Ritalin and Fibromyalgia - from FDA reports

Fibromyalgia is found among people who take Ritalin, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old , have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take medication Percocet, and have Pain. This review analyzes which people have Fibromyalgia with Ritalin. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 16,196 people who have side effects when taking Ritalin from FDA , and is updated regularly.

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On Apr, 17, 2018

16,196 people reported to have side effects when taking Ritalin.
Among them, 94 people (0.58%) have Fibromyalgia

Number of reports submitted per year:

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Time on Ritalin when people have Fibromyalgia *:

  • < 1 month: 25 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 0.0 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 50 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 25 %

Gender of people who have Fibromyalgia when taking Ritalin *:

  • female: 73.4 %
  • male: 26.6 %

Age of people who have Fibromyalgia when taking Ritalin *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 1.6400000000000001 %
  • 10-19: 1.6400000000000001 %
  • 20-29: 8.2 %
  • 30-39: 4.92 %
  • 40-49: 36.07 %
  • 50-59: 36.07 %
  • 60+: 11.48 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Pain: 23 people, 24.47%
  • Osteoporosis (bones weak and more likely to break): 14 people, 14.89%
  • Cataplexy (loss of muscle tone accompanied by full conscious awareness): 12 people, 12.77%
  • Multiple Myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells): 8 people, 8.51%
  • Stress And Anxiety: 7 people, 7.45%

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Zoloft: 35 people, 37.23%
  • Percocet: 35 people, 37.23%
  • Xyrem: 26 people, 27.66%
  • Provigil: 26 people, 27.66%
  • Klonopin: 26 people, 27.66%

Top other side effects for these people *:

  • Pain: 43 people, 45.74%
  • Back Pain: 43 people, 45.74%
  • Joint Pain: 35 people, 37.23%
  • Weakness: 33 people, 35.11%
  • Dizziness: 30 people, 31.91%

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

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