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post #61 of 141
Honestly, from the reviews I've read it seems like everyone's experiences with particular medications vary wildly. I'm happy with Concerta right now, but I think I'll be asking for a dose adjustment next time I go in...but so far no negative side effects at all. I think what will probably happen is the doc (either your GP or the psych) will prescribe the medication they're most familiar with, and change it only if you have a preference or if you start experiencing side-effects.
post #62 of 141
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Honestly, from the reviews I've read it seems like everyone's experiences with particular medications vary wildly. I'm happy with Concerta right now, but I think I'll be asking for a dose adjustment next time I go in...but so far no negative side effects at all. I think what will probably happen is the doc (either your GP or the psych) will prescribe the medication they're most familiar with, and change it only if you have a preference or if you start experiencing side-effects.
Very true about differences. Again, I like my GP but I don't like them for giving rx's related to anything like this. I just think that psychiatrists are more trustworthy b.c that's ALL they deal with.

Also, it's lame that we can only have what's on the formulary.

So, how do you you feel differently after the Concerta? do others close to you know about it? do they notice any change?
post #63 of 141
I was dx'd 8 years ago, took ritalin back then, went off to get pregnant, dx'd with anxiety disorder and put on Paxil for one year, then on nothing for 5 yrs. I returned to work (special ed teacher), and while ADD is great for certain aspects of my job, it is not so for others (paperwork, long meetings).

So I went to the psychiatrist and started Concerta a few months ago. I really have done well on it. I can converse with adults, complete tasks, and only felt "buzzed" the first couple of days. I think it is working for me. I also have more patience and am calmer during stressful times. I feel much more functional.

L.
post #64 of 141
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I was dx'd 8 years ago, took ritalin back then, went off to get pregnant, dx'd with anxiety disorder and put on Paxil for one year, then on nothing for 5 yrs. I returned to work (special ed teacher), and while ADD is great for certain aspects of my job, it is not so for others (paperwork, long meetings).

So I went to the psychiatrist and started Concerta a few months ago. I really have done well on it. I can converse with adults, complete tasks, and only felt "buzzed" the first couple of days. I think it is working for me. I also have more patience and am calmer during stressful times. I feel much more functional.

L.
So are you more "hyper" than spacey like me? I"m asking b/c I wonder what they base giving the certain meds on as far as targeting certain behaviors.

I can be very active and not sit down for an entire day for more than 5 minutes, but I can also be very non productive and a total time waster.

I just wondering what/if will happen when I'm seen next week.
post #65 of 141
For me, the concerta makes me feel more aware/alert (I'm pretty spacey) and therefore I'm better able to focus on completing a task or on a conversation. I do notice a better eveness to my moods, and am less likely to panic/overreact, which is really nice.
post #66 of 141
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For me, the concerta makes me feel more aware/alert (I'm pretty spacey) and therefore I'm better able to focus on completing a task or on a conversation. I do notice a better eveness to my moods, and am less likely to panic/overreact, which is really nice.
So were you given any other options or did the practitioner mention any other meds? I'm just trying to differentiate between them all.

Thanks for sharing that with me.
post #67 of 141
Yes, I started on Strattera first, because my doctor had two other female adult patients who were doing very well on the medication. I suspect it's a preferred first try for many docs because it's not a stimulant, it's an epinephrine-reuptake inhibitor. Unfortunately, I was getting heart palpitations, so I had to switch. I had told her that I heard good things about Concerta from other people, and she was happy to have me try it on the second round. Really, because so many people can react so differently to each med, I think it's really a crap-shoot...you just have to keep trying things until you find the right fit.
post #68 of 141
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Yes, I started on Strattera first, because my doctor had two other female adult patients who were doing very well on the medication. I suspect it's a preferred first try for many docs because it's not a stimulant, it's an epinephrine-reuptake inhibitor. Unfortunately, I was getting heart palpitations, so I had to switch. I had told her that I heard good things about Concerta from other people, and she was happy to have me try it on the second round. Really, because so many people can react so differently to each med, I think it's really a crap-shoot...you just have to keep trying things until you find the right fit.
Yeah, I kind of figured... kind of like anti depressants I suppose...

