I am a nursing student with ADD who has been taking methylphenidate (Ritalin) for over a year. On days when I take methylphenidate I become tacchycardic; my resting heart rate often reaches 100 BPM, 30 beats over my baseling resting heart rate. I am especially concerned when I excercise (which I do at least 6 times a week) for my heart rate becomes dangerously fast. I have tried other medications for ADD, but have found that only stimulants help me. My psychiatrist wants to put me on Beta Blockers, but I am resistant as I fear they will make me tired (and I need lots of energy for nursing school). I have been searching for herbs or alternative remidies for tachycardia, and was wondering if you may have any suggestions.
Since you tachycardia is most likelt to be resultant from Ritalin then either decreasing the dose or stopping it altogether is the correct move. However, I am not a psychiatrist and do not usually treat people with ADD, so I can't recommend you another drug.
I would advise you to try the beta blocker since you seem resistant to switching medications. It may make you tired, but it may not. Just start at a low dose and titrate it upwards slowly. These medications are generally well tolerated if prescribed in this manner.
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