Ritalin – What It Treats

Ritalin – What It Treats

The three most frequent conditions for which Ritalin is prescribed are attention-deficit disorder, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and narcolepsy.

Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention-deficit disorder is a condition, typically diagnosed in young children, that presents with the child being extremely inattentive and hyperactive. While these two behaviors alone often negatively impact a child’s school life, home life and social life, it is not uncommon for the child to have other behavioral issues such as mood disorders, anxiety and defiant behavior. While 3 percent to 5 percent of the world’s children have ADD, in almost 50 percent of these children the condition persists into adulthood.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is characterized by an exceptionally high increase in a person’s heart rate when that person moves from a lying down or sitting down position to standing upright. In addition to the increased heart rate, the symptom is also characterized by a decrease in blood pressure. Although not life-threatening, POTS is a serious medical condition that can be severely debilitating. Some people are unable to attend school or work, and especially severe cases can completely incapacitate the person.


A person suffering from narcolepsy experiences extreme fatigue and may fall asleep at inappropriate times such as when driving a car. In addition to this potentially life-threatening state, many narcoleptics also experience muscular weaknesses ranging from a barely perceptible slackening of the facial muscles to the dropping of the jaw or head, weakness at the knees or a total collapse. While hearing and awareness remain normal, a narcoleptic’s speech is often slurred and vision is impaired (double vision, inability to focus). In some rare cases, an individual’s body becomes paralyzed and muscles will become stiff.

Cautions for Ritalin Use

Ritalin is a powerful stimulant classified as Schedule II narcotics in the Controlled Substances Act since 1971. Schedule II is the classification for medical drugs with the highest abuse potential and addiction profile.

Ritalin abuse and Ritalin addiction are prevalent Ritalin side effects. Ritalin is closely related to the illegal street drugs methamphetamine (“crystal meth”) and yet it is the drug physicians commonly prescribe to millions of children.

Ritalin abuse and snorting Ritalin can lead to marked tolerance and addiction. Data from physicians, parents, schools, poison control centers, adolescent treatment centers, and law enforcement show that adolescents who abuse Ritalin commonly obtain the drug from people that have valid physician prescriptions for Ritalin.

Adolescents give and sell their Ritalin medication to schoolmates and friends, who are taking Ritalin orally, crushing the tablets and snorting Ritalin powder like cocaine. Another form of Ritalin abuse is through dissolving Ritalin in water and injecting the fluid. (See Ritalin Street Terms).

Get Help for Ritalin Addiction

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