Tips for dealing with Ritalin Crash?
November 2, 2013 9:17 AM Subscribe
Ritalin is having a good effect on me for ~3 hours. In a few weeks, I am going to take a 3.5-hour-long test. What can I do before/during the test to avoid crashing near the end of it?
posted by alona to Grab Bag (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
22-year-old female, recently prescribed 10mg of instant-release Ritalin, and it's really helping me study and stay focused for about three hours, after which I get the common "crash": jittery feeling, restlessness, and all in all much less focus than without Ritalin. In four weeks I'll be taking a very important, 3.5 hr long exam, and I need to stay focused throughout all of it.
I have tried taking another 10mg after 3 hours, but found that it just worsened the symptoms. Should I drink something caffeinated? Eat something high in carbs/sugars? As a runner, I know there are certain foods that are give you prolonged energy, like dried fruits - would this work for a mental workout, as well?