Posted by Kate
on August 29, 2000 at 18:41:37:
In Reply to: Re: Is anyone familiar with Provigil and treatment for ADD posted by JOE on July 10, 2000 at 18:51:31:
: First time on this message board for me. I am compelled to respond to your question as it also interests me.
: I'm a 47 married father with lifetime ADHD which I have treated on and off. For the last few years I've been taking Ritalin and recently added Effexor. I feel pretty well focused, except when the Effexor begins to wear off when I get, for lack of a better word, "trippy". (Ask some of your flower child generation friends what that means if the description doesn't communicate.)
: I've just come from an ADHD conference featuring famous psychiatrists (who I won't name until I speak with them at the conference tommorrow) who are suggesting that Provigil is an excellent stimulator of the attention system that doesn't work on the same dopamine (a neurotransmitter) system as does Ritalin. The effects last up to 12 hours, and it stimulates you to be "vigilant". It doesn't necessarily help with "focus" problems, as do the stimulants, but it has no side affects (other than not being able to sleep). This famous doctor suggested that many who are aware of the drugs action now prescribe it "off label" for ADD in adults. When "focusing" treatment is necessary, it has been possible to combine the drugs with a significantly lower dose of Ritalin.
: Hope this feedback is helpful. I'd like to hear from others if they have tried this.
: Regards. Joe
I am newly diagnosed with ADD. Because of my low tolerance to Ritalin, my psychiatrist first prescribed Provigil. I have been taking 100 mg. every for about a week and feel great. A definite improvement in my life: awake, clear, calm and manageable. No more constant frustration. As for addressing focusing and other ADD symptoms, I am not sure if it is sufficient. I will let you know as it progresses. Thanks for bringing up the issue.