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Ritalin® (methylphenidate hydrochloride) is approved for the treatment of two different conditions: narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Most people tolerate this medication well, and if any problems occur, they are usually mild and easily treated. However, there are some important safety issues with Ritalin to be aware of before beginning treatment.
For example, Ritalin can make certain pre-existing medical conditions worse, such as schizophrenia, congestive heart failure, and high blood pressure, and more careful monitoring may be required. In addition, side effects are possible with this medication -- ranging from common, relatively mild ones (nausea, drowsiness, loss of appetite) to potentially dangerous ones (seizures, hallucinations, allergic reactions).
In order to ensure effective, safe treatment with Ritalin, you need to tell your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have, as well as any other drugs you are taking -- including nonprescription and herbal products. If you experience anything that "just does not seem right," do not hesitate to contact your healthcare provider.
(Click Ritalin Side Effects and Ritalin Warnings and Precautions to learn more about taking this drug safely.)