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22 Oct 2008

Ritalin
I was on Ritalin in high school and in varsity, and have been working now for about 3 years without Ritalin. I am struggling to remember things, and I want to go back onto Ritalin. However I am not sure where to go for a prescription. Previous I went to an Educational psychiatrist t. Who would I contact, do I need to see a psychiatrist or a gp ? Also, what is the cost of Ritalin now? Previous my dad’ s medical aid paid for it, however now I an only on a hospital plan.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Gill,
Your GP can prescribe Ritalin, and as Bobb has mentioned you will need to obtain a repeat script every month, once your dosage has been established. To my knowledge a hospital plan does not cover any medication not administered under a hospital stay. Ritalin can help to improve memory, in some cases; it is important to remember though that the benefit will only last for as long as the medication is in your system, which is generally shorter than an 8 hour working day. There are therapies out there such as the Dore programme which can improve short term memory permanently without any medications, and therefore without any side effects.
Kind regards.
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