The positive effects of Ritalin are also expressed by adults who take the medication. The Informed Parent describes the response of an adult who went on Ritalin the first time in order to resolve ADD like symptoms. The patient was moved to tears at being able to complete basic tasks that required attention when he was unable to do so at all. Billy was prescribed Ritalin. According to noted psychologist and author David Keirsey, over 5,, children are diagnosed with A.D.D. every year and prescribed Ritalin or a similar drug. What most parents don't seem to realize is that Ritalin is a narcotic, a potentially addictive one at that.
Ritalin LA is used to treat ADHD in kids ages The recommended starting dose is 20 mg a day, although it's also available in 10, 30, and 40 mg dosages. Most people take mg a day, Lu says. Researchers at Duke University reported a link between Ritalin and serotonin, a naturally occurring chemical in the brain appears to inhibit behavior and activity. The Duke study seems to indicate that ADHD symptoms may be reduced by raising the level of Serotonin in the brain. An abstract of the research article is available online from PubMed.
In , the adult market for pharmaceutical stimulants in the US overtook the long-reigning children’s market. Thanks to the eagerness of many doctors to prescribe so-called ADHD drugs, every high school in the country is sloshing with enough amphetamine to keep five Panzer divisions awake during an extended Africa campaign. Ritalin (Methylphenidate hydrochloride) is the most commonly prescribed stimulant ADHD medication used to treat symptoms of ADD in children, adolescents, and adults. By Janice Rodden Medically reviewed by William Dodson, M.D., LF-APA on September 21,
Dr. Leon Eisenberg, who passed away at the age of 87 in , was a prominent figure in the field of child psychiatry who during the s and 60s conducted medical studies of children with. Marketed under numerous brand names, the best known of which is Ritalin, methylphenidate and other amphetamines function as central nervous system (CNS) stimulants, and have been FDA approved for the treatment of both childhood and adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as narcolepsy in adults.