Methylphenidate Side Effects

Common Methylphenidate Side Effects

Methylphenidate has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, with many people having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects occurring in a group of people taking the drug are documented and compared to side effects that occurred in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
 
Based on these studies, the most common side effects of methylphenidate include:
 
Methylphenidate can also temporarily stunt the growth of children. This slowing down of growth is usually small (less than an inch and less than two pounds), and children usually catch up to their normal growth rate with time.
 
(Click Long-Term Side Effects of Ritalin for more information on possible long-term side effects of the drug.)
 

Rare Side Effects of Methylphenidate

Rare methylphenidate side effects were reported in just a few people taking the drug. Given how uncommon they occur, it can be difficult to tell whether these side effects are actually caused by the medication or something else.
 
Some of these rare side effects include but are not limited to:
 
If you suffer from seizures, heart problems, or mental problems, methylphenidate can aggravate the symptoms associated with these conditions.
 

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