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Ritalin (methylphenidate) increases resting metabolism by 7% for three hours
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 12:02 pm Email this article
Ritalin (methylphenidate hydrochloride), a stimulant which blocks dopamine reuptake used for attention deficit disorder, increases resting metabolism by 7 percent more than placebo for three hours, and increases metabolism 5 percent following a meal according to a study by researchers at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.
Studies have found that injecting dopamine increases resting metabolism 6-15 percent depending on the amount injected.
The study involved 7 men and 7 women 19- to 37-years-old. REFERENCE
Lorello C, Goldfield G, Doucet E. Methylphenidate hydrochloride increases energy expenditure in healthy adults. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2008 Feb, 16(2):470-72.
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School of Human Kinetics
University of Ottawa
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