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Mixing Alcohol & Methylphenidate: Effects, Symptoms & Treatment

The Effects of Mixing Ritalin and Alcohol

Those who are addicted to methylphenidate and alcohol may experiment by mixing the substances. The effects of mixing alcohol and methylphenidate can be dangerous. Users may mix the substances in order to achieve a high, including euphoria and other side effects. The dangers of mixing methylphenidate with alcohol should not be ignored. To learn more about the side effects of mixing substances, call us at . Our 24-hour helpline can help you learn about the best ways to stay addiction-free.

Did You Know?

Methylphenidate, also known as Ritalin, is used to treat ADHD, which is diagnosed in approximately 2.9 to 4.4 percent of adults in America, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Methylphenidate is a prescription stimulant that helps increase dopamine levels in the brain. This chemical is associated with pleasure, attention, and movement. This medication is intended to slowly increase the release of dopamine, which is therapeutic to those with ADHD. When taken at differing doses and at high doses, dopamine is increased rapidly. This leads to euphoria and an increased risk of addiction or drug abuse in patients.

People who do not have ADHD are likely to have a reaction similar to that of speed, another stimulant drug. In ADHD patients, the stimulant has a reversed effect, which leads to the person becoming more calm and focused. To learn more about the way chemicals work in the brain when exposed to stimulants like methylphenidate, call us at . It is important to understand the medications that you and your loved ones may be exposed to.

Side Effects and Complications of Mixing Alcohol and Ritalin

Methylphenidate has side effects, even when used correctly. Some of these include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty staying or falling asleep

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the side effects of methylphenidate, call our helpline at . We have the information you need to know about your medications and addiction treatment options and how they work.

Did You Know?

Ritalin may be therapeutic to those with ADHD at normal dosages when prescribed by a physician.

Stimulants tend to be abused because they can suppress the appetite, leading to weight loss, can increase wakefulness, and improve performance by increasing focus. The medication may be injected or snorted to aid the euphoria that comes with a high. Other patients may dissolve the medication and drink it. Sometimes this is done with alcohol.

Did You Know?

Injecting a stimulant can lead to increased highs and possible overdoses.

“Stimulants tend to be abused because they can suppress the appetite, leading to weight loss…” Stimulants increase blood pressure, body temperature, and the heart rate of a person in some cases. Combined with alcohol, this can lead to dehydration at a more rapid rate. Alcohol often exaggerates the effects of stimulants, and users may end up drinking more alcohol than their bodies can handle due to impaired judgment. People who are addicted to alcohol and methylphenidate and take the substances together may not realize when their bodies are suffering, and overdoses are more likely for those who mix drugs and alcohol.

Did You Know?

Prescription drugs are not safer than illegal drugs when not taken as advised.

Stop Mixing Alcohol and Methylphenidate Today

Those who are addicted to methylphenidate and alcohol may have become so by abusing methylphenidate over time for recreational purposes. Some people have parties with the substances present for the purpose of getting high. Others may use the drugs recreationally for study parties in school because of their ability to heighten attention span. Neither of these purposes are advisable, and they can be dangerous when the medication is not being taken as prescribed.

Alcohol lessens a person’s ability to make good decisions, so problems besides the dangers of mixing methylphenidate and alcohol could exist, like driving under the influence or getting into fights. If you have been experimenting with alcohol and methylphenidate or are addicted to methylphenidate and alcohol, call us at . We can direct you to the nearest detoxification and rehabilitation clinic so you can get the help you need to be free of alcohol and methylphenidate for good

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