Do your family members know you are on the med? if so, what do they think?
post #69 of 141
Well, my partner does, but she was skeptical about the ADHD thing to begin with. We're going through a rough patch right now and I don't think she'd notice if the meds were making me walk on my hands, to be honest. I haven't told any other family/friends yet, but only because it's still kind of new and I wanted to see how it goes first. I have no problem disclosing the information, though, and will talk freely about it with anyone who asks or who I feel would benefit from knowing. No shame.

ETA: I think it's a sign of strength to recognize and seek help for any issue, and this is one of those times. I'm proud of myself for following through and working on this problem.
post #70 of 141
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Well, my partner does, but she was skeptical about the ADHD thing to begin with. We're going through a rough patch right now and I don't think she'd notice if the meds were making me walk on my hands, to be honest. I haven't told any other family/friends yet, but only because it's still kind of new and I wanted to see how it goes first. I have no problem disclosing the information, though, and will talk freely about it with anyone who asks or who I feel would benefit from knowing. No shame.

ETA: I think it's a sign of strength to recognize and seek help for any issue, and this is one of those times. I'm proud of myself for following through and working on this problem.
Sorry to hear you are going through a rough patch I know how that is! It's really hard. At times I feel as if I'm a single parent. We have so little time together that's not with DS and I only work on Saturdays. Then when DH is home I'm in class 3x per week and he's with DS and when I get home they are both already asleep. I know it won't be this way forever but for the past few years it's been hard. When I told DH I think I have ADD I thought he'd think I was joking and just laugh but he said "you probably do". It was a relief b/c I'm not the kind of person who likes slapping dx's on myself or others at the drop of a hat. I used to have a friend like that and it drove me nuts. Actually, SHE claimed she was ADD but I never put much stock in that b/c she was chronically dx ing herself!

Oh boy, that was a total digression!

Anyway, thx for mentioning what you said about recognizing this as a sign of strength. I feel like I can have a bit more control now if I look at things differently now and get help.
post #71 of 141
I don't have time for a long reply right now, but I have been through all this! Diagnosed maybe a year and a half ago (though I have days I doubt the diagnosis still... then other days I am so completely sure of it!!)

I simply wanted to add that many people have to go through several meds or dosings to find what works for them, so you should try not to get discouraged if meds do not work out right away.

I started with wellbutrin- no difference, then couldn't sleep at all.
I tried concerta, hated it.
Tried Adderall, did not like it.
Went on Stratterra. It took a few weeks, but I saw a change. Mostly, I was just less frustrated, less annoyed, and as a bonus had much less PMS symptoms.

After a while, I started adding in Adderall, just a small dose twice a day. The combo works well for me.

I am a little worried about relying on the adderall for energy I have to admit. Meaning, I tend to just not be really "with it" until I take my adderall. Then again, I keep reminding myself I wasn't really "with it" until I had almost a pot of coffee.

I don't know what my feelings will be about adhd and meds etc in a year, for now this is working well for me.

Good luck to all of you!

If nobody has mentioned it, I love the book Women With ADD by Sari Solden. I have pretty much read it all by now, a couple pages at a time, and not in order lol.
post #72 of 141
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I don't have time for a long reply right now, but I have been through all this! Diagnosed maybe a year and a half ago (though I have days I doubt the diagnosis still... then other days I am so completely sure of it!!)

I simply wanted to add that many people have to go through several meds or dosings to find what works for them, so you should try not to get discouraged if meds do not work out right away.

I started with wellbutrin- no difference, then couldn't sleep at all.
I tried concerta, hated it.
Tried Adderall, did not like it.
Went on Stratterra. It took a few weeks, but I saw a change. Mostly, I was just less frustrated, less annoyed, and as a bonus had much less PMS symptoms.

After a while, I started adding in Adderall, just a small dose twice a day. The combo works well for me.

I am a little worried about relying on the adderall for energy I have to admit. Meaning, I tend to just not be really "with it" until I take my adderall. Then again, I keep reminding myself I wasn't really "with it" until I had almost a pot of coffee.

I don't know what my feelings will be about adhd and meds etc in a year, for now this is working well for me.

Good luck to all of you!

If nobody has mentioned it, I love the book Women With ADD by Sari Solden. I have pretty much read it all by now, a couple pages at a time, and not in order lol.
Thanks so much for sharing that. So who made your dx? I am waiting to hear if/when I can see the psych my DH sees. I still don't get how they give rx's dep. on either ADHD or ADD. I mean, I don;t have the *h*, but I have the rest. I feel more with it and more productive the more "up" I am.

