Ritalin withdrawal symptoms can crop up hours after the last use, and they generally consist of augmented forms of the reasons for Ritalin use. In other words, if someone with ADHD is addicted to Ritalin, the withdrawal symptoms may be increased energy and the inability to focus. The withdrawal symptoms are rarely deadly, but they are so uncomfortable that they often lead to relapse. It is much safer and more effective to detox from Ritalin under medical supervision than without. Addiction treatment lasts longer than detox because an addiction is not over once detox is complete.
What Is Ritalin?
Ritalin is a medicine prescribed to treat ADHD and narcolepsy. Ritalin is a stimulant which can be addictive and create uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Ritalin users usually experience withdrawal symptoms if they have abused Ritalin, taken it via methods other than pill form, or taken it for longer or in higher doses than prescribed. People who take prescription Ritalin as directed rarely experience withdrawal symptoms when they terminate use.
Ritalin Withdrawal Symptoms
For those who do experience Ritalin withdrawal symptoms, the discomfort can lead to pain and abnormal behavior. Some of the symptoms of Ritalin withdrawal are as follows:
- Loss of hair
- Chest pain
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Rise in blood pressure
- Increased sweating
- Skin rash
- Increase or decrease in sex drive
- Large pupils
While some of these symptoms may seem bearable, they are quite intense when derived from withdrawals, and they torture addicts when several of them occur simultaneously.
Doctor Directed Ritalin Use
As is true of using any prescribed medicine, it is vital that Ritalin users comply with the prescribed regimen of use. If you or someone that you know is seeking multiple prescriptions, using Ritalin without a prescription or has a history of addiction, there is great danger of addiction and subsequently of withdrawals. If you are prescribed Ritalin and do not abuse it, keep your medication in a safe location. Many people will ask for a pill to help them focus, but this activity can be quite dangerous and harmful. Protect yourself and your friends by safeguarding your prescription.
Ritalin Addiction Treatment
If you or someone that you care about is addicted to Ritalin, please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline. Our phone counselors can assist you with insurance matters, answer initial questions about treatment and even arrange transportation to the facility of your choosing. Ritalin may be a medicine, but the consequences of abusing it are very serious. The longer that your addiction goes untreated, the greater the risks and effects will be.