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Review: could Ritalin cause Depression?

We study 9,662 people who have side effects while taking Ritalin from FDA and social media. Among them, 757 have Depression. Find out below who they are, when they have Depression and more.

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Ritalin

Ritalin (latest outcomes from 11,149 users) has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Depression

Depression (latest reports from 1,152,808 patients) has been reported by people with quit smoking, multiple sclerosis, pain, osteoporosis, high blood pressure.

On Jul, 14, 2014: 9,658 people reported to have side effects when taking Ritalin. Among them, 757 people (7.84%) have Depression. They amount to 0.07% of all the 1,149,190 people who have Depression on eHealthMe.

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
Depression10.77%20.00%13.85%16.92%18.46%4.62%15.38%

Gender of people who have Depression when taking Ritalin * :

FemaleMale
Depression46.92%53.08%

Age of people who have Depression when taking Ritalin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Depression1.06%5.80%22.16%12.80%7.65%21.64%18.73%10.16%

Severity of Depression when taking Ritalin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Depression5.88%35.29%52.94%5.88%

How people recovered from Depression ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Depression0.00%14.29%85.71%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (195 people, 25.76%)
  2. Depression (136 people, 17.97%)
  3. Pain (112 people, 14.80%)
  4. Insomnia (68 people, 8.98%)
  5. Anxiety (59 people, 7.79%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Prozac (162 people, 21.40%)
  2. Zoloft (157 people, 20.74%)
  3. Wellbutrin (112 people, 14.80%)
  4. Paxil (109 people, 14.40%)
  5. Ambien (97 people, 12.81%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (9 months ago):

  • Taking Concerta and Cymbalta together for a around 18 months. Strattera was added to extend the benefit of the Concerta to last longer in the day. When the Strattera dosage was increased to 60mg/day, I had a profound increase in depression. Social withdrawl, having to force my way through the work day, and having no desire to do anything after including weekends. All noramal activities, household chores and socializing as well as things that I normally found enjoyment with are no longer done. Feeling like a shell of myself and as a result guilt has entered into it as I neglect activities that I am responsible for.

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  • From this study (9 months ago):

  • I have been three years off Concerta, and I am still dealing with these side effects. Is there a solution to reverse back the side effects above mentioned?

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  • From this study (10 months ago):

  • I feel socially awkward and have low self esteem. I am unable to connect with other people. This was brought about the same time I started taking Vyvanse and Ritalin. I have been diagnosed with and treated for depression in the past.

    Reply

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