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Ritalin (methylphenidate)

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Ritalin®

Generic Name: Methylphenidate meth-il-FEN-i-dayt

Drug Class: Amphetamine-like Drugs

 

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Description
This medicine is used to treat narcolepsy, attention deficit disorders (ADD, ADHD). Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for other conditions as well such as narolepsy (difficulty staying awake).
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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
Follow the directions that your doctor has given you. This medicine is taken orally and may be taken with or without food. Do not abruptly stop taking this medicine before talking to your doctor. Do not break, crush or chew sustained-release forms. This medicine may cause a patient to have difficulty sleeping. It is recommended that this medicine be taken several hours before going to sleep or in the morning. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the best time to take this medicine.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Storage
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • nervousness, fast heart beat, excitement
    • insomnia
    • reduced appetite
    • More severe side effects may include:
    • growth suppression in children
    • chest pain
    • seizures or involuntary movements
    • If you experience any of these severe side effects, talk to you doctor immediately.
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Warnings/Precautions
    • Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you have a history of:
      • high blood pressure
      • seizures
      • substance abuse issues
    • Do NOT take this medicine if you have severe depression.
    • Methylphenidate should NOT be used in patients with Tourette's syndrome or patients with a family history of this condition.
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Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
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Drug Interactions
    • Possible drug interactions may occur with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO), increasing the risk for irregular hear beat (arrhythmias), seizures, or high blood pressure (hypertension). Talk to your physician or pharmacist if you are taking other medications.

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Pregnancy/Nursing
If you are pregnant, or thinking of becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor about the risks versus the benefits of taking this medicine during your pregnancy. For nursing mothers, do not take this medicine while breastfeeding.
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More Information

For more information about this medicine, talk to your healthcare provider.
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Copyright) 2004 PharmClips, Inc. All rights reserved. www.pharmclips.com
This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects. This is general information and should not in any event be construed as specific instructions for individual patients. The publisher does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the information or the consequences arising from the application, use, or misuse of any of the information contained herein, including any injury and/or damage to any person or property as a matter of product liability, negligence, or otherwise. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made in regard to the contents of this material. The reader is advised to check with their health care provider before making any changes in their drug regimen.

 

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5 cats
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Registered: December 2013
Location: United States
Posts: 8
Thu December 26, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $8.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: helps add
CONS: none

helps somewhat on focus

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Musique_butterflys
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Registered: October 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 36
Tue July 16, 2013 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: When i was on ritalin it kept me calm
CONS: I sometimes got mood swings and it stopped working very fast

It stopped having effect not long after taking it. And i would get mood swings and violent outbursts.

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mishypoo13
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Registered: April 2013
Posts: 1
Thu April 11, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: helps me focus, complete tasks, study, have energy, feel normal, control impulsivity
CONS: messes with my sleep and eating habits, can make me irritable

First started taking at 19 yr old for one year then switched to dr who took me off of them to get stable on other meds.Started taking them again last month at 23

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bill77bman
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Registered: June 2012
Posts: 24
Thu July 5, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $50.00| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: sometimes feel a little better
CONS: heart races

i really dont think this is a good med

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clover81
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Registered: October 2009
Posts: 2
Wed October 26, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $8.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Increased attention.
CONS: headaches if additional pills are taken. Extreme sleepiness when pill is missed.

I take Ritalin for ADD at age 30. It gives me a few hours of increased focus and drive. It doesn't last forever (maybe 6 hours?) and my doctor has approved me to take an extra if I need more focus time, although that has lead me to headaches. Without this pill I am unfocused, easily distracted and get almost nothing accomplished. It's really made a positive impact on my life.

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smith2515
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Registered: July 2008
Wed July 16, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $40.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Improved grades, more social, great concetration
CONS: Upset stomach, loss of appetite, headaches(when dose was increased), wears off fast.

See pos/neg aspects. My son has tried several ADHD drugs. Ritalin has been the best by far. The worse symptom I have seen when he was taking OTHER medications is he was very mean(biting, hitting) which is not him at all. We started at 5mg(one in morning, one in afternoon) then had to increase the dose to 10mg per his doctor. The doctor had him come in every month to check on his weight and for refills. Everyone is different but this worked best for us.

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djmojo
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Registered: February 2008
Sat February 16, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: short term ADD relief
CONS: qwick start and fall, not smooth at all, made me sleepy, but it works great for my sister, go figure

pretty rude ride, up and down, zombie mode if not right on top of second dose of the day

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Barbarian
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Registered: November 2007
Fri November 30, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: Very cheap; a well-studied ADHD drug; for a very FINITE amount of time (about 2 or 3 hours for me) is it effective for ADHD symptoms; quick acting on ADHD symptoms.
CONS: The worst of all ADHD medications; very addictive; very short effectiveness time; has the WORST up-and-down effect of any ADHD drug; after effectiveness wears off, you'll get depressed.

In a nutshell: the WORST ADHD drug on the market! Sure it's a well-studied ADHD drug. However, it is just plain terrible! In the initial 2 to 3 hours of taking this drug, you'll experience a great deal of anti-ADHD effects. However, the time thereafter is just pure suffering. You'll get depressed and start to worry about the effectiveness of the drug. You'll probably get addicted because you'll feel the need to take more to combat the depressing effects of the med. Trust me, stay away from this medication for ADHD...period! I would recommend Adderall -- which in some cases can be more addictive than Ritalin -- and or Concerta over this drug. For your own good, stay away from this medication!

