Saturday March 28th 2015

Can you get high on Ritalin?

Can you get high on Ritalin?

Yes. Ritalin can get you high if it’s not used for its intended purpose.

In fact, Ritalin is abused both for the euphoric feelings it creates and for its stimulant effects. Abusing Ritalin is often extremely unsafe due to the methods used to get high off of it, which can put abusers at risk for serious health complications. For example, snorting Ritalin effects can include irregular heartbeat, hallucinations and seizures. Plus, Ritalin use is also detectable.  Ritalin shows up on drug tests for amphetamines and can be detected in blood, urine and hair samples.  More here on how Ritalin affects the brain and body. And a section at the end for your questions about Ritalin.

Ritalin chemistry and use

Ritalin contains the stimulant medication methylphenidate, which is similar to (but not as potent as) amphetamine drugs. Ritalin helps people with ADHD focus and concentrate. Ritalin causes agitation and restlessness in most people, but in people diagnosed with ADHD Ritalin actually has a soothing effect. And people using Ritalin to treat ADHD don’t usually get high on Ritalin and don’t become addicted to it.

Ritalin and euphoria

Ritalin works by increasing dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is the same chemical that’s used to “reward” the brain in various day-to-day situations. Because of its effects on dopamine levels in the brain, stimulants like Ritalin can cause feelings of euphoria, happiness, and extreme well-being.

Ritalin and central nervous system effects

Ritalin also affects the central nervous system. Some of the most common effects of taking Ritalin include:

  • dizziness
  • muscle tightness
  • nervousness
  • restlessness
  • uncontrollable movements

However, Ritalin can also cause more serious side effects. Even when taken under a doctor’s supervision, Ritalin can cause heartbeat and breathing irregularities which can be fatal in people with certain conditions. Some more serious adverse effects of Ritalin’s action on the central nervous system are:

  • agitation
  • chest pain
  • fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat
  • hallucinations
  • mood changes, both depression and abnormal excitement
  • paranoia and delusions
  • seizures
  • shortness of breath

Getting high on Ritalin

Sometimes Ritalin is taken orally to get high. But it’s also crushed into a powder and snorted, or mixed with water and injected intravenously. Both of these routes of delivery can be dangerous, particularly injection. Ritalin contains non-soluble fiber as an inactive ingredient and these fibers can become lodged in small blood vessels. Plus, injecting Ritalin can increase the risk of catching HIV and hepatitis B and C from a tainted needle. Finally, injecting or snorting Ritalin increase your potential to become addicted to methylphenidate.  But Ritalin can be detected in drug screens for amphetamines.  How long amphetamines in system about 2 days in urine drug screens.  But if you’re asking about Ritalin detection, this might be a sign that you have a problem.

Risks of Ritalin abuse

Ritalin is a dangerous drug to abuse. Even when taken under a doctor’s supervision, Ritalin can trigger potentially serious side effects, causing heartbeat and breathing irregularities which can be fatal in people with certain conditions. Abusers of the Ritalin are probably taking much larger doses than would be used medically, opening themselves up to the risk of severe side effects, including psychotic episodes and heart problems.

Am I addicted to Ritalin?

If you’re taking Ritalin to cope with an ADHD diagnosis, even if you feel like you “need” to take it, you’re probably not addicted to Ritalin. Addiction is characterized by mental obsessive or compulsive drug use, even in the face of negative life consequences. If you are taking Ritalin as prescribed and think that you are dependent on Ritalin, speak with your doctor about dosage or medication changes.

Instead, Ritalin addicts develop specific clinical characteristics of addiction that prescription users do not. Ritalin addicts develop a tolerance and a need to take higher than normal doses to get their desired effects. Addicts also exhibit drug-seeking behaviors which might include buying or stealing pills from someone else who has a legitimate prescription. Simply put, Ritalin addicts cannot live life without Ritalin. Drug addicts need their drug of choice in order to cope with difficult emotional and psychological issues in life.

Help for Ritalin abuse

Doctor recommend that Ritalin addicts withdrawal from Ritalin under medical supervision. If you’re addicted to Ritalin and have completed drug detox, you can start to look for support groups for people dealing with addictions to prescription and stimulant drugs near you. It can be hard to quit, so therapeutic or medical intervention might be helpful. Sometimes, just being able to maintain a support network can help make quitting easier. Look around your local area, and you’ll be surprised at the number of resources that are out there for people addicted to Ritalin and other drugs.

Getting high on Ritalin questions

Do you still have questions about getting high on Ritalin, or using Ritalin? Please leave your questions below. We try to respond to all legitimate questions with a personal and prompt response. You are not alone! We’ll get back with you ASAP

References: National Drug Intelligence Center: Ritalin Fast Facts
PubMed Health: Methylphenidate
Brookhaven National Laboratory: New Brookhaven Lab Study Shows How Ritalin Works 

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14 Responses to “Can you get high on Ritalin?
Andrew O'Riordan
1:26 am February 4th, 2013

Snorting a dosage around 40mg of Ritalin can it be potentially lethal?

10:45 am February 12th, 2013

Hello Andrew. Ritalin is generally thought to be safe in therapeutic doses. While therapeutic ranges will vary based on your exposure to methylphenidate (the more tolerant you are, the higher the dosage your body can tolerate), lower doses are more safe. While we do not condone snorting Ritalin at all, it is safer to start with lower doses. And keep in mind that: yes, cases of sudden death have been documented within therapeutic ranges of Ritalin.

