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Ritalin (Methylphenidate) is a highly addictive prescription stimulant medication helpful in the treatment of attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Methylphenidate is a CNS stimulant works by changing the amounts of certain natural compounds in the brain that are usually responsible for activity and impulse control.
Methylphenidate treats ADHD by increasing attention and decreasing eagerness in kids and adults, who are overactive and cannot focus on one task for very a long time or easily distracted.
The dose of Ritalin will be different for different patients. Always follow your doctor’s instruction or the directions on the prescription label. The following information includes only the average dose. If your dose is different than do not change it until your doctor suggests you to do so. Do not take it in smaller or larger amounts or for longer span than recommended.
Swallow the whole tablet. Do not crush or chew the tablet because it may cause immediate release of the drug at one time.
For treating ADHD
Adults: The average usual dose is 20 mg to 30 mg (2 or 3 times) per day and takes before 30 to 45 minutes before meals. Your physician may adjust your dose as needed. The maximum dose is 60 mg per day.
Children 6 years and older: Take 5 mg (2 times) a day, taken before breakfast and lunch.
For treating Narcolepsy
Adults: The average dose is 20 mg to 30 mg (2 or 3 times) per day and takes 30 to 45 minutes before meals. Your physician may adjust your dose as needed. The maximum dose is 60 mg per day.
Children 6 years and older: Take 5 mg (2 times) a day before breakfast and lunch.
Possible Side Effects
Minor Side Effects: stomach pain, headache, loss of appetite, nervousness, stuffy nose, trouble sleeping, anger, decreased appetite, dizziness, drowsiness, fear, irritability, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting.
Major Side Effects: fast heartbeat, chest pain, fever, joint pain, skin rash or hives, blurred vision, convulsions, muscle cramps, swelling of the skin, unusual bleeding, confusion, depression, shortness of breath, weight loss, yellow skin or eyes.
This is not the complete list. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your physician immediately.
Do not take this medication if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past few days, such as linezolid, isocarboxazid, methylene blue injection, tranylcypromine, rasagiline, phenelzine, selegiline, and others.
This drug may be habit forming. Never share with another person, especially one with a history of alcohol addiction or drug abuse.
Avoid taking this medication if you are allergic to it, or if you have: glaucoma, severe anxiety, agitation, tics or Tourette’s syndrome, or tension.
To make sure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have or ever had:
• Depression, mental illness, bipolar disorder
• Muscle twitches or Tourette’s syndrome
• Blood circulation problems
• Seizures or epilepsy
• Problems with the stomach or intestines
• An abnormal brain wave test (EEG)
• A history of drug or alcohol addiction
It is not known whether this drug will harm an unborn baby or not. Tell your physician if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Also, tell your health care provider if you are breastfeeding a baby.