Ritalin, which is the brand name for the drug methylphenidate, is a schedule II narcotic as listed by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This means it falls under the same class of drugs as morphine, cocaine, and other amphetamines.
What is Ritalin?
Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant that targets and affects the chemicals norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain and the nerves that directly contribute to impulse control and hyperactivity. In other words, it is commonly used to treat disorders like ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But, for example, even though Ritalin is a stimulant used for ADHD treatment, it improves concentration, fidgeting, listening skills, and attention.
How it is Given and Proper Use
Firstly, a doctor with a prescription-only administers Ritalin. A lot of how to properly take Ritalin by a patient depends on the type, form, and dosage prescribed. Every prescription you are given will come with a medication guide, so be sure to read it carefully and ask your doctor any questions. No matter the dosage, type, or form the prescription comes in, it is best practice to take this 30-45 minutes before a meal and not later in the day than 6 pm. Otherwise, it could cause trouble with sleeping.
The dose you should be taking will be different for every person. Generally, the amount you take at one time and the number of doses taken each day will depend on treatment. It will also depend on your age. For example, a child will not be administered the same dosage instruction as a child. It will also vary depending on whether you are prescribed the short-acting dosage, the long-acting dosage, or extended-release.
How Not To Take Ritalin?
It is just as important to talk about how NOT to take Ritalin. For one, this drug should never be taken without a prescription by a doctor. If you do not have ADHD or some other disorder Ritalin is prescribed for; It will cause the complete opposite effects as someone with ADHD. When taken for its intended purpose, it will cause calming and focused effects. However, if you do not have ADHD, it will cause nervousness, anxiety, sleeplessness, rapid heart rate, hyperactivity, and several other side effects.
If you do have a prescription, you must follow your doctor’s instructions. Make sure you are not taking too large of a dose or too often. Even when this drug is taken correctly, it can cause dependency.
How Does a Ritalin Abuse Look Like?
Ritalin is extremely habit-forming. Many people take this drug for many reasons other than its intended purpose, prompting abuse. Many people abuse it because it increases mental sharpness, promotes concentration, helps you manage a large workload, stimulates weight loss, and generally makes you feel high.
Those who abuse Ritalin, for whatever reason, say they experience an intense feeling of being high, followed by an intense crash. When you crash, you may feel depressed, mentally fogged, and exhausted. Ritalin can also cause serious side effects like seizures, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, paranoia, and hallucinations. The most common side effect of Ritalin abuse is the withdrawal symptoms that come along with it. This is an indicator that dependence or abuse has set in.
Ritalin Addiction Help at Recreate Life Counseling
If you are someone prescribed Ritalin, make sure you are taking your medication exactly as prescribed to lower the chances of dependence. If you are dependent or have found yourself stuck in Ritalin abuse, there are resources and treatment options available to help you on the path to living a happier and healthier lifestyle, free from drug addiction. It is time to get your life back and we can help you do so.