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Ritalin is a brand name for methylphenidate, the drug that is used to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and narcolepsy. It falls in the class of central nervous system stimulants. Ritalin mechanism of action is that it affects the chemicals in the nerves and brain and manages impulse control and hyperactivity issues. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. What Is Ritalin? 2.
Ritalin Intoxication 3. Ritalin Addiction
Symptoms
What Is Ritalin? Ritalin is a brand name for
methylphenidate, the drug that is used to treat
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
and narcolepsy. It falls in the class of central
nervous system stimulants. Ritalin mechanism of
action is that it affects the chemicals in the
nerves and brain and manages impulse control and
hyperactivity issues. Formats of Ritalin
medicine Instant release - 3 to 4
hours Sustained-release (SR) - 6 to 8
hours Extended-release (LA) - 8 hours The first
two forms of tablets can be taken prior to a
meal, with a gap of at least 30 minutes. Ritalin
tablets and Ritalin SR tablets, at least 30 to 45
minutes before a meal. Long-acting
extended-release capsules should be swallowed as
a whole or sprinkled on to a spoonful of food and
taken at once. Ritalin uses also includes relief
from muscle pain and headaches. Surprisingly, it
can also treat acute depression and chronic
fatigue. Children with ADHD issues are prescribed
Ritalin by their doctors. However, one should
note that Ritalin is classified as a Schedule II
controlled substance owing to its habit-forming
nature. In simpler words, the drug carries a high
risk of addiction. Street names for Ritalin
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Rids
Ritalin Intoxication Since Ritalin is a
Schedule II narcotic, it has something in common
with drugs such as cocaine and morphine
stimulant effects. Although Ritalin is a
prescription drug, its generic counterpart is for
purchase. Hence, there are a lot of teens who
abuse the drug. Even with proper medical dosage,
the drug can show mild to severe side effects -
both physical and psychological, including ?
Anorexia ? Weight loss ? Heart problems ?
Rapid breathing ? Insomnia ?
Aggression Furthermore, it is a drug of
dependence, meaning, long-term use can cause
Ritalin addiction. Also, the drug should not be
taken together with certain other medications.
For instance, if you have Tourettes syndrome,
epilepsy, glaucoma, high blood pressure, and
other problems, then you must inform your doctor
before using Ritalin. Besides, you should take
the drug in the prescribed dosage, but never
more. Otherwise, your body can go into a Ritalin
overdose. Similar to other uppers, abusing
Ritalin may cause abdominal cramps, tachycardia,
tremors, fever, muscle twitching, and other
symptoms. Overdose may sometimes lead to heart
stroke, coma, and death. Ritalin Addiction
Symptoms While Ritalin is majorly used for kids
teens and adults abuse it to get high. Athletes,
too, use it to enhance their alertness. Since it
is highly accessible, students also use it to
help them study. The side effects of Ritalin on
Children may be very worse if left untreated. The
half-life of Ritalin can range between 2.5 and
7.7 hours, based on various factors like age,
physique, metabolism, etc. When people without
ADHD abuse the drug for a prolonged period, they
may see increased energy levels. In addition, you
see severe side effects of Ritalin abuse long
term like ? Confusion ? Irritability ?
Hypersensitivity ? Visual hallucinations ?
Loss of appetite
? Panic attacks
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Taking Ritalin and alcohol together can increase
the risk of alcohol poisoning. Ritalin improves
alertness and keeps you awake for a longer time,
while alcohol can throw you off-balance and
impair your judgment. While Ritalin is a CNS
stimulant, alcohol is a CNS depressant. However,
the side effects of Ritalin and Adderall of each
do not cancel those of the other. Hence, you may
experience Ritalin withdrawal or Ritalin abuse
side effects.
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