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Ritalin for MS fatigue?

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Posted by CCF MD GS on May 17, 1998 at 21:25:07:

In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Ritalin for MS fatigue? posted by Jill on May 02, 1998 at 19:42:16:
  ...... frequently being used for fatigue in MS, but haven't heard much about Ritalin being used in MS.  My neurologist is a very good neurologist but does not specialize in MS.  Can you tell me what the current thinking is among neurologists who specialize in MS concerning pharmacological treatment of MS fatigue?  Also, is it known what mechanism of action (e.g., biochemical)the stimulants have in counteracting the fatigue specific to MS?  Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
  Justine --
  I have been taking ritalin for two years now for the fatigue.  I had taken cylert before that.  Like you, my fatigue had become overwhelming.  For me, the ritalin has been truly beneficial.  Not many meds are, but this particular one has made all the difference in the world.  It took a few months (maybe 2?) to get the dose right.  Now, I can accurately adjust my own dose depending on my current level of fatigue.
  Hope this info helps.
Tnaks for the input Jill. I will also add that ritalin has now also found an increased use in brain tumor patients after radiation. It appears to be well tolerated and helpful in decreasing the fatigue that can be so difficult. Good luck. As always this information is provided for general medical information purposes. Pleae consult your physician regarding diagnostic and treatment options.

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