Ritalin is the common name for methylphenidate, classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as Schedule 2 narcotic the same classification as cocaine, morphine and amphetamines.
RITALIN is a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine. It is used for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Generic Ritalin may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and Hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.
In June 2005, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a series of public health advisories warning that Ritalin and drugs like it may cause visual hallucinations, suicidal thoughts and psychotic behavior, as well as aggression or violent behavior.
Even when dosage of Ritalin is used as a prescription drug, it may have severe effects including nervousness, insomnia, anorexia, loss of appetite, pulse changes, heart problems and weight loss. The manufacturer says it is a drug of dependency.
RITALIN should be used as a part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies. RITALIN is also used in the treatment of a sleep disorder called narcolepsy.
- Ritalin SR
- Ritalin LA
- Metadate CD
- Metadate ER
- Quillivant ER
- Methylin ER
- Methylin ER
Who should not take RITALIN?
- You are very anxious, tense, or agitated
- You have an eye problem called glaucoma
- You have Tourette’s syndrome, or a family history of Tourette’s syndrome.
- You are taking or have taken within the past 14 days an anti-depression medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI.
- If you are allergic to anything in Ritalin
Drug Class: Central Nervous System Stimulant
Treated for: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Attention deficit order, Excessive uncontrollable day time sleepiness, Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Hyperactivity and Depressive Disorder
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one, to prevent any overdose and side effects from Ritalin.
Dosages and effects of Ritalin
There are some important precautions and interaction of using Ritalin which will play a key role to cause any fatal and addicted effects, so it is important to follow doctor’s prescription.
Ritalin comes in a small pill almost the size of aspirin tablets, 5mg are pale yellow, 10mg tablets are pale green and 20mg tablets re both white and pale yellow. This amphetamine like substance cause the effects on the body as like loss of appetite, insomnia, acceleration in heart rate. The stress on the heart can be fatal.
An injection of Ritalin has an extra impact the body. While the chemical compound methylphenidate dissolves completely in water, the tablets also contain minute particles of insoluble fillers. These solid materials block the small blood vessels when injected into the blood stream, causing serious damage to the lungs and to the eyes.
Beside from the physical impact, there are also extreme emotional conditions caused by even short-term use of this drug. Hallucinations and psychotic behavior are not uncommon.
Abuse of Ritalin use may cause the danger of cancer. This study found every one of a dozen children treated with methylphenidate experienced genetic abnormalities associated with an increased risk of cancer.