Ritalin, a highly addictive prescription drug, acts as a central nervous system stimulant to improve memory, concentration and focus. An upper, similar to cocaine, Ritalin remains one of the most widely prescribed drugs in treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. 

Like Adderall, Ritalin is classified as a Schedule II drug because of its high risk for abuse and dependence.

Ritalin increases concentration even when the user has no signs or symptoms of ADHD, which is why it is popular cross college campuses. It can improve and enhance academic performance. These students are looking for a competitive edge, and they will do whatever it takes to get ahead. They do not believe Ritalin addiction is as serious as drugs like Cocaine and Methamphetamine. Once addicted, they feel without Ritalin everything becomes more difficult. Many fail to realize that legally, Ritalin is really no different from illicit street drugs.

Recreational Ritalin use involves taking pills orally, or crushing and snorting. Some Ritalin abusers may dissolve the pill in water so they can inject it. This causes an immediate euphoric reaction that becomes very psychologically addicting. A normal dose lasts from 3 to 4 hours, while an extended release tablet works for up to 8 hours.

After entering the blood stream, Ritalin arouses the brain stem and cortex. Like cocaine, Ritalin releases the feel good hormone, dopamine. This is the neurotransmitter associated with attention, movement, and pleasure. 

All stimulants have an effect on dopamine levels in the brain. Over time, excessive increase in dopamine disrupts normal brain activity between cells and sends them into overdrive, which leads to physical addiction.

Side Effects

Ritalin produces a stimulant effect, including euphoria, drecreased appetite, alertness, as well as increased focus and attention. This effect is beneficial in treating ADHD and narcolepsy. Because Ritalin is a stimulant, a strong potential for serious repercussions exist. Health risks from side effects commonly occur. 

  • Insomnia
  • Anorexia
  • Malnutrition
  • Euphoria
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Heart palpitations
  • Tremors
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Jitteriness
  • Rebound – depression when coming off
  • Blood glucose problems
  • Fainting
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

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