Wow i know alot of ppl b4 me have said it but i have to say it again, i thought i was going crazy, thank goodness im not alone regarding ADD medication and picking.
Im a 40 year old male that while working through depression with a Psychiatrist this past summer was diagnosed with ADD. The diagnosis was based on honest answers to questions about my childhood, employment, relationships and behavior etc.
Im taking 20mg Prozac (1 dose a day) and 54mg Concerta (1 dose sometimes 2 doses a day). I know the 2 - 54mg doses a day is too much for me, but some days my body says 54mg inst enough. Proactively im going to pose 54mg in the am and 18mg afternoon.
Since starting these meds ive been picking at any small sore or blemish on my skin until it bleeds, literally trying to remove dirt or little red/black spots from my skins pores.
Ive been to a few doctors, been treated as though i had body lice, scabbies and most recently athletes foot. Along the way ive been told im a delusional self mutilator and that I should go back to see my Psychiatrist ...lol.... Ive spent hundreds maybe even a thousand dollars on creams, anti fungal lotions and potions, all no result. Ive now started with natural remedies trying to heal sores that I wont stop picking. Its to the point i look like an addict.
The thing is i dealt with ADD for many many years without medication, since ive started with Concerta my life has changed, it has normalized me, put ying in my yang, its like always needing glasses but never getting a pair until oneday you put a pair on and "wham-ooo" you can see. My point is that im 99% certain my skin problem is a direct result of taking the concerta. Im not a Dr but it seems as though the Concerta has augmented an underlying compulsive obsessive picking disorder (UCOPD).
I really dont want to have to discontinue with the ADD meds but am going to hve to as a last resort ........My question is.... has anyone that suffered from a similar skin issue taking concerta switched to a different medication which reduced or eliminated the desire to pick?? Im going back to see my Doc in a week and would like to research any suggestions.
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