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Methylphenidate Drug Test

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Ritalin can be detected in drug tests that specifically include it as part of the panel of drugs being tested. Health Street offers urine testing services that can reveal drug use up to a week back. Although it cannot be tested in our hair drug tests, we do offer a special ETG + 20 panel drug test that includes a ritalin drug test amongst other substances. Just choose the location that you wish to get a ritalin drug test and complete your registration. Then you will receive a barcode, which should be presented at the facility when you arrive for your Ritalin drug test. Test results are fast, accurate, and reported securely in our online portal.

About Methylphenidate (Ritalin)

What is Ritalin?

Methylphenidate, commonly known by the brand name Ritalin, is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant prescribed as a treatment for narcolepsy, for managing symptoms of ADHD, or for people who have trouble sitting still, staying quiet, or focusing. Since ADHD is a very common neurodevelopment in children, the media is saturated with information and anecdotes about using methylphenidate or Ritalin. We’ve seen these drugs in the news, in films like Thumbsucker, and in countless books, such as Remembering Ritalin: A Doctor and Generation RX Reflect on Life and Psychiatric Drugs. Although methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a widely familiar drug, some of its side effects and dangers of misuse or abuse are not as well known.

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Intended Use and Effects:

Methylphenidate is a controlled substance that is intended for the treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or narcolepsy. It is considered a stimulant, and should only be used in the doses recommended by a qualified medical professional in order to reduce the occurrence of mild to severe side effects.

Side Effects of Methylphenidate (Ritalin)

Unwanted side effects are always a possibility when taking any drug, so it is important to take methylphenidate as recommended. Common side effects may include:

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Headaches
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Feeling dizzy
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Irritability
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Diarrhea or pain in stomach
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Excessive perspiration
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Change in appetite
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Weight loss
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Uncontrollable movements
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Fast heartbeat

Exceeding the recommended dose of methylphenidate can result in more serious side effects, such as unwonted changes in behavior, trouble swallowing, trouble breathing, seizures, fever, hallucinations, depression, sexual dysfunction, and skin that blisters or peels. Methylphenidate also has the potential to affect the growth of children, so their doctors may want to monitor them closely while taking this medication.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Methylphenidate drug test Show Up On a Drug Test?

Yes, Methylphenidate can be detected in a drug test. However, the type of test may be a factor in whether or not it will show up. Urine drug testing is more common since it is a fast, effective, and less expensive option, but it does look back on a shorter period of time (up to one week). If you need to identify drug use further back than one week, Health Street’s hair drug testing option can identify usage approximately 90 days back.

Is It Safe to Use Ritalin and Weed Together?

There is little research available regarding the interaction of Ritalin and weed. However, some small studies suggest that there may be some effects.

How Long Does Ritalin Stay In Your Urine?

The length of time that methylphenidate stays in your urine is dependent on several factors. Some of these include:

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Frequency of use
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User’s metabolism
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User’s age
Does Ritalin Show Up On a Drug Test?

Although there is not a standard methylphenidate 10 panel drug test or 5 panel drug test, there is a methylphenidate drug test included in the testing options with Health Street. Just be sure to select the ETG + 20 drug test panel, which specifically includes it as part of the panel of drugs being tested.

Methylphenidate Drug Test Options

Health Street offers the following option for Ritalin drug tests:

ETG + 20 Panel Drug Test$399.00
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Citations

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, January 26). What is ADHD? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/facts.html#ADHDAdults.
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Edited by Editorial StaffLast Updated: June 13, 2019. (2019, June 13). How Long Does Ritalin Stay in Your System? American Addiction Centers. https://americanaddictioncenters.org/ritalin/how-long-in-system.
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Kollins SH;Schoenfelder EN;English JS;Holdaway A;Van Voorhees E;O’Brien BR;Dew R;Chrisman AK; (2015, January). An exploratory study of the combined effects of orally administered methylphenidate and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on cardiovascular function, subjective effects, and performance in healthy adults. Journal of substance abuse treatment. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25175495/.
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Ritalin Overdose Signs, Symptoms, Side Effects & Treatment. Recovery.org. (2021, April 29). https://www.recovery.org/ritalin/overdose/.
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Street or Slang Names for Drugs. SnohomishHealth District, WA. (n.d.). https://www.snohd.org/DocumentCenter/View/2516/Drug_Names_Slang_2019_05_09?bidId=.
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U.S. National Library of Medicine. (n.d.). Methylphenidate: MedlinePlus Drug Information. MedlinePlus. https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682188.html.