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Review: could Ritalin cause Bipolar disorder?

Summary: Bipolar disorder could be caused by Ritalin, especially for people who are male, 50-59 old, also take Seroquel, 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, 92 have Bipolar disorder. Find out below who they are, when they have Bipolar disorder 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.

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder (mood disorder) (latest reports from 78,511 patients) has been reported by people with depression, quit smoking, multiple sclerosis, stress and anxiety, pain.

On Apr, 16, 2014: 9,643 people reported to have side effects when taking Ritalin. Among them, 98 people (1.02%) have Bipolar Disorder. They amount to 0.12% of all the 78,636 people who have Bipolar Disorder on eHealthMe.

Trend of Bipolar disorder in Ritalin reports

Time on Ritalin when people have Bipolar disorder * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Bipolar disorder0.00%0.00%6.67%0.00%0.00%13.33%80.00%

Gender of people who have Bipolar disorder when taking Ritalin * :

FemaleMale
Bipolar disorder40.74%59.26%

Age of people who have Bipolar disorder when taking Ritalin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Bipolar disorder0.00%5.48%24.66%9.59%6.85%20.55%32.88%0.00%

Severity of Bipolar disorder when taking Ritalin ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Bipolar disorder ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (35 people, 35.71%)
  2. Bipolar disorder (13 people, 13.27%)
  3. Sleep disorder (9 people, 9.18%)
  4. Asthma (6 people, 6.12%)
  5. Depression (5 people, 5.10%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Seroquel (22 people, 22.45%)
  2. Zoloft (18 people, 18.37%)
  3. Prozac (17 people, 17.35%)
  4. Wellbutrin (16 people, 16.33%)
  5. Paxil (12 people, 12.24%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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