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Provigil vs. Ritalin for ADHD

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Provigil

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Other Names: Modafinil   Modalert   Alertec   Vigicer   Modasomil

Ritalin

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Other Names: Concerta   Ritalin LA   Metadate   Ritalin SR   Methylin
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Modafinil (Provigil, Alertec, Modavigil, Modalert, Modiodal, Modafinilo, Carim, Vigia) is an analeptic drug manufactured by Cephalon, and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the t... Read more on Wikipedia
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a stimulant drug approved for Therapy of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and narcolepsy. It may also be prescribed for off-label use in treatment-resistant cases of le... Read more on Wikipedia
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By shawn
November 12, 2013
shawn wrote
adderall XR, Vyvanse and Ritalin
I have recently read post about different medications for ADHD. I have been on Adderall XR 20mg in AM then Adderall SR at noon which caused an initial "rush" or euphoria that high feeling you get when you first take adderall then I was dealing with terrible crashes and irritability no appetite not to mention the enormous rise in my BP (blood pressure) after about 3 weeks and a very hard time trying to sleep (SOOO tired but couldnt sleep) after being awake for 42 hours I was convinced that adderall was not going to be the medication to help with my ADHD. After seeing my psychiatrist they put me on Vyvanse 30mg twice a day and i have to say that it started out ok, I felt good and everything in my mind seemed more clear and easier to learn new things and helped with my memory problem a tiny bit as well. As for the side effects with the Vyvanse It was almost none i had a good appetite and was able to fall asleep each night with no problem but then after on it for about 2 months I started getting very very dry mouth (more than usual) and strange bumps on my tounge that gave a funny taste to everything i ate or drank as well as a slim coating that covered my dry taste buds. So the Doc says it was a "rash" on my tongue and took take me off of the Vyvanse. Now i am currently on Ritalin SR (generic methylphenidate) 20mg 3 times a day and coming from the Vyvanse which gave me a longer lasting "working" effect I feel a faint boost maybe like if I drank 3 cans of Monster (energy drink) which is okay for now but with all of these medications i have tried, all of them gave me a crash (adderall the worst) and irritability. To conclude I was wondering if anyone has taken or is taking Provigil and has tried any of the other medications i have listed as well? If you would give me some feed back about which of these medications worked best for you.. I am considering the Provigil but i would like to find out more. Thanks!
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By 4yrs and counting
November 11, 2013
4yrs and counting wrote
please help
I have suffered from hypersomnia for over four years, have many different types of sleep studies and tried many different combinations of medication. PLEASE HELP!!! Methylphenedate being the only stimuant i have tried i am only finding very temporary relief followed by days of complete zombienism, as i call it. I am litterally desperate to find any other medication that keeps me from falling asleep but avoids the etreme iritable and physically strung out feelings. I need an answer that provides me with a clear, present and unanxious feeling from 6-6 each day. Maybe its a mirage but its something i witness in people without hypersomnia so i am still searching. I have no ins at this time am unable to work, drive or be an active part of society. PLEASE HELP with any information on a medication even relative to the description above, my family and i will be eternally greatful, honestly
try Provigil
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By justme
February 27, 2014
justme wrote
Narcolepsy AND Migraines (on Ritalin)
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By Mahya Tayyar
September 24, 2013
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Ritalin and Atarax
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