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I was hoping to find some notes that I may have taken while on Focalin or Vyvanse. I’ve got a box full of completed CBT “Thought and Feelings” worksheets along with multiple notebooks from two years of therapy and (so I thought) notes on medication. Maybe they are somewhere, but I can’t find them. I just ran across 3 or 4 sheets with limited notes that mention medication affects.

Taken from notes: Vyvanse – Taking 20 Mg (1 Capsule), Muscles slightly relaxed, not disconnected, not bored, slight happy feeling, aware of depression and negative thoughts, slight anxiety and worry, no major side effects, everything seems clear, felt like crying maybe related to slight euphoria.

Vyvanse or Focalin – Not Sure: Still sense of being overwhelmed, muscles relaxed and feel slightly heavy, ability to sit for long periods of time, improved capacity to converse, ability to read and understand what I’m reading, doing tasks more slowly and deliberately, some impulsivity improvements, some calming in mind, level of work output decreased but accuracy increased, not driven by hyperactivity and must now decide what to do, still anxious, drug creates some feelings of depression as it wears off, some fear and worry as drug wears off.

I no longer take Vyvanse or Focalin. Let me make one important note. I was impatient with both and I was not always consistent when dosing. This can create a bit of an emotional roller coaster. It’s just really hard to be patient. I eventually started on Ritalin which proved to be the most effective for me. It’s a pain to take it every 3 to 4 hours though so after my next appointment I’ll move to Concerta or extended release Ritalin XR. A dose between 5mg and 10mg range has proven best for me with the Ritalin.

Side note: I do remember some slight dizziness with both Focalin and Vyvanse. Not like a spinning room or anything just a bit off balance if that makes sense.

Not sure this helps you any. Wish I had taken better notes.

You would think I would remember this stuff, right…:)