Ritalin Use Side Effect Details


Ritalin Use Side Effect Details

Ritalin, an addictive medication that is used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Narcolepsy. Ritalin works by affecting certain chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

The use of Ritalin for ADD or ADHD can help increase attention, decrease impulsiveness and decrease hyperactivity.


Generic versions of Ritalin is called Methylphenidate.

Ritalin Use Side Effects

When taking Ritalin or the generic version of Ritalin as prescribed the following common side effects may occur:

of Ritalin and generic versions when taken as prescribed.
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Irritableness
  • Appetite Decrease
  • Loss of Weight
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Mild Headache
  • Dry Mouth
  • Vision Problems
  • Hands or feet may experience Numbness-Tingling-Cold Feeling

Ritalin Abuse Side Effects

Misuse and abuse of Ritalin can have numerous harmful health related consequences including an instant euphoric high when snorted (a 'Ritalin High' is much the same as a 'Cocaine high'). Other side effects include:

  • Addiction
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Respiratory Depression
  • Chest Pain
  • Increased in Blood Pressure
  • Decrease in Blood Pressure
  • Chest pain
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Visual and Audio Hallucinations
  • Self-Harm
  • Appetite Loss
  • Weight Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Altered Heart Rate
  • Dilated Pupils

Ritalin Overdose Symptoms

An overdose of Ritalin can be tremendously dangerous and possibly fatal. A life-threatening Ritalin overdose can occur when too much (an excessive amount) medication is taken, when Ritalin is combined with alcohol or when Ritalin is mixed with certain medications, illegal drugs or other illicit substances the following effects could occur:

  • Euphoria
  • Vomiting (Possibly Uncontrollable)
  • Sweating
  • Flushing
  • Mouth Dryness
  • Dehydration
  • Headache
  • Rapid Heartrate
  • Palpitations of the Heart
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Extremely Elevated Body Temperature
  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Panic
  • Tremors
  • Twitching Muscles
  • Spasms
  • Muscle pain
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures
  • Severe Hallucinations
  • Delirium
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Possible Permanent Brain Damage
  • Possible Death
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