About Ritalin

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About Ritalin

The drug methylphenidate is used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which is referred to as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children over the age of six years.

What is the purpose of this ingredient?

  • Attention Deficit Disorder in children with ADHD
  • Treat obsessive sleep problems in adults

This is how Methylphenidate works

Below you will learn more about the fields of application and the mode of action of methylphenidate.
Please also read the information on the drug class alpha-sympathomimetics,
to which the active ingredient methylphenidate belongs.

Application of the active substance methylphenidate

The drug methylphenidate is used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which is referred to as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children over the age of six years.

The attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder manifests itself through lack of concentration and impulsivity with marked overactivity and accompanying symptoms such as increased irritability, ill-humor or aggressiveness, depression and forgetfulness.

ADHD does not cure and persists in approximately 60 percent of those affected into adulthood. Adults with ADHD mainly show restlessness, impatience and inattention. Overactivity may decrease with age due to adaptation, development of the nervous system, and treatment with over-the-counter medications. Often there is an inability to social bonds. Today ADHD is also treated with methyphenidate in adults.

According to recent research, the cause of ADHD is disrupted signaling in the brain. Since ADHD is a very complex disease characterized by very different symptoms, treatment with methylphenidate can only ever be a therapeutic component within a so-called multimodal treatment plan consisting of several building blocks or ways. With careful dosing by the doctor, however, the administration of methylphenidate has a very decisive positive influence on the main symptoms of the disease. The active ingredient reduces inattention and distractibility as well as impulsivity and hyperactivity.

A second indication of methylphenidate is narcolepsy in adults. This is a disturbance of the sleep-wake rhythm, which is expressed by excessive daytime sleepiness with sudden onset of sleep. The sleep attacks of narcolepsy, sometimes triggered by extreme stress, have nothing to do with lethargy and therefore can not be resolved with a lot of sleep. In addition to the main symptom of the disease other malfunctions such as excitation caused by occurring short-term loss of muscle tension (cataplexy), daydreams (hypnagogic hallucinations), sleep paralysis and disorders of nighttime sleep.

Also, the causes of narcolepsy are not well known. However, it is believed that disruption of the part of the brain responsible for sleep / wake control is responsible for the onset of the disease. Narcolepsy is still not curable. The daytime fatigue can be mitigated by methylphenidate, while cataplexy and sleep paralysis with tricyclic antidepressants and also the disturbed nighttime sleep must be treated separately.

For the following application areas of Methylphenidate , in-depth information is available:

  • ADHD

Mode of action of methylphenidate

Methylphenidate belongs to the group of alpha sympathomimetics with stimulating effects on the brain.

The drug reduces distractibility in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How exactly this happens is not yet finally understood. There are no fewer than four different explanatory approaches. The neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine, which provide for concentration and categorization of information in the brain, may play a role. Among other things, methylphenidate could prevent too fast uptake of the messenger substances and thus ensure that there is no lack of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain. As a result, the brain could better perceive its control functions.

Observable effects of methylphenidate include decreased motor hyperactivity (“Zappelphilipp syndrome”) and decreasing impulsivity in children with ADHD. Due to the improved impulse control tasks can be completed better and the aggressiveness can be mitigated.

It has been proven that methylphenidate increases the activity of a part of the unconscious nervous system, the sympathetic nervous system. This increases the heart rate, the pumping power of the heart and the blood pressure as well as the circulation of the musculature improve. The stimulating effect of methylphenidate on the brain increases the ability to concentrate, the willingness to perform and the willingness to take decisions

Potential Ritalin side effects may include:

Ritalin used to treat the following diseases:

  1. Mary D. Zimmer says:
    3.5 rating

    Ritalin for Psychosis; Hyperactivity

    Well what am I supposed to report. Got Oxygesic instead of Valaron and M-Stata. I found it good that 2 meds have been exchanged for 1 medi. I’m still in pain because I’m still in the hiring phase. But with all that I agree have, without side effects, and that’s what it’s all about if you are treated as a drug, that does not come any toxic reactions, because drug levels do not decrease.

