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Total Sensory Overload
Methylphenidate (Concerta) & Coffee
Citation:   turtlebeach. "Total Sensory Overload: An Experience with Methylphenidate (Concerta) & Coffee (exp114971)". Aug 4, 2023.

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27 mg oral Pharms - Methylphenidate (pill / tablet)
  T+ 3:30 27 mg oral Pharms - Methylphenidate (pill / tablet)
  T+ 0:00 1 mg oral Pharms - Clonazepam (pill / tablet)

I have this friend who is a kindred spirit in speed, and he recently bullshat himself into getting a Concerta prescription. This damn fool doctor game him the highest dosage of Concertas Ė 54s, the ones that look like big red nuclear submarines. About a week ago to this day, I decided I wanted to be in a great mood and potentially get some work done. I looked at those massive red Concerta pills and figured taking a whole one may not be the most prudent idea. I had no experience with this specific substance.I decided to cut the pill clean in half with a kitchen knife. On the inside, itís mostly a white chalky substance along with a thin layer of something brown under the red coating. Around noon, I tossed the half down the hatch, poured another of coffee and got right down to business.

Within a couple hours I was soaring. I had my laptop open to a presentation I was working on, my phone was playing an interesting YouTube video, and the TV was blaring with the news. It was total sensory overload, but I felt like I was soaking it all in, and it felt great. I was thinking ďHow could this be the more mild ADHD medication? Iím feeling damn near more fucking fried on this half pill than I would on shitload of dex!Ē

Since I was still under the impression that the XR action of this pill would be preserved despite the halving, I was looking forward to the next 6-8 hours or so of feeling like Sherlock in the BBC miniseries. This came to a screeching halt at the two-hour mark, where I crashed precipitously. My body was still stimulated and tense, but all my mental acuity and happiness had vanished. Itís like my whole being was trying to pour from an empty cup, it was horrible.
My body was still stimulated and tense, but all my mental acuity and happiness had vanished. Itís like my whole being was trying to pour from an empty cup, it was horrible.
At first, I attributed this to a caffeine crash, since I had stopped drinking coffee once the pill had truly kicked in. I rushed to my Keurig, made another one, and basically chugged it. No dice. Now I feel even more like an overstimulated idiot.

Remembering that I had only taken half of the pill, my naÔve mind figured that maybe I just got half a pillís effect. Though the whole 54mg seemed daunting, perhaps it was simply meant to be taken that way. I took the other half of the pill and anxiously waited to feel un-zombielike. Again, no dice. I took the second half around 3:30, and the only discernible feeling I could identity from the rest of that day was gradual increase in anxiety, irritability, and generally feeling like goddamn shit.

To deal with the ever-increasing anxiety as well as the fact that my heart was beating like a jackhammer, I took 1.0mg of klonopin in the evening. This was mostly just a hail mary so that Iíd have a chance to sleep the whole ordeal off, but it ended up smoothing out the experience wonderfully. By midnight, I was feeling normal and in good spirits. As Iím writing the following morning here, I have no ill effects.

Exp Year: 2020ExpID: 114971
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 20
Published: Aug 4, 2023Views: 367
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