Ritalin Side Effects

The documented risks of these drugs are provided so the public can make informed, educated decisions. Ritalin is a stimulant drug, classified by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as Schedule II, in the same class of highly addictive drugs as morphine, opium and cocaine. The DEA states that the use of stimulants can lead to “severe psychological or physical dependence” and that “these drugs are also considered dangerous.” Ritalin is also known as Concerta, Concerta LP, Concerta Oros, Daytrana, Equasym, Equasym XL, Metadate, Metadate CD, Metadate ER, Methylin, Methylin ER, Methylphenidate, Ritalin LA, Ritalin SR.





Ritalin Drug Warnings:

There have been 16 drug regulatory agency warnings from eight countries (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Japan and Singapore). These include the following (note that some warnings cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of warnings):

9 warnings on Ritalin causing heart problems
5 warnings on Ritalin causing stroke
5 warnings on Ritalin causing mania/psychosis
5 warnings on Ritalin causing death
3 warnings on Ritalin causing heart attacks
3 warnings on Ritalin causing agitation
2 warnings on Ritalin causing drug addiction/abuse
2 warnings on Ritalin causing hallucinations
2 warnings on Ritalin causing depression
2 warnings on Ritalin causing insomnia
1 warning on Ritalin causing suicidal thoughts
1 warning on Ritalin causing violence
1 warning on Ritalin causing hostility
1 warning on Ritalin causing anxiety
1 warning on Ritalin causing disturbed sleep
1 warning on Ritalin causing convulsions
1 warning on Ritalin causing abnormal behavior
1 warning on Ritalin causing blood pressure changes
1 warning on Ritalin causing stunted growth
1 warning on Ritalin causing restricted blood flow

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Ritalin Drug Studies:

There have been 19 studies in five countries (United States, Denmark, Australia, Canada and Italy). These include the following (note that some studies cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of studies):

4 studies on Ritalin causing addiction/drug abuse
3 studies on Ritalin causing heart problems
3 studies on Ritalin causing stunted growth
3 studies on Ritalin showing lack of efficacy
2 studies on Ritalin causing death
1 study on Ritalin causing violence
1 study on Ritalin causing suicide risk/attempts
1 study on Ritalin causing mania/psychosis
1 study on Ritalin withdrawal causing depression
1 study on Ritalin causing abnormal heart rate/rhythm
1 study on Ritalin causing blood pressure changes
1 study on Ritalin causing delinquency risk
1 study on Ritalin causing emotional outbursts
1 study on Ritalin causing hallucinations
1 study on Ritalin causing insomnia
1 study on Ritalin causing irritability
1 study on Ritalin causing deterioration of academic performance
1 study on Ritalin causing weight changes

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Adverse Reaction Reports Filed with the US FDA: There have been 7,473 adverse reactions reported to the US FDA in connection with Ritalin (methylphenidate).

The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.

  • 775 cases of the drug being ineffective
  • 353 cases of aggression
  • 343 cases of abnormal behavior
  • 336 cases of headache
  • 334 cases of decreased appetite
  • 318 cases of insomnia
  • 276 cases of depression
  • 250 cases of anxiety
  • 241 cases of suicidal ideation
  • 236 cases of disturbance in attention


Documented Side Effects of Ritalin (methylphenidate):
Source: Physicians Desk Reference, National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, and/or the drug label.

Agitation/hostility
Blood pressure changes
Changes in vision or blurred vision
Depression
Hallucinations
Hives
Hypersensitivity
Insomnia

Involuntary tics/ twitching
Irregular heartbeat
Loss of appetite
Mood changes
Muscle tightness
Nausea
Nervousness
Numbness

Restlessness
Seizures
Sexual dysfunction
Slow/difficult speech
Stomach pain
Uncontrollable movement of a body part
Weight loss



Note: Side effects of psychiatric drugs can persist for months, if not years, after stopping them.
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This brochure is a simple guide that documents the dangerous and deadly side effects of the drugs prescribed to millions of men, women and children diagnosed with bogus mental disorders.

 



Please note: No one should attempt to get off of psychiatric drugs without doctor’s supervision. To help find medical practitioners in your area, click here