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Is there anything I can take other than ritalin (methylphenidate) to help stay awake and focused?

Is there anything I can take other than ritalin (methylphenidate) to help stay awake and focused?

Getting proper sleep: Are you getting sufficient sleep or are you not getting restorative sleep. If you are not getting restorative sleep talk to your doctor about a sleep study. If there are no medical reasons for your tiredness and a sleep study is normal, then medications such as Provigil or Nuvigil may be helpful. ...Read more

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Methylphenidate (Definition)

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Was tired all the time all tests normal dr put me on ritalin (methylphenidate) 10mg 2x per day for stimulant to stay awake. Now getting tired again why?

Was tired all the time all tests normal dr put me on ritalin (methylphenidate) 10mg 2x per day for stimulant to stay awake. Now getting tired again why?

Unsure: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a way to manage your symptom of excessive tiredness, but it is not clear what your underlying problem is that caused your symptom. Perhaps the underlying cause hasn't resolved or been treated. There are too many possible causes of tiredness that need to be considered. Possibilities include depression, anemia, ... You may also have developed some tolerance to ritalin (methylphenidate). Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What should I notice after 5 days on ritalin (methylphenidate) ir 2x a day? I don't see any improvement !what should I do ?How long will it take to notice better focus?

What should I notice after 5 days on ritalin (methylphenidate) ir 2x a day? I don't see any improvement !what should I do ?How long will it take to notice better focus?

Right away. : Effect is with first dose but often it is the people around you who notice first. The dose may need to be increased or medication changed. There is a group of people who do not respond to Ritalin (methylphenidate) but will respond to Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) ( amphetamine) related medications. It should be a slow and deliberate process to find right treatment. Treatment is long term. Be patient. ...Read more

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My doctor said ritalin (methylphenidate) isn't intended to keep me awake. So if i'm still dosing off on class can ritalin (methylphenidate) still help me to focus?

Ritalin (methylphenidate): Ritalin (methylphenidate) can help you focus. However, it seems that your dose needs to be adjusted. If you are falling asleep in class the Ritalin (methylphenidate) may be keeping you awake at night. If not then you need a stronger dose. Consult your doctor to get your dose regulated. ...Read more

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Was prescribed with ritalin (methylphenidate) 10mg for 14days to help with concentration and focus problem. Not depressed. Should i take it?

Only if you have a : Valid dsm-iv tr (dsm-v in may) diagnosis of adhd- combined type or -primarily inattentive type: 6 or > significant symptoms of inattention +/- hyperactivity/impulsivity that harmfully impact your daily functioning at home and work or school for at least 6 months, that first started < age 7 (< age 10 in dsm-v). If not, ask your psychiatrist to refer you for a neuropsychological evaluation. ...Read more

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Using ritalin (methylphenidate) to focus on work could lead to depression?

Using ritalin (methylphenidate) to focus on work could lead to depression?

Ritalin (methylphenidate) use: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a stimulant and is used in treatment of adhd. It acts to increase Dopamine levels in the brain. It cannot cause depression. It actually may help relieve anxiety or depression often associated with adhd. If you experience worsening symptoms, seek immediate consultation with a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Are there any other ways to increase alertness and concentration besides ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Are there any other ways to increase alertness and concentration besides ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Mind games: There are many good mind games that force you to concentrate and focus and stay alert. Good games are available for hand helds, but even old card games like bridge can help. Playing music, painting pictures, doing photography, even knitting are other excellent mind exercises. My wife contends that cooking is an excellent mind exercise. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if drugs like ritalin (methylphenidate) really help you focus when it comes to school?

Can you tell me if drugs like ritalin (methylphenidate) really help you focus when it comes to school?

Add-yes: Patients with a proper diagnosis of attention deficit disorder may benefit with better focus in school settings. Patients without add have little if any benefit. ...Read more

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