The Ritalin Withdrawal Timeline Chart

What can you expect during Ritalin withdrawal? Explore our Guideline Infographic to learn here:

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Duration Of Ritalin Withdrawal

Used for treating ADHD, Ritalin (methylphenidate) can be highly therapeutic. In fact, it can help people live their lives to be productive and happy. But when this psychoactive drug is used for effect, abuse can lead to addiction.

Regardless of your intention behind taking Ritalin, regular use will result in physical dependence. So, what happens when you quit? People who are Ritalin-dependent experience withdrawal symptoms when they quit the drug.

The Ritalin Withdrawal Timeline Chart

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What can you expect during Ritalin withdrawal? And, how long does withdraw from Ritalin last? Find the answers in our detailed and easy-to-follow infographic! And, if you find it useful and educational, feel free to use it and/or share it. The embed code is right below the image. Your comments and questions are also welcomed in the section below.

Ritalin Withdrawal Timeline

The onset of Ritalin withdrawal symptoms usually occurs right after drug effects have worn off. Symptoms may last for a few weeks after the last dose. What are withdraw symptoms of Ritalin? We review in the guideline list below that is sorted by period of occurrence for better understanding.

24-72 hours after the last Ritalin dose:

  • Agitation
  • Cravings
  • Heartbeat changes
  • Intense fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea

4-7 days after the last Ritalin dose:

  • Depression
  • Exhaustion
  • Increased appetite
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Sleep disorder

Week 2 Ritalin Withdrawal:

  • Anxiety
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Nervousness

Week 3 Ritalin Withdrawal:

  • Cravings stabilization
  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Sleep disorders

Week 4 Ritalin Withdrawal:

  • Sleep disorder
  • Feeling better

Since Ritalin is a strong stimulant, bear in mind that withdrawal symptoms can happen later than the projected timeline. Additionally, some symptoms can seem to be resolved but then appear later. And still other symptoms – especially related to mood – can persist for months after you quit.

Nevertheless, don’t wait to fall in the circle of dependence and addiction… there’s always a way out!

How Long To Withdrawal From Ritalin?

The Ritalin withdrawal period is unique for each person that uses this drug. The amount of time it takes for you to completely detox from Ritalin varies. In fact, this duration depends on many factors, including:

  • Your normal Ritalin dosage
  • The overall length of Ritalin use
  • Your general health and body condition

Furthermore, people who (ab)use Ritalin may experience prolonged withdraw symptoms know as PAWS. These symptoms can last several months, and in some extreme cases even longer. Ritalin PAWS include:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Sleeping disturbance

BUT the good news is that Ritalin withdrawal has an end. There is hope for healing and recovery, whether for you or your addicted loved one. Just don’t wait until it’s too late!

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Ritalin Withdrawal Timeline Questions

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Reference Sources: U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs: Treatment of Acute Intoxication and Withdrawal from Drugs of Abuse
NIDA: Diagnosis & Treatment of Drug Abuse in Family Practice
SAMHSA: Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment Chapter 4: Physical Detoxification Services for Withdrawal
SAMHSA Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 33: Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorders, Chapter 5-Medical Aspects of Stimulant Use Disorders
NIDA: Prescription drugs: What are the possible consequences of stimulant use and abuse?
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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