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What are the effects of ritalin (methylphenidate) on autism and adhd?

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Dr. Allen Lewis
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In brief: Similar in both

Methylphenidate (ritalin) is a psychostimulant.
The most common side effects (se) are loss of appetite, headache, nausea, stunted growth, restlessness and increased heart rate. Common side effects often not recognized are increased anger and/or dysphoria (unhappiness). The positive effects are reduced hyperactivity, improved attention and better focus. Children w/ ASD are more prone to ses.

In brief: Similar in both

Methylphenidate (ritalin) is a psychostimulant.
The most common side effects (se) are loss of appetite, headache, nausea, stunted growth, restlessness and increased heart rate. Common side effects often not recognized are increased anger and/or dysphoria (unhappiness). The positive effects are reduced hyperactivity, improved attention and better focus. Children w/ ASD are more prone to ses.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Just to clarify, 40-70% of children & teens with ASD have ADHD. Low doses of stimulants target ADHD symptoms, not core symptoms of ASD.
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