Ritalin 10 mg is a commonly used branded medicine to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD) in 6-year-olds or above. Ritalin’s generic name is Methylphenidate. As a controlled substance, it comes under a class of drudge called “CNS stimulants”. It works by stimulating the brain chemicals associated with control and attention. It is also used for daytime weakness caused by narcolepsy in adults. Another available strength of Ritalin is 20 mg.
Ritalin 10 mg is an oral medication that needs to be taken 30 to 40 minutes before meals usually 2 to 3 times a day. In case of stomach upset, one can take this with food but with the guidance of a specialist. Taking this medicine late in the day may cause sleeping problems at night. This drug can react negatively while interacting with other medications and cause serious side effects. People who are taking medications like MAO inhibitors, antihypertensive drugs, certain anesthetics, antacids, blood pressure medications, antipsychotics, seizure medication, and blood thinners should avoid using Ritalin.
In comparison to other medications for ADHD, Ritalin is the safest medicine. By following the prescribed instructions one can barely notice any side effects. However, misuse of this drug can cause some life-threatening side effects. Some serious side effects are:
- fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
- chest pain
- shortness of breath
- slow or difficult speech
- weakness or numbness of an arm or leg
- changes in vision or blurred vision
- swelling of the eyes, face, lips, mouth, tongue, or throat
- frequent, painful erections