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Re: Excellent TV show on ADHD/Concerta on Family Chan

Posted by zeugma on April 18, 2005, at 17:26:55

In reply to Re: Excellent TV show on ADHD/Concerta on Family Chan theo, posted by ed_uk on April 16, 2005, at 15:55:34

> Hi!
>
> >Do you know if taking two 18mg pills would be the same effect as taking one 36mg pill?
>
> Yes, taking two would be fine.
>
> >I move fast and sometimes don't give meds a fair chance but from what I understand, stimulants either work immediately or they don't. Is this a fair statement?
>
> Not really, finding the best therapeutic dose/regimen can take time.
>

I have to second this. Ritalin had little effect until I got up to 50 mg, and even then I had called my pdoc in despair telling him that the med was having no effect. Soon after, two weeks into the 50 mg dosage, my symptoms suddenly started to improve. There is something of a mythology about stims either having immediate therapeutic effects or being completely ineffectual.

On the other hand, I received an immediate anxioytic effect from my first dose of clonazepam (.25 mg). Perhaps this means that it's harder for me to be stimulated than it is for me to relax.

Strattera actually 'kicked in' faster than Ritalin for me. And one of its 'diadvantages' relative to stims is supposedly its slow onset of action. Strattera had other problems, but slowness of onset was not one of them.

-z
>


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