Effects of Ritalin Abuse on the Immune System
A person’s immune system works to protect his body against diseases, infections, and viruses. Misusing Ritalin can damage a person’s immune system making him more susceptible to catching diseases such as the following:
- Sinus infections
- Ear infections
When the immune system is weak a person is at higher risk of catching these diseases and being affected by them for a longer period of time than normal. If a person has a predisposition to cancer, heart disease, or kidney disease they are more likely to occur with a weak or damaged immune system. A common side effect of Ritalin abuse is sleep deprivation. A severe lack of sleep will cause the immune system to not function properly and become deficient. Having a physical illness while addicted to Ritalin will prolong the illness. It is difficult for a person’s immune system to recover from illness when it is constantly trying to protect itself from continual drug use. Ritalin abuse can cause the mucus membranes in the mouth to dry out increasing exposure risks of infections. Respiratory problems can develop as well increasing the risk of immune system deficiency.
Health Risks of Ritalin Abuse
Abusing Ritalin can pose numerous other health risks mentally and physically. Chronic abuse of Ritalin at high doses increases the chance of developing some form of mental illness such as schizophrenia later in life. Loss of appetite can be a common side effect of Ritalin abuse that leads to severe malnutrition. Other serious side effects of Ritalin abuse include the following:
- Physical dependence
- Severe increase or decrease of heart rate and blood pressure
- Respiratory depression
- Swelling of the face
- Skin rashes
- Abdominal pain
- Digestive problems
- Toxic psychosis
- Psychotic incidents
- Sleeping disorders
Many of these side effects of Ritalin abuse can become fatal if a person’s immune system has been severely damaged. Abusing Ritalin can also cause severe changes in a user’s behavior that have damaging effects on family and friends. Seeking help from a professional will provide the best results in overcoming Ritalin abuse.
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