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Question Will drinking Too Much Water flush out my medication?

Im new to this and my treatment is fascinating to me at present. I was wondering if drinking too much water and consequently going to the bathroom alot will cause the meds to cycle out of my system faster. Im currently on 10mg Ritalin (novartis) and the ritalin doesnt seem to last for the 4hrs im lead to believe it usually lasts for.
Maybe im too new to this that im not understanding some of the other factors but i was wondering if over hydrating will 'water down' the treatment because i dont want to be doing that obviously.
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Re: Will drinking Too Much Water flush out my medication?

ritalin, i hear, has a pretty short lifespan in the body. 4 hours actually sounds pretty good, some people say it only lasts 3.

drinking TOO much water, maybe if you're drinking massive amounts, i suppose could wash some of it out. however, it's very important to drink water regularly while on stimulants, because you will be prone to dehydration.

just don't take it with orange juice, or anything else with high amounts of citric acid. this can totally negate the effects.
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Re: Will drinking Too Much Water flush out my medication?

Always drink plenty of water
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Re: Will drinking Too Much Water flush out my medication?

The short answer is No

Drinking water is good

It takes a LOT of water for it ever to be "bad" for you.

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Re: Will drinking Too Much Water flush out my medication?

ritalin ir only lasts about 2 1/2 hours for me regardless of how much water I drink.
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Re: Will drinking Too Much Water flush out my medication?

Interesting question. I don't know the answer, and the following is just purely speculation. Lets say you have a bucket of water that is 1 gallon, and dilute anything in it. The concentration would be x/gallon. Theoretically, adding water would lower the concentration right? And doesn't water pass into one's blood stream quickly once it reaches body temperature?
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Re: Will drinking Too Much Water flush out my medication?

sooo no citric acid... damn. I drink a glass of orange juice with my breakfast in the morning with my ritalin (as directed) - thats a shame.

Way i thought of it was (with water) if some of the methylphenidate circulates in the blood continuously for up to 4hrs then drinking water and consequently going to the toilet might encourage the kidneys to remove the ritalin faster
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Re: Will drinking Too Much Water flush out my medication?

in an attempt to stamp this one out..

the amount of water you'd have to drink to cause this type of effect... would be like.. unhealthy. so as to say.. it would take actual effort.. and.. the amount of water you would have to drink... might be harmful.

that said.. never.. ever.. decide to not hydrate yourself.. especially with stimulants.
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Re: Will drinking Too Much Water flush out my medication?

No, drinking water will not flush the medication out of your system faster. Drinking acidic liquids could be an issue with extended release capsules, by causing them to desolve faster, but drinking plain water will have no effect on that whatsoever.

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is actually highly recommended to help combat the dehydration caused by the diuretic effects of stimulants.
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Re: Will drinking Too Much Water flush out my medication?

Yeah, I agree with others here that if you're taking amphetamine to treat your ADHD you want to err on the side of too much water. It's not going to flush out - as has been noted, Ritalin in particular only lasts like 3-4 hours and it's going to take longer for your body to shift toxins into your kidneys anyway. On the other hand, not staying hydrated can be really, really bad for your teeth among other things. It's a side effect of the drugs that you pee a lot so pretend you have the untreated diabetes and drink away.
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