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Posted by: sam | 2010/09/19

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Why does Ritalin cause panic attcks?

Why does Ritalin cause panic attcks?

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ADHD Expert

Dear Sam,

Ritalin is a stimulant and as a result heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature etc are raised as is the ability to concentrate.

One of two things can happen: these elevated levels can be mistaken for panic attacks and attacks are experienced through association rather than a certain circumstance. The other aspect is that Ritalin tends to heighten anxiety levels which can trigger panic attacks.

This is common when starting Ritalin and should decrease over time; if it does not it may be beneficial to adjust the dosage or the time of day at which it is taken, or to switch medication entirely.

Kind regards,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2010/09/21

Dear Sam,

Ritalin is a stimulant and as a result heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature etc are raised as is the ability to concentrate.

One of two things can happen: these elevated levels can be mistaken for panic attacks and attacks are experienced through association rather than a certain circumstance. The other aspect is that Ritalin tends to heighten anxiety levels which can trigger panic attacks.

This is common when starting Ritalin and should decrease over time; if it does not it may be beneficial to adjust the dosage or the time of day at which it is taken, or to switch medication entirely.

Kind regards,
Delia

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