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Ritalin Medication for ADHD Treatment

Patients who have been diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) have several medications available to them to treat their symptoms. Ritalin is one of them. It is a slow-releasing form of methylphenidate, a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. Developed in 1944 and approved by the FDA in 1955, methylphenidate is one of the oldest medications used to treat ADHD. Typically marketed under the name Concerta, Daytrana or Methylin methylphenidate is an effective treatment option. While Ritalin is available in tablet form and must be taken three times a day, Concerta is a specially formulated capsule that slowly releases its ingredients over time so that the patient doesn’t have to re-administer the medication throughout the day.

Like all methylphenidate prescriptions, Ritalin works by affecting chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. First, it blocks the reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine (neurotransmitters) at the synapses. Because of this Ritalin behaves like other stimulants. Secondly, this medication promotes the release of more dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. Because of the two pathways working together, the increased amount of neurotransmitters are present at levels that improve the symptoms of ADHD but not high enough to induce the euphoria associated with amphetamines and opiates. This means that even though Ritalin is a stimulant that can be addictive when abused, the risk of developing an addition is low when it is taken correctly.

How to take Ritalin

how to take ritalin

 

Ritalin is an extended-release medication that is used to treat ADHD in patients age 6 and older. This medication should be taken in the morning with or without food to prevent disrupting the sleep cycle. Be sure to follow the directions on the label. Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet or capsule. Doing so may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time, an action that is potentially fatal.

While using Ritalin, routine visits to your physician are necessary to check your progress. As with any medication, consult your surgeon several weeks prior to the procedure. Because of the effects of stimulants on the body, you may need to suspend use.

All medications have the potential to cause unwanted side effects. Some of the more common that can be seen with Ritalin are:

Ritalin side effects:

  • Mood changes
  • Nervousness or irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Loss of appetite or weight
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache

While this is not a complete list of possible side effects, some patients may experience others. Signs of a severe allergic reaction such as swelling of the face, tongue or throat, hives, or itching may occur and should be treated by an emergency facility.

How to get prescribed Ritalin?

In San Francisco, patients should seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional. During your examination, your provider will review your medical history and discuss your symptoms and how they affect your day to day life. Because other conditions can have some of the same symptoms as that of ADHD, your doctor will need to determine if those conditions are present as well. Typically, patients are asked to rate their symptoms as well as a loved one. Once the doctor reviews all of the information, a determination of diagnosis is given. If appropriate, your doctor will prescribe Ritalin or one of the other medications available for ADHD, such as Adderall.

Often, ADHD doctors will also suggest that patients seek the help of a qualified therapist who can offer beneficial coping techniques as well as an outlet for the emotions that can accompany this disorder. Though many patients are hesitant to see a counselor, most doctors find that a combination of pharmaceutical treatment and therapy result in better outcomes than just one treatment alone. It is not uncommon for patients who have ADHD also to have an anxiety disorder or suffer from depression as well. Treating the whole patient will help to alleviate the emotional symptoms that can impede treatment.

Ritalin Treatment in San Francisco 

ADHD treatment with Ritalin in San Francisco

Individuals who live in the San Francisco area that are concerned with the symptoms of ADHD can find help at EZCare Clinic. Our staff is made up of doctors and therapists who are dedicated to working with you to find the best plan of treatment for your specific needs. Our doctors are trained to determine the subtle differences between ADHD and other health issues. If a diagnosis of ADHD is appropriate, they can work with you and the therapist to ensure all your needs are met.

We are open seven days a week from 11 am to 7 pm. Although appointments are appreciated, they are not necessary. Walk-ins are excepted. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at (415) 966-0848. Don’t wait for the symptoms of ADHD to ruin all that you’ve worked for, call EZCare Clinic today. We can help you feel normal again.


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Straterra Uses

Strattera, or atomoxetine HCl, is a unique medication. It was the first non-stimulant drug that was approved by the FDA for the treatment of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). It is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (NRI) that works by increasing the availability of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine. Unlike other ADHD medications, Strattera is not a controlled substance and does not have the risk of abuse or addiction. Strattera may be able to:

  • Decrease hyperactivity
  • Improve attention
  • Reduce impulsive behaviors

Strattera is an immediate-release drug that must be titrated for the full effect. Depending on the dosage recommended, patients may take it once or twice a day. If only taken once, Strattera must be done in the morning to achieve the best results. If you need to take a second dosage, it should be before 6 pm so that the medication does not interfere with sleep.

Straterra Side Effects

Strattera can cause unwanted side effects like most other medications such as:

  • Straterra side effectsAbdominal pain
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Decreased appetite, weight loss
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive sweating
  • Headaches
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Vision changes
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Thoughts of suicide

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a mental condition that affects approximately 4% of adults in America. It is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. While the effects are sometimes obvious in children, it can manifest differently in adults. It is also possible for patients to be diagnosed for the first time in adulthood, even though ADHD is a life-long condition that is always present. Some high-functioning children are able to mask the symptoms of this disorder until they reach a point in their family or work lives that they are unaccustomed to, which causes the symptoms to become more noticeable.

Although researchers have not been able to determine the causes of ADHD, it is believed that certain environmental conditions such as exposure to toxic elements, brain injury, alcohol or tobacco use during pregnancy or genetics pose significant risks.

Symptoms of adult ADHD are primarily the same as those in children with the exception that as we grow older, the ability to sit still and not squirm may be hard but not impossible. Common symptoms include:

  • Impulsiveness
  • Disorganization
  • Poor time management skills
  • Trouble multitasking
  • Excessive activity or restlessness
  • Poor planning
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Hot temper
  • Trouble coping with stress

ADHD Treatment Options

Options to treat ADHD

Getting diagnosed with ADHD is not the end of the world, but it can be very confusing. Do not let the disorder define who you are or make you feel inadequate. Your physician will create an ADHD management plan that will include medications, educational support, cognitive behavioral therapy, and support groups.

