Ritalin is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1955 for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As many as 30 percent of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) also have problems with ADHD. Ritalin can help improve symptoms of ADHD in autistic children. Ritalin is also known by its drug name, Methylphenidate hydrochloride.
Ritalin should not be used in children under the age of six. Ritalin is not appropriate for people with a history of glaucoma, Tourettes syndrome, or motor tics. Ritalin should not be used by pregnant women or people who suffer from anxiety or agitation. Ritalin should be used ... read more