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Ritalin (Methylphenidate) (MPH) is a prescription stimulant commonly used to treat Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, and Attention-deficit disorder, or ADD. It is also one of the primary drugs used to treat the daytime drowsiness symptoms of narcolepsy and chronic fatigue syndrome. The drug is seeing early use to treat cancer-related fatigue.
Brand names of drugs that contain methylphenidate include instant-release racemic methylphenidate Ritalin, Ritalina, Rilatine, Attenta (in Australia), Methylin, Penid, and Rubifen; and the sustained release tablets Concerta, Metadate CD, Methylin ER, Ritalin LA, and Ritalin-SR. Focalin is a preparation containing only dextro-methylphenidate, rather than the usual racemic dextro- and levo-methylphenidate mixture of other formulations. A newer way of taking methylphenidate is by using a transdermal patch (under the brand name Daytrana), similar to those used for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), nicotine release and pain relief (Fentanyl).
Methylphenidate is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant indicated in the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. When prescribed at the correct dosage, methylphenidate is usually well tolerated by patients.
In individuals with cancer, methylphenidate is commonly used to counteract opioid-induced somnolence, to increase the analgesic effects of opioids, to treat depression, and to improve cognitive function.
Posted by Karthick on 2nd Jul 2014
I am a 28 year old male, father of 2 boys (7-9), small binusess owner, fulltime college student, and the sole provider for my family of four. I have been on IR Adderall for 10 years and I am at 30mg 2-3 times a day.My life was once a long shot from normal and productive, from the age of 4 15 I struggled to survive as an unmedicated ADD/ADHD diagnosed kid. I saught my own way to medicate myself since my Father had been 100% against having an only son with the forbidden ADHD label . HEROIN, first snorting but only a few weeks agter my discovery of this sunshine in a bag I was shooting the stuff. Really though, that stuff brought me down to a livable and manageable speed, a plain that was comfortable and gave me the break i had been waiting for all those years.Needless to say, that lifestyle only lasted from the age of 15 up to my early twenties, and stopped so fast that it took 18 months of very expensive rehab to recoop. I now have 6 1/2 years clean and sober, a Hep C infected liver, kidney disease, PTSD (some bad experiences i made it thru during my addiction days), and of course ADD/ADHD. Its amazing that a human being can overcome an obstical in life, such as heroin addiction, but cant cope with ADD/ADHD without medicine! And thats the damn truth too, especially for those of us who were diagnosed and medicated before entering college. Now since the fricken shortage presented its self, my life has become a F****** joke again, I feel more worthless than I did when I was sticking 15-20 needles in my arms a days. This shortage is F-ing BS. This shortage has stomped a GD hole is what used to be my almost perfect life, the life that i didnt want nor did I care to live it (for the first 1/2 3/4 of my 28 yrs). Everything was perfect; honor roll, binusess 80% of the last 8-9 yrs.Present day-I have to go to court on march 23rd for a misdameanor Larceny from Home Depot because I walked out of the store with a strip of staples for my nail gun, walking to my truch 20 outside of entrance (to see if the staples fit my gun, instead of bringing in my staplegun! .. such an iddiot). And I wrote a statement basically saying I stole the damn things when i honestly did not. On March 19th i have a second court date for a second misdameanor from Belks, for putting on a longsleeved t-shirt that i was going to buy, but after having it in my hands or over my shoulder as I aimlessly walked around the store for over 1 1/2 hrs, I ended up walking out without pa2ying; not remembering I had the thing on my body! As i smoked a cigeratte just outside the entrance to Belk, these 2 loss prevention guys came up behing me and grabbed me . After i asked what the hell their problem was, the told me the problem was the shirt i stole from their store. My response was do you see a F****** shirt it my F****** hands, you gd dumbasses? . The only dumbass was me though because they pointed out that i was wearing the shirt, not holding in my hands. God, I still feel like a moron, I am ashamed of what happened even though I didnt purposely leave with out paying for it. Then they wouldnt let me buy it even after i let them call the cops and give me a citation . But since i had been rationing my pills for a couple months, i hadnt even taken a single pill that day and this happened at 7:00 pm! Both of these incidences happened because of the damn government and its stupid policy's with controlled medications and their set limits for the pharmacuitcal's ingredients Which I have to say it the biggest crock of shit I have heard, well since Obama was elected anyways . LMFAO .Can ya'll imagine how the judge will react if I tell him/her what I just told all of you? They will with out a doubt laugh in my face if I told her what happened to me. As if I'm not embarrased enough and dont feel like a midget living in a gaints world. Thays ok because i have let myself be something to laugh at (a dumb druggie) in the past and I will never do anything that would make me feel that way again; even though when getting both citations I felt that way, and no one forced me to walk out with the stuff. In other words, theres no way in hell that i am going to put the spot light on myself as u turn the entire court room into my own Saturday Night Live skit . its just not my style folks lolTo make a long story short, this shortage had weakend my grasp on life in many ways, including ways I didnt list above; No longer being on the honor roll, being cited for shoplifting twice in 45 days, and my overall quality of life nosediving from a 100 % to a percentage below 50 has been a great tradgity; A SHORTAGE OF THIS KIND, MAGNITUDE, AND THE SEVERITY, AS WELL AS THE PERCENTAGE OF AMERICANS WHOM IT EFFECTS, IS A TRADGITY. A GREAT FALURE AND INJUSTICE HAS BEEN DONE TO THE LIVES OF MANY AMERICANS WHO ARE DEPENDANT ON OUR OWN GOVERNMENT. OUR GOVERNMENT CONTROLS A MEDICINE THAT IS THE KEY FOR MANY OF ITS CITIZENS ABILITY TO SURVIVE, SUCH AS: FUNCTION PROPERLY, WORK, LEARN IN SCHOOL, BE PRODUCTIVE, BE HAPPY, ETC. MOREOVER, IN 2012 OUR GOVERNMENT, THE STRONGEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD,COULD/SHOULD HAVE AVOIDED THIS PROBLEM AS IT CAN AND SHOULD DO WITH MOST OF THE ISSUES THAT EFFECT OUR COUNTRY. ONCE AGAIN WE HAVE BEEN FAILED BY NONE OTHER THAN OUR OWN F****** GOVERNMENT. ALL I KNOW IS THAT IM OVER THE GOVERNMENT CONTROLLING EVERYTHING BECAUSE AS WE ALL KNOW, EVERYTHING THEY TOUCH TURNS TO SHIT.(IT MAKES ME NOT WANT TO FILE MY DAMN TAXES THIS YEAR WHY SHOULD I MAKE MY CONTRIBUTION WHEN I CANT EVEN GET MEDICATION THAT I NEED CUZ OF THEIR GD REGULATIONS? THEY WILL HAVE TO TAKE MY BLOOD IF THEY WANT ANY TAX DOLLARS FROM ME THIS YEAR)
