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Ritalin

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6  Effectiveness
6.5  Side Effects
6.5  Holistic Benefits

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Howie Mandel

In 2008 Howie went on the talk show Live with Regis and Kelly, where he spoke about having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Tygert "Ty" Pennington

A the age of seven he was diagnosed with ADHD by his mother Yvonne.

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Effectiveness of Ritalin by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Ritalin, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 15.6% 24.4% 51.1% 2.2% 6.7%
Balance/Equilibrium 0% 11.9% 81% 7.1% 0%
Blood Pressure 2.3% 2.3% 81.8% 9.1% 4.5%
Breathing 2.4% 0% 95.2% 2.4% 0%
Confidence 11.1% 11.1% 42.2% 22.2% 13.3%
Coordination/Motor Skills 4.5% 15.9% 45.5% 29.5% 4.5%
Digestion 2.3% 18.6% 74.4% 4.7% 0%
Emotional Well-being 6.8% 27.3% 27.3% 22.7% 15.9%
Energy 6.8% 36.4% 25% 22.7% 9.1%
Eyesight 2.4% 4.8% 78.6% 9.5% 4.8%
Memory 6.8% 15.9% 47.7% 22.7% 6.8%
Mental Clarity 8.9% 15.6% 33.3% 22.2% 20%
Pain 2.3% 7% 79.1% 11.6% 0%
Patience 8.9% 22.2% 22.2% 26.7% 20%
Sexual Health 4.5% 4.5% 79.5% 9.1% 2.3%
Skin Complexion 2.3% 4.7% 88.4% 4.7% 0%
Sleep 7% 20.9% 37.2% 30.2% 4.7%
Stress Level 8.9% 17.8% 37.8% 24.4% 11.1%
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Commonly Reported Ritalin Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Allergic Reaction 97.6% 2.4% 0% 0% 0%
Anxiety 69.2% 0% 15.4% 15.4% 0%
Blurred Vision 76.9% 15.4% 0% 0% 7.7%
Change in Weight 50% 0% 50% 0% 0%
Cold Symptoms 92.3% 7.7% 0% 0% 0%
Confusion 76.9% 7.7% 0% 15.4% 0%
Crying / Sadness 79.5% 10.3% 10.3% 0% 0%
Depression 85.7% 7.1% 0% 0% 7.1%
Diarrhea 93.3% 6.7% 0% 0% 0%
Dizziness 88.1% 7.1% 0% 2.4% 2.4%
Drowsiness 90% 7.5% 2.5% 0% 0%
Emotional Oversensitivity 70% 17.5% 5% 7.5% 0%
Fatigue 85.7% 7.1% 4.8% 0% 2.4%
Fever 92.3% 0% 7.7% 0% 0%
Headache 69.8% 18.6% 9.3% 0% 2.3%
Insomnia 85.7% 0% 14.3% 0% 0%
Irregular Heartbeat 69.2% 15.4% 7.7% 7.7% 0%
Irritability / Impatience 70% 15% 12.5% 2.5% 0%
Mood Swings 68.3% 14.6% 7.3% 9.8% 0%
Muscle Cramping 76.9% 15.4% 7.7% 0% 0%
Nausea 78% 12.2% 9.8% 0% 0%
Sensitivity to Light 92.3% 7.7% 0% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 85.7% 0% 7.1% 7.1% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Ritalin Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Abdominal Pain 75% 14.3% 7.1% 3.6% 0%
Addiction 0% 0% 0% 100% 0%
Appetite Loss 58.5% 7.3% 9.8% 24.4% 0%
Change in Weight 69.2% 5.1% 12.8% 10.3% 2.6%
Constipation 92.9% 7.1% 0% 0% 0%
Decrease in Blood Pressure 97.4% 0% 2.6% 0% 0%
Diarrhea 88.9% 7.4% 0% 3.7% 0%
Dry Mouth 73.2% 12.2% 7.3% 4.9% 2.4%
Insomnia 75% 7.1% 14.3% 3.6% 0%
Reduced Libido 93.8% 6.2% 0% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 92.9% 3.6% 0% 3.6% 0%
Vomiting 92.1% 5.3% 2.6% 0% 0%
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Episodes since taking Ritalin
Since taking Ritalin Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 3.4%
Blindness 1.7%
Fall 3.4%
Hospitalization 3.4%
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User Comments about Ritalin
20 Jan 2012 When I began, the doctor did not give me any directions. It was all my error and trial. It made me at the very first beginning clear, and able to perform tasks efficiently – in the house, at work, errands. At the beginning it made me very brave and I could tell people what I thought without fear of their reaction. It was like a magic. Like I was re-born as a more efficient me. I am a writer and it made me sharper in writing and more creative. Executive functions became better. But also – lots of thoughts. I was flooding with ideas. Attacked by them. Fast thinking. The ideas coming to my head nearly 'raped' me with their intensity. It gave me energy I never had before. But then the place I was living at became real noisy, because some neighbors made noise in our surrounding. I was more sensitive and really suffered hard. At that time I was also experiencing an unpleasant event - that is objectively can make any one feels anxiety. Yet, I think Ritalin increased it – the fact is that at times of Ritalin I have experienced levels of anxiety and sound sensitivity I never know existed. I had to stop. Back than I was on 80 mg a day. But after I had stopped I never came back to those amounts and now I take 'homeopathic' amount – 5 mg or 2.5 mg every 1/5 – 2 hours. It gives me clarity with few or non side effects.
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08 Jan 2012 This medication was very beneficial for mental clarity and concentration. I could see how someone may become dependent on it, though. I stopped use after deciding to avoid addiction.
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21 Sep 2011 I have found that it is a great drug for me. I feel that I am finally starting my life. I am able to function very well at my full-time job as well as during classes. Also, I am finally able to sleep during the night with no more nightmares and I sleep well. THe Ritalin helps to calm me down so I can sleep. I no longer have butterflies in my stomach, my temper is gone and my patience is much better. I have my motivation back and everything is just great!
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07 Sep 2011 This medication was effective for my insomnia but I did not like the feeling of always being on something and I started to become dependent on it.
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22 Jul 2011 I stopped Ritalin cold turkey after one year. I was sick to take it. Nasty side effects and poor good effects.
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