Ask the Experts

Ritalin and Headaches

“Is it normal to experience headaches from Ritalin and other ADHD psychostimulants? How can they be prevented?”

Headaches are a possible side effect when taking stimulants like Ritalin. It usually starts early in the use of the ADHD medication and occurs daily while on the medication.

Most children and adults experiencing these headaches describe them as being general and covering their entire head. Occasionally, these headaches go away after several weeks on the medication. If they do not, it is best to try another medication. We do not know what causes these headaches and how to prevent them, and it is not reasonable to expect a person to live with them.

For more information on commonly prescribed ADHD medications and their side effects, check out:

Concerta FAQ

Dexedrine FAQ

Adderall FAQ