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jenniferaddbeans
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Registered: November 2007
Location: Pennsylvania
Fri November 16, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: helped focus, moody
CONS: nervous, shaky, sometimes stomach pain

I was diagnosed with ADD in middle school. After being prescribed Methlyn ER which is the time relesed formula my grades went from C's and D's to A's and B's. My teachers noticed an imediate difference. Instead of daydreaming and turning around to talk to the person behind me I would focus on my work and want to get it done. I was taking 30mg a day, and I remember one downfall was I would be moody. My hunger was completely surpressed and I didn't eat most of the day, which was probably why I was moody. Insomnia was a big issue, and I disassociated myself from others, I wanted to be alone. I am in college now and have decided to get back on the medication after a 1 1/2 year break from it, as well as a complete meltdown from my disorganization and forgetfulness to complete assignments. I am slowly getting better, I'm handeling the symptoms much better, probably because I've gained 20lbs since high school.

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pyewacket
Junior Member

Registered: October 2007
Location: ontario, canada
Posts: 13
Mon October 22, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: im productive, productive, productive
CONS: highly addictive

good, only damned addictive

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elubee1
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Registered: August 2007
Location: Oregon, United States
Thu August 2, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: helps with focusing and with hyperactivity and irritibility
CONS: gets headaches, motor ticks and insomnia

My daughter has ADHD and Asperger's and for the most part Concerta's benefits have outweighed the risk. It helps her function in school and makes her more cooperative and less irritable, however, she gets headaches from time to time and began motor ticks that sounded like she was grunting and another that seemed like she was sniffing with her nose all the time. To help with this condition her physician put her on guanfacine which eliminated the motor ticks and helped her with the insomnia.

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stockboy
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Registered: July 2007
Fri July 27, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: concentration, focus, eliminates irritability,
CONS: timing can be tricky, but otherwise none

This drug is nothing short of a lifesaver. I had a major depressive episode four years ago (mostly due to work). Pdocs were misdiagnosing my ADHD and depression as Bipolar. Tried everything, then switched pdocs; he tried me on concerta and the effects were life-changing. I always thought everyone dealt with "white noise" in their head. I found that, when I was stressed, I couldn't concentrate on the simplest of tasks. I was frustrated, irritable, and my mind was incessantly "changing the channel" on me. I would start projects and never finish; then snap at my wife when she brought that to my attention. After being on it for 1-1/2 years, I abruptly stopped - not sure why. Needless to say after another year or so, I am back on it. Again, life's stresses have proven too much for me and I find that concerta allows me to have a normal life. Concerta brought an uncanny focus to my life. I could actually read a book whereas before anything more than a one-page article was difficult. I would actually see a project through to fruition versus moving on to a more exciting one. My only gripe is that I was not diagnosed sooner, I would have prusued at least a baccalaureate.

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Taonuviel
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Registered: May 2004
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1452
Tue July 24, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $23.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Works for deepest darkest suicidal depression, too!
CONS: Insurance won't cover it for off-label use

Absolutely saved my life. I tried EVERYTHING for depression, and in a little miracle a young, fresh out of med school doctor decided to try it with me when he substituted a week in the psych hospital. It's effect on me is night and day different, aside from a low week or so last October, I haven't been suicidal since - major difference from being suicidal every moment of every day. Why isn't it commonly prescribed this way? It could save more lives!

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nibbanalice
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Registered: May 2007
Thu May 24, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Makes you feel less tired. concentrate, calms down
CONS: wears off real fast. habit forming

One of the very best if and only if you know that your illness/condition is Adult ADD. Don't know if it's good for children. I like the fact that I don't have to take the same dosage everyday. Sometimes you only need one or two of 5 mg. But it seems to be habit forming and when it wears off, you'd feel very tired and can't fall a sleep till you take another one. Cured my nausea too. I wish to be back on this medicine again but my doctor doesn't like it. She says this is presciption 'street drug' like, ice. Will eventually get hooked. And she also told me it is stronger than cocaine. (I don't know, I never took Cocaine in my life. I wonder if she tried both.) I like it though.

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terry
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Registered: April 2007
Posts: 5
Tue April 24, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: motivation, feeling good, energy
CONS: anxiety, insomnia

I really like this medication, but the fact that it is expensive, that I have to order it from overseas, and the insomnia is a drawback. But these drawbacks are far outweighed by the positive attributes that it has.

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darkeyes
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Registered: May 2001
Location: US
Posts: 6683
Fri September 15, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: It's excellent for ADD/ADHD,as well as depression. The form I use is, Concerta,it is time release and will not work if tablet is broken,which also eliminates the chance of someone abusing it(crush and snort) plus it doesn't jump start you too high in th
CONS: It is a med.,comes in different forms,and his highly abused just like many meds of stimulant nature.

I take Concerta for mild ADD and it doesn't interfer with my other disorder,Bipolar-II(mild). It is time released and that is why my pdoc finally let me take it,now that the Bipolar has been addressed and I take a mood stabilizer (Lamictal) which has been working fine for about 3 or more,years.

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eskielover
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Registered: October 2004
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 11583
Thu September 14, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS:
CONS: anxiety increased & caused a feeling of hyperactivity

Another medication that was tried on me while being hospitalized. After taking it, I got the feeling of bouncing off the wall. My anxiety level increased & felt like the churning inside couldn't stop. I asked how I could be experiencing this when it is used to calm down hyperactive children. I was told that is can have the reverse effect on adults like me but they don't know until they try it.

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