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seen psychiatrist from community mental health team yesterday had an appointment to discuss ADHD medications came to decision, conclusion when seen clinical nurse that concerta ,the psychiatrist fax over a letter explaining direction of medication .doctors rang me tonight saying that prescription is ready to be picked up! seeing clinical nurse again on next Wednesday ( 12th February) to see how progressing on medication so hopefully that be long enough to tell if anything is working to feeling more settled and relaxed!

 

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now currently this week on 26mg for a week worth then onto 36mg next week starting on Saturday morning found good signs already pointing in right direction even though early days. see positive impact /difference now feel more settled, calmer can think clearer too , amazing already saw clnical nurse last Wednesday afternoon and she is pleased with overall progress since been on these . my moods are more levelled out ,stable so all rounder to be honest! , I've been told the normal more effective is 36mg I've been informed , and so far no real side effects again good! ;) and also considering works near enough straight away over night!

 

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I've been told the normal more effective is 36mg

 

After perseverance and help from my GP, I've been taking Concerta XL 36 mg. I agree with you about the settled and calmer benefits. Your post is over a year old, so I wonder if you have an update.

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