What is Ritalin?
Ritalin, also known as methylphenidate, is a prescription central nervous system stimulant. It affects the chemical composition of the brain and the nerves that control impulse and hyperactivity.
Doctors prescribe Ritalin primarily to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It helps individuals with ADHD focus, pay attention, and improve their organizational and listening skills.
People with glaucoma, tics, severe anxiety, or agitation should avoid using Ritalin.
Extended use of this medication can lead to dependence. Inform your doctor if you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
Stimulant medications can increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, or sudden death in individuals with heart disease, high blood pressure, or a heart defect.
Ritalin can worsen or cause new psychosis problems, especially in individuals with a history of bipolar disorder, depression, or mental illness.
This medication can cause blood circulation problems, resulting in numbness, discoloration, or pain in the toes and fingers.
What to know before taking Ritalin?
Avoid taking Ritalin if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. MAO inhibitors include methylene blue injection, isocarboxazid, tranylcypromine, phenelzine, etc., and can cause dangerous interactions.
Consult a doctor to determine if Ritalin is safe for you if you have any of the following medical conditions:
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Blood circulation problems
- Motor tics or Tourette’s syndrome
- A history of drug or alcohol addiction
- An abnormal brain wave test (EEG)
- Mental illnesses
- Stomach or intestinal issues
Avoid using Ritalin without a doctor’s recommendation if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as it may have undesirable effects on the unborn child.
This medication can pass into breast milk and harm the nursing infant. Discuss the benefits and risks of Ritalin with a healthcare professional before using it while breastfeeding.
Ritalin is not suitable for children under the age of six.
How to take Ritalin?
Take this medication as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all the directions on the prescription label and medication guide. Your doctor may adjust the dosage based on various factors. Do not exceed the prescribed quantity or duration of use.
Generic forms of Ritalin may not be available in the same strengths as prescribed. Stick to the brand and strength specified in your prescription.
Ritalin may interfere with sleep. Take it in the morning to avoid sleep problems.
Doctors recommend taking Ritalin Sr tablets at least 30 to 45 minutes before a meal. Do not crush, chew, or break the medication, as it can worsen side effects.
Your doctor may need to monitor your progress regularly during treatment. Inform any doctor treating you about your use of this medication. If you are scheduled for surgery, inform your surgeon in advance, as Ritalin can cause complications during surgery.
Store Ritalin at room temperature away from heat and moisture. Keep track of your medication intake to ensure it is not being used by someone else without your knowledge. Monitoring your drug intake can also help you avoid exceeding the recommended amount.
Your doctor will determine the appropriate dose based on factors such as age, condition being treated, severity of the problem, other medical issues, other medications being taken, and your body’s response to the initial dose. Do not change the prescribed quantity without consulting a professional.
The typical Ritalin dosage is as follows:
- Children: Initial dose of 5mg taken twice a day. The doctor may increase the dose by 5mg or 10mg weekly until the desired outcome is achieved. Typical adult dose is between 20mg and 30mg. Do not exceed 60mg in a single day.
- Doctors typically prescribe between 5mg and 10mg for treating narcolepsy.
If you take more than the recommended amount of R