Taking the prescribed medications may be the first step to an effective treatment but dealing with the emotions that can come with being diagnosed with something that can affect every aspect of your life can be just as important. Typically, doctors will refer patients to a knowledgeable therapist. Many therapists will often suggest becoming involved with an active support group so that individuals can find others with the same experiences.

ADHD affects not only the patient but also those closest to them. Support groups can also be found that can help friends and family members learn how to help the patient manage their symptoms. Living a normal life can be achieved with understanding, support, and the right diagnosis.

Help With Your ADHD in San Francisco

ADHD can be a complicated process when getting a diagnosis and beginning treatment. Some individuals can be helped by therapy and behavior changes alone, but most require medication as well. Most medicines used to treat ADHD are stimulants that can have some serious side effects of their own, including addition. Strattera is the first medication of its kind that is a non-stimulant, and when used as prescribed will not cause addiction.

EZCare Clinic in San Francisco should be your first choice when concerned about ADHD symptoms. On staff, there are caring and dedicated physicians and therapists who can work with you to manage ADHD as well as any other health condition. Once you have been prescribed the appropriate medication, we will periodically review the effectiveness and make adjustments as needed. If desired, our doctors can refer you to one of our therapy groups to aid in dealing with any emotions associated with diagnosis as well as teaching you how to combat the symptoms of ADHD with behavioral modification techniques. If at any time during treatment you feel that your medication is not working, or is not as effective as it once was, we will work with you.

Controlling your ADHD and making it possible to live a normal life is the goal of EZCare Clinic. Call us today at (415) 966-0848 for an appointment, or schedule online.


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Common medications for ADHD treatment

ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that affects approximately 11 to 20 million adults and children in America today. While the numbers are steadily rising, the reasons behind these staggering statistics are yet unknown. Although many believe that ADHD is a newly discovered disorder, knowledge of it has been around since the late 1700s, but it was not labeled as such until the early 1900s. Throughout history, the symptoms of this disorder have been called several things, including “the fidgets.”

In 1936 the first medication to treat ADHD was approved by the FDA. Until 1955, when Methylphenidate, a stimulate, was released, Benzedrine was the only medication for this disorder. Unfortunately, not all patients can use stimulant medications, making the only treatments inaccessible until the late 1990s and early 2000s when newer drugs were developed.

What is ADHD

What is ADHD and how to get treatment

ADHD is a condition that is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Despite a considerable amount of research that is conducted each year, the cause of ADHD is not known though researchers believe that several factors including environmental toxins, brain injury, or alcohol and drug use during pregnancy may be contributing factors.

Symptoms of ADHD include the inability to concentrate or focus on one task at a time, excessive talkativeness, inability to wait on others, disorganization, lack of patience, and difficulty following directions as well as several others.

Unfortunately, getting a proper diagnosis of ADHD can be as complicated as the disorder itself. Symptoms of several other mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression can be mistaken for ADHD. Only a qualified practitioner experienced in treating patients with this disorder can make the determination. The diagnosis must begin by a review of the medical history and an examination that not only rules out other issues but also evaluates the patient for the ability to take medications if treatment is appropriate. To be diagnosed, patients must have symptoms of inattention and hyperactive-impulsive behavior for at least six months and that they must be present and disruptive to everyday life.

Treatment options for ADHD

Most patients are treated with both medications and behavioral modification therapy. During therapy, patients are shown effective techniques and alternative behaviors that will help them cope with their disorder. Counselors typically also help the patients work through any emotional problems that steam from being diagnosed as well.

Pharmaceutical treatments are typically one of two forms, stimulant or non-stimulant medications. Both types of medicines are effective in treating ADHD, although stimulants seem to be better at controlling the symptoms than non-stimulants. Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for stimulant therapy because of other health conditions such as high blood pressure or heart disease. Non-stimulant medications are often longer lasting than stimulant medications and can be useful for 24 hours, whereas stimulants might be effective for a short time then wear off quickly.

Patients are often put on low dose stimulant medications by their physician first; then, the levels are titrated to the optimal dosage. Because stimulants can be addictive, doctors will want to monitor your progress, so periodic visits to the clinic are necessary.

Some of the most popular ADHD medications are:

Stimulants for ADHD Treatment

  • Methylphenidate; marketed under Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana, Quillivant and other names
  • Focalin
  • Dexedrine
  • Vyvanse

Non-stimulant drugs for ADHD

Some websites are marketing “natural” remedies such as supplements, but at this time, the FDA has not approved any for treatment due to lack of evidence of efficacy and concerns with the formulation.

ADHD Treatment Misconceptions

ADHD treatment misconceptions

For many years, people believed that children with ADHD needed better, more effective discipline techniques or that as they matured, the child would grow out of it. Unfortunately, neither is correct. Children and adults are limited in their ability to control their condition without the help of medication and support from knowledgeable therapists.

While some children do seem to “grow out” of their symptoms, the truth is that with age, they are better prepared to handle ADHD than as a child. Additionally, some adults displayed no symptoms during adolescence, but once they entered the workforce or took on the responsibilities of running a household, the signs that were once unnoticed became apparent. Despite what some may think, even though they were not diagnosed as a child, these adults had the disorder all their life.

EZCare can help with ADHD

EZCare Clinic in San Francisco can help adults struggling with the symptoms of ADHD. Dedicated physicians, clinicians, and therapists are available Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm who can diagnose and prescribe the necessary medications as well as work with you to learn effective coping techniques. Working with an experienced medical team is the first step to living a better, more fulfilled life. Call today for an appointment at (415) 966-0848 or schedule an appointment online. You don’t have to suffer alone; help is available.

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