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Old 10-13-05, 08:22 PM
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why does ritalin make me sleepy?

i've tried 10mg regular ritalin and it made me really sleepy. i talked to the doc and he thought that the sleepiness was b/c the drugs were wearing off, but i feel sleepy like an hour or two after taking it.

he gave me 20mg Ritalin SR to try, but i still get tired.

does anyone have any idea why this is happening? i never had this happen when i was on dexedrine. should i ask the doc to increase the dosage?
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Old 10-13-05, 08:35 PM
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The only thing I did that on was , Focalin. And I have run the gambet on most of them, ritalin, adderall, concerta, focalin, now adderall xr...

I have gone to sleep on my meds, but they never made me sleepy.

Maybe you might try something else, if the dosage change does't work?
It almost sounds like you're over medicated?

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I would also guess that the sleepiness is from the ritalin wearing off. Or too low a dose. I doubt that at 10mg (or 20mg SR) you were taking too much.
If Dexedrine did not do this, why the switch? Was it not working very well? How much Dex were you taking?
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i'm not so sure that stimulents make us feel sleepy. i think they make us more aware of ourselves. i've noticed that if i am tired, then the medication accentuates my awareness of fatigue. if i'm not tired then i am more aware that i feel well.
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