More and more children as well as adults are being diagnosed with ADHD. For those who suffer with this condition, it can be hard to stay focused and go about daily activities. There are now medications which are available to help with people who have been diagnosed with this condition. However, just like anything else, there are side effects in taking these drugs.
Drugs for ADHD are considered stimulants, ironically. Perhaps you might wonder why stimulants are prescribed to a person who is already over stimulated. It has been found out that treating ADHD with stimulants gives the person a counter effect—thus promoting the person to be less hyperactive and less restless.
What We Need To Know About Adderall and Ritalin?
Adderall is a popular choice and is the one that has dextroamphetamine, as well as amphetamine in it. When these two chemicals combine, it will act as a stimulant and is geared to work towards the nervous system. This medication has been proven to help in decreasing and preventing ADHD symptoms.
Ritalin medication is also used in the treatment of ADHD and contains chemicals that also help target the nervous system. The chemical that is found in Ritalin is known as Methylphenidate. While it is somewhat similar to Ritalin, the side effects that come along with it are a little more seen in patients taking it as opposed to what you see in Adderall.
Side Effects That We Need To Watch Out For
There are a few side effects that come with taking Adderall, and there are a few that are more common than others. Some of them also have a pretty slim chance of occurring. A few of the more common ones include things such as blood found in the urine, a hard time urinating, and pain in the bladder or stomach.
A few other side effects which do not happen all too often include things such as nausea, shortness of breath, weakness, trouble breathing, difficulty with speech, and ulcers.
In terms of taking Ritalin, there is one side effect that is more common among others, and that is increased heart rate. Some of the side effects that are less common include fever, pain when urinating, speech becomes more slurred, behavioral changes, irritability, drowsiness, and hair loss.
Special Precautions When Taking Adderall and Ritalin
Before taking Adderall and Ritalin, be sure that you haven’t been diagnosed with heart diseases previously. Also, inform your physician if you have a history or a familial tendency to have mental disorders like bipolar disorder, psychosis, etc.
In terms of pregnancy safety, both Adderall and Ritalin are categorized as C meaning it will cause harm to a growing baby. It can also pass through breastmilk so be sure to inform your physician if you are nursing a baby.
It has been found out that long term use of Adderall and Ritalin can cause growth retardation. Be mindful if your kid is not growing in terms of height and weight and report it to your doctor.