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ritalin – cons and pros —– ADD Tip o the Day 314
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The primary reason I switched from ritalin to strattera is the PITA that ritalin is to get. With it being a controlled substance, I couldn’t get refills, the doctor’s office can’t call or fax it to the pharmacy or e-prescribe it…the only way to get more is to call the doctor’s office before you run out (but you can’t call too far in advance since the prescription is only good for a week) and either pick it up at the doctor’s office or have them mail it to you and then take it to the pharmacy. For those of us who are taking this med because we have difficulty keeping track of things, remembering things, and planning ahead, it’s a lot to expect! I did like the quickness of it, though…strattera takes a couple of weeks to really kick in.
yes, there is that. wish i had thought of it to put it in the post as a con. hope the strattera works well.
this is a pretty small town so my patients can call and i just leave a prescription on the patio for them to pick up. I didn’t know about the one week issue. here i can write a script and write on it – fill after sept 20. and that works.
thank you for bringing this up.
My partner hated Ritalin. Made him never want to eat, couldn’t sleep, and made him feel like a zombie all the time. I’m glad it helps some people. He hasn’t been on meds in a while because of his bad experience with Ritalin, but I’m hoping he will be up for trying something else. There was a new one but there was a side effect of “may cause sudden death” and so he won’t be trying that one.
sorry for the negative experience – some of those side effects might go away with lower dose and timing but probably not the zombie feeling. there are other meds to try that have some what different mechanism – might think of wellbutrin. BUT
with that reaction, i would first question to make sure that the diagnosis is correct and that theres not something else going on instead of add or adhd or in addition to.
Lorie’s article is very extensive and thorough. thank you Lorie
Here is a link to a great article on adult ADHD, diagnosis, treatment, comorbidity, etc. http://wp.me/p2IpfL-3e
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