Ritalin in the elderly

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I had to take 15 just to get out of bed in the morning. In early March I had decided that enough was enough. I had no money, bills piling up, and I had blown through all of my student loan money, and had borrowed hundreds of dollars from family and friends. I knew all about Suboxone, and how much it helped. I found a Doctor who prescribed it, and made an appointment. I started on a low dose of 4mg twice a day. It has been 2 months now, and I take 4mg 3 times a day.
These I took through the glass and there's this chicken wirey looking thingy that's in all the pictures! Never noticed it before, but it's really OBVIOUS in the pics!! I think I'll try to post 'em anyway, and get some better ones later. She wasn't there today so I couldn't get in the aviary!! BTW, how are you feeling?
To members of this community, let me apologize for this being long. It's my first post and I'm desperate for a friend to communicate with, who is going through similar issues. I have my wonderful husband of 22 years and other family, but would like some give and take feedback with a "friend" here, online, who actualy EXPERIENCED PERSONALLY things similar to what I'm going through. I'm sorry this is lengthy, just feel facts are relevant.
Too bad they didn't give it to her until the day she was discharged from acute care because of lack of participation (because she slept all the time) Ritalin did the trick and allowed her to do therapy at her rehabilitation center.
Often I deal with the guilt of having taken most (probably over half over the years) of my kid's Ritalin. My daughter ended up dropping out of school in 10th grade, and she is still trying to get her GED and struggling with it, now in her 20's. Even after years in and out of AA, I've never heard anyone else say they did this. I love my kids and was always there for them, but this is a form of neglect and abuse I'm having a hard time forgiving myself for.
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I have 200 mg pills but break them in half. I need to take the 200 mg because I am still needing a good long nap in the afternoon but I am also afraid of the side effects of that high of a dose. As far I can tell I have had no side effects from the 100 mg's I have been taking on a regular basis. But I do think that maybe a tolerance might be built to it. It was great at first...no naps, but now I need them again. But my symptoms are progressing so that may be the problem.
Just wanted to let you all know that I found the fish oil in a chewable pill at the Walgreens near me. It is in the spare of a starburst and it has the taste of the orange ones. I started him on them this morning and he loves them. He is taking that and a chewable Vitamin C table. If anyone would like to know about them they are the Dietary Supplement Finest Natural Fish Oil and it 120mg in a chewables. It comes in a bag instead of a bottle. Thank you all for your advice.
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Was on synthroid first and had this cloud hanging over my head, especially in the morning. Adding T3 (armour) had help many patients according to the specialist I went to see in Texas (at my own expense and from my own research). It also worked wonders for me. Maybe some adjustment in my antidepressant is causing me to be more on the hyper side now (some anxiety, nervousness, shaky hands) so I will research a bit more into this and maybe an ajustment would help.
We were aware that Ritalin can stunt growth and were not willing to risk this. In order to reach the height he is presently at he took growth hormones and anabolic steroids. Not an easy road. It was a high school teacher that suggested ADHD meds. His growth had stopped and the doctor agreed with treatment. Wish we hadn't gone this route.
With a child (as with an elderly person, there are warnings on the labels of antipsychotics for the use in people who are elderly with dementia) the risk of certain side effects is greater. Some people (such as myself) literally need these medications and for some people they are not needed and for some they can be a detriment. Greater research should be done as to the risk/benefit analysis and further development into newer and safer treatments.
John B. ========================================================================= Thanks for your question. The situation described in your message is indeed relatively common in elderly patients. As one ages, there is frequently a degree of atrophy of the brain tissue, which make it more susceptible to transient insults, such as episodic hypoperfusion or hypooxigenation. However, it is important in your mother's case to clearly establish whether or not she had an actual stroke.
she works mainly with the elderly at nursing homes and in the hospitals. The medication was really a last resort for us because of our past experiences with meds....and we resorted to it because we simply did not know what else to do...he had a pychotic episode that was very scary that led us to that decision. Now is a wait and see with no meds. I didn't know how broad the spectrum was for Autism...I have alot to learn and who knows maybe he has something else....
This is unfortunate because MS causes depression directly by its effect on the workings of the brain. On top of the situational h*ll you are in, the Betaseron may be making it worse. Tysabri has helped an enormous number of people. Yes, there is a warning of one in 1000 chance of serious brain infection with damage or deat, but that has to be balanced against the 100% chance that MS is taking your function from you. Without something you WILL get worse.
as we age and that this releases much of the gluing because of all the blood, thus oxygen, it brings to the area. In my case, I had a total hysterectomy in 2000 and suffered from surgical adhesions for over a year. The pain from the adhesions started about three months post-op. I did not find out about this technique until a year and a half after the pain from the adhesions started. This special massage seems to break up the adhesions and it worked for me.
then i had a MRI brain WITHOUT contrast that says increased signal seen on FLAIR in the left cerebral hemispheres 2 foci within the white matter in the left frontal lobe in the subcortical region. Is this typical of MS?? my symptoms are EXTREME fatigue,,, brain fog... numbness and tingling in lower legs also my left hand went numb for 2 days then came back also I do NOT suffer from migraines.
(continued...) In September 1999 the dizziness worsened again, and now I also felt like when walking my feet were not always landing exactly where I intended--I was sometimes taking small "side steps" to keep my balance.
I'm in the middle of the TX battle so I can't answer your questions but I wanted to let you know I'm hearing your pain. Please take care of yourself. Perhaps you should contact your Dr. ASAP to discuss the anxiety and try to get a script for a different AD. While I'm new to TX, I did have terrible anxiety years ago after suffering head injuries in an auto accident. For years, I felt the same way about driving.
He explained to me that the amount of pain meds I was taking was the culprit in my added pain. of course I didn't believe him in the beginning but after the 3-4 month of being off the pain meds, my pain started to disappear. I really mean DISAPPEAR! The point to this story is that pain meds were the cause of 60% of my pain and depression. Now I am happy and the pain is controlled with OTC's. I do take an occasional muscle relaxer but that's the extent of it.
This is important as new information is being learned everyday about these disorders, and if you don't keep up you will be left in the dust. Don't make the mistake of going to an elderly doctor who is very set in his ways. He/She will probably treat you like you are crazy or depressed. Also, if you find the right doc, they may be able to refer you to clinical trials being done in your area or other specialists that can help you in other ways.
Head down, nose in the grindstone; the kiss of life placed on my brow somehow slid to the ground and lies buried six feet under. Preaching from the floor again the same old sad song, "Bartender... bring another drink for their favorite son." Where did it all go wrong? What's the use in even holding on? Here's to love, hate... and promises. Almost called it today. Turned to face "The Void" numb with the suffering and the question, "Why am I...?
the worst is unfortunately in front of you, the next 48-72 hrs are going to be the worst...... if you have any questions feel free to ask.
Just the other day she had a HUGE outburst and punched her 2 year old brother in the back knocking the wind out of him. He did pinch her but what ever the reason there is no need. Shes old enough to know the difference. I dread a visit from her most times as she comes and literally DUMPS everything in the house! If theres a teddy on the bed it gets thrown off, pillows, blankets, throws, anything Just yesterday my 3 yr old son and I built a house out of the new dryer box.
This has some molecular and genetic explanation which has something to do with alcohol metabolism in the body. In the absence of other symptoms though (eg weight loss,changes in bowel movement,neurological deficits) ,this may not be very urgent. One important thing to exclude here though is an allergic reaction.Watch out for any diffiulty of breathing, rash that involves the entire body and generalized sensation of flushing. Continue to have a close follow up with your doctor.
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