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Old 09-14-20, 05:05 PM
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Anxiety after eating

I've been on Ritalin for about 2 weeks now. 1 of 3 times I'm experiencing bad anxiety (pre-panic attack levels) nearly all at work. I'm trying to figure out the cause so I'll lay it out here :

Me : 45, 250lbs, sitting all day, no exercise, I spoke about 12 cigs a day at work. about 1 a day at home.
Dosage: I was prescribed 10mg, but have been breaking them into quarters (2.5mg) because I'm hypersensitive. Going to ask for 5mg and take 1/2.

I tried Ritalin XR and Concerta XR 27mg I couldn't deal with those pills, way too strong. Ritalin has been good when it doesn't cause anxiety.

Here are some obvious differences from weekend vs weekday (at office):

1. I eat 2 hrs before I take meds on weekend, I eat 2 hrs after i take the meds during the weekdays
2. I don't even smoke until mid-day on the weekend whereas weekdays I have 2 before I take the pill and 2 after leading up to anxiety.
3. I'll drink 1/2 of a cup of half-caff coffee on weekend vs 1.5 cups of half-caff on the weekdays

Anyone else in this predicament? The solution seems obvious to me, I should try cutting out coffee or just have a little bit, I should give up smoking in the morning and maybe have breakfast.


Another thought, If it's not the food, maybe I need to take breaks between taking the pills, I do feel that it's still in my system from the day before, not sure I need to take it every day.

Any thoughts? Anyone with similar experience?
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Old 09-15-20, 07:19 AM
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Re: Anxiety after eating

What type of anxiety do you mean? Did doctor suggested you to take 2.5 mg? Have you ever tried any other medicine?.
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Re: Anxiety after eating

What type of anxiety do you mean? Did doctor suggested you to take 2.5 mg? Have you ever tried any other medicine?
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Re: Anxiety after eating

I used to have major panic attacks in my early 20's, took xanax .25 for those for 10 years, then I had my last attack in 2008 after reading a book / program. Still had general anxiety session (pins and needles, can't catch my breath, etc.) took xanax to stop those. Then in 2016 I tried Straterra and while it worked for 3 months, I stopped 6 months after starting, as it I had some very freaky issues when I didn't take it for a day or two. Told dr I didn't want it anymore.

He wanted to put me on wellbutrin, however I decided no-pills and only would take xanax maybe once a month from there. So Straterra fixed my daily use of xanax.

Come 2 years ago i decided to try something for my ADHD, triex Ritalin xr 10mg, way too strong, then was on 18mg of Concerta which was good on most days but like now I would have high anxiety (pins and needles and nerviousness) on some days. Stopped that after a month.

Now on Ritalin 10mg 2x a day but only take 2.5 or 5mg once a day. Due to anxiety I have to take a day or 2 off.

When it works and no anxiety exists, it's great, i get stuff done and am focused. I have my next appt in a few week's time.
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