ADHD Medicine (Ritalin) and Memory Loss

Patient

Q: Does methylphenidate hcl er 36mg and ritalin 5mg cause memory loss or memory retention, understanding and comprehension in children age 10?

Doctor

A:   Ritalin (methylphenidate) is an amphetamine-like prescription stimulant commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. Ongoing research shows early-life use of Ritalin (methylphenidate) has complex effects that endure later into life. Ritalin in young children may later disrupt development of brain cells in the hippocampus, region of the brain critical to memory, spatial navigation, and behaviorial inhibition. Damage can lead to memory problems, disorientation and depression in adulthood.

Related Q&A

Q: I'm finding it very difficult to effectively manage my ADHD symptoms as an adult. It's embarrassing and humiliating. ...

Q: I was prescribed Vyvanse for my ADHD and I actually lost / am unable to find where I had put the bottle itself contai...

Q: My child is suffering from ADHD and he is hyperactive. He does not make any eye contact, does not listen to our comma...

Q: Can you can you take melatonin while taking narcotics

Q: How do I get a prescription for Desoxyn? I've never had insurance so. I've never been diagnosed with ADD. I've never...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews