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Does ritalin (methylphenidate) cause fatty liver?

Does ritalin (methylphenidate) cause fatty liver?

No: No medication directly causes fatty liver however some medications that cause rapid wt gain may. Ritalin (methylphenidate) is not one. ...Read more

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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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My mother in law has end stage liver failure, the doctor prescribed methylphenidate 0.50 tab. Is that a wise choose since she is an alcoholic? We live

My mother in law has end stage liver failure, the doctor prescribed methylphenidate 0.50 tab. Is that a wise choose since she is an alcoholic? We live

Hard to say: You submit nine words describing the issue and want an analysis of the care given by a local doc.This doc has the benefit of a full history, exam, and a plan for treatment. Sorry, your brief description of the case leaves so many questions unanswered that there is no way to comment on one prescribed med. Sorry if you are confused or sad, but these are questions you should ask that doc,not on line ...Read more

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What is ritalin (methylphenidate)?

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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Is ritalin (methylphenidate) a narcotic?

It's a stimulant: Ritalin is the trade name for methylphenidate Hcl, a mild central nervous stimulant medication. It's used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) or excessive sleepiness (narcolepsy). Narcotics are pain medications such as morphine, Demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) Oxycontin, Vicodin, Dilaudid, Percocet, etc. There is no relation between Ritalin and meds in the narcotic group. ...Read more

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Can ritalin (methylphenidate) increase libido?

Can ritalin (methylphenidate) increase libido?

Yes,: Stimulant medications can cause risk taking, pleasure seeking, loss of inhibition, impulsivity, over confidence, euphoria, grandiosity and bad judgement. ...Read more

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Can ritalin/adderall be overprescibed to kids?

Can ritalin/adderall be overprescibed to kids?

Yes: There is a problme with over diagnosis of ADHD for conditions that are not ADHD, so stimulant medications are being overprescribed due to over diagnosis. ...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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Could i mix dexedrine with ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Could i mix dexedrine with ritalin (methylphenidate)?

No need to: You would not need to mix 2 stimulants. Your doctor should be able to help you adjust the dosing of one so that it helps you in the needed ways. ...Read more

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How does strattera (atomoxetine) compare with ritalin?

How does strattera (atomoxetine) compare with ritalin?

Very different: Strattera (atomoxetine), (atomoxetine) a non-stimulant, works quite differently from ritalin. Ritalin works within minutes but wears off later that day; it can be taken or skipped day-to-day as needed. Strattera (atomoxetine) has to build up in the body and may take several weeks to have an effect; it must be taken daily. Ritalin works about 65% of the time; strattera, (atomoxetine) about 45%. When they work, though, benefits quite similar. ...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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How do you get a ritalin (methylphenidate) prescription?

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Ritalin (methylphenidate): Your doctor evaluates & makes the recommendation based on that. ...Read more

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Will ritalin (methylphenidate) help difficulty focusing?

Perhaps: If you have attention deficit disorder it will help. ...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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How are ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall different?

How are ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall different?

Different families: Ritalin and aDderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) are from different families. Ritalin=methylphenidate, Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) = amphetamine. They have essentially the same effect on the brain. ...Read more

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Can ritalin (methylphenidate) cause paradoxical sedation?

Can ritalin (methylphenidate) cause paradoxical sedation?

Sometimes: Many of my add, adhd patients often react to stimulants with sedation or a calming effect. ...Read more

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Can you take ritalin (methylphenidate) while your pregnant?

Yes, but: The risk to the fetus versus the benefit to the mother of taking Ritalin (methylphenidate) must be weighed by the patient and obstetrician. There are no reported human problems with ritalin, (methylphenidate) but it is classified as safety category c in pregnancy because of problems in fetal test animals. ...Read more

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What the effects of ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderall?

What the effects of ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderall?

Similar: The effects are essentially the same. they increase brain dopamine and nor epinephrine. they improve the ability of people with ADHD to focus, improve attention, reduce distractibility. both can increase heart rate and blood pressure. ...Read more

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Can you take nardil (phenelzine) if you also take ritalin?

No, but ...: Generally speaking, this is an important contraindication. The combination can suddenly increase your blood pressure. On the other hand, some skilled doctors are using the combination for treatment resistant depression, for injectable headaches etc. Ask your doctor if he has any experience with this first. ...Read more

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Liver Function (Definition)

The liver is "life". The liver not only creates essential proteins and energy resources, but it also "detoxifies" the body through creation of elements like bilirubin while additionally breaking down a vast variety of chemicals (medications, toxins, etc.). The medical industry tests the "function" of the liver via a "liver function panel". This test looks at liver ...Read more


Blood Tests For Liver Function (Definition)

Common tests that are used to evaluate how well the liver is working (liver function) include: * Albumin * Alpha-1 antitrypsin * ALP * ALT * AST * Gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) * Prothrombin ...Read more