Ritalin is part of a group of ADHD medications called stimulants. For most children, this medicine is effective in alleviating ADHD symptoms, and they tolerate it well. Ritalin is a psychostimulant drug which acts on the brain but more specifically in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.What are some alternatives to Ritalin?
Even though Ritalin is effective for treating ADHD in a lot of patients, there are reasons why a prescriber might seek an alternative. A drug alternative to Ritalin will be sought if it does not adequately address the symptoms of a patient’s ADHD. Adderall is a common substitute for Ritalin.What to expect from Ritalin?
Research studies have determined a few unwanted effects of Ritalin, both immediate and long-term. Ritalin in low doses lowers the heart rate and raises blood pressure. These changes have not been found to be significant, either in the short or long term. Ritalin can be taken with or without food.What are the long term side effects of Ritalin?
Common side effects may include: excessive sweating; mood changes, feeling nervous or irritable, sleep problems (insomnia); fast heart rate, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest, increased blood pressure; loss of appetite, weight loss; dry mouth, nausea, stomach pain; or headache.