Law Offices of Gregory Krasovsky

Ritalin

The dangerous drug attorneys at the Law Offices of Gregory Krasovsky provide legal support and representation to any plaintiff seeking to pursue a legitimate Ritalin lawsuit. In order to successfully take on big pharmaceutical companies, it is necessary to have a competent Ritalin lawyer to better help you secure a Ritalin settlement. For more information, contact a Ritalin attorney to schedule a free consultation and learn what our attorneys can do for you and your case.

Ritalin is a brand name for methylphenidate, and it is manufactured by Novartis. Ritalin is prescribed to children who exhibit symptoms of Attention-Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The drug is a psychostimulant and has effects similar to cocaine, methamphetamine, and amphetamines. It is believed by some doctors that these stimulating effects counteract the supposedly pernicious effects of ADHD. Essentially Ritalin increases the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain as a result of reuptake inhibition. It is claimed that Ritalin has pharmacological and structural similarities to cocaine.

In June 29, 2005 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered new warning labels that go into greater detail about the egregious psychiatric side effects caused by Ritalin. These Ritalin side effects include suicidal ideation, psychotic behavior, violent behavior, and hallucinatory visions. Although this drug is widely abused by children and adults of all ages, these side effects can even occur from taking normal doses.

Some doctors also suspect that Ritalin might cause cancer in children; however, this research is still inconclusive.

Ritalin prescriptions were on the rise all through the 1990s and culminated with 29 million prescriptions in 2004. This means that a huge amount of children have been affected by this dangerous drug. Some experts predict that the malnutrition effects of Ritalin will stay with society for decades.

However, there are additional side effects. Namely, Ritalin has the potential to cause some serious cardiovascular side effects. Because this drug is a stimulant similar to cocaine, it greatly increases the heart rate of the user. Some of these cardiovascular side effects include hypertension, arrhythmia, chest pain, and tachycardia.

A full list of Ritalin side effects includes:

  • Addiction

  • Psychosis

  • Hypertension

  • Arrhythmia

  • Nausea

  • Tachycardia

  • Overdose

  • Death

  • Palpitations

  • Somnolence

  • Stunted Growth

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Low Blood Pressure

  • Akathisia

  • Malnourishment

  • Angina

  • Anxiety

  • Lethary

  • Cardiac Arrhythmia

  • Weight Loss

  • Decreased Libido

  • Hypersensitivity

  • Dyskinesia

  • Alopecia

  • Grandiosity

  • Paranoid Delusions

Ultimately, Ritalin is dangerous because it is prescribed to so many children. Many of these children do not even have proper ADHD. Hence, they are being exposes to a panoply of side effects without even having the requisite symptoms. Instead, parents are inadvertently giving their children a drug akin to cocaine or meth. Ritalin is speed, and it should be no surprise that there are so many harmful side effects associated with it.

The attorneys at this Ritalin law firm believe that drugs should not cause the same ailments that they are meant to cure. If you or your loved one has been injured as a result of taking Ritalin, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact our attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.

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