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A 34-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what happens when someone with adhd takes ritalin (methylphenidate)?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Variable: The expected effect is the production of increased vigilance to the primary goal/job at hand with the screaning out of stray stimuli. The site of action is the brain control centers. Treatment has its greatest effect on those who lack these skills normally.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what happens if i take 2 10mg ritalins (methylphenidate) without adhd?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
20 mg ritalin (methylphenidate): Your most likely reaction will be an increase in alertness. You may become jittery, develop anxiety, restlessness and headache. The effect should subside in a couple of hour.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What happens if somebody who doesn't have ADHD tries ritalin (methylphenidate)?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Variable: For most it will suppress appetite & increase relative vigilance for a few hours or more depending on the form used.
Last updated Jun 30, 2013

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