Ritalin and Parkinsons - from FDA reports


Parkinsons is found among people who take Ritalin, especially for people who are male, 50-59 old also take medication Paxil, and have Depression. This review analyzes which people have Parkinsons with Ritalin. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 15,710 people who have side effects when taking Ritalin from FDA, and is updated regularly.

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On May, 05, 2017

15,710 people reported to have side effects when taking Ritalin.
Among them, 24 people (0.15%) have Parkinsons

Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Ritalin cause Parkinsons?

Gender of people who have Parkinsons when taking Ritalin *:

  • female: 27.27 %
  • male: 72.73 %

Age of people who have Parkinsons when taking Ritalin *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 5.56 %
  • 10-19: 0.0 %
  • 20-29: 11.11 %
  • 30-39: 0.0 %
  • 40-49: 5.56 %
  • 50-59: 61.11 %
  • 60+: 16.67 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Depression (8 people, 33.33%)
  • Schizoaffective Disorder (5 people, 20.83%)
  • Stress And Anxiety (3 people, 12.50%)
  • Insomnia (2 people, 8.33%)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (2 people, 8.33%)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Wellbutrin (6 people, 25.00%)
  • Seroquel (6 people, 25.00%)
  • Remeron (6 people, 25.00%)
  • Paxil (6 people, 25.00%)
  • Risperdal (5 people, 20.83%)

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Extrapyramidal Disorder (10 people, 41.67%)
  • Gait Disturbance (9 people, 37.50%)
  • Tremor (8 people, 33.33%)
  • Paraesthesia (7 people, 29.17%)
  • Weight Increased (6 people, 25.00%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Do you have Parkinsons when taking Ritalin?


Ritalin has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (latest outcomes from Ritalin 18,184 users)


Parkinsons has been reported by people with parkinson's disease, depression, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, bipolar disorder (latest reports from 41,426 Parkinsons patients).

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