Problems With Ritalin

People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often see an improvement in symptoms with Ritalin® (methylphenidate hydrochloride). This medication can also be used to treat narcolepsy, which is a type of sleeping disorder. For the most part, this product is safe and well tolerated; however, there are some problems with Ritalin to be aware of before beginning treatment.
In clinical studies, the most commonly reported side effects included nervousness, insomnia, and lack of appetite. Potentially serious reactions, while rare, are also possible, such as suicidal thoughts, chest pains, hallucinations, and seizures.
During treatment with Ritalin, problems of any sort should be reported to your healthcare provider. Even if it isn't related to the medication, your healthcare provider can provide proper diagnosis and treatment.
(Click Ritalin Side Effects to learn more about other possible problems. This article provides more detailed lists of negative reactions and describes how often they occurred in clinical trials.)
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