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Review: could Ritalin cause Aggression?

Summary: Aggression could be caused by Ritalin, especially for people who are male, 2-9 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Concerta, and have Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

We study 9,643 people who have side effects while taking Ritalin from FDA and social media. Among them, 380 have Aggression. Find out below who they are, when they have Aggression and more.

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Ritalin

Ritalin (latest outcomes from 11,124 users) has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Aggression

Aggression (latest reports from 159,639 patients) has been reported by people with depression, quit smoking, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, stress and anxiety, pain.

On Apr, 13, 2014: 9,513 people reported to have side effects when taking Ritalin. Among them, 380 people (3.99%) have Aggression. They amount to 0.24% of all the 159,553 people who have Aggression on eHealthMe.

Trend of Aggression in Ritalin reports

Time on Ritalin when people have Aggression * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Aggression40.30%13.43%10.45%14.93%14.93%2.99%2.99%

Gender of people who have Aggression when taking Ritalin * :

FemaleMale
Aggression15.45%84.55%

Age of people who have Aggression when taking Ritalin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Aggression2.07%36.64%34.33%5.30%6.45%7.37%4.61%3.23%

Severity of Aggression when taking Ritalin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Aggression0.00%75.00%25.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Aggression ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Aggression100.00%0.00%0.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (185 people, 48.68%)
  2. Depression (39 people, 10.26%)
  3. Bipolar disorder (29 people, 7.63%)
  4. Psychomotor hyperactivity (21 people, 5.53%)
  5. Anxiety (13 people, 3.42%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Concerta (75 people, 19.74%)
  2. Ritalin la (65 people, 17.11%)
  3. Paxil (50 people, 13.16%)
  4. Risperdal (47 people, 12.37%)
  5. Strattera (38 people, 10.00%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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On eHealthMe, Ritalin (methylphenidate hydrochloride) is often used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Find out below the conditions Ritalin is used for, how effective it is, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • In the evening he has a hard time doing as he is told. He will just say no and get so worked up that he is out of control. he also has trouble with transitions, we give him lots of time and let him know what is coming but he sometimes just can't switch gears and move on, then he gets so upset that he is out of control

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  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • My son is more aggressive in the last few weeks and is not doing well at school

    Reply

  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • Behavioral and psychiatric conditons began around the time patient began Asmanex.

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