Review: could Ritalin cause Depression?


Summary

Depression is found among people who take Ritalin, especially for people who are male, 40-49 old , have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take medication Prozac, and have Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder . We study 11,855 people who have side effects while taking Ritalin from FDA and social media. Among them, 790 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 14,976 users)

Depression

Depression has been reported by people with suicidal ideation, pain, drug ineffective, agitation, insomnia (latest reports from 355,790 Depression patients).

On Sep, 18, 2016

11,855 people reported to have side effects when taking Ritalin.
Among them, 790 people (6.66%) have Depression


Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Ritalin cause Depression?

Time on Ritalin when people have Depression *:

  • < 1 month: 17.14 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 20.0 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 11.43 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 18.57 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 20.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 8.57 %
  • 10+ years: 4.29 %

Gender of people who have Depression when taking Ritalin *:

  • female: 49.62 %
  • male: 50.38 %

Age of people who have Depression when taking Ritalin *:

  • 0-1: 1.29 %
  • 2-9: 3.7 %
  • 10-19: 18.36 %
  • 20-29: 12.24 %
  • 30-39: 9.66 %
  • 40-49: 21.26 %
  • 50-59: 20.77 %
  • 60+: 12.72 %

Severity if Depression when taking Ritalin **:

  • least: 4.55 %
  • moderate: 40.91 %
  • severe: 45.45 %
  • most severe: 9.09 %

How people recovered from Depression **:

  • while on drug: 0.0 %
  • after off the drug: 23.08 %
  • not yet: 76.92 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Attention Deficit/hyperactivity Disorder (174 people, 22.03%)
  • Depression (157 people, 19.87%)
  • Pain (83 people, 10.51%)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (65 people, 8.23%)
  • Anxiety (65 people, 8.23%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Prozac (125 people, 15.82%)
  • Zoloft (116 people, 14.68%)
  • Wellbutrin (108 people, 13.67%)
  • Accutane (81 people, 10.25%)
  • Klonopin (77 people, 9.75%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Anxiety (271 people, 34.30%)
  • Fatigue (188 people, 23.80%)
  • Insomnia (146 people, 18.48%)
  • Headache (133 people, 16.84%)
  • Suicidal Ideation (129 people, 16.33%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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