Review: could Ritalin cause Stomach upset?
(By eHealthMe on Mar, 1, 2014)
Severity ratings: 2.0/4
On a scale of 1 to 4: 1=least, 2=moderate, 3=severe, 4=most severe
We study 9,490 people who take Ritalin. Among them, 350 have Stomach upset. See who they are, when they have Stomach upset and more. This review is based on reports from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.
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Ritalin (latest outcomes from 11,097 users) has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy. Commonly reported side effects of Ritalin include depression, fatigue, depression aggravated, fatigue aggravated, nausea.
Stomach upset (latest reports from 845,825 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, pain, pain relief by acupuncture, acupuncture and pain, type 2 diabetes.
On Feb, 15, 2014: 9,201 people reported to have side effects when taking Ritalin. Among them, 337 people (3.66%) have Stomach Upset.
Time on Ritalin when people have Stomach upset * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Stomach upset||38.30%||23.40%||6.38%||10.64%||12.77%||4.26%||4.26% |
Gender of people who have Stomach upset when taking Ritalin * :
|Stomach upset||50.27%||49.73% |
Age of people who have Stomach upset when taking Ritalin * :
|Stomach upset||0.00%||14.20%||17.98%||13.56%||6.31%||11.04%||11.67%||25.24% |
Severity of Stomach upset when taking Ritalin ** :
|least||moderate||severe||most severe |
|Stomach upset||0.00%||100.00%||0.00%||0.00% |
How people recovered from Stomach upset ** :
|while on the drug||after off the drug||not yet |
|Stomach upset||50.00%||0.00%||50.00% |
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (92 people, 27.30%)
- Pain (37 people, 10.98%)
- Depression (30 people, 8.90%)
- Anxiety (23 people, 6.82%)
- Metastases to bone (18 people, 5.34%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Prilosec (60 people, 17.80%)
- Oxycontin (55 people, 16.32%)
- Neurontin (52 people, 15.43%)
- Prozac (49 people, 14.54%)
- Zometa (45 people, 13.35%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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From this study (2 months ago):
My child started Concerta on Monday, one week ago. Very effective with the hyperactivity and attention effects but on Wednesday he complained about being nauseous the whole day and started vomiting severely yesterday. He has not been able to hold down any liquid, electrolyte solution or any food and does not want to eat or drink anything. He is totally listless and has been sleeping the whole day. Also had 4-5 severe bouts of diarrhoea in the last 2 days but a diarrhoea like stool since Wednesday. Is this related to the Concerta and if yes, should I continue with it to get past the 2 week trial period allowed for side effects to pass. He is sooooo skinny, he looks like an alien, skin and bone only due to not eating at all the last week (previously also really skinny but an excellent eater…) Weekend hey! It has been a tough one! I am just trying to rehydrate giving Energade/ Gatorade which he is still struggling to keep down.
From this study (11 months ago):
Kevin Peters Ph.d on Mar, 4, 2013:
Sammy, I'm a white 45 male; just wanted to agree on that Klonopin remark. When I was 21 I had my second kidney transplant which was a BAD issue all together, at any rate the hospital did not include my medications taken at home after my surgery. I went thru the worst hallucinations and jerking and seizures you could ever possibly imagine. This went on for almost 3 1/2 weeks before we decided to have me taken OUT of the hospital and relocated before they ended up taking my life. Then the whole staff of paychology including the chief of psychiatry cane in my room to see what they could do, Finallu. During one of my few moments of clarity the C.O.F after blaming me if talking "drugs" prior to my transplant listened to my word of telling him the meds I was on before being admitted. After asking when was the last time I had received my Klonopin and me not knowing, he then reviewed the charts, and didn't see me receiving this med once. He stormed out of the room of about 9 docs and came back in with two Klonopin; for the first time in almost 4 weeks and after three surgeries the first 72 hours I was hospitalized, I was sleeping like a baby, for about 49 hours with NO MORE hallucinations, or seizures or jerking! I finally got out of there without a kidney since that kidney was supposed to go to another man named the same as I in a different city! I do take Xanax and probably always will. The half life on Klonopin is much different hence one if its dangers, Nevwr Ever stop this drug cold! I've been on dialysis 25 1/2 years now and suffered from intense skin cancers, but have fought and done all I can do to live a normal as possible life, working full time except when I'm in yet another surgery, over 32 general anesthetic procedures since 1987. I was the youngest boy-man to ever be on the USA soccer team ready to play in the Korea 1988 Olympics. What a change in life.....
All the Best,
chris on Jun, 4, 2011:
i have been taking clonzepam and trazedone and my speech is a very hoarse voice, I am wondering if if my speech problem is from these drugs's side effects.
TwoDimes on Apr, 15, 2012:
Upon occasion, I, too, have become hoarse and from the use of Klonopin. I was VERY hoarse when I tried to cold turkey off of 4mgs of Klonopin. I am now down to 1.5mgs per day and, still, (as I said, upon occasion, I become hoarse. I am sure that the use of Klonopin is the causative factor. - TwoDimes -
SammySushi on Jul, 10, 2012:
Omigosh, never cold turkey clonopin, esp that high of a dose. My dad had a major seizure and hallucinations doing so.
Christophe on Nov, 13, 2012:
I suffer from Hypothyroidism, High Cholesterol & Cancer survivor because of Zyprexa use and previously being prescribed Carbamezapine causing Thyroid damage. My best advice to you if you don't want Hypothyroidism is have regular blood tests, Thyroid damage can be undetected for up to 5 years with no symptoms found on regular blood tests prematurally. Make sure you buy iodised salt to use on food when eating this will help reduce your risk of getting Hypothyroidism. two signs of Hypothyriodism which the Carbamezapine & Zyprexa medication boxes labels wont tell you is if your face becomes puffed up, red or sun sensitive while taking these medications this is a sign of Hypothyroidism. It wont be found on your blood test but later on it could appear out of the blue. The other sign to look for is baldness or hair loss on your head, this is another symptom. I hope these comments will help you. You have to weight up the benefits and negatives taking medications if you decide to take these medicines or not. It depends on how you cope with the drug side effects.
AUDREY on Dec, 16, 2012:
STARTED TAKING DILTIAZEM 60 MG AND I AM VERY CONSTIPATED. 70 YEARS OLD, HEART SURGERY A FAST HEART RATE....
Sonya on Feb, 24, 2013:
You definately need to take a stool softener...straining during defication can cause major problems in people with cardiac problems.
From this study (1 year ago):
She started taking it 2 weeks ago in the morning with her Brkfst. She gets headaches during the middle of day and on two occasions has woken up in the very early hours of the day to vomit. Vomiting 6-8 times and then she feels better and dosen't have any other effects. First time on a sat. And she dosen't take pill on weekend, she was fine after that. Then again very early hours this morning. She took it yesterday morning, but not today
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