Ritalin Drug Side Effects

Ritalin® (methylphenidate hydrochloride) is a medication often prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy.
Although most people tolerate this stimulant medication well, it is possible to develop problems while taking Ritalin. Side effects of the drug may include insomnia, nausea, and headaches, among others. Ritalin can also temporarily stunt the growth of children. This slowing down of growth is usually small (less than an inch and less than two pounds), and children usually catch up to their normal growth rate with time.
In most cases, these adverse reactions to the drug are minor and either do not require treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. However, there are a number of potentially serious side effects of Ritalin that require immediate medical attention. Notify your healthcare provider right away if you experience suicidal thoughts, difficulty breathing, or hallucinations.
(Click Ritalin Side Effects for a more complete list of possible reactions, including other potentially serious problems with this drug that require prompt medical attention.)
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