Review: could Ritalin cause Bipolar disorder?
Summary: Bipolar disorder is found among people who take Ritalin, especially for people who are male, 50-59 old, also take medication Seroquel, and have Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
We study 9,700 people who have side effects while taking Ritalin from FDA and social media. Among them, 94 have Bipolar disorder. Find out below who they are, when they have Bipolar disorder and more.
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Ritalin has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (latest outcomes from 11,211 Ritalin users)
Bipolar disorder (mood disorder) has been reported by people with depression, quit smoking, multiple sclerosis, stress and anxiety, pain. (latest reports from 46,801 Bipolar disorder patients)
On Dec, 30, 2014: 9,700 people reported to have side effects when taking Ritalin. Among them, 99 people (1.02%) have Bipolar Disorder.
Time on Ritalin when people have Bipolar disorder * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Bipolar disorder||0.00%||0.00%||6.25%||6.25%||0.00%||12.50%||75.00% |
Gender of people who have Bipolar disorder when taking Ritalin * :
|Bipolar disorder||40.37%||59.63% |
Age of people who have Bipolar disorder when taking Ritalin * :
|Bipolar disorder||0.00%||5.41%||24.32%||9.46%||8.11%||20.27%||32.43%||0.00% |
Severity of Bipolar disorder when taking Ritalin ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Bipolar disorder||0.00%||100.00%||0.00%||0.00% |
How people recovered from Bipolar disorder ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Bipolar disorder||0.00%||0.00%||100.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (35 people, 35.35%)
- Bipolar disorder (13 people, 13.13%)
- Sleep disorder (9 people, 9.09%)
- Asthma (6 people, 6.06%)
- Hypersomnia (5 people, 5.05%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Seroquel (22 people, 22.22%)
- Zoloft (18 people, 18.18%)
- Prozac (17 people, 17.17%)
- Wellbutrin (16 people, 16.16%)
- Paxil (12 people, 12.12%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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I wonder if Concerta is now giving me a bleed or is this normal naturally?
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