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Methylphenidate induced tachycardia

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.
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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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