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Posted by Sheila on February 29, 2000 at 13:36:07:

In Reply to: effects of Ritalin on a non-ADDer posted by Dee on February 11, 2000 at 08:49:50:

: I would like to know if anyone knows what effects Ritalin would have on someone who does not have ADD. I have little history re: potential ADD as a child but now as an adult I am more aware of what the symptoms look like. I am trying Ritalin for a month... not sure what to expect from the drug if I do in fact have ADD and not sure what to expect if I dont. Any help would be appreciated; I feel like I am in this alone!

As far as I know I do NOT have ADD, but I tried my son's Ritalin once just to see what it was like. I hate to see him taking these meds and I wanted to see what it was like for him, even though I'm not ADD. Actually, it was quite good. I was going to school then and writing a paper and within 30 min. of taking it, I was able to concentrate TOTALLY on the paper I was writing, not distracted at all, not hungry. It certainly did not make me feel like my mind was racing or anything, but rather, calmer, easier to concentrate. Also, from what I've heard, the amount of Ritalin you take is based on your weight and me at 150 and my son at 45 lbs, both taking a 5 mg tablet may have very different effects. I hope this helps at least a little.

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