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So, I had a meltdown this morning. My doctor told me this my LAST chance to recover with outpatient, so it looks like shortly I will be headed to inpatient. I called my therapist at six this morning bawling because I feel so hopeless, and we met and discussed some options. She and my doctor think I should try Concerta for my A.D.D/impulsiveness. Has anyone else tried it? I'm very scared to try because the drugs I've tried in the past (Lexapro and Prozac) have had HORRIBLE results. But I also know i NEED medicine, like there is something not right in my brain. I would love some feedback. Thanks =)

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Espiritual
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i was diagnosed with ADD when

i was diagnosed with ADD when i was in impatient treatment. They gave me Dexedrine (like Ritalin), which has been a wonder drug for curbing the binge urge. Type in dexadrine in the search mode- and you can read about my experience and knowledge of add and bulimia. If you have any other questions- feel free to ask- there have been scientific studies done on bulimia and ADHD/ADD and i talk about it and the drugs in my blogs.

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Long answer, but you asked... !

I have taken concerta. It's the same as ritalin, but it lasts longer ie 10ish hours as opposed to 4ish hours. Concerta worked well for me but it's too expensive and so i'm taking ritalin for the last 5ish years. It has helped me a lot- i feel a lot more in control and capable, it really helped me to get my life more organised and therefore huge reduction in anxiety. A side effect is that it reduces your appetite, but (unfortunately lol!) that only lasted about a month with me until my body got used to it and i put that weight back quickly! It can also have a side effect of causing depression so you gotta be careful, especially if you are depressed to begin with. With me, i feel so much more human on ritalin that it actually HELPED my depression. I did quite a lot of reading medical journals on bulimia and ADHD at one stage. impulsiveness is a characteristic of both disorders so that's why they say Concerta or ritalin can help. However, it didn't really help me with that area of my life. In fact, my bulimia started about a year after i was on ritalin. (although i have always had disorded eating since high school). They say Concerta / ritalin can be addictive but i've never felt like that at all. So... Bottom line... It's a serious drug to help a serious problem, but it is safe as long as it's prescribed by a psychiatrist or specialist of some sort. It also doesn't build up in your system, so if it doesn't work or the side effects are making you crazy, you can just stop taking it, you don't have to come off it slowly. And i think that's all i have to say about that... Hope it helped...

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Thank you both soooo much.

Thank you both soooo much. Both of your posts really helped, and I appreciate it!! Celinabea I'm going to go read about your experiences now!

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ok- dont type that in- here

ok- dont type that in- here is the info i wanted you to read:

I read a scholarly article on Dexedrine on the treatment of bulimia and ADHD/ADD treating like that- I read it a long time ago- but I know that in the study they prescribed 5mg at the beginning and then increased that to five times a day.

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I used to take Concerta, but

I used to take Concerta, but I've apparently grown out of my ADD and don't need to take it anymore (I have NO clue how this happened). It was the first ADD med I'd been on that didn't provoke a reaction in me, and it helped me a lot. It did REALLY curb my appetite, though. Of course, this was all years ago; I have no idea if it would have the same effect today.

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Thank you! Did you take it

Thank you! Did you take it once a day or twice? My doctor thinks I should take it twice, taking one at like 2 pm to hold me through the afternoon/night hours, which are typically my biggest struggles.

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that's a good idea. I only

that's a good idea. I only really needed it during school, from 8-4 or so. If you take it at night, there is one thing to watch out for: insomnia. If I ever took a concerta after noon, I would be up all night thinking. Something about the super concentration made it really hard for me to clear my head for long enough to fall asleep.

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