2 patient evaluations for Methylphenidate taken for the purpose of 'attention deficit disorder' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Moderate

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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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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