Problems with meds
Hello, I’m Jeff, 25yrs old, I was diagnosed ADD when i was kid. (3rd grade) At the time i remember they had me on Ritalin, but can’t recall the dose, but i do remember it was the highest dose for my age bracket. By the 5th grade, I didn’t like how the meds made me feel; They made me a “zombie”, so I told my mom i didn’t want to be on it any longer, and she took me off. I never even thought about my ADD until this last year.
Ive gone all these years un-medicated and under the assumption that ADD went away with age. Then one day at work, it kind of dawned on me, that not only did I still have ADD, but either I had been ignoring it all these years and just took notice, or something changed with my brain chemestry and the ADD is back and REALLY strong.
First thing I did was take a visit to the local clinic. Unfortunatly I’ve struggled most of my life financially, and extra money is never really available so things are always tight, so I’ve always been stuck with the “cheap way out” on a regular basis even though cheap isn’t always the best option. Anyway, So I went down to the clinic and they set me up with another doctor that wasn’t my regular. I explained my situation about being diagnosed as a kid, struggling as much as i was at work, and that i had an interview coming up with a very good paying job and my ADD “tendencies” were a high concern with me. He recommended “behavioral theropy” rather than drugs.
I turned around and made a follow up appoinment with my regular doctor at the clinic.
When I was at my second appointment, she immediatly addressed my concerns, had me fill out a couple questionair forms, even spoke to my mom via phone to verify my diagnosis. She then put me on 20mg (1pill) of Ritalin every work day before work. I went to the local pharmacy thinking i would pick it up for the regular $4 that most the meds are when you fill it with a card provided from the clinic for discount meds, only to find out that our WONDERFULL (wonderfull being used very loosely) government just passed a new law stating that no form of discount can be used towards “controlled substances” which Ritalin is considered a controlled substance.
That one month supply cost me roughly 75 bucks that i didn’t have becuase bills for my family are a little more important. But none the less, found the extra funds and was able to fill the perscription. Next day, started takin my meds… no change in behavior what so ever. I figured “Oh, well it must take a couple weeks to work into your system…” finished out the month and made it to my next schedualed doctor appointment. Informed her that i noticed no change at all on the meds. she then consulted a little medicin book, and proceeded to double my dose. instead of 20mg, she stepped it up to taking 2 20mg pills before work. I still had some left over from the last month, so I started doubling the dose as instructed, and I still didnt notice any change even after 40mg of Ritalin.
I took the perscription back to the pharmacy where they told me my perscription is going to run over $150… OVER $150!?!?!?
That was about 6months ago, and I have yet to fill the perscription just for the simple fact that, i can’t afford it. If she had me on 40mg and it still didnt have an effect on me, then how much will it cost me to get how ever much i need? So now I’m back to just dealing with my ADD w/o meds.
Has anyone delt with anything like this before?
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