Intravenous methylphenidate: an unusual way to provoke ST-elevation myocardial infarction.

Research paper by Emile E Hay, Vitaly V Shklovski, Yossef Y Blaer, Vladimir V Shlakhover, Amos A Katz

Indexed on: 10 Sep '14Published on: 10 Sep '14Published in: American Journal of Emergency Medicine


Acute ST-T elevation is a sign of myocardial ischemia or infarction usually due to coronary artery atherosclerosis or coronary spasm. Coronary spasm may be spontaneous or can occur as a result of a drug that causes arterial spam. Ritalin, Novartis Pharmaceut. Corporation, USA (methylphenidate hydrochloride), a dopamine reuptake inhibitor,is an oral drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. Sudden deaths, stroke, and myocardial infarction have been reported in adults taking stimulant drugs at usual dose for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [1]. This drug is not supplied as solution for injection [2]. We report here, what we believe to be, the first case report of a 40-year-old male patient who was admitted for acute chest pain and ST-elevation myocardial infarction after intravenous self-injection of Ritalin. His coronary angiogram demonstrated nonobstructive coronary disease.