I was put on 54mg of Concerta daily+10mg of Ritalin at the end of the school day if I needed to study or do homework (20mg if I had to work a lot). I don't know if this (ADHD) is the right category to ask this question but I figured it would make sense. What I wanted to talk about is that when I take Concerta, I get terrible comedowns or crashes. I have heard from a few people that they experience this as well, but the difference is that my Ritalin and Concerta will always wear off by, absolute latest, 6 o'clock. As a result, I have found myself wanting to take more of my medication than required in order to avoid, or just postpone my horrible comedowns. On top of this, I can't adequately study or focus on a day that I have taken my Ritalin/Concerta once they have worn off. I've found myself worried lately about becoming, or already being addicted to my medicine. I understand how my medicine works, along with the symptoms of addiction. However, a big theme that seems obvious to me is that people who are suffering from a methylphenidate addiction experience cravings when they don't take the drug. This is where I become confused because I don't feel a need to take the drug unless I have taken it already and I am crashing/coming down or feel that the comedown may start soon.
I guess my question is, if I can, as of now at least, not take my pills without having cravings for the drug, but I do crave methylphenidate when I have taken it and I am at school or doing homework, would this still be considered an addiction? If so, could I still keep taking my medications if I am very careful? I am not tempted to take a higher dose than prescribed if the bottle of pills isn't with me at school because by the time I am at home the drug has worn off and I do not feel the need to take anymore of it, unless I have a lot of work. In cases like these, I do not necessarily want to take the drug, but I will feel like I need it to help me focus. Please let me know and answer the questions above as best as possible.