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Can i take phentermine while taking adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Can i take phentermine while taking adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

No: The combination can cause additive central nervous system side effects and toxicity.It is not advisable. You would be better off working with your gp and a dietician on a weight loss/ exercise program with accountability. ...Read more

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Advice on taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) ADHD meds? Dosage?

Advice on taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) ADHD meds? Dosage?

Very individual: This is very individual, and depends upon the age of the patient, symptoms, response to medication, and other conditions the patient may have, etc. Please ask your own psychiatrist about Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) use and dosing in your own case. ...Read more

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Can taking Wellbutrin (bupropion) xl 150 mg and adderall take away adderall a suppressing appetite effect?

Can taking Wellbutrin (bupropion) xl 150 mg and adderall take away adderall a 
suppressing appetite effect?

Unlikely: Change in Adderall side effect of decreased appetite is not an interaction reported with Wellbutrin (bupropion). Wellbutrin (bupropion) is an antidepressant. If depression is better, appetite may also improve. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Will taking wellbutrin (bupropion) feel similar to taking adderall?

Will taking wellbutrin (bupropion) feel similar to taking adderall?

Probably not: Wllbutrin and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) both affect norepinephrin, but in different ways. If you are considering taking this medication, discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do celexa and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) interact?

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Do celexa and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) interact?

Celexa/Vyvanse: Should be safe combinbation if prescribed by one physician who is monitoring progress. Recommend taking vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) in morning & Celexa in the evening. ...Read more

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I overdosed on Concerta and Ritalin (methylphenidate)?

I overdosed on Concerta and Ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Major Depression: You are a Precious Human Being! You were born with Wonder of Life Force, giving you Breath of Life; due to which you have been living for 17 years. Please call 911 and go to ER for Diagnosis and Treatment. Inform close family members and friends present, and ask them to take you to ER, call suicide and crisis center in your area, or call 911. Your Life is Precious! ...Read more

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I overdosed on concerta and Ritalin (methylphenidate)?

ER vs Poison Control: If you believe that you have overdosed on Concerta and/or Ritalin (methylphenidate) then, you should call 911 or head to your local ER. Those are the 2 best options in my opinion. You should also advise your prescribing MD at some point about what happened. If you have any questions AFTER you're stabilized then, feel free to write me at: www.healthtap.com/dr-saghafi ...Read more

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Is taking oxycodone with adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) bad?

Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine): If both are prescribed, taking the pain medication only as needed should be ok. ...Read more

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Can I take 10 mg melatonin while taking 5 mg Lexapro (escitalopram)?

Can I take 10 mg melatonin while taking 5 mg Lexapro (escitalopram)?

Safe combination: It is safe to take lexapro (escitalopram) and melatonin at the same time although I would advise only 5mg of melatonin. ...Read more

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Anyone taking dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) for depression anymore?

Anyone taking dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) for depression anymore?

It has its place: Only after a very good therapeutic relationship, there have been extremely rare occasions when an amphetamine has been carefully applied with a helpful result. My use has been about once/decade. Now, my practice is from well functioning individual. ...Read more

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Taking Lamictal, luvox, (fluvoxamine) risperdol and klonopin. Can I take adderall?

Taking Lamictal, luvox, (fluvoxamine) risperdol and klonopin.  Can I take adderall?

If by doctor's order: If you're taking these medications on doctor's order then, I cannot tell you NOT to take either one of them or any of them. But if what you're asking is whether or not it's SAFE to take ADDERALL (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) with all the other medications or whether or not it's really NECESSARY for to take ADDERALL (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) given the rest of the drugs you're taking then, that discussion should really be with your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) while pregnant Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR extended release 30mg

Is it safe to take Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) while pregnant Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR extended release 30mg

No: Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is a category c teratogen in pregnancy. This means that animal studies have shown adverse fetal effects, but there aren't adequate studies to be sure in humans. This is a risk/benefit discussion to have with your OB and psychiatry doctors, about your personal situation. But exposed to adderall, (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) babies can be born too early, and go through amphetamine withdrawal. ...Read more

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Is taking three ritalin (methylphenidate) pills a day dangerous?

