When people abuse drugs, they rarely abuse one substance at a time. Often, drug users combine several substances in an attempt to create various effects. Unfortunately, abusing multiple substances can lead to undesirable and potentially life-threatening side effects. Ritalin is one substance that can interact negatively with other drugs. Ritalin should not be used in combination with alcohol or antidepressants.
How Ritalin Negatively Reacts with Alcohol
Ritalin is a psychostimulant while alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. Both of these substances are metabolized in the liver and lead to liver damage when used excessively. Drinking alcohol while using Ritalin can increase the central nervous system side effects of both of these substances. These side effects include the following:
Alcohol can also cause some long-acting forms of Ritalin to release into the blood stream in high quantities all at once. High blood levels of Ritalin increase the risk of side effects.
How Ritalin Negatively Reacts with Antidepressants
Ritalin can interact negatively with the following substances:
- Prozac (fluoxetine)
- Zoloft (sertraline)
- Lexapro (escitalopram)
Prozac, Zoloft and Lexapro are antidepressants that are prescribed for a variety of mental health conditions. People who suffer from mental health conditions often struggle with substance abuse problems as well. Therefore, a person who has been prescribed one of these substances may be misusing Ritalin and other commonly abused drugs.
Ritalin can increase the effects of antidepressants and lead to an increased risk of serotonin syndrome, a rare but serious condition. Symptoms of serotonin syndrome include the following:
- Blurred vision
- Extreme changes in blood pressure
- Excessive sweating
- Increased heart rate
- Muscle spasms
- Shivering or shaking
Seek medical help if you experience new symptoms or an increase in the severity of your symptoms after using Ritalin in combination with antidepressants.
Avoid using Ritalin with other mind-altering substances unless your medications have been approved by a doctor whose instructions you are following closely. If you are abusing Ritalin and other substances, seek professional addiction treatment. Drug addiction can lead to feelings of powerlessness, but professional treatment can help you find a way to recover and avoid the physical risks of abusing multiple drugs.
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