    Side effects: No side effects
  2. Frank L. Rivera says:
    1.0 rating

    Ritalin for Depression; Adh syndrome

    Unfortunately, I am taking ADS and mild to severe depression, Cipralex. Cipralex helps against the depression quite well. For ADS I have received Strattera and Ritalin. Both do not help. Has anyone had the same experience and can recommend another medicine? greeting

    Side effects: No side effects
  3. Marty Y. Devries says:
    3.5 rating

    My son had tantrums from day to day and totally ticked out. Was awful! He had been taking Concerta for years and now they gave him Risperdal. A positive effect of Rispedal was … he could fall asleep, every night … we could hardly believe it. But the tantrums stayed until we dropped off Concerta. The tantrums are gone. The Risperdal he gets to sleep on … but I think he gets a restlessness during the day (you can judge the clock). Unfortunately, my son can not speak, so I do not know how he is doing it. Now I want to reduce Risperdal. Only give it if he did not fall asleep before 00 o’clock. Risperdal can help with autism with falling asleep! Have been looking for something like this for over 10 years.

  4. Nancy D. Brown says:
    2.5 rating

    Ritalin for Narcolepsy

    Neither Modasomil nor Ritalin really help me. I am tired, tired and tired despite medication, although all other common causes (thyroid, iron deficiency, depression, …) have been eradicated.

  5. Maggie A. Alexander says:
    3.5 rating

    Ritalin for Narcolepsy

    A true disaster. For some time I have been wondering why I suffer from such anxiety and existential fears. Strong turmoil and disagreement accompany me day and night. Strong sweat conditions. How can such a poison be prescribed to our children. You have to swallow it because the parents expect better school services. As an adult, I had to swallow it for narcolepsy. Oh yes, very strong sweat outbursts (at any time of day or night, I would like to write more, it’s a devil’s stuff, I dumped everyone today, never again, wait for the withdrawal symptoms, but they can not be any worse! Suicidal thoughts often, that’s the way I do not know anymore.

    Side effects: Anxiety states; Palpitations
  6. Bobbie E. Carmichael says:
    3.5 rating

    Ritalin for Bone fracture; Psychosis; Hyperactivity

    Do not have any side effects, have more meds and that is well tolerated. Only drawback, Ritalin is not taken from the cash register.

    Side effects: No side effects
  7. Judy H. Davis says:
    2.5 rating

    Ritalin for Bone fracture; Psychosis; Hyperactivity

    Have so far no side effects, am not synonymous somehow Meschuke in Kopf.Gute combination. But Metyhlphenidat I have to pay myself dehalb I came now to Vigil. But no idea if that is compatible with everything. In my complicated with my disease.

    Side effects: No side effects
  8. Terry D. Moore says:
    2.5 rating

    Ritalin for Bipolar disorder; Concentration disorders; Depression

    drowsiness fatigue disorder (feeling stupid) – there is the question is it drug or disease ?! read spelling weakness reinforced (concentration problems) – medi. or ill. ?! severely impaired self-med. o. kr. ??! amnesia

    Side effects: Dizziness; Fatigue
  9. Oscar L. Scott says:
    2.0 rating

    Ritalin for Bipolar disorder; Depression

    Now I was so taken away on the Ritalin Seiter is nothing more. Ritalin and Valium were the ones that gave me the effective effect that helped me to daily life. Weiss does not continue at the moment. Who knows a good doctor of Ritalin prescribes Valium?

    Side effects: No side effects
  10. Philip G. Bowler says:
    2.0 rating

    Ritalin for Hyperactivity

    Hello my son gets from my ex-wife Ritalin. I do not want that. She gives it to him anyway. Moritz has changed completely. He barely moves, but he likes to ride inliner, bicycle. He likes football too. Now he does not do anything anymore. He is not himself anymore. That makes me sad. I can not do anything.

  11. Wade K. Keiper says:
    3.5 rating

    Ritalin for Ads / adh syndrome

    Hi, I took Concerta 36mg and realized after the 1st year that I was getting slightly irritable and aggressive. Unfortunately, I have taken the drug in conjunction with alcohol to me. Fact: When I took Concerta, my craving for alcohol and nicotine was huge. I then let the weakest prescribe (18mg) Was a little better, but still the same conditions. In the beginning I noticed a significant increase in performance and better concentration. But if the negative aspects outweigh you should keep your hands off it. Verdict: That’s probably the worst drug you can get on prescription!

    Side effects: Aggressiveness
  12. Norma M. Viers says:
    4.0 rating

    Ritalin for Ads / adh syndrome

    I am really satisfied with the medication. Only when the MPH leaves out now and then bingeing.

