How to Know When a Ritalin User Needs Emergency Help

Ritalin has become a widely-prescribed medication, but it is not without dangers even when used in prescribed amounts. When the drug is abused, the potential for dangerous effects increases greatly, and someone you love may eventually require emergency help for Ritalin use.

Ritalin Overdose, Allergies and Long-Term Effects

There are a number of situations in which a Ritalin user may need emergency help, but generally the most dangerous situation is overdose. The following are among the possible signs of an overdose:

  • Sweating
  • Fever
  • Rapid or pounding heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Muscle pain
  • Dry mouth and nose
  • Muscle twitching
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Fainting
  • Agitation
  • Panic
  • Aggressiveness
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations

Ritalin overdose can be fatal, and prompt medical attention is vital.

It is also possible for a Ritalin user to have an allergic reaction to the medication. Allergies can develop without warning, even in those who have previously taken the drug without problems. Common Ritalin allergy symptoms include hives, swelling of the face, tongue, lips or throat and difficulty breathing. A suspected allergic reaction requires emergency assistance.

Long-term ramifications of Ritalin use can also lead to emergency situations. The drug impacts blood pressure and heart rate and has other cardiovascular effects. Use of the drug can lead to heart attack and stroke. Because the drug decreases appetite, malnutrition is also a concern.

Ritalin Abuse and Addiction

Ritalin abuse is a serious and growing problem. Sometimes people abuse stimulants for their euphoric effects and sometimes to enhance performance. People may use the drug to lose weight, stay awake or increase focus. Sometimes people abuse Ritalin by dissolving the tablets in water and then injecting the solution. This can cause fillers in the tablets to block small blood vessels, leading to potentially fatal embolisms.

Abuse of Ritalin can easily lead to dependence and addiction. People are dependent on the drug when they experience withdrawal symptoms when they go long enough without a dose. Withdrawal symptoms include depression, fatigue, and insomnia. People are addicted to the drug when they use it despite negative consequences. Addiction is a progressive disease which should be treated as soon as it is recognized.

Ritalin Addiction Help

If you are addicted to Ritalin, or suspect a loved one is, we can help you find a treatment program that meets your needs. Our toll-free helpline is staffed with phone counselors who understand the issues of Ritalin abuse and are ready to answer your questions. They can check your insurance coverage for you if you wish to help you understand your full range of options. There’s never a wrong time to call, because the helpline is available 24 hours a day. Take the first step on the road of recovery and get professional help today.