Mild side effects of Ritalin
Mild Ritalin side effects include:
- stomach pain
- appetite loss
- vision problems
- weight loss
Ritalin Severe side effects
Severe Ritalin side effects require immediate termination of drug usage and urgent medical attention. Severe Ritalin side effects include:
- severe allergic reactions, such as breathing deficiency
- hives or swelling
- fast or irregular heartbeats
- sore throat
- severe blistering
- red skin rash
- unusual behavior
- easy bruising
- blurred vision
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
What is Ritalin used for?
Ritalin, on its generic name Methylphenidate, is a medication included in the category of central nervous system stimulators. This drug is able to control the balance of nerves and chemicals in the brain that may cause impulse control and hyperactivity.
This medication is helpful in treating attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD). This drug may also efficiently treat a sleep disease, the so-called narcolepsy (the uncontrollable desire to sleep). Ritalin is not for the use of children younger than 6 years of age without professional medical attention.
Ritalin Interactions and Risks
- You are currently treating yourself with other drugs, such as Furazolidone, Isocarboxazid, Phenelzine, Rasagiline, Selegiline or Tranylcypromine or if you’ve used any of these pills in the past 14 days. The combination of these drugs with Ritalin may lead to severe and life-threatening adverse effects of this medication.
- You ever presented allergic reactions to this medication.
- You suffer from glaucoma, overactive thyroid, severe hypertension, Tourette’s syndrome, angina, heart failure, heart rhythm disease, fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption, sucrose-isomalatase deficiency, severe anxiety, tension or agitation.
- You recently suffered a heart attack.
- You suffer from congenital heart defect. Some patients, both children and adults died from using Ritalin who had congenital heart defect or other severe heart conditions.
- You have mental illness, psychotic disease, bipolar disorder, depression, suicide attempt, epilepsy or other seizure conditions or drug or alcohol addiction. All of these illnesses must be reported to your doctor before starting to use Ritalin. You may be in need of dose adjustments and may be required to take some special tests.
- It is given to a child who is not growing. Ritalin may slow down the growth of a child. Report this problem to your healthcare provider immediately.
- Some of your daily activities require you to be alert or awake. Diving should be avoided during your treatment period with Ritalin because this medication will affect your driving abilities in a negative way.
Ritalin and pregnancy
Ritalin received a category C rating from the FDA but it is not proven if this medication is dangerous to the unborn baby or not. You are not allowed to start taking Ritalin without medical attention if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Ritalin and breastfeeding
There is no evidence to prove if Ritalin may pass into breast milk or not. Therefore, we can’t know if this drug is harmful for the nursing bay or not. It’s forbidden to start taking Ritalin without medical advice during breastfeeding.
Ritalin daily dosage and overdose
The average Ritalin dosage ranges from 20 mg to 30 a day.
Be careful with overdosing; it is considered to be fatal. The overdosing symptoms of Ritalin include: vomiting, agitation, tremors, muscle twitching, seizure, dry mouth, dry nose or fainting.