Ritalin / Methylphenidate

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:37 by admin
Ritalin, also known as methylphenidate, is used to help people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ritalin is manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

The drug has been in use for over forty years and is widely prescribed, with over eleven million users. Ritalin is especially popular among school-aged children as some educational professionals claim the drug helps students focus on classroom activities. Many healthcare professionals are now questioning the drug's widespread use, as concerns mount regarding Ritalin dependence and other complications. There is some evidence that children accustomed to taking Ritalin during childhood may be more prone to experiment with illicit drugs during adolescence. While most doctors agree that short-term use of the drug may be helpful to children suffering from legitimate ADHD, there is growing concern in the medical community about the long-term use of Ritalin.  Ritalin prescription use has even been associated with serious reactions and in some cases death.

See a doctor if your child has experienced serious side effects associated with Ritalin. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Antidepressants & Other Psychiatric Drugs
  2. Addiction: Overview
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