How to stop taking Ritalin
Are you interested in quitting Ritalin (methylphenidate)?
You may not be able to simply stop taking Ritalin cold turkey. Because it’s not simply a matter of how long Ritalin lasts, but how Ritalin builds up on your system over time. Long-term use or abuse of Ritalin can cause a dependence on Ritalin, which will make it very difficult to stop taking without side effects. Learn more about Ritalin dependence, addiction, and how to stop taking Ritalin below. Plus, ask your questions about Ritalin at the end.
Can I just stop taking Ritalin?
You could try to just stop taking your Ritalin, but it isn’t likely to be very successful and can cause serious adverse side effects. Instead, you should always consult with your prescribing doctor before you stop taking Ritalin.
Because the main ingredient in Ritalin, methylphenidate, is a highly addictive drug which causes physical dependence after long-term use. Quitting suddenly will cause withdrawal symptoms – and if you’re addicted to Ritalin, just stopping the medication doesn’t address the underlying emotional and psychological issues that cause you to use Ritalin compulisvely. Either way, you may end up taking Ritalin again out of desperation. Luckily, there are a few ways to wean yourself off the medication.
What happens when you stop taking Ritalin?
Ritalin stay in system how long? Immediate or controlled release Ritalin is out of your system within a few days. But your body becomes used to having methylphenidate over time. In fact, your brain compensates for the prescence of methylphenidate (which is a stimulant) by “slowing down” some processes. So when you stop taking Ritalin, you need time to adjust to living without it. This period of adjustment is called “withdrawal”. Once you go through Ritalin withdrawal, you will start feeling normal again. Unfortunately, that period of adjustment usually includes uncomfortable side effects. In fact, Ritalin withdrawal can affect your cardiovasular system, mood, and energy levels.
Side effects stop taking Ritalin
Since Ritalin is normally prescribed throughout the day, it may only take a few weeks to develop a physical dependence to methylphenidate. Stopping Ritalin can cause a number of severe withdrawal effects. If you’ve taken Ritalin long-term, withdrawal effects may be even worse. Some side effects that can occur when you stop taking Ritalin include:
1. feelings of extreme fatigue
2. depression and other mood changes
3. changes in heart rhythm
Stop taking Ritalin suddenly
Ritalin is easier to quit if you don’t stop taking it suddenly. Quitting suddenly increases the chance of nasty withdrawal symptoms, which can drive you to return to taking the drug. The best way to quit Ritalin is to gradually reduce your dose rather than stopping all at once.
Stop taking Ritalin cold turkey
Stopping Ritalin cold turkey isn’t the best option for most people. But if you cannot slowly reduce your dose of methylphenidate due to addiction issues, or if you have medical problems with make it necessary to stop taking Ritalin right away, it can be done. If you decide to quit Ritalin cold turkey, you should consult a doctor on what to expect and how to do so safely. You might also want to speak to a therapist or counseler specializing in drug addiction, if you struggle with strong cravings and compulsions to take Ritalin.
How do I stop taking Ritalin?
The best way to stop taking Ritalin is to gradually reduce your daily dose over the course of several weeks. Your doctor can develop a dosing schedule for you to use, if you believe you’ll be able to stick to it.
How to stop taking Ritalin safetly
Following a doctor’s directions is the safest way to quit taking Ritalin. Though the side effects may be difficult to deal with, they’re unlikely to be dangerous. If you have any concerns about withdrawal effects or the safety of quitting Ritalin, consult a doctor.
Stop taking Ritalin questions
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