  13. Elizabeth B. Spurlin says:
    4.5 rating

    Ritalin for Borderline; Ads / adh syndrome; Depression

    I am 25 years old and female. I got Ritalin in August 2016 against my persistent listlessness and extreme fatigue. The first 3 days with Ritalin were hell, so strong mood swings I never had. From pure aggression to suicidal behavior everything was there. After that my mood suddenly got better, I was almost euphoric. I felt neither tired nor impulsive, far from suicidal thoughts. It was great! I went out, started again with sports, met with people, even had the courage to address the man of my dreams (we have been together since October) The first side effects were relatively low, the loss of appetite was very convenient for me, because I have the Years of eating a lot of bacon. The dry mouth caused me to drink a lot of Wasset, which was also very positive. 7 Kg decreased within two and a half months, from 84 Kg to 77 Kg were the dry mucous membranes (vaginal dryness, burning eyes) The main side effect, why I no longer take the Ritalin, was / is the hair loss. I have naturally very fine blond hair and by the Ritalin I fell out incredibly many hairs. I’ve lost at least a third of my entire hair, my scalp is clearly visible at the top and top of my head, I was already addressed by family / friends and even my family doctor. This strains me a lot psychologically, as I have never been blessed with a dense, flowing mane. My best friend (she has ADHD) had also taken Ritalin and also had extreme hair loss. She was prescribed Medikinet, so it got better. If the hair loss was not, I would take it further, the positive effects, especially the no longer being tired were great. But I do not want to look like 25 after chemotherapy. Therefore, I recommend it only limited.

    Side effects: Mouth dryness
  14. Bobby L. Smith says:
    4.0 rating

    Ritalin for Concentration disorders

    As part of my psychotherapy, I realized that even as a child I was not able to concentrate very well or that I was concentrating on the wrong things and was constantly nervous, which had a negative effect on my personality. I drank a lot of coffee and smoked a lot of cigarettes and always felt some restlessness. For a while I also consumed cannabis, because then only after taking this drug, a certain peace and contentment spread in me. I was only detected a concentration disorder and a disturbance of the working memory. Since the neurologists were initially at a loss as far as my diagnosis is concerned (adults show AD (H) S unlike children), with the agreement of my neurologist I agreed to take Ritalin on a trial basis (that is, I have to pay this drug myself) It was like a wonder. I could concentrate, stay focused, and I finally felt that I could do the things I started. Unfortunately I can not take it for financial reasons at the moment; and I hope I can do it together with the neurologists, that the cashier will take over with me. Of all the medications I have taken so far (mostly antidepressants), it had the least side effects. It did not change my appetite, my libido or my sleeping habits and I tolerated it with alcohol. It does not work too long (4-5 hours if I work hard), and that makes it easy to dose. At most take care not to take it on an empty stomach, preferably with water and after eating (in my case it even stimulated digestion, in my opinion because of the hydrochloric acid that forms when the body absorbs it), and you should not drink coffee shortly before or after ingestion because it will cancel out the effect.

    Side effects: No side effects
  15. Jewel F. Cooper says:
    5.0 rating

    Ritalin for Adh syndrome

    I was prescribed the Ritalin at the time, when I hung terribly at school. It was 16 years old at the time and was already depressing due to certain events around me. Through an eternal cycle of learning, but still not bring good performance and continuous pondering, I was at some point really bad. Through the Ritalin I have built self-esteem within half a year, improved my grades and made a great connection. Now I am in training and realize: I need the Ritalin, sometimes just to know that I have taken her and I can concentrate better. Personally, I also have many side effects. Including sweating, loss of appetite, mental dependence of Ritalin, headache, nausea and most severe weight loss. Before the treatment weighed 55 kg to 1.63 m. Now it is only 48 kg and thus I am no longer in the normal range. Nevertheless, I would take the Ritalin, because I can focus on the priority tasks through them.

  16. Ronald C. Davis says:
    5.0 rating

    Ritalin for Depression

    First of all, I would like to say that I have NEVER suffered from ADD Attentive Disorders – this medication is also given to adults who suffer from abnormal, excruciating fatigue. This is the case for me AND the ONLY drug, although 95% of doctors do not believe me, which helps against sadness and depression! I speak of experiences, because when I put it, the condition is quite miserable despite antidepressants. I take the Ritalin retard or Focalin, the latest version; the tiredness is blown away after half an hour and I get back joy of life and above all drive to do the job; usually I’m in such a bad mood in the morning that I’m unable to tackle anything or do not know what to do with everyday work – if this drug did not exist, I could NEVER work anymore, that’s how bad it would be. But beware! One can become dependent, i. you have to increase the amount more and more to have the effect in the longer term. I can easily on days where I do not have to work, suspend the drug, I still have so much discipline – and unlike antidepressants you do not have to start or stop creeping, you can settle from one day to the other and completely!

    Side effects: Dependence