About Prescription Stimulants (Ritalin)
Thinking of taking a break from regular use?
Whether you will experience withdrawal from prescription stimulants, and how unpleasant these symptoms will be depends how long you have used for, how much you use, and which type of prescription stimulant you use. If you are using these drugs to treat ADHD or other disorders, you may find that your symptoms come back quickly after stopping.
See the 'Making changes' page for more information on how to Manage withdrawal from drugs and alcohol.
Have cravings to use more prescription stimulants
Feel irritable or agitated
Have difficulty sleeping
Feel very hungry
Find it difficult to concentrate
Experience low mood
Have a stomach ache
Have a headache
Have nightmares or vivid dreams
Experience aches and pains in your body
Feel twitchy or jittery
Try these things at home:
Experience intense agitation
Have intense cravings to use prescription stimulants
Have severe headaches or migraines
Experience intense nausea
Experience extreme fatigue or are unable to stay awake
Experience lasting insomnia
Experience intense low mood
Experience intense anxiety
Have panic attacks
Experience intense jitters or tremors
Call a Doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)
If you are still not feeling well, think about:
Experience disturbing hallucinations
Have involuntary muscle contractions (dystonia)
Have a seizure
These are signs that something more serious is going on. You or the people around you should act quickly.
A Reddit user talks about their withdrawal symptoms after stopping Adderall:
“Not only was my anxiety out of control, my heart rate was up all day with constant adrenaline. My mind was catastrophizing every situation. It felt like I had a cloud over me at all times and everything was bad and scary. Along with that were withdrawal symptoms like GI issues, sweating, chills, etc.”
For more information on getting support for drug and alcohol use, see Finding support.
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