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Ritalin Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Ritalin and other brands of methylphenidate are mild central nervous system stimulants used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.

Ritalin Dosage

  • If you are taking Ritalin and Methylin Tablets, then the usual starting dosage is 20 to 30 milligrams a day.

Uses of Ritalin

  • It is used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Ritalin

Before taken Ritalin medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Ritalin. Side effects may include:

  • Anorexia
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Inability to fall or stay asleep
  • Nervousness
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

Warnings and precautions before taking Ritalin:

  • Blood pressure should be monitored in anyone taking Ritalin, especially those with high blood pressure.
  • Some people have had visual disturbances such as blurred vision while being treated with Ritalin.
  • You should be used this medication with extra caution if you have a history of emotional instability or substance abuse.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Ritalin with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Ritalin with the following:

  • Antiseizure drugs such as phenobarbital, Dilantin and Mysoline
  • Blood thinners such as Coumadin
  • Clonidine
  • Drugs that restore blood pressure, such as EpiPen
  • Guanethidine
  • MAO inhibitors
  • Phenylbutazone
Overdose

After taken Ritalin if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Ritalin overdose include:

  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Delirium
  • Enlarging of the pupil of the eye
  • Flushing
  • Hallucinations
  • Irregular or rapid heartbeat


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