Also known as methylphenidate, Ritalin is a prescription psychostimulant, generally prescribed to those with attention disorders such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).



Ritalin has been in use since the mid-1950’s but came into prominence in 1961, when it helped to treat conditions such as depression and narcolepsy, and more recently the attention disorder known as ADHD in children. Ritalin has a chemical structure that closely resembles cocaine, and evidence suggests that the two compounds have similar functions when it comes to how they affect the human body. Because of this, health concerns have been raised targeting the harmful side effects and addictive potential of the drug. Ritalin’s primary function is the blocking of a protein responsible for the absorption of dopamine, a chemical used to control an individual’s mood and behavior. Because of this interruption, dopamine levels within the brain rise dramatically, leading to a spike in mental energy, clarity, and capacity for motivation and desire in the user.

Side effects & Dosages

Ritalin is highly addictive, and also comes with a wide range of side effects. These include but are not limited to: increased heart rate, chest and joint pains, fever, and skin rashes. It is imperative for a user of Ritalin to contact a medical professional if any such side effects occur during its consumption. Dosages for adults typically rate as 1 mg for every kilogram of body weight daily. However, due to Ritalin’s potential for addictiveness, it is recommended to consult a qualified physician for individual specifications as they relate to regular consumption.

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