When we have to take a prescription medication, we expect that these is a chance of some side effects occurring. As a general rule, the side effects of medications are a minor annoyance compared to the reason we have to take them. Some medications, however, may have more serious side effects than others. What about Ritalin? Let's discuss some of the side effects of Ritalin, including what may occur if you take it for an extended period of time.
Let's begin with some of the most common effects that come from Ritalin use. A couple of the most reported side effects are feelings of anxiety as well as insomnia. Ritalin may also effect your weight because it often dulls the users appetite. You may feel sleepy, dizzy, or have headaches. Stomach issues are also common. These include pain as well as nausea and vomiting. You can expect some or all of these symptoms to occur, and there is no reason to change medications unless you don't feel you can handle these effects.
There are also more serious side effects of Ritalin. If you experience any of these you should call your doctor right away. One serious side effect could be a worsening of your condition instead of improvement. You may have behavioral changes such as hostility and mood swings. Panic attacks, terror, and tics are possible. Extremes in heart rate changes, blurred vision, slurred speech, and numbness or tingling on one side of the body are all symptoms of a serious reaction. Don't delay to get help if you experience these symptoms.
Long Term Effects of Ritalin
Some are concerned about long term effects of Ritalin. This is because Ritalin works as a neural stimulant. Some scientists feel that the long term effects of using this drug will be similar to the long term effects of using other stimulant drugs like amphetamines or cocaine. These claims are yet to be substantiated. Most doctors feel that Ritalin effects are short term and that it is used up after each dose. The main concern about Ritalin is addiction or abuse. The effects of Ritalin can cause a person to become dependent. This is especially a concern when it comes to those who acquire the drug on the black market for purposes other than its intended purpose of treating ADHD or narcolepsy.
By only taking your medication as directed by your physician, you can minimize the side effects that you face.