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

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 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.
Dr. David Hoffman
Clinical Psychology 21 years experience
Ritalin (methylphenidate): We know now that Ritalin (methylphenidate) helps most people with focus and attention whether or not they have ADHD. Ritalin (methylphenidate) can be prescribed for Narcolepsy and other conditions as well and in certain occasions to people with psych conditions other than ADHD. What the previous Dr. said about your possible response to the meds is right. Stimulant medications generally work through the body quickly.

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Can I take ritalin (methylphenidate) while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: With the limited data available there does not seem to be any adverse effects on a breastfeeding infant.That said, the data is extremely limited on this medication and breastfeeding. In addition, Ritalin (methylphenidate) reduces prolactin level which may milk production at the start of breastfeeding.
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Do vaccinations increase of child's risk of developing add or adhd?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
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No: Their is no solid data to indicate anything about a link between vaccinations and adhd/add.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do children with ADHD need to take methylphenidate during the school holidays?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Maybe: While controversial, in a number of cases, children who have adhd do not need medications during the holidays. Generally, adhd affects most, if not all, aspects of a child's life. This includes school and home life. However, some children do not present with severe symptoms of hyperactivity or poor impulse control and parents can control their behaviors.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
That can often be the case over vacation times as well. Less stress often means fewer ADHD symptoms.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does a child need to take more methylphenidate as he/she gets bigger?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Sometimes: Methylphenidate works differently for each child. There appears to be no haqrd and fast rule for dosing. Thus some children need dose increases as they grow , others do not. This question needs consultation with your doctor.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it harmful to refuse to take medication for ADHD and depression?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Depends: Most experts agree that adhd should be treated to decrease the risk of drug abuse, nicotine abuse, academic failure, financial catastrophe, poor/failed interpersonal relationships, job failure, poor self esteem, motor vehicle accidents and citations, unwanted pregnancy, and felonious activity. The jury is out on depression, but a study showed less brain cell death in treated depressed patients.

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