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Can I take ritalin (methylphenidate) while breastfeeding?

Can I take ritalin (methylphenidate) while breastfeeding?

Don't recommend: Because Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a stimulant, with addictive potential, and can get into breast milk according to some research, consider bottle-feeding if you must take this med. You'll be a calmer mother and your baby will benefit. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...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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Ritalin and Zoloft (sertraline) 200mg if ok?

Ritalin and Zoloft (sertraline) 200mg if ok?

Zoloft (sertraline): Some stomach upset if taken same time on empty stomach, otherwise ok. ...Read more

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Weight loss while on ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Only initially: People often lose weight when beginning treatment with a stimulant such as Ritalin (methylphenidate). This is an effect of such drugs that usually wears off quickly. It is not intended for weight loss. ...Read more

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Can Ritalin (methylphenidate) help with depression?

Can Ritalin (methylphenidate) help with depression?

Some related sxs: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is not considered a significant mood enhancer. However, it is used in depressed patients when issues of concentration/attention are an issue and when neuro-vegetative sxs are pronounced like excessive sleep, tiredness and fatigue. Myth that Ritalin (methylphenidate) only worked w/ ADHD is not true. Can help people with any of the sxs described here. All the best on your quest for answers & health! ...Read more

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Safe to take clonidine and ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Safe to take clonidine and ritalin (methylphenidate)?

OK on combo: This is a combination which is often used for ADHD, and is considered safe. ...Read more

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Is headache a side effect of ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Is headache a side effect of ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Ritalin (methylphenidate) effects: I understand your concern. Ritalin (methylphenidate) is used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD Side effect of Ritalin (methylphenidate) can be-Headache or Migraine. See a Psychiatrist for Diagnosis; discuss benefits and side effects of Ritalin (methylphenidate), review all side effects, decreasing dose; and Therapy for stresses in life. For severe Headache, see Neurologist. ...Read more

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Does ritalin (methylphenidate) show up in a drug screen?

Does ritalin (methylphenidate) show up in a drug screen?

Yes: Depending on the type of screening done it can show up as a methamphetamine. Most screening tests do not look specifically for ritalin, (methylphenidate) they look for features common to a class of drugs, which is where this will fall. ...Read more

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Why does ritalin (methylphenidate) make me grit my teeth more?

Known As Bruxism: Ritalin, (methylphenidate) along with many psycho stimulants used in the treatment of attention deficit disorder, can cause grinding of the teeth. This is known as bruxism. Clenching of the teeth would be considered the same. It is thought to be caused by changes in Dopamine directly related to the medication. Bruxism can be mild with little discomfort to severe where one's teeth and even jaw bones are damaged. ...Read more

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Why does ritalin (methylphenidate) show up as an amphetamine ?

Stimulant x-reaction: Methylphenidate (ritalin) may cross-react with the amphetamine screen in a urine or saliva drug test. Urine samples may be sent for confirmation testing, which should separate Ritalin (methylphenidate) from the other stimulants. But it will cost more to get confirmation than the drug screen costs. ...Read more

Methylphenidate (Definition)

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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Ritalin (Definition)

Ritalin is an appetite suppressant which is a kind ...Read more