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    adult woman on ritalin?
    knj777 posted:
    I am a healthy 37 year old woman. My doc prescribed me ritalin for memory problems, lack of concentration....etc. I have never been prescribed anything like this before. I am kind of nervous to take my first 5 mg. pill. I heard it can also make you loose weight. Does anyone know about this? I also take Lexapro for mild depression. Has anyone taken Lexapro and ritalin? There's no side affects or any concerns are there?
    jayd1977 responded:
    Hi, I am Jay. Taking 5mg. of ritalin should not have any major side effects. Most people take 20mg. tablets several times a day. 5mg. is the smallest dose on the market. I am ADHD and have taken ritalin. The doctor is probably starting with a low dose to see how you will react. Do not be afraid! Just stay in contact with your doctor.
    RoseJPark responded:
    I am a healthy 49 year old woman. I also have depression and ADHD (memory problems, lack of concentration, etc.) I just started taking generic Adderall and I also take Zoloft for my depression. I am doing great - life feels so much better to me now.

    I am also suffering from peri-menopause which has made all of my symptoms so much worse.

    I only take around 20 mg of Adderall a day (while I am at work).

    Don't be afraid to try it; hopefully you will find some relief.
    mrshas responded:
    I am 55 years old and on ritalin and paxil. Ritalin has literally improved my life. The paxil slowed me down and made me feel kind of flat and lethargic. Then I was given ritalin and it changed everything. I have energy and feel happy again. But the main thing is I can focus when I'm working, reading, or having a conversation.

    I am taking 10mg about three times a day (the prescription is for 4x a day). I didn't want the slow-release kind because I want control of when I need to take it. The hardest thing for me is remembering to take it when I'm supposed to (every 4 or 5 hrs). By the time I realize I need it, I am already getting sleepy and lethargic. If I take them on time all day, I don't crash and stay energetic all day.

    I am not losing weight, but I am maintaining my weight. I still have an appetite and enjoy food.

    My advice: go slow and check how you feel before, during, and as it wears off. You may feel a little jittery at the beginning because you aren't used to it, but your body quickly adjusts to it. I started feeling better right away. Don't be afraid to call your dr. if you have questions about the way you are feeling.

    For me Paxil (for depression & anxiety) and Ritalin together have made a huge difference in my day. I hope it does for you too.
    nunya1952 responded:
    Do you take the 20 mg in the morning? Have you experienced server fatigue after 2 weeks or so? I a have been taking 10 mg a day for 3-4 months and notice after a couple of weeks I start to experience severe fatigue, any thoughts? I am a 56 year old male.
    nunya1952 responded:
    Have you ever experienced sever fatigue from ritalin? I take 10 mg of Adderall once a day and after a couple of weeks start to experience sever fatigue. Do you take days off from your meds or continue everyday?
    faraday01 responded:
    I (35)was really scared to start Ritalin too but I am also on Paxil and Ritalin and LOVE it! I was so fatigued that i could hardly keep my eyes open all through the day. then i started trying all kinds of Chronic Fatique Syndrome meds but no avail. then, my doc gave me ritalin and when i finally started taking it i felt wonderful - more alert, clear minded, happy. . etc. now, the only thing i see that is different is that i have a bit of diarrhea in the mornings so i thought i would change up my med taking times and see if that helps. I am also not losing weight but i too enjoy food so i dont see that helping in that area. i am only taking 10 mg in the morning and 5mg in the afternoon if needed. i think the 10 in the am and 10 in the noon would be better especially after reading your note(mrshas). it sure is nice to hear that i am not the only one with these problems. for the longest time, i thought i was lazy but after starting the ritalin i dont ever take naps or oversleep! My doc said that this is how i am supposed to feel. WOW! Wish i would have started it long long ago!
    SuzyQFord replied to mrshas's response:
    Hello, I have been taking the generic Paxil 10 mg @ night for 6 weeks it makes me so tired in the morning so I started taking the generic ritalin yesterday, I only took the 1 at noon 10mgs cuz my drs. Office called at 11:00 and said I could take it at noon I felt fine. Bu today I took my morning 1 & my noon time 1 and I am so so tired no energy at all hopefully I start feeling better and more energized as the days go by any advice for me? Thank You, Susan

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