Ritalin and Physical Distress

Ritalin and Physical Distress

Most prescription drugs come with warnings and side effects. Common physical side effects of the medication Ritalin include the following issues:

  • Insomnia
  • Stomachache
  • Headache
  • Anorexia

While these problems are somewhat common, physical distress is rarely associated with Ritalin when it is taken at therapeutic doses and as prescribed by a medical professional. As the Primary Care Companion for the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry explains, “this stimulant medication is generally safe when used as prescribed; it produces few serious adverse events when used orally in therapeutic doses. However, the entire therapeutic profile starts to change when it is abused” (October 2000). Many substances that seem relatively harmless cause physical and mental distress once misuse and abuse begin.

Physical Effects of High Doses of Ritalin

Therapeutic doses of Ritalin often involve 5 to 10 mg of the drug, but people who misuse the drug may take upwards of 100 mg a day, especially once tolerance begins to form. Ritalin abuse, even at lower levels, stresses the mind and body. Users will experience restlessness, muscle twitching and vomiting. High doses of Ritalin increase blood pressure and pulse rate, which stress many of the body’s systems and functions. In fact, the signs of high blood pressure levels are outwardly invisible, but they can also damage the heart, blood vessels and kidneys. This damage may be irreversible, which can lead to significant health concerns, or it can worsen existing problems. Long-term and excessive Ritalin abuse can lead to seizures, coma or feelings of insects crawling under the skin. Additionally, “Ritalin abusers who inject high doses on a daily basis may experience a toxic state resembling acute paranoid schizophrenia” (“Ritalin,” Center for Substance Abuse Research). The physical stress placed on the body can lead to psychological consequences as well.

Find Physical Health After Ritalin Abuse

Even if Ritalin causes physical distress, overall health is never a lost cause. Ending Ritalin abuse allows people to pursue healthy lifestyles and to improve their overall physical health. Mental health is closely tied to physical health, so positive living habits will improve all aspects of wellness. Find an end to Ritalin abuse today by calling our toll-free helpline now. Our admissions coordinators are here 24 hours a day to connect you to the best resources for long-term recovery. They will even help you find the programs that include holistic treatment for complete physical and mental health. All phone services are free and confidential, so please pick up the phone and call today.