Should I take Ritalin before or after eating?

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asked Sep 25, 2022 in Mental Health by Icallyou3 (1,140 points)
Should I take Ritalin before or after eating?

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answered Sep 25, 2022 by Micolucci (7,840 points)
It's usually better to take Ritalin before eating although you can take Ritalin before or after eating.

Once you take Ritalin the Ritalin will stay in your brain for around 6 hours and after 6 hours you'll need another dosage of Ritalin again.

When taking Ritalin for the first time the Ritalin will begin working within 20 to 30 minutes of taking the Ritalin.

When taking Ritalin for the first time it can take your body around 2 weeks to a month to adjust to Ritalin.

The negative effects of Ritalin are headaches, vomiting, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, trouble sleeping and nervousness.

If you have these negative effects and they last too long or get worse tell your doctor right away.

When taking Ritalin it begins to work within 20 to 30 minutes of taking the Ritalin.

Ritalin is also known as Methylphenidate which belongs to a class of drugs that are known as stimulants.

Ritalin can change your personality and it may make you do things that you would not do otherwise.

You may be in a better mood with Ritalin or you may also be in a worse mood.

Ritalin does change your brain chemistry as Ritalin is a stimulant drug and can control your emotions as well as cause aggression, keep you awake, make you feel energized, make you excited and happy.

Ritalin can cause aggression in some people as well as agitation.

Ritalin does make some people feel happy and also excited, alert, energized, awake and feel very up because Ritalin is a stimulant drug.

Ritalin makes some people feel aggressive and very agitated as well.

Ritalin does improve a persons concentration and increases the concentration of certain neurotransmitters in your brain which control problem solving, reasoning and other behaviors.

When a person takes Ritalin and has no ADHD then the Ritalin can make the person feel sedated, drowsy and also have an elevated mood.

When you take Ritalin without ADHD or a need for the Ritalin it can cause changes in brain chemistry associated with risk-taking behavior, sleep disruption and other undesirable effects.

Ritalin does begin working the same day and the first day you take it.

Once taken the Ritalin works within 20 to 30 minutes of taking it unlike some other medications which can take a few days or longer to begin working.

If you take Ritalin without ADHD or a need for the Ritalin it can cause changes in brain chemistry associated with risk-taking behavior, sleep disruption and other undesirable effects.

You can take Ritalin up to 3 times per day.

Some people need to take the Ritalin 2 times per day and some people need to take Ritalin up to 3 times per day.

For adults, the usual dose of Ritalin is 20 to 30 mg (2-3 tablets) each day but some people may need more or less than that.

Do not exceed the recommended dose.

The maximum dose is 60 mg (6 tablets) each day.

You can take Ritalin 10 tablets with or without food.

Caffeine does affect Ritalin and can cause over stimulation since caffeine is also a stimulate just like Ritalin is.

The over stimulation from taking Ritalin and drinking coffee with caffeine can cause issues such as heart palpitations, insomnia, and other potentially serious side effects.

Ritalin must be and should be taken on an empty stomach because having food in your stomach can interfere with the absorption or metabolism of the drug Ritalin.

You can stop taking Ritalin on weekends.

A lot of parents stop giving their kids Ritalin on the weekends when they are not in school to give their body time off from the Ritalin which is a good thing.

Ritalin should only be taken when needed because taking Ritalin too much can cause serious health issues.

10 mg of Ritalin lasts around 6 hours in the body before you need to take another 10 mg dose of Ritalin.

Ritalin LA produces a bi-modal plasma concentration-time profile (i.e., two distinct peaks approximately four hours apart) when orally administered to children diagnosed with ADHD and to healthy adults.

Ritalin costs between $53.00 per month to as much as $165.00 per month.

For standard or basic Ritalin it's $53.00 per month and for Ritalin LA 10 mg to 20 mg it's around $165.00 per month.

The average cost for a box of Ritalin is $38.30 in some locations.

One packet of 30 Ritalin 10 mg capsules costs A$38.30 for those with a prescription, or A$6.20 for health care card holders.

The age at which a child can start Ritalin is age 6 or above.

Ritalin is not approved for use in children under 6 years of age so they must be at least 6 years old or older to take Ritalin.

Those who cannot and should not take Ritalin are people with heart disease, prior heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, nervous system issues or if you don't have ADHD.

Ritalin does not cause weight gain and in fact Ritalin can have the opposite effect and cause weight loss due to a reduced appetite.

Taking Ritalin most often reduces your appetite so you lose weight instead of gaining weight.

If you take Ritalin without having ADHD the Ritalin can have the opposite effect, stimulating the user and delivering a euphoric high.

Taking Ritalin does increase your energy especially when the Ritalin is taken in higher doses.

Ritalin does help with depression and sometimes people with chronic depression or depression will be prescribed Ritalin to help with the depression.

Ritalin and other psychostimulants are sometimes used for chronic depression that does not respond to conventional antidepressants.

Ritalin does change your personality such as having higher self-confidence, more talkative, and the person taking Ritalin can become much more emotional.

Ritalin is pretty safe for short term use as long as you don't take too much Ritalin and as long as you don't stay on Ritalin for too long.

Ritalin can cause permanent damage if you take too much Ritalin or take Ritalin for a very long time.

In the long term, Ritalin can cause musculoskeletal complications when misused or taken in too large of doses.

Such cases can lead to muscle pain and weakness, as well as joint pain.

Ritalin does change your brain as it stimulates your brain to help you calm down.

Ritalin influences both the dopamine and norepinephrine activity in your brain.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that affects pleasure, movement, and attention span.

Norepinephrine is a stimulant.

Ritalin increases the action of these neurotransmitters by blocking their reabsorption into your brain's neurons.

Ritalin works in your body by stimulating your brain and nervous system and calms you down.

Ritalin when taken will make you feel very up,  awake, excited, alert and energized, and it can also make you feel agitated and aggressive.

When the Ritalin is working you'll usually be feeling very “up,” and excited, alert, awake, and overly energized.

Other signs that Ritalin is working include.

Increased heart rate or blood pressure.
A decreased appetite.
Trouble falling or staying asleep.
Irritability, as the medicine wears off.
Nausea or vomiting.
Headaches.
Mood swings.

Ritalin takes between 20 to 30 minutes to work although for some people it may take as long as 60 minutes for the Ritalin to work the first time.

When you take Ritalin it takes between as little as 20 to 30 minutes of taking the Ritalin.

Other medicines can take as long as a week to work but Ritalin works much faster.

Ritalin is not really a steroid.

 Ritalin is a Methylphenidate, which is a Central Nervous System (CNS) Stimulant.

Methylphenidate, sold under the brand names Ritalin and Concerta, among others, is a stimulant medication that is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and, to a lesser extent, narcolepsy.

Ritalin stimulates the mind and body in adults and can calm children down.

It's used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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