Is taking three ritalin (methylphenidate) pills a day dangerous?

Prescription?: Is this a prescription dosage? If so, talk with your doctor regarding side effects and drug interactions. If it is not your dose of medication, then i would advise avoiding taking too much of this medication. There is no "safe" medication -- not even over the counter medications. ...Read more

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Does taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) raise your metabolism?

Does taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) raise your metabolism?

Good question.: Individuals vary widely; some on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) will demonstrate increased caloric expenditure (which would be a reflection of higher "metabolism"). Others, especially very hyperactive children may decrease energy expenditure, because the med enables them to sit still more often. Dosage also makes a difference. The wgt loss however, that often occurs w/ Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is primarily due to decreased appetite. ...Read more

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Could taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR affect my period?

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Could taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) XR affect my period?

Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine): Not directly, no. Depending on dose, it can result in irritability, anxiety, insomnia. ...Read more

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Is taking Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and 5-htp normally ok?

No known interaction: There are no known interactions with 5 HTP and Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). 5 HTP is an unregulated supplement with little research available. It is often taken as a substitute for antidepressants, and as a remedy for many conditions. I've seen it interact with SSRI antidepressants. Please discuss this with whomever is prescribing the Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). ...Read more

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Can you take concerta and dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) together?

Can you take concerta and dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) together?

Concerta: Both are stimulants, Concerta is non-amphetamine, & Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) is Dextroamphetamine. I would not recommend that. ...Read more

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I just started taking concerta after not being on it for 2 years. They put me on 36 mg. And I have felt weird that past 2 days since I've started. I'l?

I just started taking concerta after not being on it for 2 years. They put me on 36 mg. And I have felt weird that past 2 days since I've started. I'l?

Weird how??: You don't indicate what dose you were on before and whether you had a confirmed diagnosis of ADHD or something else. Most people do experience a loss of appetite with Concerta and often find it takes a few days to adjust to the medication, also, adjusting to a feeling of being distracted to being very focused takes time. Please contact the doctor who prescribed your Rx to discuss your reaction. ...Read more

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What s the long term effects of taking concerta?

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What s the long term effects of taking concerta?

Concerta: I agree, as long as regular checkups done to monitor blood work & ekg. ...Read more

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My son says he hears loud noises in his head sometimes at night. He is currently taking concerta 27 mg daily.

My son says he hears loud noises in his head  sometimes at night. He is currently taking concerta 27 mg daily.

Talk to his doctor: It is possibly related to the medication, if it is constant or frequent a trial off is easy. Otherwise talk to his doctor who can access that in context-do not ignorte this. ...Read more

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Should i be taking concerta 18mg if I am allergic to milk?

Should i be taking concerta 18mg if I am allergic to milk?

Huh?: I don't know if i understand the question. If you're asking if Concerta will help your milk allergy, the answer is no. If you're asking if you will be harmed by Concerta because you're allergic to milk, my answer is "i don't see the connection". I want to make sure you understand that Concerta is a prescription medication for adhd, and as far as i know, it has nothing to do with milk or allergy. ...Read more

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How much more water should I drink a day while taking concerta?

How much more water should I drink a day while taking concerta?

Same as always: For a male your age the institute of medicine recommends at least 98 oz fluids daily (actually 3 liters). Could be all water, or combination of juice, water, etc. Best not to use caffeinated liquids since they interact adversely with the methylphenidate (active ingredient of concerta). Using Concerta doesn't increase the need for fluids, it just may cause dry mouth in some people. ...Read more

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Son is taking concerta in the am and fluvoxamine in the pm. Can we give him both in the am? He prefers it this way.

Mixing meds: You need to check with his prescribing physician, but it should be ok. There may be a reason it was recommended that way. Open communication is important with your doc. ...Read more

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How long after taking concerta is it safe to take tramadol?

