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Ritalin Interactions Explained
The following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur when Ritalin is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
Combining Ritalin and MAOIs can cause potentially life-threatening side effects, such as extremely high blood pressure. Ritalin and MAOIs should not be taken together unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so. Do not take Ritalin if you have taken an MAOI within the past two weeks.
If Ritalin and pressors are taken together, this 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 more closely and adjust your dose of these drugs.
If Ritalin and seizure medications are combined, this can increase the amount of seizure medication in your blood, perhaps increasing your risk of side effects. To prevent this, your healthcare provider may need to decrease your dose of the seizure medication.
Taking Ritalin with tricyclic antidepressants can increase the amount of antidepressant in your blood, which may increase your risk of side effects. Your healthcare provider may need to decrease your dose of the antidepressant to prevent this interaction from occurring.
If Ritalin and warfarin are combined, this can increase the amount of warfarin in your blood, perhaps increasing your risk of bleeding. To prevent this, your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely when starting or stopping Ritalin.