When I go to my neuro I tell him I'm fatigued often. But I also mention that I'm in school and have a hard time concentrating. I've asked about adderall/Ritalin, because I didn't know of provigil or nuvigil. I feel like he might think I'm just trying to abuse the meds but I'm not. I don't complain a lot and maybe I just am not stressing enough that being fatigued is affecting me? And while I've asked about the medicine, I haven't straight asked for a prescription because I feel like THAT seems… read more
I take adderall for fatigue and am still fatigued. But at least I get a few things done. The fatigue is making me extremely depressed. My son said to me "mom, don't be lazy." I didn't want to go out to dinner with him. I went up and cried because 3 years ago I was playing soccer in the yard with him. My looks haven't changed but my brain has. I just can't understand why I lost everything in a years time. Self pity isn't good but I just wanted to write it.
I am sorry it's been a year.....however, I did not like Nuvagil and didn't look into anything else for fatigue. However, I realized in the past year that a lot of my stress comes from the ADHD behaviors (procrastination, disorganization, lack of focus, overwhelmed, multi tasking, not following through, etc.) So, I thought that maybe if I tried ADD meds, it could help my stress and therefore my MS symptoms. I saw a psychiatrist and I tried Vyvanse. Didn't like it too much due to side effects. She switched me to Evekeo which is a new ADD drug. I have been on it for about 3 months. I can't believe how well it's working for me. I no longer have fatigue and am able to function all day instead of feeling like my day's energy and ability to function well ended at 3pm. I have 2 kids and 3pm was not a good time to not have the energy! From 3pm until I went to bed which is usually after 10pm was like having to run a marathon every day. I started on 5 mg of Evekeo twice a day and increased the dosage over time. I'm now on 15mg twice a day. I don't always take it twice. Many days, depending on my schedule and what is going on, I may just take it once. So far, for me, this medication has been a miracle. I did have some side effects in the beginning but they seem to have gone away. As long as I eat a full breakfast before taking the first dose, I'm usually pretty good. In my opinion, I think that ADD meds should be considered for MS fatigue. However, I don't know if it would affect a non ADD brain with MS differently. Good luck!
I just got Nuvigil this week but waiting for insurance to approve it. So, I have not tried it. I have an ADHD brain and have managed my whole life without meds. However, lately, it's been a lot harder. I don't know if it's the fatigue, brain fog, etc. I spoke to my neuro about going on a stimulant and he advised that you have to have been given an ADHD diagnosis to be on Aderall or some of the others. Those drugs are a pain in the but to get every month as the doctors have to approve it every month. So, if you don't have ADHD, i would try some of the ones they prescribe for MS. I'll keep you posted on whether Nuvagil works for me once it is filled.
I've been through the whole line of drugs to help with fatigue over the years. I've been on Adderall for about two years and it helps and I've never had any problem. Of course since it is a controlled drug it requires a paper prescription and can only be for 30 days at a time.
Hello, I take Evekeo which is a new ADD med and it has taken away my fatigue. It's like a miracle for me. I saw a psychiatrist for it. I do have all the ADD behaviors. She prescribed it for the ADD but I told her how it has taken away my fatigue. She felt it should be used to help people like us with MS. I recommend you go see a psychiatrist. Neuro's won't prescribe it and many neuro's won't prescribe even if you have ADHD. They don't like to deal with having to write the RX every month. For me it has been a God sent. The fatigue was causing depression so now I don't have that!
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