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ADHD, meds, looking for resources 

We recently got prescribed Concerta, today was the first day on the drug.

A lot of what we know comes from an abusive source that was malicious in nature (from childhood), so I wanna learn more about it.

Anyone have good resources or maybe know someone who's ADHD and on stimulant medications? It's next to impossible to find information that's geared towards an adult or individual instead of a parent (and tuned to make the drug scary). A lot of what's out there is really "ADHD drugs are scary and bad and your a bad parent if your kid needs them", none of which applies to us.

ADHD, meds, looking for resources 

@pandakitty I'm currently taking concerta, you can ask me stuff about my experiences if you want

re: ADHD, meds, looking for resources 

@synthgal ooo id love that!

What were the things you noticed first and foremost? How long did it take to notice the effects of the drug, did it take time for it to "go into full speed"?

If you have changed your dose since starting, what were the things you looked for that helped you decide when to change doses?

I guess really im just looking for info on what i should expect starting out, from an actually adhd perspective instead of the "children who take this often" bullshit ive been able to help from google.

re: ADHD, meds, looking for resources 

@pandakitty I really like this channel: youtube.com/c/HowtoADHD

Also started taking stimulants, but like, 3 weeks ago, so I don't think I can give a lot of insight.

ADHD, meds, looking for resources 

@pandakitty I'm on Medikinet (same active substance, but it might be a little bit different - also, mine is extended release bc that's what health insurance pays). Feel free to ask!

ADHD, meds, side effects, weight loss 

@pandakitty hello! I have been taking extended release methylphenidate for three years now, everyone is different but I’ve never had bad side effects from it, thankfully. When I started taking it my appetite disappeared (I had also just split up with my long-term partner though, so I don’t know how much that influenced it). It did come back though and I eat pretty normally now. I lost a bit of weight but it levelled out. (1/4)

ADHD, meds, side effects, weight loss 

@pandakitty Some people report that stimulant meds interfere with their ability to sleep, but for me they’ve actually helped get me into a decent sleeping pattern (I take them in the morning when I get up, then by night they’re wearing off and I crash and get tired so I go to bed at a reasonable time). Your doctor will probably gently increase your dosage a bit at a time to see which strength is best for you. (2/4)

ADHD, meds, side effects, weight loss 

@pandakitty I went up to 54mg, then realised that it wasn’t for me so I got it adjusted back down to 38mg. I find overall that meds don’t 100% ‘fix’ my ADHD, but they do help me manage it, a lot. I’ve developed a lot of ADHD management tactics and visual aids, but I think the meds help me with the motivation to actually do that! (3/4)

ADHD, meds, side effects, weight loss 

@pandakitty It’s okay to still have off days, but if you feel like your meds aren’t working you should be able to go to your doctor and see about adjusting the dose or trying different meds. I thought my meds weren’t working a few months ago because I’d started to feel tired and drained, but I got my blood checked and it turned out to be very low iron levels, which exacerbates ADHD traits. Anyway, if you’ve got any questions I can probably answer them! (4/4)

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