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question about ritalin.

I have been recently diagnosed with adult adhd with doctor prescribed me ritalin 10 mg at 7 am and 4pm.  this is my second day on ritalin . after taking the medication i am feeling jittery, nervous and more distracted . . is this normal ?


Ritalin didn’t work with me, I had been on it as a child, and was switched to Dexedrine. The Ritalin made me irritable and very cranky. As for diet, I am cutting down on artificial colors and flavors; those don’t affect my mood, they affect my skin… And when I cut back on them , my skin cleared up, but when I have anything with artificial colors/ flavors, my skin breaks out.

Posted by Lilapsophile on Jan 05, 2014 at 4:59am


Most ADD drugs have an adjustment period and many need tweaking. Your symptoms can be normal for someone with anxiety, but are not necessarily acceptable.  Sometimes people choose the long acting if the short acting is too much of a burst. First, make sure you are not taking any other stimulant while the drug is in your body - coffee, tea, chocolate, caffeinated soda and possibly sugar. Keep good track of the side effects. I started on Adderall with those symptoms, but it turned out by day 4 to be an allergy - rash, flushing, swelling, itching etc.  You want to have a good idea of whether your issue is a dosing or timing issue, an interaction with caffeine issue, an allergy, or “just” an attenuation of your anxiety.  Get your blood pressure checked frequently and keep track. Strattera is an option some people with anxiety use because it’s not a stimulant - they might use it instead of a stimulant or as a way to reduce the dose of the stimulant. Keep good notes and talk to your doctor.  You can also talk to your pharmacist if you are taking any other prescriptions, OTC drugs or supplements to see if anything else you are taking is making this worse.

Posted by Juggler on Jan 04, 2014 at 7:23pm


watch the sky
I have Adult Add and worked as an RN with the medication and felt the same way for years. Now I take Confienza which helps with anxiety and stress and clears your mind. No more side effects for me.

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I am really tired of medications with side effects that is why I use herbal products and feel more confident , content, and no anxiousness!

Happy New Year

Patti Schultz RN Distributor

Posted by watch the sky on Jan 04, 2014 at 8:10pm

Posted by adhdmomma on Jan 06, 2014 at 8:00pm

Ugh. I disliked Ritlian - and it disliked me!

Posted by PublicHealthStudent89 on Jan 09, 2014 at 1:52am

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