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Dx narcolepsy w/o cat 2yrs last 6 months experiencing difficulty falling asleep can I have insomnia too? Sometimes takes hrs to fall asleep rx:ritalin

Dx narcolepsy w/o cat 2yrs last 6 months experiencing difficulty falling asleep can I have insomnia too? Sometimes takes hrs to fall asleep rx:ritalin

Yes: You can have insomnia and narcolepsy. Ritalin (methylphenidate) can cause difficulty with sleep. Please let your physician know. In the meantime, use excellent sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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What is ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Or methylphenidate: Is a stimulant drug used in the treatment of attention deficit disorder (with/without hyperactivity). In add pts, it has the effect of calming down their revving engine so they can concentrate more effectively, complete tasks, not be in constant motion. It's a controlled substance which requires a special prescription in many states. ...Read more

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Is ritalin (methylphenidate) addictive?

Is ritalin (methylphenidate) addictive?

Tolerance: There is potential for tolerance. A major issue is that Ritalin (methylphenidate) can be abused (with potential for addiction). ...Read more

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Ritalin (methylphenidate) side effects?

Yes,: Like all medications Ritalin (methylphenidate) can cause side effects in some people. Common ones include nervousness, dizziness, loss of appetite, but there are more serious possible side effects. These include allergic reactions, hallucinations, chest pain and behavioral changes. ...Read more

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How can you undo ritalin's side effects?

How can you undo ritalin's side effects?

ADHD: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is one of the short acting stimulants for add/adhd. Initially started at lower dose, gradually titrated upward at which symptoms come under control. Side effects at beginning 2-4 weeks: loss of appetite, weight loss, poor sleep, stomach discomfort if taken in empty stomach; then resolve. If symptoms continues more- 1-2 months, talk to your doc. May need dose adjustment or different med. ...Read more

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Will piracetam affect ritalin's effectiveness?

Probably not: An interaction checker indicates no negative interactions. Piracetam has been found to help memory in some studies. Typically this is one of the symptoms of adhd. ...Read more

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Can ritalin (methylphenidate) cause gastritis?

Can ritalin (methylphenidate) cause gastritis?

Yes: Yes, it can cause irritation of the stomach and small intestine. May help to take with pepcid (famotidine) or zegrid. No known interaction with these drugs. ...Read more

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Can ritalin (methylphenidate) affect breathing?

Can ritalin (methylphenidate) affect breathing?

Not usually: If you develop difficulty breathing, hives or swelling of the lips, tongue or throat - this could be a serious allergic reaction that warrants immediate medical care. Respiratory side effects are not common. ...Read more

Methylphenidate (Definition)

Is the generic name of ritalin (methylphenidate). It is a ...Read more


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Ritalin (Definition)

Ritalin is an appetite suppressant which is a kind ...Read more