Review: could Ritalin cause Gynecomastia?
Summary: Gynecomastia is reported only by a few people who take Ritalin.
We study 9,709 people who have side effects while taking Ritalin from FDA and social media. Find out below who they are, when they have Gynecomastia and more.
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Ritalin has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (latest outcomes from 11,216 Ritalin users)
Gynecomastia (enlargement of the gland tissue of the male breast) has been reported by people with high blood cholesterol, depression, enlarged prostate, stress and anxiety, high blood pressure. (latest reports from 69 Gynecomastia patients)
On Feb, 12, 2015: 9,705 people reported to have side effects when taking Ritalin. Among them, 1 people (0.01%) has Gynecomastia.
Time on Ritalin when people have Gynecomastia * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
Gender of people who have Gynecomastia when taking Ritalin * :
Age of people who have Gynecomastia when taking Ritalin * :
Severity of Gynecomastia when taking Ritalin ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
How people recovered from Gynecomastia ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Adhd (1 people, 100.00%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :n/a
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
Comments for this study:
karen (7 months ago):
My son took Ritalin when he was 7 and 8 years old for about a year. He started growing breasts when he was about 13. We stopped the Ritalin when he was 8.
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ebenn (9 months ago):
This sounds exactly like my story. I took ritalin from age 7 to 14 and also developed painful, half-dollar sized tissue behind my nipples when i was around 13 years old.I'm 31 years old and still suffer the process of hiding it. I started smoking marijuana when i was around 12 years old. It seems there's a link between smoking weed in puberty and GC. Sources i found stated weed increases estrogen levels, and can interfere with body development. I don't know if you smoked during puberty, but I am convinced that it's the cause of my problem. I've always been slim and muscular so obesity definitely isn't it. I want to have the surgery but it's too expensive for me right now. I'm curious what went wrong with your surgery as I'm going to have it eventually. Feel free to email me if you could tell me what the problem is.
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nique (11 months ago):
I began taking Ritalin when I was about 9 years old up until I was 13-14 years old.
I actually never saw a difference in my studies but I was young so its hard to tell the difference anyways.
But what I did notice is when I was about 12 years old, seemingly overnight, I began to feel tissue growth around and behind my nipples which felt like medallions.
Eventually it grew a bit larger and I had to deal with alot of emotional issues, ridicule, teasing, and more because of it. Even my wardrobe had to be worked around it as I couldnt buy shirts where it would show.
Its important to note that I was always skinny and very slim (still am today) so it had nothing to do with weight.
I finally had surgery 3 years ago @ 29 years old and while the surgery went badly, at least I can wear clothes where it wont show.
Its interesting to know that this is likely the cause of my gynecomastia since its no one in my family has ever had this issue so its likely not genetic.
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