In this article today I will guide you about a pain killer medicine which is Ritalin and its uses side effects dosage information, how to use it etc.
What is Ritalin?
Ritalin is a pain killer medicine which affects the chemical of the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. Basically it is use to treat the deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.
You should not take Ritalin if you have the following problems
- severe anxiety, tension, or agitation
- Some stimulants have caused sudden death in certain people
- heart problems or a congenital heart defect
- high blood pressure
- a family history of heart disease or sudden death.
- mental illness
- bipolar disorder
- suicidal thoughts or actions
- seizures or epilepsy
- problems with the esophagus, stomach, or intestines;
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
How should I take Ritalin?
Take Ritalin according to the prescription by your doctor. Follow all the prescription carefully. Tell your doctor about the medicine if it seems to stop working in treating your symptoms, and tell your doctor daily about your anxiety.
Can I Take Ritalin During Pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Never take Ritalin medicine if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. It is not recommended for the pregnant women to use Ritalin because It will harm the unborn baby. Similarly, if you have a little baby and she needs mothers milk then also you should not use Ritalin medicine. Talk with your doctor about pain management options during your pregnancy. You should also use caution and talk with your doctor about Ritalin if you are breastfeeding.
You can take other medicine instead of Ritalin or which is the alternative of Ritalin by consulting with your doctors so you may not face any issue.
Some precautions given below you should follow while taking this medicine:
Before taking this medication tell your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history specifically if you are suffering from any brain disorders, having some breathing problems, kidney or liver disease problem or any family disorder. So doctor can advice you in a better way whether to take this medicine or not and how to take it.
Also take care of somethings when you are taking Ritalin medicine
Do not crush chew or break it this will harm you badly. Always swallow the whole tablet.
Or if you cant swallow it follow it with a drink of water or with other liquid. Never chew or crush the capsule or the medicine beads inside the capsule.
Because if you do this will take a lot amount of drug into your stomach which will harm you very badly. So try to avoid this.
What are the side effects of Ritalin?
Following are some of the side effects of Ritalin?
- chest pain
- trouble breathing, feeling like you might pass out
- a seizure (convulsions)
- numbness, pain,
- cold feeling,
- unexplained wounds, or skin color changes
- muscle twitches
- changes in your vision;
- feeling nervous or irritable
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- loss of appetite
- stomach pain
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you have ever missed the dose don’t worry take it as soon as possible whenever you remember that you didn’t take the medicine. Do not take the extra medicine skip the dose which you have forgotten to take if it is almost time for your next dose. Don’t try to overdose it.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of Ritalin can be very dangerous for you or for your loved one. If this issue occurs, unfortunately, seek medical emergency or medical help as soon as possible call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid?
- If you are taking Ritalin regularly then you should avoid drinking alcohol because it has dangerous side effects which can harm you badly.
- Be careful while you are driving because Ritalin can also reduce your memory or think ability
- Do not breast-milk your newborn child if you are taking Ritalin regularly it may harm him/her badly.
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