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   Posted 2/23/2012 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Some of you may know, in fact I know Karen is aware of this -  Methylphenidate may be used in addition to an antidepressant for treatment-refractory major depressive disorder. The brand names for this drug are Concerta, Methylin, and  Ritalin.
 
Before Christmas my P-doc started me on Ritalin instant release twice a day. Using the instant release I went through peaks and valleys all day long. I finally talked to my P-doc to tell her what was happening and she asked me to try Concerta ER which gives you a much smoother level of this medication and is a once a day dosing.
 
Yesterday was Day 1 - life was so much better.  Yes I have some side effects but I am able to tolerate them and not spend the day in extreme  highs and lows. 
 
After having been on over 20 different meds for my depression over the past 6 years I was desperate for something that would pull me out of a funk.  I am hoping this is the medication that will give me back some energy and make me feel better.  My AD at this time is Zoloft.
 
I thought I would share this info with you. This may not be the magic cure but I am willing to give it a fair trial.  I would like to post here from time to time to let you know how this med is working for me as my depression has been resistant to so many of the AD meds.
 
Everyone is different so I keep in mind how I react will always be different from the next person.
 
Blessings,
Kitt
 
 
~~Kitt~~
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   Posted 2/23/2012 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt,

I am glad you are having a better day. Please do keep us posted. This will help all of us. I called my psychologist today and want to go back on the adderall next time I see her. The vyvanse isn't giving me enough energy. I feel drained. No ambition at all. But will keep trying.

I hope that the concerta continues to work for you. You deserve it. Best wishes to you Kitt for a wonderful day and many more to follow.

Hugs Karen
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   Posted 2/23/2012 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt

I requested to take adderall for severe fibro fatigue and just started my new med too!! I felt a little jittery and nauseous but that should pass. I am so glad the concerta seems to be working for

Please keep us posted
Take care

Maggie
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   Posted 2/23/2012 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
all the very best with it kitt.

and you too maggie.

love, jamie
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stkitt
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   Posted 2/23/2012 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Karen and Jamie for your support. 
 
Maggie - way cool - we can compare notes.
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   Posted 2/24/2012 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Day 3 - took dose at  0730 and could feel a bit of rise in anxiety around 0900 - just ignoring it. 
 
The good part is I am not sitting here in tears and feeling so dang sad that I want to give up.  turn
 
Kitt

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   Posted 2/24/2012 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Yay Kitt,

I am happy that you are feeling better. I just found out I get to go back on the adderall as the vyvanse doesn't work as well. But not until March 13. But I am happy for that. I am not sure what milligram that they are going to start me on. But am just happy to be going back. She said we can play with the dosage. I am so relieved.

I hope that things work out for you too. I am glad that the concerta isn't making you too nervous or anxious. I am glad that you are ignoring it. When it worked for me, it was marvelous. It just wasn't consistant, as I don't think I have a good enough digestive system for it. Isn't it a wierd looking pill? I thought so.

Best wishes to you Kitt. Keep us posted.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 2/25/2012 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
GREAT KITT. :-) JAMIE
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   Posted 2/25/2012 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Day 3 ended not so good as the anxiety really spiked high, I felt nervous and uneasy from around 11:00 AM through the rest of the day.  Also the tears came back.
 
I think perhaps I will not post any further re the Concerta as each of us is unique and I am sure this is a good medication for many but right now I am scared as I am still homebound and I cannot leave home feeling this way.
 
You are all awesome and please know I understand how each of you feels as I suspect I have experienced those same emotions over and over.  This is my disorder and I will just continue to keep dealing with the ups and downs no matter how much I wish for the magic cure.
 
Love to all,
Kitt
 
 
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   Posted 2/25/2012 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 2/25/2012 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt,

I am sorry that you are getting anxiety from the concerta. Did you start at the lowest dose? Can you take more for anxiety? This must be so frustrating.

I am so sorry. Keep posting as you would like to, we will discuss whatever you want. And not what you don't want. Have you ever tried herbs such as gensing for energy? That might be less stimulating. The vyvanse causes me no anxiety whatsoever, but concerta didn't either. It has a smoother delivery than the other stimulants do. But I am going back on the adderall in March.

My dear Kitt,
Know that we all care about you and want you to feel better. I know different things work differently on different people. I sure said that word a lot. And all we can really share is how it worked for us or didn't work for us. I know you have to be so frustrated not being able to find something that works for you. Has your doctor mentioned if the anxiety would go away? Maybe it will as you get use to having the medication in your system. I sure hope so. I am terribly sorry that you are struggling so. I hope that you feel better soon.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 2/28/2012 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all and thanks for the kind words and hugs.  You are each unique and special.
 
George, yes I have had my thyroid and many other things checked over my 30 year history with depression.  I have had many good years and it is only the last 6 that have been a battle royal.  The ups and downs are hard but when I read here and see what others go through I know that I can handle whatever is dished my way.
 
I am no quitter even though it sometimes feels so sad that I don't know how to take one more step but then somehow I do take that step and life moves on.
 
Just an FYI for all, here is the list of the medications I have been on over the years and many of these were in the past 6 years when my depression tanked.
 
