In this guide, we’ll delve into some of the side effects you might encounter, shedding light on how these medications can influence both your physical and emotional well-being. From shifts in libido to impacts on emotional stability, we’ll explore the intricacies of how Concerta and Ritalin may affect relationships and sex.

Side effects:

Libido and arousal

Both Concerta and Ritalin may affect changes in sexual desire (increase or decrease in sexual interest)


Dopamine, one of the key neurotransmitters, is involved in motivation and reward. Concerta and Ritalin can affect dopamine levels, which in turn can affect overall motivation, including the desire for sexual activity.

Another reason is that the drugs listed above are so-called stimulant drugs, which affect chemicals in the brain that control mood and emotions. The result is changes in mood and, consequently, changes in the sexual sphere. Mood can affect our sexual ability and overall comfort in the sexual sphere.

Physical effects

Stimulant drugs such as Concerta and Ritalin can lead to an increased risk of hypertension, heart strain, and feelings of nervousness.


Stimulants can affect the blood vessels, and these affect blood flow in the body. As a result, we may have a problem with the ability to circulate blood in the genital area, and this affects the problem of achieving and maintaining an erection.

Another aspect is that stimulants can affect muscle tone. This leads to problems with blood vessels that do not dilate and constrict properly, which is important for achieving and maintaining an erection.

These drugs also affect the nervous system, which has an impact on stress and tension levels. Stress and tension are key factors in achieving an erection.

Difficulty in achieving orgasm


Concerta and Ritalin are stimulant drugs that affect neurotransmitters by regulating the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, particularly dopamine and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters affect how we feel pleasure and regulate emotions.  Consequently, this can affect our ability to experience sexual pleasure, including reaching orgasm.

Emotional effects

These drugs can affect moods and emotions. These drugs may improve concentration, attention, and affect emotional responses.


Concerta and Ritalin have both positive and negative side effects. For example, increased concentration and attention, lead to better emotional responses and greater emotional stability and control, making it easier to cope with mood swings and emotional fluctuations. This leads to overall better well-being and more effective emotional interactions.

But also has negative effects. These drugs affect dopamine and noradrenaline, which regulate mood, pleasure, and attention. Changes in these neurotransmitters can lead to emotional changes, including mood swings, irritability, anxiety, emotional lability, depression, euphoria, and emotional regulation. Individual responses vary due to brain chemistry and dosage, and finding the right balance can affect emotional regulation.

Side effects

Concerta and Ritalin may affect sexual function in ways such as changes in orgasm, delayed ejaculation, or difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection.

It is important to discuss your medical condition and medical history thoroughly with your doctor before starting ADHD treatment. Your doctor can adjust the dose or choose the appropriate medication based on your individual needs.

Take the medicine as directed by your doctor. Do not skip or change doses without consulting your doctor.

Avoid an excess of other stimulants, which can increase certain side effects, such as nervousness or difficulty sleeping.

Remember to adopt a healthy lifestyle, eat healthy meals, and hydrate regularly.

It is important to remember that people react differently to medicines, so it is advisable to see a specialist for more information.

Written by Agnieszka Szpotowska – psychology intern at Willingness