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    Hey guys,

    diagnosed with ADD 4 years ago, and I've been on Concerta XL until recently.

    I was on 72mg of Concerta, which I found worked really well with me but have had to change as I am now having to follow a FODMAP diet/lactose intolerant.

    I've been changed onto 60mg of Equasym, however I find it doesn't seem to be as effective as Concerta? I know it's basically the same as Concerta but packaged differently and the tablets take a different form, and that my dose is now lowered but I find I feel as if I may as well not be taking it because it seems to do so little compared to the Concerta. I know I have weird reactions to some meds (I was prescribed a painkiller for nerve pain that's also an anti-depressant a few years ago that made me very short tempered, Sertraline made me behave as if I was bipolar, and when I was on beta-blockers they made me feel depressed) and whilst on Concerta I seemed to develop something like Raynaud's syndrome as well as occasionally getting heart palpatations. So far, Equasym seems to be making me much more irritable, my cold hands and feet seem to be worse and I am finding my concentration is decreased and I'm finding it much harder to stay focused and on track than when I was on Concerta. I can't comment on anxiety yet, but it does feel as if it's worse.

    I am seeing my consultant for a review in December, where I will be voicing this, however I'm not sure if this is just the changeover and getting used to new meds? Has anyone else experienced something similar?
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    (Original post by remarius)
    Hey guys,

    diagnosed with ADD 4 years ago, and I've been on Concerta XL until recently.

    I was on 72mg of Concerta, which I found worked really well with me but have had to change as I am now having to follow a FODMAP diet/lactose intolerant.

    I've been changed onto 60mg of Equasym, however I find it doesn't seem to be as effective as Concerta? I know it's basically the same as Concerta but packaged differently and the tablets take a different form, and that my dose is now lowered but I find I feel as if I may as well not be taking it because it seems to do so little compared to the Concerta. I know I have weird reactions to some meds (I was prescribed a painkiller for nerve pain that's also an anti-depressant a few years ago that made me very short tempered, Sertraline made me behave as if I was bipolar, and when I was on beta-blockers they made me feel depressed) and whilst on Concerta I seemed to develop something like Raynaud's syndrome as well as occasionally getting heart palpatations. So far, Equasym seems to be making me much more irritable, my cold hands and feet seem to be worse and I am finding my concentration is decreased and I'm finding it much harder to stay focused and on track than when I was on Concerta. I can't comment on anxiety yet, but it does feel as if it's worse.

    I am seeing my consultant for a review in December, where I will be voicing this, however I'm not sure if this is just the changeover and getting used to new meds? Has anyone else experienced something similar?
    How long have you been on this now? These meds can take anything up to a couple of months to start working at their best but obviously it varies person to person. Side effects tend to die down over time but if they haven't gone by then they probably won't. I'd say you're best sticking with them for now and see how you are when you next see them, if the side effects and things are really bothering you though you can always see your GP before then, or see if you can move the appointment forward at all.
 
 
 
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