Ritalin Side Effects
As is the case with all medications, there is a potential for side effects while taking Ritalin. Not all patients who take this medication will notice side effects as it is generally well tolerated. If side effects are experienced, they are usually minor and require little or no treatment.
Generic forms of Ritalin
At this time, there are both brand name and generic versions of Ritalin that have been licensed for use and sale.
How Ritalin works
Although Ritalin has stimulant properties, when used in doses to treat ADHD, it actually has a calming effect. It is not known for sure how Ritalin is able to calm children with this condition, but it has been well established that this medication works with brain chemicals.
For those that have narcolepsy, Ritalin is prescribed at higher doses and does have a stimulant effect. This can help patients to stay awake and feel alert throughout the day.