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A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for ritalin (methylphenidate) overdose?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Child Psychiatry 44 years experience
Professional eval: There are no tests, and an expert physician would not need tests. An "overdose" (other than deliberate) is a relative thing. Whomever is prescribing the Ritalin (methylphenidate) needs to discuss your experience with the medication, including benefits and possible problems. Meds of this type always need close clinical monitoring, especially in the early stages and when doses, or circumstances, change.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
No specific tests: There are no specific tests for Ritalin (methylphenidate) overdose. What doctors look for is a rapid heart rate, high blood pressure and behavioral changes including irritability, agitation, restlessness, sedation, difficulty focusing.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for ritalin (methylphenidate) overdose?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Typically, just time: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a relatively short-acting medication without major problems even in overdose. Chronic use at high doses can cause psychosis (hallucinations and delusions) that typically resolve quickly once use stops but can be treated with antipsychotics. Acute overdose can affect the heart and BP and may require supportive intervention to prevent damage until the body gets rid of it.
A 18-year-old male asked:

Can you die from a ritalin (methylphenidate) overdose?

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Dr. Brandon Maples
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undefined 18 years experience
Quite possibly: While generally a safe drug, Ritalin (methylphenidate) is considered a stimulant, which means it does affect things like heart rate and blood pressure. Just like with any stimulant, there is the risk of heart attack, stroke, etc., particular with higher dosages.
A 32-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: Ritalin (methylphenidate) overdose?

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Dr. Ying Wang
Specializes in Psychiatry
Excessive ingestion: Accidental or intentional ingestion of Ritalin in an amount that exceeds what is considered safe.
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