What is the Ritalin Drug?
In the early 1950’s is when Ritalin was approved to be put on the market for adults. Back then, the Ritalin drug was used more as an energy pill. It was considered the “pep pill.” It was prescribed to patients with severe depression. At this time, it was only for adults and not for children. Ritalin did not get very far with only being for this purpose. It was then that researchers believed it would have a positive effect on adults and children that suffered with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and it did. Ritalin then became very popular and too most very effective
Ritalin isn’t something that is for everyone. As with everything else not everyone is the same and different things can have different effects on different people. Ritalin is a Schedule II substance which means it has a “high potential for abuse” and “may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.”
Abuse of Ritalin
Ritalin drug abuse is when it is taken for non-medical reason and not prescribed to the user. Abusing Ritalin can turn into an addiction. People who abuse Ritalin do it for the effects they receive from it such as, staying up all night, suppress weight or it can cause a high when snorted. When users take Ritalin in ways other than those prescribed, they can experience a “high” that is not felt when the drug is taken as indicated. For example, when snorted, the effects of Ritalin can mimic those of cocaine, producing a feeling of euphoria. In fact, the pattern of abuse for Ritalin addicts is often very like that of cocaine addicts. Taken intravenously, effects of the drug have a significant spike, which can lead quickly to a pattern of dependency and addiction.
Signs and Symptoms of Ritalin Abuse
- Reduced appetite and weight loss
- Pupil dilation.
- Dizziness/feeling faint
- Impaired vision
- Rapid heart rate
- Stomach pain
Risks and Side Effects of Abuse
There are many ways that Ritalin can be harmful when abused like many other substances. Even taking Ritalin as prescribed it can create a dependence to the medicine so if anyone tried to stop taking it as prescribed they can have many difficulties dealing with things that the medicine was once masking or covering up and medicating. Side effects from Ritalin can occur even if just taking it as prescribed.
Common side effects of Ritalin include:
- Sleep problems (insomnia)
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Vision problems
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Skin rash
- Cold feeling in your hands or feet
If Ritalin is something that is an option for someone you love, it is always smart to do your research first and gather as much information as possible. Make sure the Ritalin drug is for sure something that you want your loved one to get started on. If you or someone you love has an addiction to Ritalin or even if they’re not sure they may be developing an addiction do not hesitate to call for help or answers to your questions today!