Ritalin, also known as methylphenidate, is used to treat ADHD but has serious side effects. Ritalin is the brand name for methylphenidate, a stimulant used to treat Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, in children and adults. ADHD is a psychiatric disorder characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.
Some are more serious than others, and possibly fatal. Abusing a prescription drug like methylphenidate (Ritalin) increases the chance of these side effects as a person takes higher doses of the drug more frequently. Side effects that may indicate methylphenidate abuse include: loss of appetite; difficulty sleeping (insomnia) headaches.
Aug 09, 2000 · While the dosage range varies for children, the average daily dose of methylphenidate for adults is 20 to 30 mg/day. 8, 15 Most texts recommend that the daily dose should not exceed 60 mg, although some individuals may require higher doses. 15, 16, 30 This limit of 60 mg/day appears to be arbitrary and not based on clinical research.Cited by: 149.