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Review: could Ritalin cause Depression?





Summary: Depression is found among people who take Ritalin, especially for people who are male, 10-19 old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take medication Prozac, 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, 758 have Depression. Find out below who they are, when they have Depression 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)

Depression

Depression has been reported by people with quit smoking, multiple sclerosis, pain, osteoporosis, acne.(latest reports from Depression 254,062 patients)

On Nov, 28, 2014: 9,694 people reported to have side effects when taking Ritalin. Among them, 758 people (7.82%) have Depression.

Trend of Depression in Ritalin reports

Time on Ritalin when people have Depression * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Depression10.61%19.70%15.15%16.67%18.18%4.55%15.15%

Gender of people who have Depression when taking Ritalin * :

FemaleMale
Depression46.97%53.03%

Age of people who have Depression when taking Ritalin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Depression1.05%5.80%22.13%12.78%7.64%21.61%18.71%10.28%

Severity of Depression when taking Ritalin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Depression5.56%38.89%50.00%5.56%

How people recovered from Depression ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Depression0.00%25.00%75.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (195 people, 25.73%)
  2. Depression (136 people, 17.94%)
  3. Pain (112 people, 14.78%)
  4. Insomnia (69 people, 9.10%)
  5. Anxiety (59 people, 7.78%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Prozac (162 people, 21.37%)
  2. Zoloft (157 people, 20.71%)
  3. Wellbutrin (112 people, 14.78%)
  4. Paxil (109 people, 14.38%)
  5. Ambien (98 people, 12.93%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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