Our expert says:
I'm sure none of us is trying to make you confused. We can only answer the best we can from our own knowledge and experience. I would expect that whoever has been prescribing the drug to you for a long time, would naturally not want to accept that this may have caused serious problems for you. I and the pharmacist on this site were responding independently, and not knowing what your other shrinks had said.
And the difference may be smaller than it appears - they may have said that based on their own experience of prescibing long-term RItalin to adults, they didn't believe it could cause serious adverse effects ( or maybe not the particular adverse effects you are complkaining of ).
I'm not sure whether their experience is based on long-term Ritalin prescription to CHILDREN, who do indeed seem to be able to take it for many years without serious problems, or whether they have personal experience of prescribing it for years to ADULTS like yourself, as that is less common and more recent.
I think what I was saying was that theoretically, I would not claim it was utterly impossible for some adverse effects to emerge after long-term use in adults, though I was not particularly aware of any as recognized to be common.
Anyhow, I hope you can work this all out satisfactorily. Sometimes one wants very clear and widely agreed answers where no such answers yet exist. Frustrating all round
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