Snorting Ritalin

Is snorting Ritalin safe. Can you snort Ritalin effectively or should you only take Ritalin orally? Does snorting Ritalin get you high? More on the dangers of snorting Ritaline and its effects here.

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If want to snort Ritalin, you should know what happens.

In this article, we review what happens in the body when you snort Ritalin, as well as the dangers and safety concerns of getting high on Ritalin by snorting. Your questions about snorting Ritalin are welcomed at the end of this article. We try to answer all legitimate questions about Ritalin use with a personal reply.

Ritalin: What are you really snorting?

Ritalin is used to treat ADHD. Ritalin comes as both a regular tablet and extended-release formula. Ritalin’s active ingredient is methylphenidate. However, Ritalin also includes the inactive ingredients lactose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, starch, sucrose, talc,  tragacanth, and various dyes. Ritalin SR contains the inactive ingredients of cellulose compounds, cetostearyl alcohol, lactose, magnesium stearate, mineral oil, povidone, titanium dioxide, and zein. Ritalin stays in your system and can be detected in urine 1-2 days after use.

How does snorting Ritalin affect the body?

The active ingredient in Ritalin,methylphenidate,is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Because of these stimulant effects, Ritalin can cause serious health problems, even with normal use. Additionally, Ritalin is also a very addictive medication when it’s not used for the treatment of ADHD. The stimulant effects of Ritalin are heightened or intensified when snorting Ritalin and can cause:

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

Snorting Ritalin to get high

This drug only causes a high in people who are not taking it for a legitimate medical reasons. Snorting Ritalin results in large doses of methylphenidate entering the bloodstream almost immediately. This is especially dangerous with the extended-release formula. There is no medical reason to snort this medication – in fact, snorting Ritalin can be dangerous. An overdose on Ritalin can cause heart problems, psychotic symptoms, and even death.

Snorting Ritalin vs oral

Ritalin should never be snorted nasally. Ritalin is much more effective when it’s taken orally, according to doctor’s instructions. It should never be used without medical supervision because of the seriousness of potential side effects. Oral preparations are safer and cause fewer instances of adverse effects than snorting Ritalin.  Can Ritalin show up on a drug test if you snort or take Ritalin orally?  Yes, mode of administration does not alter drug detection, but most standard drug panels do not screen for amphetamines.  Ritalin detection requires a special amphetamine panel.

Snorting Ritalin side effects

Even at normal doses, Ritalin can be dangerous. Severe side effects occur more often when the medication is not taken as prescribed, such as when snorted. These serious adverse side effects include:

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

Be cautious! Abusing methylphenidate (Ritalin) by snorting it or recreationally in doses other than prescribed can lead to addiction. Learn more about Methylphenidate Addiction Treatment Programs and Help to get ready to find the best addiction treatment program for you.

Snorting Ritalin dangers

The side effects of snorting Ritalin can be serious. When you snort Ritalin, it can cause fainting, seizures, and blurred vision increasing your chance of being in an accident. Snorting Ritalin can also harm your nasal passages, and spread disease if you share snorting instruments with other abusers. If you’re considering snorting Ritalin, you need to be aware of the risk for serious, potentially life-threatening complications like difficulty breathing and irregular heartbeat. There are also the dangers of addiction and overdose.

Snorting Ritalin safely

Snorting Ritalin is always dangerous, but snorting the extended-release tablet runs a greater risk of overdose. The normal daily dose of prescribed Ritalin ranges from 5-60 mg a day (with the upper ranges only being safe for those who have already developed a tolerance to the medication). The normal lethal dose is 20-25 mg/kg.

Snorting Ritalin questions

Do you still have questions about snorting Ritalin? If so, please let us know. We respond to all Ritalin questions with a personal and prompt reply.

Reference Sources: National Drug Intelligence Center: Ritalin Fast Facts
PubMed Health: Methylphenidate
MedlinePlus: Methyphenidate
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention: Recreational Use of Ritalin on College Campuses
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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