About Prescription Stimulants (Ritalin)
What can a bad experience on prescription stimulants feel like?
The negative effects of prescription stimulants can range from feeling mildly unwell to experiencing a potentially life-threatening overdose. There is no specific amount of a drug that will cause an overdose, this depends on what drug you are using, how often you use and your individual body.
For more information on what you can do to decrease you risk of overdosing, see Safer using.
If You …
Experience loss of appetite
Have a dry mouth
Have changes to bowel movements
Need to pee often
Have difficulty falling or staying asleep
Have stomach aches
Experience erectile dysfunction
Experience mild mood swings
Experience low mood
Try these things at home:
Feel jittery or are twitching
Experience increased nausea
Are acting aggressively
Experience severe stomach pain
Have an Irregular heartbeat
Are severely anxious or having panic attacks
Experience increased low mood
Experience severe mood swings
Become very confused or disoriented
Have compulsive, repetitive actions or behaviours
Call a Doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116):
They can talk you through the next steps.
Have a seizure
Have a high fever
Experience severe chest pain
Experience numbness on one side of the body, or other signs of a stroke
Have difficulty breathing
These are signs of an overdose. You or the people around you should act quickly.
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