Does Ritalin Have Side Effects?enparents out what the experts have to say.ritalin, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, adhd, psychostimulants, stomacheaches, insomnia, irritability, methylphenidate, side effects, ritalin side effects, ridalin, hyperactive, hyperactivity, adhd medicines, CD1Developmental Pediatrics, CD1Behavioral Health, CD1CD1Psychology/Psychiatry, CD1ADHD11/27/200305/01/201705/01/2017Steven Dowshen, MD03/01/201707c072af-a69b-4c7d-89d9-12ed77954c84<p><em>My son has just been diagnosed with ADHD, and the doctor put him on Ritalin. Are there any side effects I should know about?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Emilia</em></p> <p>Ritalin is just one of many medicines doctors use&nbsp;to treat <a href="">attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)</a>. Ritalin (also known as methylphenidate) helps kids with ADHD concentrate and focus at school and at home.</p> <p>Ritalin is a stimulant, a type of medicine that increases alertness. As with other medicines, each child can respond to it differently. Many kids using Ritalin have few, if any, side effects. Others have side effects like stomachaches, insomnia, decreased appetite, growth problems, irritability, and blood pressure problems.</p> <p>Be sure to talk with your son's doctor if you need more information about ADHD, as well as its treatments and their possible side effects.</p>
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