6:30 am September 12th, 2013

Hey guys! I’ve been diagnosed with ADHD… I take a 36mg of aderal… I popped 7pills around 5 o’clock this after noon…. It’s a completely different high, I smoke weed… And aderal makes me feel very sharp(unlike pot which doles my senses) you feel extremely extremely happy… And have a “can do attitude” however, the come down… Sucks. It’s 1230 on a school night, and I’m still awake… I’m on edge right now(though I have no reason to be) I feel nervous and ready to strike at anything, but there is nothing that is gonna attack me… I have a nervous twitch with my jaw when I’m high on aderal… And my feet I can’t sit still… It’s been 7 1/2 hours and I’m still feeling a bit happy but, I’m very edgy… Is super weird! Anyway, be careful… Because you’ll get messed up by taking more than 5… However you might be extremely happy, but no one can tell your high, you talk fine… And it just looks like your having a good day:) it feels like you are trust me… I don’t even know why I’m typing this, but life is good… So be careful and have fun… Know your limits!!!!!

Angelica Chavarria
11:29 pm November 18th, 2013

hi……….. im a newbie to everything. im still in middle school. I take a 5mg tablet of methylphenidate normally around 12 pm for ADHD. but today I was reading that it can be used to get high. ive never smoked weed before, but always have been interested. I took 55 mg and its been about an hour and nothing happened besides some stomach pains, head aches, my right eye keeps twitching and the lights seem dimmer and my eyes ant focus on the computer screen. its about 6:30 on a school night. basically im asking if u can get high from adhd meds if u have adhd. another question…………… AM I GONNA DIE?!

11:29 am February 28th, 2014

Hello John. Call 1-800-222-1222 to get in touch with the Poison Control Center. You’ll need medical advice on what to do next.

John beck
12:12 pm February 28th, 2014

I took about 15 or 16 pills at ones. 27mg and now I cant stop shaking and feel like if my heart rate if faster. Did I over dose?

John beck
12:26 pm February 28th, 2014

I took about 15 or 16 pills at ones. 27mg and now I cant stop shaking and feel like if my heart rate if faster. Did I over dose? So yea… I took about 405 MG or 432MG. With in 2hours. And its been about 7 hours sinces I took it. And when I got up for a glass of water it felt like if my head was spining. So what worng with me?

4:59 pm May 2nd, 2014

if i take three 36mg of ritalin will the high last as long as just one or will it be longer?

5:05 pm July 27th, 2014

I have a nephew in the hospital that has an infection in his leg, they had to cut out dead tissue and are going back in to cut out more tomorrow. We think he has been shooting up Ritalin behind his knee, his parents found a bag with many needles and toothpaste, does the toothpaste have anything to do with shooting up?

10:26 am November 13th, 2014

If u have adhd and take Ritalin if your injecting it is that considered abuse since u can get high off it

12:49 pm November 18th, 2014

Hi Shellbell. You are abusing a medication when you are taking it in ways other than suggested and in doses other than prescribed. Injecting Ritalin fits into this definition.

4:00 pm February 17th, 2015

I have been off methanphetamin for about a year and yet i feel depressed , mood , without focus , so i heard that ritalin and aderall could help me. To get out of bed , do general chorus and mostly important read , my job retires reading … Well it did well for like a day ,now i do lines instead of swalling them and can t focus on a book for long , I feel active but empty …bad choice right?

3:04 am February 25th, 2015

I’d recommend both users and parents to be very very carefull with ritalin/concerta.. my shrink, an total asshole when i was age 10-11 told my parents, we’ll try some ritalin and see what his reaction is on the medication and ofcourse i get high and get a positive effect.
Since my 11th there’s hasnt been a day without strugle, im 21 now. 6 months of rehab at the age of 17 due alcoholism, marijuana addiction.
21 now, had an setback in booze and drank half a bottle of vodka and 4-5 marijuana joints, didnt get into come nor didnt go out. tolerance is just too high.
Ritalin gave me the feeling of addiction, Ritalin gave me the feeling of being high. and now in present day i cannot be sober anymore, i have to be high even tho i’ve been in an closed clinic when i was 17 for 6 months. still i need some joints on a day to continue in life.
Ritalin caused this, Ritalin fucked my life up. Yes, i blame it on the damn ritalin because that was my first touch with highness. without that highness the need for marijuana nor alcohol wouldn’t been there or waay later.

Users and Parents, be very very carefull if you or your child reacts too positive and gets depressed after the effect fades you have to take action or suffer the faith of an drug/alcohol addict.

it’s and perfect good medication forpeople who need it, but do you REALLY need it? most of us smply DONT.

Do you or do you want your child to have a short-therm memory? movement issues, braincells killed? from a perfectly intelligent human being to a low IQ?
You will die young, IF you are capable of getting any older without disturbing mentall ilness?

Overdose of ritalin/concerta (tho mixed with marijuana) had woken a psychose on me, i decided to stop abuse ritalin for the sake of my mind and thank GOD psychose couldnt develop any further.

There’s one simple anwser to your “overdose whining” you’ll become mentally unstable if not disturbed mentally ill.
You’d better be dead if you developt an very disturbing mental ilness, No provoking just warning how horribly horribly wrong it can be.

Be warned, ritalin overdose IS deadly and it can cause mental ilness.
Don’t be stupid to think that “high” feeling will last forever, it wont. you’ll need to use it over and over again and so you WILL face psychoses and horrofic mental ilness.

I hope you people will come around and stop abusing this Hard-Drug. it is an western propogandanized “medication” to help, in fact its speed. Hard-Drugs.

11:57 pm March 11th, 2015

Hello Hela. If it doesn’t do anything for you, then you don’t need the pills. At first it takes time to really get things done and you have to personally persuade yourself to do tasks. But, by using other substances and medicines to help you, you are putting yourself at the risk of developing dependence to these meds. Especially if you are not taking them as prescribed and as directed by a doctor.

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