Review: could Ritalin cause Shortness of breath (Breathing difficulty)?
Summary: Shortness of breath is found among people who take Ritalin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Zometa, and have Metastases to bone.
We study 9,705 people who have side effects while taking Ritalin from FDA and social media. Among them, 363 have Shortness of breath. Find out below who they are, when they have Shortness of breath 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 11,211 Ritalin users)
Shortness of breath
Shortness of breath has been reported by people with high blood pressure, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (latest reports from 165,355 Shortness of breath patients)
On Jan, 28, 2015: 9,705 people reported to have side effects when taking Ritalin. Among them, 363 people (3.74%) have Shortness Of Breath.
Time on Ritalin when people have Shortness of breath * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Shortness of breath||50.00%||7.69%||3.85%||3.85%||30.77%||0.00%||3.85% |
Gender of people who have Shortness of breath when taking Ritalin * :
|Shortness of breath||56.46%||43.54% |
Age of people who have Shortness of breath when taking Ritalin * :
|Shortness of breath||0.00%||4.97%||10.82%||11.99%||12.57%||14.04%||20.18%||25.44% |
Severity of Shortness of breath when taking Ritalin ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Shortness of breath||0.00%||33.33%||66.67%||0.00% |
How people recovered from Shortness of breath ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Shortness of breath||0.00%||0.00%||100.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Metastases to bone (55 people, 15.15%)
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (49 people, 13.50%)
- Depression (32 people, 8.82%)
- Anxiety (30 people, 8.26%)
- Migraine (21 people, 5.79%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Zometa (97 people, 26.72%)
- Neurontin (75 people, 20.66%)
- Aredia (64 people, 17.63%)
- Protonix (61 people, 16.80%)
- Ambien (56 people, 15.43%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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I tried to find Dr. Kassem to no avail. I wanted to know exactly where she got this information. I would like to find some primary literature on this topic but haven't had any luck. I need proof, because as of right now I'm a student being told that "she has been on this agent for 28 years, I doubt it's bothering her now." I'm not buying it and I think something is here.
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I think the propranolol, while not the cause of these problems, is certainly exacerbating them. Does anyone have proof of this happening; peer reviewed articles, anything. My rotation is done in 2 weeks and I know no one will ever look into this again after I'm gone.
ps... forgive any typos
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