I am going to chk out that book you talked about. Thanks!
post #73 of 141
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MamaRBH:

I'm so sorry. Sounds like you have a case of *I am going to make myself feel bad about about me*. Which, you shouldn't b/c it sounds like you have a lot of responsibility. I only have one child (Aspergers) and he's ENOUGH. I can't even imagine having two. I've always felt like a loser for that. It's like, as soon as I gave birth to him I got barraged from all sides WHENAREYOUGOINGTOHAVEANOTHER???????? Please, let me just enjoy him! then he turned our world upside down anyway b/c he was having such a hard time with sensory stuff and we didn't even know til he was almost 3 yrs old.

I digressed...

I think that you are doing a lot and it's A LOT to take care of 3 kids! sounds like you just need to make huge signs for yourself by the door, or leave yourself a box in front of the door. What I do is as I am getting ready I just keep putting all that I need in front of the door so I don't forget stuff!

Are you getting counseling or just doing the meds? maybe that would help? are you working as well or?

I hope you are having better days...

For some reason I haven't been getting email updates on this thread. I'll have to re-subscribe.

I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner.

Yeah, I truly need to consider tools in addition to medication. I was supposed to start therapy this past Thursday but I flaked out. I'm not sure if I've mentioned it in this thread but in May I had a heart procedure done - they had to keep me awake for it and I ended up going into cardiac arrest....I was awake and the fear of looking at the end of my life was so intense words can't describe it....all I could think about was leaving my children behind...while my body was thrashing on and off the table I asked "Am I going to die?" and no one could tell me "no." They ended up using the paddles to bring me back....I woke up an hour later with burns on my chest. My ADHD has been worse since. I'm sure it's because my anxiety increased which just adds more to my already busy mind. My Pshychiatrist thinks I should go to therpay for post traumatic stress disorder and to work on tools to manage the ADHD. But I flaked.

Essie - I thought I was just ADD, too....but I found out they are defined much differently than I imagined. Hyperactivity presents in a lot of different ways. I have a generally very laid-back personality. My hyperactivity presents in my home management (cleaning and such) as well as in my thoughts and impulses. I always thought the "H" = spaz...lol... turns out I'm a spaz. Maybe you are, too.

wannabemoms....if it means anything, I'm proud of you.
post #74 of 141
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Yeah, I truly need to consider tools in addition to medication. I was supposed to start therapy this past Thursday but I flaked out. I'm not sure if I've mentioned it in this thread but in May I had a heart procedure done - they had to keep me awake for it and I ended up going into cardiac arrest....I was awake and the fear of looking at the end of my life was so intense words can't describe it....all I could think about was leaving my children behind...while my body was thrashing on and off the table I asked "Am I going to die?" and no one could tell me "no." They ended up using the paddles to bring me back....I woke up an hour later with burns on my chest. My ADHD has been worse since. I'm sure it's because my anxiety increased which just adds more to my already busy mind. My Pshychiatrist thinks I should go to therpay for post traumatic stress disorder and to work on tools to manage the ADHD. But I flaked.

Essie - I thought I was just ADD, too....but I found out they are defined much differently than I imagined. Hyperactivity presents in a lot of different ways. I have a generally very laid-back personality. My hyperactivity presents in my home management (cleaning and such) as well as in my thoughts and impulses. I always thought the "H" = spaz...lol... turns out I'm a spaz. Maybe you are, too.

wannabemoms....if it means anything, I'm proud of you. [/QUOTE]

Yikes! I am so sorry to hear about your surgery! that sounds unbelievably scary. And it sounds scarier than getting the help it sounds like you need so I hope you can do that for yourself! How is your health now?

Very interesting about what you say about the *h* in the ADD! My DH is furious with me right now b.c I decided the other day to chop down a butterfly bush that I hate in our yard. I told him I would do it and he didn't want me to. I just was out there with DS and I just went for it. It's like when I get my mind set; I can really complete a task, even if it's not the most important thing at the moment!

It's possible I could be a spaz, yes. I have a phone appt. with my GP in a few days. I met with her about the ADD and she wants me to see mental health. How do they even dx this? do you just answer questions or?

How are the meds working for you?

Have you heard of a book another poster mentioned called Women and ADD? I have it on hold at the library!

