View Full Version : Help, Husband Addicted To Ritalin


batgrl2000
10-06-04, 02:40 AM
I'M REALLY AT THE END OF MY ROPE. MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 6 YEARS AND THIS ADD, RITALIN THING MIGHT BE THE END OF US. HE WAS SUPPOSEDLY "DIAGNOSED" WITH ADD WHEN HE WAS 22 AND HE'S BEEN ON IT FOR 9 YEARS NOW. I KNEW HE WAS ON IT WHEN WE WERE MARRIED BUT I HAD NO IDEA THE HOLD IT HAD ON HIM. I HAD NEVER SEEN HIS RITALIN BOTTLE, HE HID IT, AND HE NEVER REALLY TALKED ABOUT IT. HIS 3 BROTHERS AND MOST OF HIS FRIENDS ARE ALSO ON IT. I FOUND OUT A FEW YEARS AFTER WE WERE MARRIED THAT HE WAS "DOSING" HIS RITALIN(TAKING DOUBLE OR MORE OF HIS DAILY PRESCRIBED AMOUNT). ALL OF HIS BEHAVIOR IS SO "ADDICT-LIKE" I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. HE'S ON THE MAXIMUM DOSAGE ALLOWED, 60 MG A DAY, AND HE STILL TAKES EPHEDRINE AND DRINKS ENERGY DRINKS TO GET THE "RUSH". WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS DOCTOR. I MEAN, 9 YEARS ON RITALIN AND HIS DOCTOR HAS NEVER DONE ANYTHING BUT INCREASE HIS DOSAGE. HE'S NEVER TAKEN A "DRUG VACATION" OR ANYTHING. I NEED TO FIND OUT INFO ON THE DRUG AND WHAT THE LAW IS TO PRESCRIBE IT CORRECTLY. I AM SO ANGRY AT THIS DOCTOR. HE HAS TURNED MY HUSBAND INTO A DRUG ADDICT. DON'T THESE DOCTORS HAVE SOME KIND OF RESPONSIBLITY TO THEIR PATIENTS WHEN PRESCRIBING THIS KIND OF DRUG. IF ANYONE HAS ANY INPUT OR SUPPORT I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

LISA

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Tara
10-06-04, 02:50 AM
Other than the fact that he is taking twice the ammount that the MD has prescribed, why do you think he is addicted?

exeter
10-06-04, 03:26 AM
So, he's been prescribed 60 mg/day and he's taking 120? And still needs to take ephedrine and drink energy drinks?

The problem might be that Ritalin doesn't do anything for him.

I'm not real surprised that his brothers are all on it. It's interesting that you say most of his friends are, too, but so what?

It's possible he might be addicted. Ritalin can be addictive, especially if it's injected or snorted. What "addict-like" behavior does he have? Have you talked to him about it?

P.S. Please try not to post in all caps. Preferably use capital letters at the beginning of sentences and wherever else grammatically necessary.

RhapsodyInBlue
10-06-04, 03:27 AM
Bargrl, if your husband's doctor has prescibed this dosage, how is your husband "addicted"? I may be misunderstanding you, but is your hubby taking double doses of what the Doc prescribes, or is the Doc prescribing the amount hubby takes?

If the Doc has placed him on that dose, then he's probably on it for a reason, if he's taking extra on his own, then I think he probably needs re-evaluating. Perhaps the rialin isn't working for him, and he's self-medicating to get through tough times.

Doctors have responsibility, but are you certain hubby is only getting the meds from one Doc? If not, there are ways in some countries where that will eventually come to his Docs attention.

Have you spoken to your husband about this? I hope you can write back :)

batgrl2000
10-06-04, 02:07 PM
He usually goes through his 30 day script in two weeks. Then he buys and borrows more from his friends and family. He has admitted to me that he feels like he's addicted to it and the only thing he can think about during the day is taking more. He told me he takes more than his script because he only gets the "speed" feeling if he takes a higher dose. I think he was misdiagnosed the the Ritalin doesn't do for him what it should in someone with ADD. On top of him taking double sometimes triple his daily dose he also takes ephedrine and drinks those power/energy drinks to get the jolt. I'm afraid he's going to give himself a heart attack taking so many stimulants. He's also had issues with taking pain killers he wasnt prescribed and he uses the stimulants to come up all day then he would take dramamine to come down at night and sleep.

Tara
10-06-04, 02:10 PM
Am I getting this right?? He is only prescribed 30 mg per day but he takes 60mg a day?

Tara
10-06-04, 02:16 PM
30 mg per day is really not that high of a dosage. 60 mg really isn't a crazy dosage either. There many people who are prescribed over 100 mgs per day of Ritalin or Concerta.

What type of MD is he seeing? Is it an AD/HD specialist?

Duckie
10-06-04, 02:18 PM
Your husband may not react to the Ritalin as well as other people. If so, yo should persuade him to talk to the doctor to switch to another drug. I heard that the drug works for different length of time for different people. For example, it may work for someone else for 4 hours until that person have to take another pill. The problem may be that the drug wears off faster with your husband and that makes him take it more frequently to keep up. There are many options besides Ritalin. If he 's not happy with it then he should try out a ne one.

Sc@tterBr@in_UK
10-07-04, 07:14 AM
Whether he has ADD or not nobody here can tell, but he is definitely abusing the meds if he is taking them to get the "speed feeling".

hoosiergirl
10-14-04, 12:57 PM
Have you tried calling his Dr and see if he can assist with the situation? His Dr. needs to know about everything you just told us.

