According to the Attention Deficit Disorder Help Center, snorting Ritalin damages the nasal tissues and degrades nasal cartilage. Snorting Ritalin also causes irregular heartbeat, stroke, convulsions and other circulatory problems. Respiratory problems are another risk, along with heart arrhythmia and even death.
Dr. Emily Kensington for ADD-treatment.com notes that agitation and aggression are typical health risks associated with snorting Ritalin. Toxic shock is another side effect, and the body is prone to nasal infections.
Attention Deficit Disorder Help Center further notes that overdose deaths from snorting Ritalin are uncommon but still a possibility. Snorting or injecting Ritalin leads to a higher risk of dependence as well. Dr. Kensington notes that snorting Ritalin eventually causes the user to increase the amount snorted over time.
eMedTV mentions that Ritalin enters the bloodstream faster when snorted, and it is more potent. Since Ritalin is not sterile when snorted, the body is susceptible to infection. Weight loss is another symptom of Ritalin, which is a primary reason why people end up snorting or injecting it. Ritalin is also a stimulant. Snorting Ritalin and drinking alcohol is common for people who want to party and stay up later. When drinking alcohol and snorting Ritalin together, the depressant capabilities in alcohol cause the user to drink more alcohol, which leads to alcohol poisoning.