Posted by: Sally Walker | 2013/01/13


Using concerta with only GP diagnosis of adult ADHD

Hi there
I was recently diagnosed with adult ADHD by my GP (she''s known me for over 20 years). I''ve been taking 36mg Concerta for almost a month now and have found that I''m a bit more talkative than before and I feel somewhat more anxious. I also take 75mg Venlafaxine for depression (I''ve been taking it for about 15 years now and am in " remission"  from depression but I fall right back into depression without it).The diagnosis was made on the basis that I scored 65% on some diagnostic survey she did with me with the main symptoms for me being impulsivity and low mood. The diagnosis makes a lot of sense to me since it explains so much of my behaviour as an child and adolescent and the characteristics of my depression. I''m due to see a psychiatrist for a more formal diagnosis in the next few months. My question is, what if I''m taking Concerta and the diagnosis was wrong? What are the risks to my mental health?

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ADHD Expert

Dear Sally,

There are doctors who do not mind "medication holidays" from ADHD meds and therefore the assumption is that one need not wean oneself off these meds and can start and stop taking them ad-hoc. Others feel this is unwise, not necessarily from a health risk but rather from the emotional and/or behavioural fluctuations that are experienced.

Considering you are taking Concerta together with another medication, I would discuss your concerns with your GP, not only in terms of the Concerta alone, but also in the interaction of the two medications.

Kind regards,

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Posted by: Sally Walker | 2013/01/16

Thank you both to Eric and Delia for your advice.
I greatly appreciate it and hope to get a more formal diagnosis in a few months.
The interaction of medication and other potential conditions are certainly something I''ll be discussing with both my GP and the psychiatrist.
Thank you again!

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Posted by: Eric | 2013/01/14

Hello Sally - I was in much the same boat as you  diagnosed with ADHD by a psychiatrist as an adult and I was on 54mg Concerta - as well as being on Risperdal for severe anxiety - I quickly came to the conclusion that this was not really doing me any good and then stopped all meds. I did more research on this and finally discovered and got diagnosed that I am actually " high functioning Autistic"  otherwise known as Aspergers Syndrome. I am not suggesting you stop your meds but suggest you do some more research into this as most people are misdiagnosed with ADHD when they are really Autistic and this could apply to you. People with Aspergers Syndrome also have ADHD like symptoms and other conditions like depression and anxiety that coexist with it. Taking Concerta as prescribed should not affect your mental health but try stay away from alcohol while taking these meds and good luck...

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