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how do you know if ritalin is working

A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Wuarin
23 years experience Psychiatry
Use scale: There are great adhd rating scales. When medication works, symptoms decrease from all the time, to often, to sometimes, etc... There are clusters of i ... Read More

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
34 years experience Child Psychiatry
About 45 minutes: It depends some whether or not the Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a long acting form, there are several different forms of medications which contain met ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Imad Khreim
38 years experience Psychiatry
Immediately : Stimulants act by stimulating the cortex in the brain, in add this is like stimulating the brakes in a system. They usually start working short after ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert GalatzerLevy
49 years experience Child Psychiatry
Almost immediately: Most people notice a marked effect immediately or within a few days of starting this medication.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Function: You still are not able to block out distractions. You still don't follow through with tasks. You still can't concentrate adequately etc.
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Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Couple of things: If it is not relieving your symptoms or if you are having trouble breathing you need to see your doctor.
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Umbreit
13 years experience Urology
Improvememt: You should have improvements in the symptoms that led to a testosterone check in the first place. Also your provider should check regular labs, includ ... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Thyroid issue?: If your thyroid is not working "right", it can be either over or under active eg hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. The former is associated w/fast he ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
43 years experience Orthodontics
By the fit: Of the aligners. They should be a little tight for the first few days and then fit comfortably until you are ready to move on to the next. Thank you ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Minoxidil: If hair growth is going to occur with the use of minoxidil, it usually occurs after the medicine has been used for several months and lasts only as lo ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Tripp
14 years experience Psychiatry
Greater focus: Just like people with adhd stimulants with help other with focus and increased concentration, unlike antidepressants, which will not make people witho ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. William Coutts ii
25 years experience Family Medicine
Symptom relief: As the itching and cottage cheese like vaginal discharge resolve, Monostat medication is working.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olson answered
38 years experience Psychiatry
ADD treatment effect: There should be a subjective sense of accomplishment overall, and in particular with regard to boring yet high priority activities/tasks. The asrs, a ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradford Mitchell
33 years experience General Surgery
Blood tests: The TSH level should be checked to assess if the replacement is adequate.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elena Roukhadze
13 years experience Pathology
Plasma donation: Donating plasma takes time and commitment. To help ensure a safe and adequate supply of lifesaving plasma, donors are provided with a modest stipend t ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
MORE: More pain, more time in pain throughout the day, more triggers to the pain, more medication required to reduce / manage the pain. If in doubt, you are ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dov Finman
9 years experience Adolescent Medicine
Therapy: Medications only go so far, depending on your biological make-up and the source of the depression. If your depression stems from things in your life- ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evans Prieston
43 years experience Pharmacology
Hard to Answer: This is really a difficult question that unfortunately has no single answer that will fit every medication and every medical condition. For medication ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Social Problems: This is not a medical diagnosis. The term egomaniac is used widely but it is not in any way connected to a definable medical or mental condition.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience Neurosurgery
Dopamine: Dopamine is a natural product produced in the brain. I am not sure about the "happiness" factor but it is critical for the ability to control your mus ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Knecht
30 years experience Endocrinology
Vildagliptin: Hi. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist, and make sure they know your medical history and whatever other medicines you're taking. To your good diabete ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Use of medication: Addiction involves the way you're using a drug. If you're using this Codeine for other purposes than as prescribed -- despite ill effects on you, you ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
AD's: Releaf of depression/anxiety, while tolerated well with minimum or no side-effects.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
OCD: Is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that cause apprehension/fear/worry, and repetitive behaviors in attempt to reduce tension & ... Read More
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