Methylphenidate is also sold under the brand names Metadate. Methylin and Ritalin belongs to a family of drugs that act as a stimulant to the central nervous system that affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that control hyperactivity and impulse control. It may also be used for other purposes. It is only to be used to treat children 6 or older and up to 65 years of age.
It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol while using Concerta as the side effects may increase dramatically.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Do not use the drug if are allergic to any ingredients, have glaucoma, overactive thyroid, high blood pressure, angina, heart failure, heart rhythm disorder, recent heart attack, personal or family history of muscle twitches, Tourette’s syndrome, severe anxiety, tension, agitation, fructose intolerance, gluctose-galactose malabsorption or sucrose-isomaltase insufficiency.
Before starting the drug advise your physician if you have a congenital heart defect, personal or family history of mental illness, psychotic disorder, bipolar illness, depression, suicide attempt, epilepsy, seizure disorder or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
Less serious side effects are stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, vision problems, dizziness, mild headache, sweating, skin rash, numbness, tingling, cold hands or feet, nervous feeling, insomnia or weight loss. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects fast pounding or uneven heartbeats, fainting, fever, sore throat, headache with severe blistering, peeling, skin rash, aggression, restlessness, hallucinations, unusual behavior, muscle twitches, easy bruising, purple spots on skin, high blood pressure, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, short of breath, uneven heartbeats or seizure. If these occur get emergency medical aid.
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