Effects of Ritalin Abuse

With prescription drugs comes the possibility of abuse and subsequent addiction, and any drug that effects the central nervous system can cause severe physical complications when abused. If the drug methyphenidate (Ritalin) is prescribed by a doctor and its dosage is slowly increased or decreased over time, a person should not experience any signs of addiction. However, when Ritalin is frequently not taken as directed, serious side effects may result. In rare cases, death may also occur.

Side Effects of Ritalin Abuse

The side effects of Ritalin abuse include but are not limited to:

  • Drug addiction
  • Nervousness and insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Changes in heart rate and blood pressure (usually elevation of both, but occasionally depression)
  • Skin rashes and itching
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Digestive problems
  • Severe depression upon withdrawal

Serious effects of Ritalin abuse include:

  • Heart complications
  • Anemia
  • Leukopenia
  • Depression
  • Toxic psychosis
  • Seizures
  • Fever
  • Alterations in blood pressure
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Formicaton (feeling of bugs under the skin)
  • Tremors
  • Psychotic incidents
  • Change in heart rate
  • Weight decrease
  • Paranoia
  • Sleeping complications

Behavioral Effects

Aside from the psychological and physical effects of abuse, the abuse can also affect a person’s relational and social behavior. Drug abuse can take a toll on a user’s family and friends. Typically, drug users will begin hanging out with new people, especially other users, and they may begin hanging out at new places and getting into trouble more frequently. They may skip school or stop attending altogether in order to engage in drug abuse. Financially, they will continue to look for ways to fund their habits. Not only will users sell things they own, but they will steal in order to get their fix. All of these issues can heavily impact those who are involved in their lives. Drug abuse has effects that extend far beyond that of the individual user (See Ritalin Addiction Center).

Ritalin Addiction Help

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to Ritalin, please call the toll free number at the top of your screen. Someone is available 24 hours a day to help discuss treatment options with you. Get Ritalin abuse help.