Could Ritalin cause Dementia - from FDA reports


Summary

Dementia is found among people who take Ritalin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Ativan, and have Hypercalcaemia of malignancy . We study 12,650 people who have side effects while taking Ritalin from FDA. Among them, 29 have Dementia. Find out below who they are, when they have Dementia 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 15,967 users)

Dementia

Dementia (madness) has been reported by people with osteoporosis, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, depression, rheumatoid arthritis (latest reports from 18,309 Dementia patients).

On Nov, 20, 2016

12,650 people reported to have side effects when taking Ritalin.
Among them, 29 people (0.23%) have Dementia


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Ritalin cause Dementia?

Time on Ritalin when people have Dementia *:

  • < 1 month: 50 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 0.0 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 0.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 50 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Dementia when taking Ritalin *:

  • female: 86.21 %
  • male: 13.79 %

Age of people who have Dementia when taking Ritalin *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 0.0 %
  • 10-19: 0.0 %
  • 20-29: 0.0 %
  • 30-39: 0.0 %
  • 40-49: 8.7 %
  • 50-59: 4.35 %
  • 60+: 86.96 %

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Ativan (15 people, 51.72%)
  • Simvastatin (14 people, 48.28%)
  • Norvasc (14 people, 48.28%)
  • Lovastatin (14 people, 48.28%)
  • Hydrochlorothiazide (14 people, 48.28%)

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Potential co-existing conditions

  • Hypercalcaemia Of Malignancy (13 people, 44.83%)
  • Hepatitis C (3 people, 10.34%)
  • Hyperthyroidism (2 people, 6.90%)

Potential co-existing symptoms

  • Nausea (19 people, 65.52%)
  • Nausea And Vomiting (18 people, 62.07%)
  • Depression (18 people, 62.07%)
  • Weakness (17 people, 58.62%)
  • Fall (17 people, 58.62%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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