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Serious Ritalin LA Side Effects

Some Ritalin LA side effects, while not as common, should be reported to your healthcare provider, such as:
 
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Confusion
  • Chest tightness, chest pain, or heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Depression (see Ritalin LA and Depression)
  • More outgoing or aggressive behavior than normal
  • Signs of Raynaud's disease, such as cold and numb fingers and toes
  • Abnormally long-lasting or frequent painful erections of the penis in males of any age
  • Strange behavior, agitation, or restlessness
  • Hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not really there)
  • Fainting or seizures
  • Uncontrolled movements of the head, neck, mouth, arms, or legs (known as tics)
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including:
 
    • Unexplained skin rash
    • Itching
    • Hives
    • Wheezing or trouble breathing
    • Unexplained swelling.
 

Rare Ritalin LA Side Effects

Rare Ritalin LA side effects were not reported in short-term studies of the drug. However, these problems were reported with other methylphenidate products. Given that they were not actually reported for Ritalin LA, it can be difficult to tell whether these side effects are actually caused by the medication or by something else.
 
Some of these rare side effects of Ritalin LA include:
 
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