Posted by Paloma on 26th Jul 2013
Nicole- please don't call it a brain dciefiency - it's just a *difference*. Not everybody has the same levels of everything in their systems. We can concentrate and focus just fine when we're involved in something that really interests us. We just tend to not want to bother with the boring things, but the problem is with our modern society that says everybody needs to focus on that boring stuff the majority of the time. We rebel against being a part of the herd and doing what we're told, we think outside the box and want to be happy and to find joy in our lives. That's not a dciefiency- that's a gift.If we were allowed to play all day, and to learn new things while we are playing, and to do work that engages us and uses our gifts- then we would have happy lives that aren't filled with anxiety and depression because then our lives wouldn't be full of trying to live up to other people's expectations (or what we think their expectations are). How boring it must be to be the status quo! I'd much rather bask in my wild ideas and endless tangents. We are the innovators and the world-changers- we constantly wonder why and why not and ask the questions other people don't think to ask.ADD/ADHD meds can help us function in this modern society we have and be productive in more tangible ways (because aren't we all judged by how productive and efficient we are?). This shortage is only because of bureaucracy and red tape what was intended to stop meth abuse/production didn't have a way out when more people were diagnosed and then they began medication or people already on it had dosages increased. If you have to put in paperwork to get the supplies you need to produce the meds and you base your future numbers on the exact same numbers you currently have, then what will you do when suddenly those numbers need a larger supply- and oh, oops! There's all the new people who are now needing some too, and oh no, now their dosages are being increased Now there's not enough to get through the winter! So you file more paperwork to get more supplies from the entity that controls them, which is a longer wait and results in them not giving you as much as you asked for So heck, while we twiddle our thumbs wondering when we'll get some more supplies to get our meds back into production, why don't we go ahead and price gauge the supply that's left in stock so we can make some money off this down time? Sounds great! Let's double the price! No, wait, let's quadruple it! Yay for us! We get to stay in business!Speaking of tangents Don't knock what you haven't tried (and tried vigilantly for long periods of time). Natural supplements CAN work for some people but maybe not for others. Some meds work for some people but not for others. Diet and lifestyle changes are good things that can help the other things you are doing to take care of yourself- whether you're on meds or supplements or nothing. Meditation, counseling, hiring a coach, having a support system- these can all help you. There is no single guaranteed treatment plan that works exactly the same for everyone, so it is up to you to give everything a chance to find what works best. Things happen in life that we have to deal with, like medication shortages that are out of our control, being laid off and losing health insurance so we can't afford counseling and maybe not even the cheapest meds. But there are other options out there that may help you no matter what your circumstances are. YOU have to do the work to find them. Ask for help if you need it, and keep asking until you find the one who can help you.Never rely 100% on one thing to get you through (the magic pill ). With the shortages, we can see how destructive that reliance can be. Our reactions to the shortages and fears about the what ifs if we can't get our meds can be many times worse than the actual experience of going without our medication. Stop the negative cycle and find the positive things to focus on. Give yourself more time to do the harder things, get more sleep, make time to make yourself relax and shift gears into a better state of mind (meditate).And please, folks, never NEVER take more than what the doctor has prescribed. First, that can be dangerous and might just be your impulsivity coming back out because the different medication doesn't work for you. Second, when you run out of meds because you took too many too fast, you may find yourself cut off from meds for the rest of the month (or longer) because the doctor doesn't want to write you a new prescription just in case you are abusing it. If it doesn't feel like it's working, it's probably not, so why take more? Call the doctor for advice.And if you are a woman who has estrogen peaks (especially if you are mid-30s and older) or periods of time where your estrogen is too high (you wouldn't know it without a blood test), that will affect your insulin and blood glucose levels which in turn can prevent your medication from doing it's job. Taking more pills during these times probably won't do a darned thing for your focus and attention, but could do bad things for the rest of your body (especially your heart).The medication shortage won't last forever, but don't freak out through it and let your life fall to pieces. Even if you have to tell your boss you are having a hard time because you are off your meds or on a lower dose, or went to a different one that doesn't work as well- then tell your boss. Lean on the people you can trust- that's what they're there for. Find more people you can trust, and ask them for help. And remember to find a way to show them your appreciation or pay them back in kind.It's easy to freak out, but why freak out when the help you need may be standing right in front of you? Keep your stress levels down, reduce your obligations, and find the people who can help you figure out some ways to make it easier to get through. And be sure to say No to the ones who are asking too much of you.
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