|Living with Adult ADHD||ADHD in Women||Apps & Tools|
|Signs & Symptoms||Health & Sleep||Time Management|
|First 100 Days||ADHD at Work||Relationships|
|ADHD Parenting Home||Parenting Strategies||ADHD Teens|
|Oppositional Defiant||Health & Nutrition||Social Skills|
|Discipline Fixes||Sleep||Organization Skills|
|ADHD Treatment Home||Natural Treatments||Treating Kids|
|Medications||Diet & Nutrition||Treating Kids Naturally|
|Medication Reviews||Side Effects||First 100 Days|
|Learning Home||Homework Help||Learning Disabilities|
|School Accommodations||Organization Skills||Teachers' Guide|
|IEP/504 Plan||Behavior at School||High School|
|ADHD Symptoms Home||Self-Tests||ADHD in Women|
|ADHD Symptoms||Related Conditions||Diagnosing Kids|
|Types of ADHD||Diagnosing ADD||Dealing with Diagnosis|
|Give a Gift|
Addicted to Ritalin?
"I take 20 mg of Ritalin three times a day, but I think each dose lasts less than two hours. Am I addicted? What other treatment do you recommend?"
Ritalin usually lasts four hours. However, it may not. If you find that you now get only one or two hours of help with each dose, other options are possible.
You are not becoming addicted. For some, Ritalin loses its length of action over time. You might change to Dexedrine or Adderall to see if you can get closer to four hours per dose, or you might try another type of medication, such as Imipramine or Wellbutrin. You can also combine medicines, such as Wellbutrin with Ritalin, to see if that helps. Ask your doctor.
Wellbutrin alone works for many people with ADHD. This medicine is long acting; you take it in the morning and possibly at night. It takes about a week or two to start working. Once it does, it lasts 24 hours each day. If it works for you, you will not have to worry about taking it frequently during the day.
Larry Silver, M.D., is the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.