Could Ritalin cause A-fib - from FDA reports


Summary

A-fib is found among people who take Ritalin, especially for people who are male, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Prevacid, and have Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder . We study 13,600 people who have side effects while taking Ritalin from FDA. Among them, 89 have A-fib. Find out below who they are, when they have A-fib and more.

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Ritalin

Ritalin has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (latest outcomes from Ritalin 15,993 users)

A-fib

A-fib (most common type of arrhythmia) has been reported by people with atrial fibrillation/flutter, high blood pressure, diabetes, multiple myeloma (latest reports from 157,451 A-fib patients).

On Dec, 23, 2016

13,600 people reported to have side effects when taking Ritalin.
Among them, 89 people (0.65%) have A-fib


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Ritalin cause A-fib?

Time on Ritalin when people have A-fib *:

  • < 1 month: 12.5 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 62.5 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 0.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 25.0 %

Gender of people who have A-fib when taking Ritalin *:

  • female: 30.23 %
  • male: 69.77 %

Age of people who have A-fib when taking Ritalin *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 1.49 %
  • 10-19: 2.99 %
  • 20-29: 10.45 %
  • 30-39: 2.99 %
  • 40-49: 19.4 %
  • 50-59: 11.94 %
  • 60+: 50.75 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (16 people, 17.98%)
  • Osteoporosis (14 people, 15.73%)
  • Narcolepsy (7 people, 7.87%)
  • Inflammation (5 people, 5.62%)
  • Depression (5 people, 5.62%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Prevacid (21 people, 23.60%)
  • Wellbutrin (18 people, 20.22%)
  • Prednisone (18 people, 20.22%)
  • Protonix (17 people, 19.10%)
  • Digoxin (17 people, 19.10%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • High Blood Pressure (26 people, 29.21%)
  • Dehydration (19 people, 21.35%)
  • Chest Pain (19 people, 21.35%)
  • Oedema Peripheral (18 people, 20.22%)
  • Herpes Zoster (18 people, 20.22%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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