Stimulants and Weight Loss? Duh!..

So I weighed myself yesterday as I have every few days to monitor my weight (same time and before I eat/drink to make sure it’s just me I am weighing not stuff in my stomach) and I am down another 5 pounds despite eating very particular food, planning my calories and other nutrients… What the heck! I thought I had at least stopped myself from losing weight! So once again I started to stress and worry (thinking about this and my constantly dropping WBC) which was not good to add on top of everything else I am dealing with right now. But I was sitting at my desk where I have all my medication laid out (so I don’t forget to take them) when I realized… whenever I am asked what medication I am on I typically only think about what I keep in my Monday-Sunday pill organizer thing but what about all the other pill bottles on my desk? Most of that is “as-needed” stuff like Temazepam for insomnia or Ritalin (methylphenidate) for fatigue. Ritalin. How did I never think of this? Ritalin is a stimulant. Stimulants cause you to lose weight! One of the main reasons I stopped taking Nuvigil!

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Nuvigil for MS Fatigue; My Experience

Nuvigil (Armodafinil) is a medication used to “promote wakefulness” when treating people with disorders like narcolepsy, sleep apnea or shift work sleep disorder. In Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Nuvigil is a popular choice for treating fatigue. Nuvigil is often compared to Adderall which is primarily used to treat ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) but I am not sure if it is also an actual amphetamine or not; from what I gather, the chemical structure is very similar. That being said, Adderall is a schedule II controlled substance and Nuvigil is a schedule IV. Schedule II is defined as “drugs with a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous” where schedule IV is defined as “drugs with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence”. Just for reference, there are 5 schedules (I-V) and the lower the number the more “dangerous”; heroin is a schedule I drug and a cough medication like Robitussin is schedule V. So knowing that I have to imagine it is not exactly the same.

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