Tara
10-14-04, 01:08 PM
Lisa,

Can you give us any updates on this situation? Has your husband communicated with his MD at all?

GuitarBritanica
03-31-05, 08:15 AM
now, while i was reading this thread it got me thinking,

is he addicted isnt he addicted...........is that really the issue? i mean cmon think about, whats someone who is addicted to a certain thing , what are some txt book signs?

withdrawal, craving, eratic behavior,


YOU PUT SOMEONE ON SPEED FOR 9 YEARS AND YANK IT ALL AT ONCE OF COURSE THERE GONNA DO WHATEVER THEY CAN TO OBTAIN MORE.

Sorry...

and hes still at a 30mg dose? believe me if he was ADDICTED, hed be goin thru that bottle in 4 days, and itd be going into his arm.

carriie
04-07-10, 03:10 PM
Too much Ritalin actually makes me tired. Maybe he is taking too much and then taking more to try to wake up and really making himself more tired. That would explain why he feels the need for energy drinks and ephedrine.
10 mg. Ritalin works for me, and I mildly "feel" it, 20 mg. puts me to sleep!

vssjayden
04-07-10, 03:19 PM
My 7 yr old son is on 54mg. 60mg is not a huge dosage for a adult man. Being addicted. These meds keep us going otherwise I feel I am just worthless like a sack of bones that really wants to do nothing. Ritalin,concerta are all in the same family. My son is on Concerta. 54 mg. Addicted isn't 60 mg. Best wishes dear!

Riverhead
04-11-10, 04:38 PM
My 7 yr old son is on 54mg. 60mg is not a huge dosage for a adult man. Being addicted. These meds keep us going otherwise I feel I am just worthless like a sack of bones that really wants to do nothing. Ritalin,concerta are all in the same family. My son is on Concerta. 54 mg. Addicted isn't 60 mg. Best wishes dear!

54 mg concerta equals 36 mg ritalin, my dear. :)
Anyway, I take 60 mg ritalin a day.

Riverhead
04-11-10, 05:47 PM
I'M REALLY AT THE END OF MY ROPE. MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 6 YEARS AND THIS ADD, RITALIN THING MIGHT BE THE END OF US. HE WAS SUPPOSEDLY "DIAGNOSED" WITH ADD WHEN HE WAS 22 AND HE'S BEEN ON IT FOR 9 YEARS NOW. I KNEW HE WAS ON IT WHEN WE WERE MARRIED BUT I HAD NO IDEA THE HOLD IT HAD ON HIM. I HAD NEVER SEEN HIS RITALIN BOTTLE, HE HID IT, AND HE NEVER REALLY TALKED ABOUT IT. HIS 3 BROTHERS AND MOST OF HIS FRIENDS ARE ALSO ON IT. I FOUND OUT A FEW YEARS AFTER WE WERE MARRIED THAT HE WAS "DOSING" HIS RITALIN(TAKING DOUBLE OR MORE OF HIS DAILY PRESCRIBED AMOUNT). ALL OF HIS BEHAVIOR IS SO "ADDICT-LIKE" I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. HE'S ON THE MAXIMUM DOSAGE ALLOWED, 60 MG A DAY, AND HE STILL TAKES EPHEDRINE AND DRINKS ENERGY DRINKS TO GET THE "RUSH". WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS DOCTOR. I MEAN, 9 YEARS ON RITALIN AND HIS DOCTOR HAS NEVER DONE ANYTHING BUT INCREASE HIS DOSAGE. HE'S NEVER TAKEN A "DRUG VACATION" OR ANYTHING. I NEED TO FIND OUT INFO ON THE DRUG AND WHAT THE LAW IS TO PRESCRIBE IT CORRECTLY. I AM SO ANGRY AT THIS DOCTOR. HE HAS TURNED MY HUSBAND INTO A DRUG ADDICT. DON'T THESE DOCTORS HAVE SOME KIND OF RESPONSIBLITY TO THEIR PATIENTS WHEN PRESCRIBING THIS KIND OF DRUG. IF ANYONE HAS ANY INPUT OR SUPPORT I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

LISA

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First of all, he is not on a dangerously high dose. I take the same dosage as he is on right now. 60 mg of Ritalin a day. Trust me, I don't get high of it, and I bet after 9 years he doesn't get high of it either. And yes it's true, when you're on this dosage, you're heart will start racing when you combine it with caffeine, but that's about it. If he really was an addict he would be snorting or IV'ing his Ritalin.

So my question is to you: What exactly has you're husband done wrong? You say that your marriage is on the line because of this. Does he neglect his family? Does he neglect his work? Is he violent in any way? What do you mean when you say that his behavior is addict-like?

meridian
04-11-10, 06:14 PM
Don't overlook the fact that the OP posted this 5+ years ago in Oct 2004.

Riverhead
04-11-10, 06:16 PM
Don't overlook the fact that the OP posted this 5+ years ago in Oct 2004.

Oh, I see. Sorry about that.

Vietnam Was Fun
08-23-10, 04:13 AM
Mabye you should cut him some slack, op. Mabye he actually does have add. You sound like you're jumping to conclusions.

Vietnam Was Fun
08-23-10, 04:16 AM
Don't overlook the fact that the OP posted this 5+ years ago in Oct 2004.

Well I'm sure she went ahead and used his "addiction" as justification for leaving him.

fgm1
08-27-10, 09:21 AM
If he's taking 60mg a day, he isn't addicted. I remember at the end of my Ritalin journey the Doc had bumped up my dosage to 80mg~ a day. It just wasn't very effective for me personally, the same could be for your husband.