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Old 08-21-19, 05:34 AM
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Finally got diagnosed, but 36mg Concerta is not effective.

After 7 years of procrastination I finally went to the physiatrist and got diagnosed with ADD. I got prescribed 36mg Concerta which I hoped will do wonders for me, but it seems it is not working the way I expected.

Taking it alone does nothing sadly, but yesterday when I got some large dose of coffee with it, I become noticeably hyperactive, focused but also weird, as in I would make weird face expressions, and would often have to take a deep breath. The focus was incredible, because it allowed me not to think about all the issues I face in life, which also made me far happier. The only problem is that I still couldn't sit still, because I also became hyperactive, and I preferred to go out rather than stay inside and type some cover letters that I was procrastinating with.


Could it be that I just need a bigger dose of Concerta? Or should I just take it with coffee every time. I'm a bit afraid of doing this again, because that feeling of extreme focus was so foreign to me.
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Re: Finally got diagnosed, but 36mg Concerta is not effective.

Which type of adhd do you have? I suggest you not to take too much caffeine with concerta. I had took too much coffee ( about 3 cups) with concerta and it caused tachycardia and hypertension. I think it may be dangerous to take both.
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Re: Finally got diagnosed, but 36mg Concerta is not effective.

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Which type of adhd do you have? I suggest you not to take too much caffeine with concerta. I had took too much coffee ( about 3 cups) with concerta and it caused tachycardia and hypertension. I think it may be dangerous to take both.
I imagine that it could be dangerous, but not sure what else to do. My diagnosis reads F 90.1 Attention deficit and hyperactivity. Now, this is Serbia, so things like this are in it's infancy. I had a hard time finding someone who even takes adult ADHD seriously. The only medication available is Concerta, and apparently this private clinic that I visited is the only one in the region that even prescribes it for adults.

I am left with two things now, either get these meds to work by taking larger dosage or combining them with something, or I have to figure out how to survive this life without meds.
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Re: Finally got diagnosed, but 36mg Concerta is not effective.

What do you mean by : 'My diagnosis reads F 90.1'.?
Did you ever tried higher or lower dosages?
I don't know if strattera is available or not in Serbia. Strattera helps some people.Maybe you can consider it with your doc.
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Old 08-21-19, 11:44 AM
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Re: Finally got diagnosed, but 36mg Concerta is not effective.

Tell us something more about yourself. Age? problems with drugs before? anxiety? depression? what do you expect from the medication?
it is better that you do not mix coffee with concerta, it is better that you speak with your doctor and ask to try to increase the dose to 54mg. From what I see you seek to enhance the effect of the concerta. It's not a good idea. Greetings.
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Re: Finally got diagnosed, but 36mg Concerta is not effective.

So your diagnosis is hyperactivity along with the attention/focus issue. Sounds
a lot like my granddaughter. She began with Concerta - 36 mg is the lowest
dose and you can expect the doctor to slowly raise that dose until you find the
dose that works best for you with the fewest side effects.

Coffee is also a stimulant and it can cause problems like the previous poster
mentioned. Don't take it with coffee or citrus fruit/juice. Do take it with a good
breakfast.
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Re: Finally got diagnosed, but 36mg Concerta is not effective.

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What do you mean by : 'My diagnosis reads F 90.1'.?
Did you ever tried higher or lower dosages?
I don't know if strattera is available or not in Serbia. Strattera helps some people.Maybe you can consider it with your doc.
That's what I have printed on the paper, together with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder. When I googled "F 90.1 diagnosis" I got plenty of ADHD related links, and it seems it is a code for what is called the combined type. The thing is, while my hyperactivity did turn inwards for the most part, I still get extremely hyperactive sometimes, and it's actually when I am able to focus better than usually.

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Tell us something more about yourself. Age? problems with drugs before? anxiety? depression? what do you expect from the medication?
it is better that you do not mix coffee with concerta, it is better that you speak with your doctor and ask to try to increase the dose to 54mg. From what I see you seek to enhance the effect of the concerta. It's not a good idea. Greetings.
I'm a 28 year old male who barely graduated from elementary school(teachers were lenient). I live in Serbia where issues like these are still described as nothing but laziness, and the only medicine I have available is Concerta. Never had issues with addiction except eating and drinking too much sugar. I avoided anything addictive exactly because I always knew that if I get addicted I will never be able to stop. I did drink a lot of alcohol when I was a teen, because it alleviated most of these problems, while causing only predictable side effects. Alcohol could still help me, but only if my life consisted of hanging out and chasing girls. Unfortunately, it does nothing for me when I am trying to do something productive.

Self diagnosed with: Anxiety, Aboulomania, mood swings, Ergophobia, used to have panic attacks when I was younger, OCD that was moderate when I was a kid and more or less disappeared now, moderate perfectionism and extreme procrastination. I used to think I was depressed, but it can't be depression if you know exactly why you experience the feelings of sorrow. Also, I never felt depressed since I started solving some of these issues.

My opinion is that most of these problems are caused by my inability to focus and stay in the now. I expected that medication will make my mind slow down, so that I can focus on what's in front of me. It kind of did that, but only when combined with coffee, and it only lasted for one hour or so.

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So your diagnosis is hyperactivity along with the attention/focus issue. Sounds
a lot like my granddaughter. She began with Concerta - 36 mg is the lowest
dose and you can expect the doctor to slowly raise that dose until you find the
dose that works best for you with the fewest side effects.

Coffee is also a stimulant and it can cause problems like the previous poster
mentioned. Don't take it with coffee or citrus fruit/juice. Do take it with a good
breakfast.
I guess I'll avoid coffee for now, and see if I can increase the Concerta dose. I had to try it with coffee, because my vacation is almost over, and I was supposed to experiment with Concerta while I had the time to study new things. When I start working I won't have much time to test it.
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Re: Finally got diagnosed, but 36mg Concerta is not effective.

First of all, thanks for answering and providing information. I would talk to your doctor and tell him the situation. Maybe he will raise the concerta to 54mg and so you would see if you improve. If you feel altered, agitated when you are on 54mg, it may be too much dose. If you already had anxiety and with the concerta does not disappear, but increases, you may need a combination of medications, but you should talk to your doctor.
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Re: Finally got diagnosed, but 36mg Concerta is not effective.

I no longer take meds for ADHD, but when I did, the doctor started me on Concerta first. At low doses, it made me very sleepy and I had to drink coffee just to stay awake. Higher doses were slightly better but still not great. Amphetamine drugs worked much better for me. Unfortunately it sounds like those are not available for you?
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I no longer take meds for ADHD, but when I did, the doctor started me on Concerta first. At low doses, it made me very sleepy and I had to drink coffee just to stay awake. Higher doses were slightly better but still not great. Amphetamine drugs worked much better for me. Unfortunately it sounds like those are not available for you?
No, Concerta is all I have access to. Now that you mentioned it, I easily fall asleep in the middle of the day while on Concerta. I did not expect that since apparently most people can't fall asleep even 12 hours after taking it.
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Re: Finally got diagnosed, but 36mg Concerta is not effective.

Since concerta is a form of methylphenidate, do they have other forms in Serbia like ritalin?
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Concerta (methylphenidate) is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. Concerta extended-release tablets are used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children 6 years of age and older
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Since concerta is a form of methylphenidate, do they have other forms in Serbia like ritalin?
Nope, nothing at all except Concerta.
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