What is Ritalin?

Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

Ritalin is used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy.

You should not use Ritalin if you have glaucoma, tics or Tourette's syndrome, or severe anxiety, tension, or agitation.

Do not use Ritalin if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, including isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.

Ritalin may be habit forming. Never share this medicine with another person, using Ritalin improperly can cause serious side effects of the heart and the potential for death.

An overdose of Ritalin could be fatal.

Avoid drinking alcohol, especially with Ritalin LA capsules. Alcohol may cause the methylphenidate to be released into the bloodstream too fast.

Get EMERGENCY MEDICAL HELP if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Ritali: hives, difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Common side effects may include:

  • Feeling nervous or irritable
  • Problems sleeping (insomnia)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache

Other drugs that may affect Ritalin:

  • Antidepressants
  • Blood pressure medication
  • Blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)
  • Cold or allergy medicine containing decongestants such as pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine
  • Seizure medicine
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