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Old 03-02-18, 02:54 PM
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Hi all! I have many, many health issues and am on disability.

I went to my family doctor to help me out with my energy. Long story short, I take caffeine, which works well, but my urologist tells me I have an enlarged prostate, (probably from the years that I've been taking anti histamines) and caffeine just aggravates the symptoms.

I've felt, probably for the past 7 or 8 years, like my personality has left me; I often times feel like a prisoner inside my own body. I go out of my way to avoid interacting with others, in fact, I hunker down in my home most of the time.

Anyway, my family doctor prescribed me 18 mg of concerta. It works pretty well, except it doesn't put that pep in my step, so I still must take caffeine. I don't know if I should have her up the dose?

I also see a neurologist. She prescribed me Provigil to get off of caffeine. The first day I took it, it was wonderful, but on the 2nd day I began feeling unmotivated, listless, dead to the world, so I quit that.

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Welcome, I'm new too.

I noticed from an early age that methylphenidate (Ritalin and concerta) completely take away my personality. I've never had this problem with amphetamines (Adderall or dexadrine) though. I don't know how long you've been on concerta, or if you had the personality problems before taking it, but if it persists, maybe think about bringing it up with your doc and perhaps they can switch your meds. Hope that helps
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