Thank you for saying you're proud of me! It *is* worth a lot BTW! and I am proud of you for going through that surgery. What courage you must have!
post #75 of 141
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Essie - I thought I was just ADD, too....but I found out they are defined much differently than I imagined. Hyperactivity presents in a lot of different ways. I have a generally very laid-back personality. My hyperactivity presents in my home management (cleaning and such) as well as in my thoughts and impulses. I always thought the "H" = spaz...lol... turns out I'm a spaz. Maybe you are, too.
That's my kind of "H" too...

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wannabemoms....if it means anything, I'm proud of you.
Thank you!

And may I say, "holy crap!!!" what a scary, horrible experience for you!!! Stop flaking and go talk to someone about this stuff dude!

And on a completely different "hey-look-at-me" note, Guess what? I was home sick yesterday (not really relevant, but still) and DW was home too. We played board games for over 12 hours straight, really not stopping except to grab a quite sandwich or pee. While you are all probably thinking "GEEK" and "SO WHAT?" this is actually a big deal. Normally I can't play even one game without having to get up and do something (you know, random thing that pops into my head) every 5 minutes or so and can never play for more than an hour or two at a time before my attention is SO gone that I'm flat-out obnoxious. OVER 12 HOURS!!! And I paid attention!!! Wow. We only stopped because it was late and I had to work this morning. Even DW commented how amazing it was...she loves board games, so she was in total heaven!
post #76 of 141
Things I s/b doing right now;

working out
studying
eating breakfast

Anyway...

I'm wondering how you all are affected by the ADD/ADHD in your jobs, relationships, free time, etc.

I feel like I waste an insane amount of time and have to concept of time management. This has always been a problem for me.

I KNOW I've been let go from jobs b/c of my lack of productivity. At home I just jump from one thing to another and I still feel like I accomplish little. I feel the most productive when I have an appt. away from the house and then I can combine it with say, seeing a math tutor. I read about that concept of forcing yourself to be around others so you are more productive and I think that works for me! That's why I know I do better where I work at the pharmacy b/c I can't just hide in a cube and surf the web all day! What do you guys do for work?

This is just rambling, but posting to this thread has really made me feel a lot better and I've learned that I'm not a freak. This is how I feel much of the time, and I now feel that it's such a relief to chat with you all.

So I guess I am saying;

THANK YOU
post #77 of 141
I have a horrible desk job in a cube where, unless I'm in a meeting on suddenly on a crunched deadline, I'm probably daydreaming or on da interwebz. Getting better now, though. I'm making checklists and actually using them. :shock: But I'm going to run away and go back to school soooooooo....it should be better then.

"I feel like I waste an insane amount of time and have to concept of time management. This has always been a problem for me." Yup.


"At home I just jump from one thing to another and I still feel like I accomplish little." Yup. Huge source of frustration for me.
post #78 of 141
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Yeah, me three.
post #79 of 141
Again, do you feel that the meds can break through the "fog", or the brain farts or whatever the heck you want to call them? Sometimes I watch squirrels zoom around and bury the nuts they will never find again. They are so hyper and are always busy or just sitting there stunned breathing at a crazy rate. This is exactly how I feel!
post #80 of 141
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Essie, sorry I missed a couple of your questions....

Yes, the meds do help get out of the fog, but not for a full 24 hours. I find that 8am-3pm are my most productive times. After 3pm I am back to spaz-state. That said - I'm not certain this med or dose is exactly what I need. My pysch is really cool about working through this slowly and with an open mind....she's confident we'll get it right with some tweaking.

The person you see for prescriptions will ask you a lot of questions. Based on your answers she can best decide which form of the meds are best for you...stimulants aren't a good option for people who are prone to addiction, anxiety, depression, violent temper, etc.. Then once they decide which might be best for you, I agree with Crystal - they'll likely prescribe the one they are most familiar with. You'll go from there with follow-up visits to discuss side effects, doses, changes of meds, a need for therpay, etc.

I work from home and I am sad to say that if I was better able to focus, I would be contributing to my family's finances so much more. (and that truth leads me to feel like a total failure....which in-turn makes it harder to focus and succeed.... which is a part of the disorder, as well.) When I worked in an office environment I was more productive because my job was very active....I had to be up looking for files and making sure doctors were fully informed on patients before walking into the exam room. At home - I end up doing laundry, cleaning, re-arranging, emailing, starting things I don't finish, etc.
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