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Is methylphenidate addictive?

Is methylphenidate addictive?

Yes: Methylphenidate is a common medicine used for the treatment of add and adhd. Used appropriately and under the watchful eye of a physician, the medication is very effective. However, this medication, like many others in its class, can be addictive if not used appropriately. The addiction is both physiologic and psychologic. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Is ritalin (methylphenidate) addictive?

Is ritalin (methylphenidate) addictive?

Yes: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a stimulant medication, and can be habituating -- resulting in tolerance. Although most people prescribed this for adhd do not use it in an addictive pattern, it can be used that way. By "addictive, " i mean using to get high, despite clear harm in important areas of life like work, school, and relationships -- and spending inordinate amount of time pursuing the substance, etc. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are stimulants like ritalin (methylphenidate) addictive?

Can you tell me, are stimulants like ritalin (methylphenidate) addictive?

Not if prescribed: When medications like Ritalin (methylphenidate) are prescribed for ADHD and the directions are followed, there is no indication that Ritalin (methylphenidate) is addictive. However, when not prescribed and not taken as directed and mixed with other drugs that are being abused, these medications can be addictive. ...Read more

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I have methylphenidate (ritalin) addiction, could you help me please?

I have methylphenidate (ritalin) addiction, could you help me please?

Script needed: You cannot get the drug without a doctors prescription so unless you are getting it on the street, i would speak to your doctor for help. ...Read more

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Please help! I have a ritalin (methylphenidate) addiction, help me please?

Please help! I have a ritalin (methylphenidate) addiction, help me please?

If you have an: Addiction to ritalin, (methylphenidate) tell the prescribing physician and get help asap. They will work with a therapist off a treatment program to wean you off Ritalin (methylphenidate) and find alternative nonaddictive medications or to develop alternative coping mechanisms. You may want to use aa meetings for support as well as therapy. ...Read more

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My addiction dr. Says that Adderall cuts the efficacy of Suboxone by 50 percent whereas ritalin (methylphenidate) doesn't. Is this true?

My addiction dr. Says that Adderall cuts the efficacy of Suboxone by 50 percent whereas ritalin (methylphenidate) doesn't. Is this true?

Suboxone/ stimulants: My practice has a Suboxone program. A search of drug interactions reveals no big issues with either Ritalin (methylphenidate) or adderall. However, there are patients who become overstimulated with stimulants and suboxone. I have seen this myself. If your physician has extensive experience with suboxone, he or she may have noted that Adderall seems to reduce efficacy even if not reported in med literature. ...Read more

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Im on ritalin now but doesnt work well and doesnt last long. How should I ask to be switched to vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)? Isnt Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) safer and less addictive too?

Ritalin vs. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine): There are a variety of stimulants available for treatment of ADHD. All of them have the potential for habituation. Recommend discussing the various options with your doctor to see what would be best for your particular situation and needs. ...Read more

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What is ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Or methylphenidate: Is a stimulant drug used in the treatment of attention deficit disorder (with/without hyperactivity). In add pts, it has the effect of calming down their revving engine so they can concentrate more effectively, complete tasks, not be in constant motion. It's a controlled substance which requires a special prescription in many states. ...Read more

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Why need i avoid alchol on methylphenidate?

Why need i avoid alchol on methylphenidate?

Caution: It has been shown that the combination of mph and etoh increases the self-report of pleasurable feelings relative to mph alone. This would increase the risk of abuse of ritalin (methylphenidate). ...Read more

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What number of methylphenidate should I take?

What number of methylphenidate should I take?

None: Unless you are under the care of a physician and have instructions on its use, you should not take this product.If you are, follow the directions of the doc you have contact with.Possession without a prescription is a federal offence. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: methylphenidate?

Please describe the medication: methylphenidate?

Methylphenidate is a: Stimulant medication used to treat all 3 types of adhd. It increases circulating Dopamine in the part of the brain that inhibits behavior. Like the other stimulant, amphetamine, it works as a single agent in 80 -90% of cases & is approved till age 65. Common side effects are headache, stomach ache, delayed-onset sleep, & appetite suppression the 1st few months of rx. It can increase anxiety & tics. ...Read more

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What is the classification for the medication methylphenidate?

Stimulant: Methylphenidate is classified as a stimulant, even though it does not produce "stimulantion" in child with or without adhd. Other stimulants are amphetamine and methamphetamine and modafanil, plus one (pemoline) that now is off the market. All are thought to act by increasing brain Dopamine activity, but the exact effects on the brain are more complex than that. ...Read more

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Can methylphenidate help for anxiety?

Usually no: For most people methylphenidate increases anxiety. For some people with adhd who have difficulties because of their condition methylphenidate helps control the adhd symptoms and so they feel less anxious but anxiety reduction is not the primary effect. ...Read more

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Ritalin (methylphenidate) side effects?

Yes,: Like all medications Ritalin (methylphenidate) can cause side effects in some people. Common ones include nervousness, dizziness, loss of appetite, but there are more serious possible side effects. These include allergic reactions, hallucinations, chest pain and behavioral changes. ...Read more

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How is methylphenidate similar to cocaine?

How is methylphenidate similar to cocaine?

Both stimulants: They have a different mechanism of action at the cellular level which helps explain why mph can be prescribed safely for certain conditions. Cocaine can be safely used as a topical anesthesia but that's it. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of methylphenidate?

Methylphenidate: Ritalin (methylphenidate) side-effects include nervousness, insomnia, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, heartburn, headache, muscle tightness, dry mouth, restlessness, tingling of hands/feet, decrease sexual desire, painful menstruation, chest pain, shortness of breath, heart beats faster, blurred vision, agitation, seizures, psychosis, mood changes, tics, rash. ...Read more

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Can ritalin (methylphenidate) cause gastritis?

Can ritalin (methylphenidate) cause gastritis?

Yes: Yes, it can cause irritation of the stomach and small intestine. May help to take with pepcid (famotidine) or zegrid. No known interaction with these drugs. ...Read more

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Can ritalin (methylphenidate) affect breathing?

Can ritalin (methylphenidate) affect breathing?

Not usually: If you develop difficulty breathing, hives or swelling of the lips, tongue or throat - this could be a serious allergic reaction that warrants immediate medical care. Respiratory side effects are not common. ...Read more

Methylphenidate (Definition)

Is the generic name of ritalin (methylphenidate). It is a ...Read more


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Ritalin (Definition)

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