About Prescription Stimulants (Ritalin)
What do comedowns from prescription stimulants feel like?
Some people may experience a comedown as the effects of prescription stimulants wear off. The effects of these drugs can last for up to 8 hours and the comedown usually starts shortly after. How long the effects of a comedown last can depend on how much you have taken, which type you have taken and how often you use.
Have cravings to use more prescription stimulants
Feel tired or sleepy
Have difficulty concentrating
Have difficulty sleeping normally
Experience low mood
Experience a lack of motivation
Have vivid or unpleasant dreams
Feel very hungry
Experience mood swings
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Have intense cravings to use prescription stimulants
Experience intense nausea
Have mild hallucinations
Have severe headaches
Experience severe tiredness or exhaustion
Experience intense low mood
Experience intense anxiety or panic
Experience mood swings
Have lasting insomnia
Feel increased agitation or aggression
Have panic attacks
Call a Doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)
They can talk you through the next steps.
Experience severe hallucinations
Are severely dehydrated (from vomiting)
These are signs that something more serious is going on. You or the people around you should act quickly.
*The comedown from prescription stimulants is unlikely to cause loss of consciousness or seizures. However, these are included in the list as they can occur from the psychoactive ingredients that are sometimes in counterfeit prescription stimulants.
One regular user on Reddit talks about their experience of coming down quickly off Ritalin:
“I will take it, feel the positive effects for 45 mins to an hour, and then as if someone's hit a light switch I get SLAMMED with anxiety. Which leads to me picking at my skin, ruining my self-confidence, and just making myself more anxious.”
Another Reddit user talks about how they feel coming off Adderall:
“The comedown makes me feel a little lifeless and irritable.”
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