How Long Does Ritalin High Last – Ritalin vs Adderall – Side Effects – Withdrawal

How Long Does Ritalin LastWondering about how long does a Ritalin high last? It is also known as methylphenidate.  Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant that affects the chemicals in the nerves and the brain that are known to impulse control and hyperactivity. Once taken it immediately increases energy and alertness and is accompanied by increased heart rate, breathing and blood pressure.


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Once Ritalin is taken it immediately increases energy and alertness and is accompanied by increased heart rate, breathing and blood pressure.

How Long Does Ritalin Last

  • Once ingested Ritalin’s effect is felt for 3- 4 hours. Ritalin and its metabolites are fully eliminated after 1 or 2 days of ingestion. There are some factors that affect how long Ritalin stays in your system, they include;
  • Age – research shows children tend to clear traces of the drug faster than adults.
    Individual factors such as body height, weight, dosage and frequency


Ritalin & Adderall Compared

Both Adderall and Ritalin are CNS stimulants. They both speed up the brain activity. They are also both ADHD medications. Adderall is more addictive but Ritalin has more adverse side effects especially if it is used for longer durations. Ritalin works faster and it reaches peak performance faster when compared with Adderall. The effects of Adderall are felt for longer than those of Ritalin. They both work the same way and hence they have similar side effects.

Ritalin’s Side Effects

Some common side effects include;

  • Fast heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Dry mouth
  • Chronic trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Over excitement
  • Nervousness
  • Chest pain
  • Decreased blood platelets

Ritalin has been used since the 1950 to treat a variety of conditions such as depression, fatigue syndrome and narcolepsy. It is commonly prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It has helped thousands of patients control their symptoms. The drug is abused by many teenagers for its stimulant effect. Even when prescribed by a doctor taking too much may have some undesirable changes in the user’s brain when used over time. There is also the potential for abuse. According to a survey 24% of high school students abuse Ritalin and Adderall. More and more teens are abusing the drug thinking they are safer than other street drugs. It is unfortunate that they can easily get access to the drugs. Abuse starts slowly and the user builds tolerance with time and they need more doses and this could lead to convulsions, headaches or even hallucinations. They might result to snorting as they search for a bigger rush.


According to a recent survey 24% of high school students abuse Ritalin and Adderall.


Methods of Use: Snorting, Shooting & Swallowing Ritalin

The drug can either be taken orally or snorted. The drug is also water-soluble so it can be dissolved in water and then injected into the blood stream, but injecting is not common. It comes in small pills in the shape of aspirin tablets. Crushing then snorting the Ritalin is known to increase the potency of the drug. If the drug is taken orally, it takes an hour to reach the user’s brain and cause effects. Snorting it on the other hand allows the drug to reach the brain immediately. People who snort it have increased feeling of euphoria. Snorting high doses leads to anxiety, aggression and irritability. When Ritalin is snorted it could cause fainting, seizures as well as blurred vision. Snorting can also harm your nasal passages and can spread disease if the snorting instruments are shared. It could cause life-threatening complications such as irregular heartbeat and difficulty breathing.

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About the author

Robert M. has been in recovery since 1988. He is a sponsor and loyal member of AA. He has been working in the drug and alcohol field for nearly 20 years. During that time, he has written industry blogs and articles for a variety of industry websites including Transitions, Malibu Horizons, Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches and Lifeskills of Boca Raton.