Stimulants can sometimes help a patient with this illness. A proper use of stimulants is when the patient that is already on anti-depressants which are not working 100%. By adding a stimulant, the patient often reaches, or comes closer to, the 100% mark.
Ritalin (methylphenidate) is usually the first stimulant that a doctor would first prescribe, in immediate-release form, 5 mg pill, one or two times a day.
Amphetamines are also used – dexedrine (dextromphetamine), adreol (amphetamine salts) and Vyvanse (another form of dexedrine).
These are a little more potent and effective than Retalin.
A Word about Addiction and Abuse
Donald Cline, who wrote the first textbook on psychopharmacology, mentioned that he had patients who came in to the office, confessing that they have been taking 30 mg samples of amphetamines for a long time. They felt guilty because they had become dependent on them.
They were using it as an anti-depressant. Furthermore, they only took only the set amount. They were addicted to it in the sense that they needed the drug to function but they were not abusing the drug by taking more to get high.
Therefore, if you are taking a prescribed anti-depressant and your symptoms are not entirely gone, consider requesting one of these stimulants from your doctor.
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