I'm new to the board, but came across some nice responses while looking around and was hoping that someone could help me with a question.
I was first diagnosed with ADHD years ago and got a prescription for Ritalin but never tried it because my parents were nervous about me taking it. I was 14 and there was a lot of bad press about it at the time. After struggling for years and not ever being able to accomplish anything I sought help as an adult and was diagnosed again as having ADHD.
My psychiatrist prescribed Concerta 18mg and I started taking it last Saturday. The first couple days I had bad headaches and couldn't sleep but all that's gone now.
I take it in the mornings and feel calmer but energized and in a better mood (better than I've felt for years) for about 2 hours, but then it starts wears off or something. My thoughts are still going 90mph constantly through my head, I feel distracted still, continue to have a hard time getting anything done, focusing and remembering things. The worst part is though everyday between 4 and 6pm I get super tired, almost exhausted feeling. I have to drink coffee and keep physically moving / doing things in order to keep myself up 6 to 8 more hours. I usually end up going to bed between 10pm and midnight now and before I was on Concerta it was usual for me to stay up until 3am or so.
Sorry this is such a long post, but does anyone who's had experience with Concerta or any other ADHD meds know if this sounds like I need an increase?
I have a follow-up appointment with the nurse next week, but it'd be nice to know what I'm supposed to be looking for and feeling in regards to the medication working or not.