they have had problems with headaches, aggression and loss of appetite
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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Sep 15, 2014 (Started Mar 27, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (decreased appetite, irritability, insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 18 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 26, 2014 (Started Mar 27, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 18 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 1, 2014 (Started Mar 27, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (decreased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 18 mg/24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: Start with the lowest dose available. Stay hydrated. Watch the caffeine intake, especially at first. This wiped out my appetite during the first few days. After that, I would get ravenously hungry as soon as the medication wears off (~ 8 PM for me). Watch this if you are trying to control your weight. I can definitely feel the 'bumps' in medication from the time release. They are very predictable at 3 1/2 hour intervals for me. Keep a diary and you can time the 'bumps' to be beneficial for big meetings, tests or whatever it is that you need special concentration for.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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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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

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Jan 8, 2009 (Started Jan 11, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (stomach pain, tiredness, jittery feeling, brain fog)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 54 mg/24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: it will make you feel full
Side effects: jittery feeling, brain fog, tiredness, stomach pain, stomach pain

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