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Re: more on concerta Krazy Kat

Posted by Ritch on June 5, 2002, at 13:18:09

In reply to more on concerta, posted by Krazy Kat on June 5, 2002, at 10:24:08

> ah, tis a fascinating subject, tisn't it? perhaps i will keep this thread going for years... ;)
> i am taking 36 mg of Concerta for the first time today. Took 18 mg for about a week. I'm having some struggle with a mild depression, and pdoc wants to see if the Concerta can handle this. I'm a little skeptical, but then I do not want to add Welbutrin (his other thought) because it made me so irritable and just plain mean the last ime i tried it.
> Concerta downsides - nausea, nausea, nausea. Headaches in the afternoon. Jumpiness. Desire to bawl (but I think this is the depression now).
> Concerta benefits thus far - am awake more and can focus somewhat better.
> Am still taking Depakote 1000 mg at night and 1000 mg in the morning.


Have you noticed that it lasts long enough throughout the day at the higher dose? I am a little surprised your pdoc didn't notch you up to the 27mg dose first, though. I hope it works out OK. I know what you mean about SSRI's. For me they are *instant* hypomania (*all* of them!). Effexor was even worse. Remeron made me agitated and confused/hostile. Serzone settled me down, but I was very confused (like trazodone). Wellbutrin makes me very panicky and grouchy. Dexedrine has been the weirdest experience (for a stimulant). That stuff actually makes me feel sleepy, my eyes get this relaxed-tired look to them. The thing about stimulants that I have noticed (*all* of them), is they tend to cause mood SAMENESS all day for me (that is if the blood levels are reasonable constant). Now, the SAMENESS might not be that super of a feeling. They tend to make me too nervous and jittery, but it is the SAME feeling all daylong, day after day. When I was on the dex for a month-my mood chart just shows nothing but goose-eggs (0) for mood. If I could just tolerate the anxiety..





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