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What are the side effects ritalin (methylphenidate) abuse and withdrawals ?
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Side Effects
Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a good drug, but it does have significant side effects.
It can cause high heart rate, appetite suppression, and even psychological side effects (hallucinations, etc) in some patients. It does have addictive/abusive potential. So, it does a good job when used correctly, but you just have to keep in close follow up with your doctor. You can be quite sleepy if you abruptly stop ritalin (methylphenidate).

In brief: Side Effects
Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a good drug, but it does have significant side effects.
It can cause high heart rate, appetite suppression, and even psychological side effects (hallucinations, etc) in some patients. It does have addictive/abusive potential. So, it does a good job when used correctly, but you just have to keep in close follow up with your doctor. You can be quite sleepy if you abruptly stop ritalin (methylphenidate).
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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
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