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.
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