I suffer with severe major depression and was recently also put on ritalin to enhance the antidepressant. 10 mg 3 times daily and i do feel great still have anxiety attacks. How long can you take ritalin for?
1 Sep 2011
Many people take stimulants for life, though this occurs mostly with ADHD/ADD. It is not unsafe to take it long-term, as long as you are taking the recommended dosage and not, say, taking 100mg per day, you should be fine, as long as it's helping you.
As for the anxiety attacks, they may be caused by the Ritalin. Perhaps a switch to Vyvanse, Dexedrine, or Adderall could help? All stimulants can cause anxiety, but each person reacts differently to different drugs.
I have ADD and Panic Disorder, and take Adderall (40mg/day), Xanax (for panic attacks PRN), and Klonopin (for insomnia). So perhaps adding a benzo would benefit you?
Another option is to try Focalin, a different form of Ritalin (a racemic isomer, which has less negative side-effects in general than methylphenidate).
As always, ask your doctor about these possibilities.
- Ritalin Information for Consumers
- Ritalin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ritalin (detailed)
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