Is it normal for Ritalin 5-10mg to feel ineffective? Don't feel focused, alert or awake.

I feel worse when taking it. Not sure if I need to push myself for a few days if it gets better?

Right now, I'm hesitant to take it after just two days since I feel crappy on it.

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How do you feel when you take it? Are you taking it on an empty stomach?

One thing on the 5-10mg is that it’s just super short acting so doesn’t have a chance to have the same effect as the extended release capsules. I find the 5-10 most effective when I take them at the end of the day as a booster, rather than on their own.

I'm in the same predicament. Supplements and workouts help. My psychiatrist is very resistant to changing it.

Give it a bit more time then maybe ask to switch to pure dexamphetamine (not adderall)

You definitely shouldn’t be feeling crappy. Ritalin might be the wrong drug for you; I don’t remember the specifics but although Ritalin and Adderall both treat ADHD, their formulation is very different and doctors will prescribe one vs the other based on the symptoms you primarily exhibit (inattentiveness vs. hyperactivity). You may find that the Adderall camp of meds ends up being a better fit, but you’ll have to work with your dr to iron out the specifics. Definitely recommend contacting them ASAP and letting them know how you’re feeling, they should be able to use that info to better pinpoint what meds should work better.

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