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Ritalin LA Interactions Explained
The following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur when Ritalin LA is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
AlcoholRitalin LA capsules normally release the medication over several hours. However, alcohol can cause most of the medication to be released right away, within the first hour. This could increase the risk of side effects initially and could decrease the effectiveness later, as the drug wears off too soon. Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication.
Antacids or Acid Reducers
Reducing the acid level of the stomach could change the way that Ritalin LA is released. It is not known how different antacids or acid reducers might affect the drug specifically, so talk to your healthcare provider before taking Ritalin LA with antacids or acid reducers.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
If Ritalin LA and MAOIs are taken together, this can cause life-threatening side effects, such as very high blood pressure. Do not combine these medications unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so. Do not take Ritalin LA if you have taken an MAOI within the past two weeks.
Combining Ritalin LA and pressors can cause an increase in side effects, particularly increased blood pressure and heart rate. Depending on your particular situation, your healthcare provider may need to monitor your heart rate and blood pressure closely, and adjust your dose of these drugs, if necessary.