How long after taking concerta is it safe to take tramadol?

Safe to take: There is not really any direct interaction between Concerta and tramadol. There is a slight decrease in the seizure threshold with low dose tramadol and Concerta may in very rare instances promote a seizure so the combination would not be the best in someone with a seizure disorder. The changes of a bad outcome with the combination of these medications is extraordinarily rare. Stay safe! ...Read more

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Does taking Concerta affect your sperm count and can it have an affect on the development of a baby?

Does taking Concerta affect your sperm count and can it have an affect on the development of a baby?

Concerta: would very rarely affect sperm count, and no reported permanent effect on sperm production. As for baby development, it still can be used with caution in pregnant ladies (category C) but preferably not during breastfeeding, hope that answers your questions ...Read more

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Does eating food before taking Concerta or Ritalin (methylphenidate) affect the rate and extent of absorption?

Does eating food before taking Concerta or Ritalin (methylphenidate) affect the rate and extent of absorption?

Yes.: But the extent to which it varies depends on the food, the particular preparation of medication, the person, other medications taken, other illnesses. I suggest you consult the prescriber. ...Read more

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I have narcolepsy, was taking concerta then stopped for 2mths and gained a lot of weight, started back on provigil, will it help me lose some weight?

I have narcolepsy, was taking concerta then stopped for 2mths and gained a lot of weight, started back on provigil, will it help me lose some weight?

Wieght Neutral: Though loss/reduced appetite has been reported with Provigil studies do not show much changes in weight. But since it improves wakefulness, thus increase physical activity while awake helps with weight loss . Also reduce overall caloric intake, reduce portion size, increase veggies/fruits intake. Report any anxiety, depression, rash . Take care. ...Read more

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How does lamitrogine help in ADHD inattentive pt taking concerta 36mg?

How does lamitrogine help in ADHD inattentive pt taking concerta 36mg?

Stability: Adding the medication helps stabilize the moods os a patient. The ups & downs even out. Sometimes this can be very helpful to such patients. ...Read more

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Does taking concerta kill brain cells?

Does taking concerta kill brain cells?

No: There is no evidence that stimulants such as Concerta permanently affect brain function and certainly none that they kill brain cells. They work by increasing activity of neurtransmitters between cells, but that effect is transient and stops when you stop taking the medicine. ...Read more

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Is a racing heart dangerous when taking concerta?

Is a racing heart dangerous when taking concerta?

Need to Evaluate: Stimulant medicines can cause an increase in heart rate. For many people this is not a significant issue, but for some people it can be a concern. It would be worthwhile for you to contact your prescribing physician asap for further guidance. My recommendation would be to not continue the Concerta until this matter can be evaluated. ...Read more

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What's the highest my heart rate should be when taking concerta?

What's the highest my heart rate should be when taking concerta?

Resting Rate 100 : Rapid heart rate is not a common side effect seen when taking Concerta (generic methylphenidate), but it can occur. 60 to 100 beats per minute (BPM) is considered a normal resting adult heart rate. Anything above 100 BPM would be considered abnormal. It is very important to establish a patient's baseline heart rate prior to treatment as some patients normally have heart rates greater than 100. ...Read more

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I'm taking concerta but tests show I do not have add how will a doctor get me off concerta?

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I'm taking concerta but tests show I do not have add how will a doctor get me off concerta?

Concerta: Even though tests for adhd are inconclusive, wonder if being on Concerta had effect on outcome of test. Your prescribing doctor is best guide to what to do with your meds. ...Read more

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I just started taking concerta and well butrin yesterday. I have been fatigued and jittery. Is this normal?

I just started taking concerta and well butrin yesterday. I have been fatigued and jittery. Is this normal?

Stimulants: Quite common. One question- what is your caffiene intake? I don't give my high coffeee drinkers wellbutrin (bupropion) untill they taper down. You are taking a stimulating antidepressant and Concerta which is a stimulant. If sxs don't start improving over the next week, please discuss with the provider who prescribed them. ...Read more