Ritalin is a trademark for the drug methylphenidate. It is used to treat attention deficit disorder in children or in teens. Ritalin is a nick name for the word methylphenidate. It is a little circle drug with the amount of the medicine on the front of it in numbers. It is swallowed with some type of liquid (water preferred). It was first licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1955 for treating what was then known as hyperactivity. There is a risk for you to get addicted to Ritalin. If your a long-term user of Ritalin and you try the withdraw method, you can have physical and emotional symptoms of all kinds. The short-term side effects of Ritalin is that it slows down hyper behaviors, deficit disorder (ADD), (A.D.H.D.), and narcolepsy. The long-term effects on Ritalin is that is makes you tired and slows down your energy. Ritalin is a ''cognition enhancer''. Ritalin (Methylphenidate) can come in different brands such as Concerta, Daytana, Methylin, and Aptensio.