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Ritalin and Seroquel


I posted last week about starting on Ritalin and Seroquel.

So far, so good. I have worked my way from 1 x 10mg tablet when I wake, to 2 x 10mg tablets (1 when I wake, 1 about 4 hours later).

As of today I am now on 30-40mg of short-release Ritalin each day. 10mg tablets taken every 3-4 hours. I am a lot more productive, feel as though I can make clear decisions and can focus on some tasks that I used to find really mundane. I haven't noticed any changes when it comes to interrupting conversations, or being bored in conversations. I suppose time will tell. The work I am doing in the DBT module of Interpersonal Effectiveness will help with this anyway.

I am quite excited and feeling quietly confident about the process. It will be interesting to see how it effects my sleep.

I also started taking 12.5mg (half a 25mg tablet) of Seroquel at night to help me sleep. This was mid last week, before I started the Ritalin (got hte script for Ritalin last Thursday, started the Seroquel on Tuesday night). I was told by my psych to take it just as I was going to be to avoid dissociating. It was terrible! It didn't help me fall asleep quickly, it still took me a couple of hours. I struggled to wake up the next day and felt really out of it (after 3 days of this I felt so shit). So I started taking it about 2 hours before I wanted to sleep and it has been much better. I don't get knocked out, but I do fall asleep quite calmly. I am not so sluggish in the morning, the Ritalin probably helps with this as well.

Anyway, just wanted to keep you all posted after I had been offered such good support and advice.

I hope everyone is well. Take care, Barnes xo


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