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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   Daytrana   Ritalin LA   Metadate   Ritalin SR
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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
Methylphenidate has a lot of consequential issues. The side effects cause more side effects.
It is registered as an over stimulant. So I will wake you up, set off severe depression by suppression some much needed brain chemicals, then stir it all up so you can't sleep, then disorganizes your thinking and concentration. Talk to the manufacturer, they can explain it better than I can. But I did, and now I understand why with some people it wakes them up but makes them want to kill themselves. Not
kmphillipscats3  |  May 22, 2014
try Provigil
viki  |  February 28, 2014
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By TIS
November 17, 2014
TIS wrote
Modafinil causes hair loss
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By Jamie Lynne Nickolopoulos Queen Demitra of Russia
November 3, 2014
Jamie Lynne Nickolopoulos Queen Demitra of Russia wrote
6,00mg LA Ritalin
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By Leeanne
October 15, 2014
Leeanne wrote
ADHD andepression
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By Chrsitian
August 17, 2014
Chrsitian wrote
Weight gain from Steroids (dexadron) Trying to lose weight with Lasix and Ritalin
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By quelex
August 1, 2014
quelex wrote
Modafinil and Ambien
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By kmphillipscats3
May 22, 2014
kmphillipscats3 wrote
Adderall vs Provigil vs Nuvigil
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By CelB
May 16, 2014
CelB wrote
Nicotine Patch and Giant Redbull - Could this induce a heart attack?
I know this is a bit late for your comment, but I think you'll be fine.

You're probably self inflating that BP by becoming anxious about it. 96BPM is not very high, you just need to try and relax yourself. If you're extremely worried about it, try buying some lower dose patches.
Anon  |  September 7, 2014
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By mk
April 16, 2014
mk wrote
provigil vs. adderall for ADD and bipolar
Provigil is long term sustaining so is Nuvigil. Nuvigil is designed with the purpose to increase short term, long term memory and increase awareness and increase concentration.
kmphillipscats3  |  May 22, 2014
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By justme
February 27, 2014
justme wrote
Narcolepsy AND Migraines (on Ritalin)
I have narcolepsy as well. For migraines all I have found to work is excedrin, but I have also found that sometimes it can be too much caffeine and you can become shaky. A lot of people don't get shaky at all, I have just experienced it once.

Hope it helps!
September 19, 2014
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By Mahya Tayyar
September 24, 2013
Mahya Tayyar wrote
Ritalin and Atarax
This combination might increase euphoria and risk for addiction. Atarax enhances dopamine transmission in nucleus accumbens and might make stimulants, such as cocaine even more addictive.

Combining these drugs might also increase risks for other side effects such as dry mouth. Also Atarax can cause QT prolongation, which might increase risk for heart complications with higher dosages.

These risks are still somewhat minor with lower dosages, but use with caution. If you use Atarax for prolonge
Jake  |  December 16, 2014
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What patients are saying about Provigil vs. Ritalin

5,882 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
I switched to Ritalin, which is working better. It seems...
...from January to August. It worked great at first, but after four monthes it began to wear off. I started taking 400 mg, and it had no effect, so I switched to Ritalin, which is working...
than ritalin, because ritalin makes my anxiety worse....
...resistance built up against provigil. You can take it ...and 600mg. It also makes my dry mouth worse. For me provigil is better than ritalin, because ritalin makes my anxiety worse....
on Ritalin now and although it does help, it's not great....
...on Ritalin now and although it does help, it's not great. Provigil only worked for a coup...
of any med before it works for me but these didn't work...
...also tried Ritalin which did absolutely nothing. It takes large doses of any med before it works for me but these didn't work ev...
then put me on Ritalin which worked well for me. After...
...My neuro then put me on Ritalin which worked well for me. After about a year I've just now switched back to Provigil and it seems to be...
went away, but when the Ritalin wore off, I felt suicidal...
...300 mg a day (200 in the am and 100 at noon) and began to have headaches and a severe runny nose. So my doctor prescribed Ritalin (5 mg at breakfast and 5 mg at noon). The headaches went away,...
and has helped me(with the D., tho the sedation remains...
...Provigil to counteract the sedating effects of my meds, but the benefit was small to nil, with no side effects. I have ...than Ritalin and has helped me(with the D., tho the sedation remains...
didn't have any adverse side effects from Ritalin. I...
...my neuro every 3 months and pick up the prescription personally every month. I went back on Provigil because they both worked ...didn't have any adverse side effects from Ritalin....
4 nights after that. Ritalin makes me jittery but it...
...have restless leg at least for 3 to 4 nights after that. Ritalin makes me jittery but it ...on provigil it seems. Otherwise I swing wildly around in my schedule. I think different med...
behind my eyes. I switched to Ritalin which works good too...
...Provigil for extreme fatigue and it worked great! The only problem was it ...headaches behind my eyes. I switched to Ritalin which works good too ...i'm taking the Ritalin because i'm still...
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