rwac, on 28 September 2012 - 09:24 PM, said:
Templanoid, on 28 September 2012 - 08:49 PM, said:
Hi RWAC, actually, I decided to take 10mg of Ritalin from an old stash that I had last night... just to see what might happen. I took it after about an hour of eating a sandwich - which had bread, pork and veggies, so I guess a bit of all, and it felt a little tight around the chest (not in a suffocating way, but in a sublt weird way), and also made me feel dry... kind of similar to the explanation in my post that you quoted... IT did stimulate me a little in the beginning 45 minutes or so and got me to write a lot.. but for the last 2-3 hours it was not as nice. What do you reckon?
Just as an experiment eat some rice or potatoes an hour before you take the ritalin. Im thinking large dose of carbs, and maybe even some sugar. Not citrus though, it can block absorption, I believe.
If you start to get tired perhaps a little sugar may perk you up.
This is just an experiment give it a shot, I suspect you're going hypoglycemic and your liver production of glucose isn't keeping up with the increased demand due to the ritalin.
Please let us know if it works ...
Ok, so I tried this and I must say.. it worked!! To a certain degree at least. I ate some rice and potatoes (prepared Indian style) about an hour or so before taking 10mg of Ritalin, and I definitely did NOT feel any of the aforementioned physical side effects of chest tightness, feeling of dehydration or anything. I did feel the stimulation and some form of elation and it reduced my anxiety.. made me flow a bit better. But again, it did not necessarily give me cognition enhancing effects.
Rational Madman, on 28 September 2012 - 11:24 PM, said:
Since Ritalin has a fairly short half-life, I would switch to an agent of greater potency and duration. I know Selegiline is quite popular with the discussion board crowd, but it's rarely used clinically---which really has nothing to do with identity of the drug's manufacturer. Modafinil and its isomer, Armodafinil, are also popular for varied reasons, but really, are more aptly suited for disorders characterized by accelerated methyltransferase, or pronounced fatigue. Rather, for enhancing focus, amphetamine compounds don't really possess a rival, and unfortunately, have acquired a bad reputation due to poorly modeled experiments, and the predictable hysteria that arises from threats that are blown out of proportion by hypersensitive information consumers.
Enhancing focus is multivariate, which means that there are multiple factors that may interfere with the drug's desired outcome. So here are some things to consider:
-The consumption of coffee should confer multiple benefits that complement the drug's therapeutic effect---MAO inhibition, acetylcholinesterase inhibition, mitigating inflammation, and reducing the onset of tolerance---primarily through its effect on cAMP dependent signaling cascades.
-I would also consider using Sudafed, which is a parent molecule of amphetamine, but should potentiate its effect through a distinct mechanism that might have something to do with the a1 (adrenergic) family of receptors.
-For varying reasons, and because I don't want to spend time explaining the individual rationale for each agent, you should also consider taking ground chia seeds, defatted peanut flour, DMAE, Alka Seltzer Gold, Advil, beet juice, sauerkraut juice, a high quality liquid multivitamin, White Mountain Bulgarian yogurt, celery, shiitake mushrooms, ginger, cloves, sage, cinnamon, swiss chard, broccoli, citrus peels, vinpocetine, taurine, chlorophyll, carnosine powder, licorice root, garlic cloves, copious amounts of electrolyte water, and larger than recommended doses of folic acid/B-12 combinations---with an emphasis on folic acid.
-As for lifestyle choices, there's the oft recommended exercise, phototherapy, socializing, stress mitigation, limiting your alcohol intake, and the less prescribed moderation of sexual activity.
-Additionally, avoid extravagant---or exotic---supplements, and instead, familiarize yourself with pharmacology---so you don't get sodomized by a poorly regulated and unscrupulous industry.
Sorry, I don't exactly understand your point in your first paragraph. Are you saying than Amphetamines (ie Ritalin, Selegiline, etc) is the best for focus?
Also, you mention Modafinil is good for pronounced fatigue.. which I seem to have. I am always constantly fatigued and don't look stimulated at all. Would Modafinil be good for this? Again, it seems like I have several issues clumped together, brain fog, lack of focus, unclear/hazy thoughts, a big lack of verbal fluidity (I can never come up with words to express my thoughts fast enough.. sometimes it takes about a minute or so for a word to pop up), always lethargic/tired/lacking energy.. or lacking the "fire", if you will. Also anxiety seem to be a big problem for me when it comes to confronting anything of the slightest importance. Again, I have taken blood tests before.. general blood tests, and my readings have come out good in the past. No signs of inflamation. But I did have lower than recommended amount of cholesterol, but not by much.
mr.addams, on 29 September 2012 - 03:57 AM, said:
Often people who take Ritalin and have negative side effects, have better results with dexamphetamines. Any psychiatrist who prescribed you Ritalin shouldn't have any issue changing your prescription to Dex. It's like trying different anti-depressants - some work, some don't. If you have depression as well some folks have had luck with Edronax (you'd have to look up your local brand name, I'm in Australia and it may have a different name where you are). Edronax is used as a stimulating antidepressant to combat fatigue associated with depression.
I got my prescription of Ritalin back home, but now that I've moved to the US, getting a prescription may not be feasible because I don;'t have insurance and I definitely can not yet afford the high cost of medical care in this country as a student.. so unfortunately I doubt I can get a prescription of Dex. Is Edronax script only?