Ritalin for energy?

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Ritalin for energy?

by reba5678 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 07:27 PM

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Hi -  Wondering if anyone has been prescribed Ritalin for energy and how it's worked out. My father's Keppra dose recently increased, but the Doc seems to attribute his fatigue to the radiation & chemo from 2 yrs ago (brain is aging faster). He thinks he would be a good candidate for taking Ritalin, my father doesn't want another prescription but coffee and naps aren't working!

FYI, one doctor said that even if he is sleeping 10 hours a day plus naps, it's not the right type of sleep (REM, etc) because a study has shown that radiation patients often have disorganized sleep patterns. He suggested a sleep study to confirm this.

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by marylouamo on Thu Jan 19, 2012 07:56 PM

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On Jan 19, 2012 7:27 PM reba5678 wrote:

Hi -  Wondering if anyone has been prescribed Ritalin for energy and how it's worked out. My father's Keppra dose recently increased, but the Doc seems to attribute his fatigue to the radiation & chemo from 2 yrs ago (brain is aging faster). He thinks he would be a good candidate for taking Ritalin, my father doesn't want another prescription but coffee and naps aren't working!

FYI, one doctor said that even if he is sleeping 10 hours a day plus naps, it's not the right type of sleep (REM, etc) because a study has shown that radiation patients often have disorganized sleep patterns. He suggested a sleep study to confirm this.

I,m almost done with chemo and I have no(zero) energy. It,s all I can do to get on and off the sofa. My husband is very helpful but how long will I be like this? I,m wondering about the ritalin. I need to know if it works-or anything else that helps. Does it linger or will the fatigue go away after treatment. I hope I can enjoy life after this is all done- - - - -Mary

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by tmfaubus on Thu Jan 19, 2012 08:51 PM

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I agree..There has to be an answer for this fatigue. I am going to be very unhappy to have all these side effects and lose my fight so soon.

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by tromda on Fri Jan 20, 2012 03:23 AM

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Hi Reba:

My husband is on Ritalin and it works well for him.  He takes it in the morning and again at noon and it really seems to help.  It also seemed to help with his 'wooziness'.  I admit  that I was kind of surprised that Ritalin is prescribed for brain tumors, but it seems to work.  Every third or fourth day, he has to take a nap during the day, but for the most part, he goes through the day without napping.

Good luck

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by saw10128 on Fri Jan 20, 2012 05:20 PM

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My Dad was prescribed ritalin as well, but it was not good for him at all. It made him extremely anxious and fidgety, so we stopped it immediately. Instead, he took provigil, which worked so so (i.e. he never got that much energy back).   I think it's worth a shot for people though.

I hate the idea of adding more meds to these poor patients, but I think this is one that can actually make them feel better, so it's worth a try.

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by marylouamo on Fri Jan 20, 2012 07:21 PM

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Thanks. I,m going to ask my Dr. about both of them. Would love to have just a teensy bit of help. I just started my search and haven,t heard of any miracle but  the information is terrific and the compassion is good for my soul.  Wish I would have started with this cancer blog 8  months ago. It is so sad and lonely to have this disease and it seems more and more are getting it. We must have faith that we will get better. Life is wonderful and  I WILL get back to it.

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by reba5678 on Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:41 AM

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Thanks everyone for the feedback - I think we'll give it a try and see. It'd be great for him to have even a little more energy throughout the day.

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