Celexa
Lexapro
Prozac
Paxil
Zoloft ( current)
Cymbalta
Effexor XR
Elavil
Tofranil
Pamelor
Ludiomil
Wellbutrin XL
Buspar
Trazodone
Ativan
Xanax
Valium
Seroquel
Lamictal
Serzone
Concerta..............I feel like a guinea pig for the big Pharma !  scool  !! 
Gentle Hugs,
Kitt
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   Posted 2/28/2012 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Kitt,

My list is long, but not nearly as long as yours. I can see why you are so frustrated. Just don't give up. Keep staying in the moment and moving forward. We are all here beside you. We all care about you so much. I hope that you find the peace that you are searching for.

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stkitt
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   Posted 3/3/2012 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Quick update,  I am still taking the Concerta ER 36mg per day and most days tolerate it but on some days I feel over stimulated.  I will be talking with my Pdoc and discussing dropping the dose to the 27 mg dosage for a couple of weeks to give my system a chance to get used to the medication.  I see a lot of potential for the medication but being an individaul I know that how my body reacts to this med is different from others.
 
I am not a quitter and I so want to feel better and be able to enjoy life without feeling sad that I will continue to work with my Pdoc.  She is really a wonderful, kind and caring Dr.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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   Posted 3/3/2012 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
here for you kitt. keep strong my friend. my list same, long!!!!

sending many healing vibes your way.

~jamie
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   Posted 3/4/2012 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Kitt I sure hope you can hang in there with Concerta-I see how you have struggled thru all those meds and I know I am not alone in my quest for having a little "normalcy" in our lives.

I really really Hope you feel better..you are in my prayers

I am now watching my daughter struggle with depression (15) and it is literally breaking my heart-noone wants to watch someone they love to stryggle as they have

I wish you the best-hope new dose is easier for you

Take care
Maggie
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   Posted 3/4/2012 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Kitt,

Know that we are all thinking of you. I think going to a lower dose is a good idea.

Hugs, Karen

Take care hon. We are all here for you!!!
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stkitt
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   Posted 3/4/2012 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
 
For some reason Sundays are my day to feel really down. Today was a tough day as not only was I feeling over stimulated but very sad and tearful.  There are many times lately that I wonder if I will ever feel OK again. 
 
I have so many things I want to do but feel like I have a ball and chain attached to my ankle.
 
My hubby who has cardiomyopathy saw his Dr. on Friday and his BP is up so we are working on bringing it down.  His BP med has been doubled.
 
I will be calling the clinic tomorrow.  They already no I am a half a bubble off - redface - so they are very kind and comforting as I do not call unless I am feeling desperate.
 
Hugs to all,
Kitt
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   Posted 3/5/2012 3:49 AM (GMT -6)   
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jamie
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   Posted 3/5/2012 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
We are here for you Kitt-hope the call will get something resolved.

I am sorry about your husband's bp-I have very high bp but no myopathy and meds for bp are trial and error just like anti-ds-aggravating.

you will be in my prayers

take care
Maggie
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   Posted 3/5/2012 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt,

I hope that things are getting better. I hope that you find the strenght that you need to make it through.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 3/6/2012 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I am crushed again and down so low I do not know if I can get back up.  Things just fell apart yesterday and my hubby took me in to see my Pdoc.  She felt the Concerta was aggrevating my anxiety/depression and discontinued the medication at the same time doubling my dose of Antidepressant.  I am beyond feeling sad........I am so alone and don't know how to put one foot in front of the other right now.  I am at ground zero and have lost hope that I will ever be free of all the feelings of sadness. 
 
How did things get so bad again ?
 
Kitt

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   Posted 3/6/2012 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh dear Kitt

I am so sorry you are feeling so badly. My heart goes out to you...I have been where you are and all I can say is hang in there and keep trying...which sounds so totally pitiful and inadequate right now.

You will be in my prayers..I hope the double dose will help, try not to lose hope..it is what keeps us going

Take care
Maggie
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   Posted 3/6/2012 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Kitt, my dear friend... Try to slow your mind down right now. This switch might help you. Let's be optimistic about it and hope for the best. I am sorry that the concerta has made you more anxious and irritated. Have you thought about ginseng? It does give you energy. Also pseudophed. It might be something that could help you.

I hope you find some help soo. Just don't give up on us. We are all here for you!!!

Luv and hugs, Karen
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   Posted 3/8/2012 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Friends,
 
I bottomed out on Monday and my Pdoc made room for me on her schedule.  It was very sad to sit in the waiting room as the tears kept running down my face.  I felt so alone and seeing all the happy people talking, laughing and doing their jobs made me pray that I would have my life back.  This is not me - this crying, mess of a woman with a purse full of tissue.  I am not this person who is afraid of her own shadow, who cannot even drive her car or go to the store. 
 
My Pdoc was so kind and supportive - the first thing to go was the stimulant medication - the Concerta.  Next she  doubled my dose of Zoloft and then my hubby took me home.  I am doing somewhat better but I had been on Deplin for quite awhile and stopped on my own a couple of months back.  Today my Dr. reordered it.
 
I am still feeling weepy from time to time and I know I have a lot of ground to gain back but I have to work hard at remembering I cannot have my old life back - this is my life, this is the moment I am living in.
 
Blessings to all,
 
Kitt 
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