Doctors: Is Your Patient Addicted to Ritalin?

Doctors: Is Your Patient Addicted to Ritalin?

Most doctors are aware of the increase in attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among both children and adults. These disorders are most commonly treated with stimulant medications like Ritalin, Focalin XR and Adderall. Doctors are also becoming increasingly aware that these drugs are being abused and causing stimulant addictions.

Symptoms of Ritalin Addiction

The following are potential signs of Ritalin addiction:

  • Patient exhibits manic behavior or pressured speech
  • Patient keeps returning to have dosage increased
  • Patient reports missing or stolen medication
  • Patient changes brand names of medication and seems to know a lot about different brands and types of stimulant drugs
  • Patient also requests benzodiazepine or sedative drugs
  • Patient has a history or a family history of addiction and drug abuse
  • Patient reports symptoms of ADD in an inconsistent manner, or appears to have memorized symptoms
  • Patient has nosebleeds or nasal irritation
  • Patient has had weight changes or seems unwell or exhibits erratic behavior
  • Patient has an unstable address history or sees multiple doctors

Patients Who Fake ADHD to Obtain Ritalin

There are patients who will fake the symptoms of ADD and ADHD to obtain stimulant medications. While you cannot control patients who are highly adept at faking attention deficit symptoms, you can make yourself aware of these patients.

If you suspect that a patient is faking an ADD or ADHD diagnosis in order to receive medications, we can help. We offer connections to inpatient services that can help your patient get a thorough mental health evaluation and treatment for drug and alcohol abuse at the same time.

Protect Yourself from Malpractice Lawsuits

Don’t run the risk of a malpractice lawsuit. Let us help. We offer a unique referral service to help you put your patients in touch with the best rehab and detox services available. When you call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline, you will speak directly with someone who can provide you further information and brochures on prescription drug addiction and treatment. We can offer you patient referral services for immediate care of your patient.

Immediate Help for Ritalin Addiction

If you would like to put your patient in touch with us, we will work directly with your patient to help locate the best care available, arrange for transportation to and from treatment and help make sure treatment is covered by insurance. Call us today.