Ritalin Abuse Problem

Ritalin is a drug most commonly used for the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder or hyperactivity in both adults and children. It can also be used in the treatment of narcolepsy. The aim of the drug is to have a calming effect on those suffering from hyperactivity and to aide in the focus and concentration of those with ADD. Many individuals have claimed that the drug has relieved their symptoms.

Ritalin Side Effects

The side effects of Ritalin include the following symptoms:

  • Wakefulness
  • Suppression of Appetite
  • Increased ability to focus
  • Increased attentiveness
  • Euphoria or a “high”

Because of these different effects, Ritalin is often abused by
those who do not
necessarily need to take it. Students tend to abuse it because they feel it can help their performance academically. Often, they use it in an attempt to stay awake and alert during long hours of studying. Also, some abuse it in an attempt to lose weight. However, abuse of Ritalin can also result in high blood pressure, and elevated heart rate which can cause multiple health problems if sustained for a long period of time.

However, along with these “positive” effects come more serious ones. Ritalin causes elevated blood pressure and heart rate. Along with these symptoms some individuals have reported feeling nervous, and more confident. In some instances this raise in confidence can lead to poor or dangerous decision making.  Because of these risks, Ritalin should not be taken without the permission and supervision of a trained medical professional.

A person can become addicted to a drug when they develop a tolerance to its effects or when they no longer feel the “high” that it produces. Often, when this tolerance is experienced the person will begin to take larger and larger doses of the drug in order to feel the original effects. The original “high” is never attainable to them. That is why when taking amphetamines such as Ritalin you should always follow the prescribed dosage as given to you by your doctor. Never suddenly increase the dosage of a medication without consulting your physician first. Addiction to Ritalin can result in negative effects ranging from nervousness and muscle spasms to (in some rare cases) stroke.

Ritalin Abuse Help

If you or a loved one is suffering from a Ritalin addiction call our toll-free number to get help for Ritalin abuse. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions or to help you find any information that you might need. Don’t let this addiction consume your life any longer. Call us today.