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.
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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I was recently switched from Adderrall, which gave great response, to Ritalin, (methylphenidate) with horrible side effects. Why so different?

That's life. These are drug cousins but different enough. People are different, and some that do well on one will not on the other because of their inherent differences. Your experience is not unusual. Read more...

Can ritalin (methylphenidate) improve rhe side effects of mood stabilers and antideprssant., as I feel tired and unfocused om my bipolar medication.

Sometimes. Sometimes methylphenidate is used in small doses to augment the effect of antidepressants. But in higher doses it can worsen depression or anxiety. A stimulant medication can destabilize bipolar disorder. It's use is, therefore, best left in the hands of an experienced doctor in the appropriate clinical setting. Read more...
Be careful. Using a psychostimulant in a person with bipolar disorder can lead to kindling- meaning mood swings can become more intensified. Best bet: Adjust present dose of mood stabilizer first. Would be good to discuss if perhaps that his too high a dose. But please no psychostimulants- it would be unnecessary and possibly harmful polypharmacy. Take care. Read more...

What are the side effects of ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Well tolerated. Ritalin (methylphenidate) is generally quite well-tolerated in most patients. Adverse events can vary someone between children and adults. These can include nervousness, insomnia, , loss of appetite, abdominal pain, weight loss during prolonged therapy, and an increase in heart rate. Read more...

What are some side effects of ritalin (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...

What can you watch for (in terms of dangerous side effects) with ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Not much. Ritalin, (methylphenidate) the medicine used for ADHD, is surprisingly safe. The main side effect is decreased appetite. Some also report problem with sleep. If dosed too high, some kids develop mood changes and become "zombie-like", but it's not common. Adjusting the dose or switching to another medicine may decrease the side effects. None is really "dangerous". . Read more...