Ritalin Ritalin (also known as concerta or methylphenidate) is a widely used prescription drug. Some students or professionals use it as a smart drug to boost their performance. It’s more popular in the US than in the UK, but students in UK are known to use Ritalin as a study drug or smart drug. Although originally marketed as a ‘pep pill,’ to boost energy and productivity. Today, Ritalin is used as a treatment for ADHD, narcolepsy, and other disorders. 

Ritalin in the UK! Ritalin is a Class B drug in the UK, which means it is illegal to sell or possess without a prescription. The maximum penalties for possession are a 5-year prison sentence, an unlimited fine, or both, and sellers risk 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both. However, it is available on prescription from the NHS and is used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy.    

Ritalin’s effects? Ritalin increases wakefulness and can help people concentrate on their work. This is because a boost to dopamine can drive you to concentrate more. As a result, Ritalin is prescribed for people with ADHD, narcolepsy or other conditions associated with fatigue or lack of concentration. Ritalin may also be prescribed for depression in some instances. Effects tend to last for around 2-3 hours.