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The issues: The various state medical boards can/will revoke or restrict the license of any doc who does not do an appropriate in person evaluation of a person for prescription meds when proper. This includes doing a history, exam, vital signs & testing if needed, all recorded on a permanent record. That said this site is for general questions & does not offer any treatments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any add meds that have the effectiveness of a stimulant medication, but do not have the addictive potential?
How can I increase my appetite while taking ADD stimulant medication like Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine)? I don't eat!!
Evaluate your dosing: Decreased appetite is a well known side effect to medications such as dexedrine (dextroamphetamine). Medication dosing for stimulants such as these may need to be adjusted. Rather than looking for something to remedy this side effect, consult with your doctor. You may require a lower dose, or a different medication that may work for the ADD yet not severely suppress your appetite. ...Read more
Are there particular stimulant medications that tend to be better tolerated for those individuals who have ADHD and anxiety?
Maybe a side effect: A known side effect is muscle twitching. Another is stomach cramps. Yours may not be common, but it can still be a side effect. Ask the prescribing doctor and/or your pharmacist for their opinion and suggestions. Your other rx drugs might be interacting in ways that produce unexpected effects. I hope you find relief. ...Read more
What are the differences between magnesium citrate vs oxide? Which will work better with stimulant medication?
If one stimulant for ADHD causes me more anxiety will all stimulant medication cause me anxiety? Does the anxiety go away?
Not necessarily, tho: Lots of caffeine + a methylphenidate or an amphetamine is probably not a good idea. Either stimulant can increase anxiety in a person with adhd & comorbid anxiety disorder(s) or decrease anxiety from a situational reaction to inability to please teachers, parents, bosses, meet deadlines, sustain relationships, etc. Because of having untreated adhd. The fda-approved adjunct Intuniv may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I want to wean myself off of the stimulant vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). What are some ways to replace its effects without using other stimulant medication?
No ADHD medications: It is very difficult to get the same responses that you have when you take vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) (or any other stimulant medication). Following a structured routine, keeping a to do list, allowing more time to finish tasks, and other such behaviors can help with or without medication. There are natural ingredients that may help. Check with a qualified practitioner for suggestions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I use to take a non stimulant medication for ADHD but stopped now. What types of stimulants are physical or psychological?
Behavior tx. vs. med: In addition to what my colleague just said, you need to talk to a psychiatrist to asses how severe your add is. Can it be managed with a behavior intervention, medications or both? Stimulants are effective and safe if used under the guidance of a physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Taking 5mg ritalin (methylphenidate) 2-3 times daily for fatigue. Causing headaches will it stop or is there another stimulant medication i can take?
Consult your doc: Headaches can be a side effect of stimulant meds, ask your doc about whether this might be reduced if u take it by clock rather than "2-3 x day", or if a slow release form might smooth out the rise and drop in blood levels. If you are missing sleep becaue of the stimulants - this whole approach can backfire - so finding and treating the cause of excess fatigue might be something else to consider. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have been diagnosed with adult adhd. In your experience what kind of non-stimulant medications or therapies are the safest and most effective?
When do doctors prescribe non stimulant medications for ADHD ? In which cases? Which are the benefits of stimulant medications over non stimulant med
Stimulants are more effective.: Non-stimulants are used in people who prefer not to be on a stimulant, who have anxiety disorders, have a prior history of addiction, or even along with a psychostimulant in the event that they have not responded adequately. The other non- stimulants are often used adjunctively, or in the case of antidepressants, in an attempt to treat both conditions simultaneously. Some people prefer the use of antidepressants especially if they are effective in a given individual. ...Read more
Hi, I have recently developed a pulsating in my right temple. It isn't painful but I can feel it throbbing and sometimes it throbs with more intensity. I have been studying a lot for the MCAT recently and I have also been on stimulant medication. Is there
Caution: You may be having side effects from stimulants, eg, hypertension, headaches, fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse. Please take stimulants only if prescribed and carefully monitored. Suggest you go to urgent care for eval to include EKG, blood pressure checked. Be honest about what stimulants you're taking if not prescribed. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more
Not the best idea: Clonazapam can be habit forming and addictive. It's in a class of medications called sedative-hypnotics or downers. Stimulant medications can be considered uppers. So you take an upper in the morning and a downer at night? It doesn't seem wise, right. One can build up a tolerance to clonazapam, and over time, require higher and higher doses, leading to other problems like memory loss. Avoid it. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can you overcome MPH tachyphylaxis by switching from Ritalin (methylphenidate) to Adderall? Or to another stimulant medication?
Yes: Based on the pharmacodynamics leading to tachyphylaxis, research into delivery options has found that fine tuning the method of delivery decreases the risk for tachyphylaxis. One formulation that has been consistently superior is Concerta. Some of the generic preparations do not accurately replicate the release dynamics of he brand name so I suggest starting with it. There are also many more optionsask your doctor ...Read more
If concerned about developing heart problems, would it be wise to switch from stimulant ADHD medication to non-stimulant medication? Is it safer?
ADHD: If your heart and cardiovascular system is otherwise normal, then stimulant medication for adhd doesn't represent a large risk. If you happen to have an unstable cardiovascular system, then such stimulant medications could be problematic. Its always a good idea to discuss with your treating doctor to get their perspective. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should you have heart tests before starting ADHD stimulant medications like ritalin (methylphenidate) ?
Why does taking add stimulant medications such as Adderall and ritalin (methylphenidate) or anti-depressants give me hemorrhoids and makes me sweat more?
Not likely: Sweating is an infrequent side effect of stimulant medications, but can happen. It's much more common with antidepressants -- both tricyclics and ssri's. Paradoxically, ssri's can also sometimes help decrease hot flashes. Older tricyclic antidepressants can cause constipation and lead to hemorrhoids, but the newer ssri's are less likely to do this. They more frequently lead to diarrhea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do psychiatrists prescribe benzodiazepines with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or just ADHD stimulant medications?
Benzos and ADHD: This is not a usual combination. Benzodiazepines are antianxiety medications and may cause sedation countering the effect of adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). If anxiety complicated your adhd or is contributed to by adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine), considering an alternative to Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) should be discussed with your prescriber. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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