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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 9,694 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 has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (latest outcomes from Ritalin 11,200 users)

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder (mood disorder) has been reported by people with depression, quit smoking, multiple sclerosis, stress and anxiety, pain.(latest reports from Bipolar disorder 43,640 patients)

On Nov, 28, 2014: 9,685 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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    I had a period of dementia that lasted for the better part of a day. I was brought to the hospital because they thought I was having a stroke. I have no memory of the event until I was in the hospital. I had been prescribed Ritalin because I have become unable to concentrate as well as I once could. That started about ten years ago and it was also had a very sudden onset, after a case of the flu.
    A Psychiatrist prescribed a dosage of Methylphenidate to be taken twice a day. I had a really hectic day ahead and thought that if I took both of them at once, it would help me get through the ordeal. I am under a lot of stress and thought it may help me cope. I have since thrown them out because the condition started about an hour after I took them according to family members. I don't remember the dosage, but I think it was a lower dosage because I had just started taking them on an "as needed basis." The doctor knew that I was going to use them for that purpose. I used them twice before (at the correct dosage) when I had to concentrate on paperwork, etc. They caused irregular heartbeat and a little bit of anxiety, but they did help me concentrate. The hospital tests ruled out a stroke or TIA. My thyroid level was off and the doctor at the hospital told me to stop the thyroid medication (Armour Thyroid) until I could see my family doctor and be retested. This all happened about five days ago. I'm back to what I consider normal now. Could that episode have been caused by the Ritalin?
    Thank you.
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