As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Ritalin LA. However, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the medicine quite well. If side effects do occur, they are often minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Ritalin LA can cause high blood pressure. Usually, this is temporary and does not cause any problems. The drug can also increase the risk of seizures and make certain heart conditions and mental problems worse.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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Ritalin LA [package insert]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation;2013 June.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed July 25, 2012.
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