Ritalin side effects and Ritalin Abuse.

Millions of people are being placed on drugs such as Ritalin to address difficulties with attention, hyperactivity and learning. Ritalin side effects can sometimes be serious and Ritalin abuse is on the rise.

The following is a list of possible Ritalin side effects.

Side Effects

The most common side effects are elevated heart rate and increased blood pressure.Other side effects can include chest pain, fever, joint pain, rashes or hives, loss of appetite, blurred vision, convulsions (seizures), muscle cramps, uncontrolled vocal outbursts, blood in urine or stools and unusual bleeding or bruising.

Long-term use can lead to changes in mood, delusions, confusion, hallucinations (seeing, feeling things that are not there, and hearing things), and weight loss.

Symptoms of overdose

Agitation, confusion (severe), convulsions (seizures), dryness of mouth or mucous membranes, false sense of well-being, heart pounding, or irregular heartbeat, fever, hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there), headache (severe), increased blood pressure, increased sweating, large pupils, muscle twitching, overactive reflexes, trembling or shaking, and vomiting.

If you, or anyone you know is suspected of overdosing on any type of drug, please contact your emergency authority immediately.

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