Ritalin, somewhat controversial cognitive enhancer, is commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Ritalin is an amphetamine type stimulant, classified in the same group as Adderall and Dexedrine. In particular, Ritalin is the brand name for the generic chemical Methylphenidate, a direct derivative of amphetamine.
But Ritalin ≠ Methylphenidate because of dosing- inaccurate dosing per serving because of manufacturing error or difference in brand, and how the manufacturer decided to make it ie. if they added any other ingredients. Whatever the case, some patients observed that Ritalin treated their ADD & ADHD symptoms, whereas the generic “equivalent” Methylphenidate did not.
Ritalin is a powerful short-term cognitive enhancer, more so than caffeine, that improves focus and efficiency. But the bigger the high, the harder the fall. Specifically, short-term side effects include Insomnia, decreased appetite. And long-term use has serious negative consequences including addiction, increasing tolerance, psychological need to take more frequently and in larger doses. In other words, Ritalin has the potential for abuse