The Dangerous Mix of Party Drugs and Ritalin

The Dangerous Mix of Party Drugs and Ritalin

Whenever starting a new prescription, it is important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about drug interactions. Patients often take great caution to avoid dangerous drug mixtures, but recreational drug users do not often consider how dangerous mixing drugs can be. Following the specifications of each prescription is important because some drug combinations can be potentially fatal. And even when a mix might not be potentially fatal by itself, there are still some very real dangers when mixing drugs with other drugs, or even with mixing drugs with alcohol or large doses of stimulants like caffeine. One of those dangerous combinations is that of party drugs and Ritalin.

Ritalin is the trade name of methylphenidate, a prescription drug commonly used for the treatment of ADHD. However, many recreational users (usually young adults) take the drug when they need to stay focused or awake for an extended period of time. Sometimes this drug has been seen as the perfect aid to long periods of study or to keep high levels of energy during long parties, both of which can lead to Ritalin abuse.

Party drugs are commonly abused at parties, concerts, clubs, or other large gatherings, and include the following:

  • MDMA (ecstasy)
  • Meth (speed)
  • Cannabis (marijuana)

Although these drugs are inherently dangerous on their own, when used in combination with Ritalin over the course of hours or days their effects become amplified and possibly fatal.

One drug that may be particularly dangerous to mix with Ritalin, Adderall or any other stimulant is MDMA. MDMA is an adrenergic agonist—a class of drugs that have similar effects to adrenaline. When used together with Ritalin, the risk of liver toxicity increases considerably and can cause an injury to the organ with dangerous and sometimes long-lasting or fatal consequences.

Aside from the biological factors, mixing drugs with Ritalin can cause mental, social and psychological problems. Mixing Ritalin can lead to harmful behaviors, and also the heightened potency of side effects—some of which can even be fatal. Ritalin abuse in conjunction with other drugs exponentially increases the risk of an overdose since judgment is impaired and the sudden rush of multiple intoxicative substances in the body limits inhibitions and encourages more dangerous actions.

Getting Effective Help Against Ritalin Abuse

When mixed, party drugs and Ritalin can be dangerous and even fatal. In some cases, Ritalin addiction help is needed for someone who has been abusing the substance for a considerable amount of time.

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