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USES: This medication increases mental alertness. It is used in those who have problems staying awake (narcolepsy) and for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Methyphenidate may also be used for treating depression in certain cases.

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This medication increases mental alertness. It is used in those who have problems staying awake (narcolepsy) and for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Methyphenidate may also be used for treating depression in certain cases.
  • Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.

  • Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.


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How To Use
  • This medication is best taken 30 to 45 minutes before a meal or take as directed by your doctor.
  • Dosage depends on your condition and response to this medication.
  • If loss of appetite occurs or if you experience stomach upset, it may be taken with or after meals or a snack.
  • Use this medication exactly as prescribed.
  • Do not increase your dose, use it more frequently or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed because this drug can be habit-forming.
  • Also, if used for a long period of time, do not suddenly stop using this without first consulting your doctor.
  • When used for extended periods, this medication may not work as well and may require different dosing.
  • Consult your doctor if the medication isn't working well.

Side Effects
  • Loss of appetite, blurred vision, dizziness, lightheadedness, dry mouth, stomach upset, sleeplessness, irritability or constipation may occur the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication.
  • If these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor.
  • Notify your doctor if you experience weight loss, chest pain, nervousness, pounding heart, difficulty urinating, mood changes, or yellowing eyes and skin.
  • In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or trouble breathing.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of seizures or motor tics, Tourette's disorder, glaucoma, high blood pressure, severe anxiety, alcoholism, drug dependence, mental conditions and of any allergies.
  • If this medication makes you dizzy or lightheaded, use caution driving or engaging in activities requiring alertness.
  • Methylphenidate should be used during pregnancy only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • It is not known if methylphenidate is excreted into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered and take any remaining doses at evenly spaced times.
  • If it is near bedtime or near time for the next dose, skip that dose and resume your regular dosing schedule.
  • Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all over-the-counter and prescription drugs you may use, especially anticoagulants (e.g., warfarin), MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine) and medications for seizures, depression (tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline) or high blood pressure medications such as guanethidine.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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User Medicine Opinions for Ritalin
Overall:1 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:5 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: M
Age: 34
Location: shithole
Time Taken: 20 years

Reason: To get high Date: 23 June 2011
Side Effects
Swelling up right eye and eye pain.

Additional Thoughts
Ritalin damaged all the my muscles in my right eye and neck. I cant stop taking it so i suffer everyday.

Overall:3 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions3 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:4 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: F
Age: 28
Location: Minnesota
Time Taken: 6 weeks

Reason: Daytime Sleepiness Date: 12 August 2010
Side Effects
Rush of energy and alertness for a couple hours once the medicine started working and then I am tired and down until my next dose. I have also experienced a dry mouth while I have been on it. A few mood swings where I am happy and up and then five minutes later I am down and irritated.

Additional Thoughts
I take 20 mgs. in the morning and again in the afternoon.

Overall:2 out of 5
Low adverse Reactions4 out of 5
Healing Power:4 out of 5
No dependency problems:4 out of 5
Cost-Benefit:5 out of 5
Sex: M
Age: 14
Location: SC-USA
Time Taken: 9 years days

Reason: My son took ritalinl in order to stay in regular, not special ed classes Date: 7 December 2008
Side Effects
He developed a delusion when taking too high a dose. We thought he was schizophrenic

Additional Thoughts
His behavior was beginning to be punished. It was normal teen behavior. Because he had been diagnosed as "special", he was given less of a break. Be aware that a little bit too much can mimic schizophrenia. I homeschool now...drug free. He may use it as an adult, to help hold down a job, but you have to be careful. It makes him fearful and anxious. He took it from ages 5 to 14. He is 'gifted', by the way, but would have been considered for an enclosed classroom without it. If he takes it again, it will be his choice. Email is not frequently used. I will try to check it every few weeks.

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