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Are there any negative side effects of ritalin (methylphenidate) on a ten year old child?
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Dr. Taliba Foster
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
All medications have side effects.
Please be sure to discuss the risks and benefits of any prescribed medications with your physician and pharmacist. Be informed and also read the package insert that comes with the medication. Good luck.

In brief: Maybe
All medications have side effects.
Please be sure to discuss the risks and benefits of any prescribed medications with your physician and pharmacist. Be informed and also read the package insert that comes with the medication. Good luck.
Dr. Taliba Foster
Dr. Taliba Foster
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Typically, medication use requires balancing benefit with side effects. Sometimes that's easy--lots of one and none of the other--but other times, it is more comlicated and may require working closely with your doctor to try to maximize benefits while minimizing side effects.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
Ritalin is a Class II controlled substance that is severely addictive. It has the same dependency profile as cocaine and is used interchangeably with cocaine in medical research. According to the manufacturer some of the side effects are: Hallucinations, agitation, irritability, increased blood pressure, tics, growth retardation, heart arrhthmias, violent behaviors, paranoid delusions & psychosis
Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Potential side effec
the most common side effects include headache, stomach ache, irritability, depression, anxiety, decreased appetite, usually for lunch, tics and dificulty getting to sleep in the evening.
Side effects occur in about 5-10% of children who take Ritalin (methylphenidate). In many cases, the side effects subside after a few days, leaving somewhat less than 5% with persistent side effects.

In brief: Potential side effec
the most common side effects include headache, stomach ache, irritability, depression, anxiety, decreased appetite, usually for lunch, tics and dificulty getting to sleep in the evening.
Side effects occur in about 5-10% of children who take Ritalin (methylphenidate). In many cases, the side effects subside after a few days, leaving somewhat less than 5% with persistent side effects.
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Dr. Tipu Sultan
Yes there are lots of side effects That is why we propose to treat the cause which can be allergy. To learn more how to treat the cause Please visit us at www.ehacstl.com
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine
In brief: In true add
The positives often outweigh the negatives

In brief: In true add
The positives often outweigh the negatives
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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry
In brief: Side effects
Make sure DX correct ( ie not treating behavioral problems with stimulant) decreased appetite with negative effects on growth & weight impaired sleep are main ones.

In brief: Side effects
Make sure DX correct ( ie not treating behavioral problems with stimulant) decreased appetite with negative effects on growth & weight impaired sleep are main ones.
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