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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 9,685 people who have side effects while taking Ritalin from FDA and social media. Among them, 93 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 11,193 users) has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Trend of ritalin reports

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder (mood disorder) (latest reports from 78,946 patients) has been reported by people with depression, quit smoking, multiple sclerosis, stress and anxiety, pain.

Trend of Bipolar disorder reports

On Oct, 28, 2014: 9,675 people reported to have side effects when taking Ritalin. Among them, 99 people (1.02%) have Bipolar Disorder.

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%6.25%6.25%0.00%12.50%75.00%

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

FemaleMale
Bipolar disorder40.37%59.63%

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

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Bipolar disorder0.00%5.41%24.32%9.46%8.11%20.27%32.43%0.00%

Severity of Bipolar disorder when taking Ritalin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Bipolar disorder0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Bipolar disorder ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Bipolar disorder0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (35 people, 35.35%)
  2. Bipolar disorder (13 people, 13.13%)
  3. Sleep disorder (9 people, 9.09%)
  4. Asthma (6 people, 6.06%)
  5. Hypersomnia (5 people, 5.05%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Seroquel (22 people, 22.22%)
  2. Zoloft (18 people, 18.18%)
  3. Prozac (17 people, 17.17%)
  4. Wellbutrin (16 people, 16.16%)
  5. Paxil (12 people, 12.12%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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