Parents, Know the Facts! – Ritalin


RITALIN IS A CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM STIMULANT. METHYLPHENIDATE AFFECTS CHEMICALS IN THE BRAIN AND NERVES THAT CONTRIBUTE TO HYPERACTIVITY AND IMPULSE CONTROL.


This medication is used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - ADHD. It may assist individuals in improving their ability to pay attention, maintain concentration, and manage behavioural issues. Additionally, it may help individuals organise their work and enhance listening abilities. Additionally, this medicine is used to treat a specific sleep condition (narcolepsy).


Forms of Ritalin: tablets and capsules


PARAPHERNALIA:

White powder on the person’s body, clothes, or other objects in their possession, empty medication bottles, paraphernalia used to crush up and snort Ritalin, such as straws.


EFFECTS OF RITALIN

There is no safe level of substance misuse. The following effects may be experienced:


Addiction or onset of a stimulant use disorder, diminished appetite, stomach-ache, headache, insomnia, anxiety, irritability, agitation, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations.


WITHDRAWAL

Since Ritalin primarily works by influencing dopamine in the brain, withdrawal symptoms will be related to reward, emotion, and energy levels. These symptoms can include:


Feeling apathetic, depressed, anxious, irritable, tired, hypersomnia, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, depression, loss of focus, irritability, fatigue, hyperactivity, mood swings, dizziness, sleep disturbances, changes in heart rate, changes in blood pressure.


SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS

Seizures, blurred vision, eyesight changes, rapid pulse rate, high blood pressure, paranoia, suspicion, depression, visual hallucinations, skin infection, viral infection, urinary tract infection.

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