• My Doctor recently put me on a small dose of Ritalin to help improve memory function and focus. Any thoughts...........

    Asked by Dennispx on Saturday, February 18, 2012

    My Doctor recently put me on a small dose of Ritalin to help improve memory function and focus. Any thoughts...........

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    • mamajltc's Avatar

      Hi...My husband, who has been in treatment for 2 years, has been taking Ritalin for almost the same amount of time and it's great. He actually takes it, as needed, up to 2 times a day, (he jokingly calls it his afternoon delight because he feels so much better once he takes it). It gives him the necessary energy to get through the day and has been a huge help through the exhaustion that he often feels. Good luck :)

      about 9 years ago
    • markmather's Avatar

      I recently wrote a blog post on dealing with chemo brain. Here is the link . Keep the faith. http://www.markmather.org/uncategorized/reclaim-your-brain/

      about 9 years ago
    • DJMessmer's Avatar

      I have been battling a gbm grade iv for 15 months. 6 months ago i switched oncologists. When I complained about fatigue, I was given ritalin. Hello!!!!! Where were they hiding this little dose of magic? Love it!! Plus, it makes me laugh when my teenagers and me are running around the house looking for our ritalin.

      about 9 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I had treatment the first time over 23 years ago, I mentioned to the drs then that I thought I was loosing some memory, and not as sharp and asked could it be the treatments. They told me then that chemo didn't affect the memory. Well, now there are all these studies that prove that it does. I knew it then, but they denied it. I am still having problems and I believe they will continue to get worse. I was never told about ritalin or anything else to take. I might ask my dr. tomorrow, go for a 4 month checkup.

      about 9 years ago
    • ttisme's Avatar

      I told my onc about memory fog, forgetfulness, lack of interest...she laughed at me and said you have chemo brain and offered to take me off Zoloft (which got me through OH NO!) and into a place that I can tolerate, and prescribe Ritalin...I can function with my notebook for important things and I am not working so I chose to stay on the Zoloft instead. I like my happy place!
      Besides- going to the store without a list, helps assure that you will go out again tomorrow, becuz you forgot half of what you needed!

      about 9 years ago
    • moonmaiden's Avatar

      My doctors refuse to discuss it with me. I wish they would. I have been looking online for things to help me over come the effects of treatment, and they won't discuss it with me. My life is going to XXX from the effects of chemo and hormone blockers, and I am ready to chuck any and all pills into the trash. I am so sorry I allowed them to do that to me, and won't allow them to do it again. I don't have any quality of life any more, and now that they have gotten their hundreds of thousands of dollars out of me or my insurance, they can't be bothered to address the ongoing fatigue and loss of income that has come with it. I am trying to stay off of disability, I don't want it, I want to get back on my feet, and I don't know where to find a doctor who isn't going to tell me either it's all in my head, or it's all my own fault if I go around feeling exhausted and not doing what I need to do. Never again. NOt worth sticking around for. Going to quit all the drugs.

      almost 6 years ago
    • moonmaiden's Avatar

      I feel very much taken advantage of by the breast cancer *industry*.

      almost 6 years ago

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