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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Ritalin Use in Adults

04/26/1998

Question:

What are the differences in the effects of Ritalin on adults versus children?

Answer:

Although the stimulant action of Ritalin is largely the same in children and adults, the differences in effects are found in the side effects. In children, one side effect to monitor closely is weight loss. Height and weight should be charted on regular doctor visits. In adults, an interaction effect may be more likely to occur since adults tend to take more medications than children. One side effect to monitor is to watch for increased blood pressure. Other drugs that may have an interaction effect include warfarin (coumadin) and thus there could be an increase bleeding tendency with patients on ritalin; or with impipramine, there could be an increase in this drug's anti-depressant effect. Consulting with your own primary health care provider would be your best source of information, as he/she knows your medication history best of all. I will refer your question to our Pharmacy Expert. Please check that expert area in a day or two. Marcia Hern, RN, EdD Associate Professor of Nursing College of Nursing and Health University of Cincinnati

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Marcia   Hern, RN, EdD Marcia Hern, RN, EdD
Formerly:
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati