Side Effects of the Drug Ritalin

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Some side effects of Ritalin are similar to those of any other stimulant or amphetamine, which include loss of appetite, jitters, nervousness and a change in blood glucose. Understand the side effects of the Ritalin drug with information from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on drugs.

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Hello I'm Dr David Thomas a practicing therapist in Tampa with Woodford Thomas Group. Today we're going to talk about the side effects of Ritalin. First and foremost, Ritalin generally, Ritalin is a drug that's generally been prescribed for attention deficit usually with hyperactivity. It's been used for many, many years and generally been a safe drug to use. When we start looking at the side effects of Ritalin, first of all we want to understand that Ritalin is a stimulant and as with any stimulant, the potential for side effects is certainly there. And when we talk about side effects really talking about symptoms that you don't want to have when you take the medications. Probably the most common side effects of using a stimulant and in this case Ritalin, would be the loss of appetite. Certainly another side effect of the use of Ritalin would be jitteriness. As with amphetamine or stimulant, that's a fairly common side effect. Another common side effect of the use of Ritalin would be what we call rebound as often times when folks begin to come off the medication there tends to be some irritability, a slight depression, mild depression, nervousness. Another one of the side effects that often times associated with the use of Ritalin is it can affect blood glucose. Certainly if you already have sugar issues, diabetes and things like that, the use of Ritalin can certainly be significant. And with any medication that individual takes, it's very important to work very closely with your physician, certainly in the early weeks or months of taking the medication so you can report any of these side effects to that physician and then they can either prescribe a different medication or often times give you a medication that can offset these side effects. Again, this is Dr. David Thomas, thank you for watching this video.

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