As someone who takes Ritalin every day, I can totally agree with the main premise of this article, in that I am in a constant search to find a
Pharmacy that can fill my Ritalin. I initially thought this might be due to the fact that it can be abused, so they might only keep a certain number
in stock. Now I am not so sure if it is that, or because so many people are on Ritalin and other ADD or ADHD medication. I have found however that if
you use the same pharmacy each time, they keep enough in stock for you and know that you will be coming ever couple of months to fill it.
Now as far as the undertones of this post, OP, it is something that tends to work me up in a way that I don't get worked up unless it's a debate
over Breastfeeding/Not Breastfeeding or anything involving the top childhood debates that go on which infuriate me. I believe wholeheartedly that
there is a place for ADD or ADhD medications.
Ritalin I know for sure (not sure about the other medications) is not only used to treat ADD or ADHD, but also in the treatment of Narcolepsy and
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I am personally not a sufferer of the hyperactive aspect that sometimes accompanies ADD, I am at the other end of the
My own Dr. was really at a crossroads when choosing to put me on Ritalin. My symptoms were not classic ADHD, they were close to ADD, but most
importantly they looked a lot like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Without going into personal medical information I'll sum it up by saying, I could not
finish anything I started and I could not get out of bed.
Within a few days of being on Ritalin, the clouds cleared. I was no longer in La-La-Land in my mind, I could organize my thoughts and priorities, and
most importantly I had the energy to get out of bed and accomplish them. If I do not take my medication, I do not get ill or crave it. I simply sleep
20 hours a day and don't accomplish much. I daydream and fall asleep randomly throughout the day, in the middle of working on important things or
even while at work. I'm like I was before the medication and that is all.
I was terrified to start taking it, I had a pre-conceived notion that it would turn me into a crackhead, but it didn't. Would I put my child on it?
If his only other option was suffering through the childhood that I did in which I tried so hard to make good grades and to pay attention in school
but failed over and over again, then I most certainly would. If I could have the years back where I dropped out of class after class and extended my
college experience much longer than it should of been because I could not focus, I would in a heartbeat.
To sum up my opinion on this matter, I think that the shortage is something that needs to be corrected for all of us who need this medication in order
to function in the society we live in. Now I am not saying it isn't over perscribed, or given to those who don't need it. I am sure it is like all
other things (antibiotics to name one big one), but I just wanted to make a case for those of us whose lives have been changed for the better by ADD
Thanks for the info OP, glad to see I am not the only one having trouble finding this medication.