Is Ritalin good for children?
- 20 Jan 2005 by limericklad2
can anyone offer me advice on whether RITILAN is good for a child if they are ADAH...
my nephew is going to be assessed soon and i've heard that if he has ADAH then ritalan is the right medication to give him?? are they right , please share your own experiences,
mike from ireland:D;)
re: I have two grandsons on Ritilin. I also worry about the long term effect this has on children. The oldest has a behavioral problem also. They have both been on it several years now with no adverse side effects. I am concerened about the effect it has on their eating. Neither of them are fat so it seemed the drug caused weight loss.Another point to think about is being labled,my grandsons have to have the school nurse to give it to them at school.
The most common long term effect I have read about regarding children taking Ritalin is a stunt in growth. There are other side effects, but this seems to be the one I have read about the most.
thanks eileen and amack,
i have been watching this page for a few days now, yere word s are comforting;);),
anybody else want to share??
mike from ireland
I was prescribed Ritalin and I have found it to be... a miracle worker in a way. The first few days I was a little shaky and I found myself 'playing table drums' whenever I didn't have any work to do. After a few days all negative effects seemed to disappear except for my usually enormous appetite (no lie i come from a big italian family) but that is nothing I have to worry about because I still eat more then most people my age. If your really worried about Ritalin, don't be. The press made it sound worse then it is. A good tip would be to get the time released form and start at a low dose. I find that my focus is better even when I haven't taken any in a few days. (Leading me to believe that soon the medication will be unnecessary)
I hope this helps :D
my son was put on concerta then a lower dose and now ritalin.
he sped on the concerta to the effect of incoherant babbeling and all he could do is draw draw draw.(from 1 dose) then on the lower dose he was aggitated and upset still could not concentrate (1 dose)
now he is on ritalin and is acting out harmful behavior to others and most upsettingly towrds himself. I dont agree that he is ADD/ADHD
but his dad keeps him on it. I think dad is snitching. HELP
Ritalin is a stimulant, however it is not technically "speed" (amphetamine/methamphetamine).
Amphetamines promote the release of dopamine and norepinepherine from the presynaptic terminal. This increases the concentration of these neurotransmitters in the synaptic cleft.
Cocaine has the same net effect, however it is accomplished by blocking the 12-helix dopamine reuptake pump on the presynaptic nerve.
Methylphenidate's primary action, like cocaine, is to block the dopamine reuptake pump. It also may stimulate the release of dopamine and norepinepherine from the presynaptic nerves--as do amphetamines.
The net effect of all of these drugs is to increase the availability of catecholamines (dopamine, norepinepherine) to stimulate the postsynaptic receptors. Studies have shown that cocaine addicts have had a difficult time distinguishing between stimulant drugs when they are administered intravenously.
However, the doses that are used for treating ADD/ADHD are not the same as those used by abusers to obtain the illicit effects. At lower doses, these drugs can promote concentration and focus, depending on the individual.
I am 48 years old and have been on Ritalin for about 6 months. It is a god-send as far as getting me once again motivated. I would definately say there is some kind of accelerant associated with this drug. I am on a low dose for MCTD and it has helped tremendously. I don't think I would recommend it for children based solely on my experience. I can not see where this would benefit a child, I believe this would only mask a problem and make it easier for either the public school or the parent that does not have the time to deal with the issues currently affecting the child. MY OPINION!!
This is my first post on this site so hello to you all. I'm 26 years old and this will mark the 20th year I've been on medication for ADD/ADHD. Wow how time flies! I was diagnosed by a child psychologist at age 7 with ADD and started out with Ritalin during Second Grade. From there on, I was on Ritalin (age 7 to 13), Dexedrine (age 13 to 16), Adderall (16 to 21), nothing for a while (21 to 24), Strattera (24 to 24), and back to Adderall. They (the meds) all work and "feel" different. Some work, some kinda work, some are just weird, but there's nothing really to worry about. :)
Main problem I see with Ritalin is loss of appetite. I took Ritalin at one point and it made me not want to eat and such.
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