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Ritalin (methylphenidate) side effects?
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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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. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: A variety
All stimulants (ritalin (methylphenidate) just one) have similar side effects.
All are dose related and vary by indvidual. Most common are decreased appetite with weight loss, problems getting to sleep, and a slowing of height growth. Other side effects: increased nervousness, motor and vocal tics (if at risk), and rash. All are reversible. Concerns about serious risk to heart have been been debunked.

In brief: A variety
All stimulants (ritalin (methylphenidate) just one) have similar side effects.
All are dose related and vary by indvidual. Most common are decreased appetite with weight loss, problems getting to sleep, and a slowing of height growth. Other side effects: increased nervousness, motor and vocal tics (if at risk), and rash. All are reversible. Concerns about serious risk to heart have been been debunked.
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