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A 17-year-old male asked:

how do you know if ritalin (methylphenidate) is working precisely ? in the time of studies i am somewhere else searching the internet! i don't feel more focused .

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Dr. Laura Wuarin
Psychiatry 24 years experience
Use scale: There are great adhd rating scales. When medication works, symptoms decrease from all the time, to often, to sometimes, etc... There are clusters of inattention symptoms, hyperactivity symptoms and impulsivity symptoms. You can find scales on line or speak to doctor who is prescribing medication.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Need to adjust dose: You will either have to get the dose adjusted by your doctor or switch to another med. Beware that Ritalin (methylphenidate) can raise Luvox levels, so that is something that may may also wish to get ckecked. Best wishes.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there anything I can take other than ritalin (methylphenidate) to help stay awake and focused?

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Dr. Theodore Cole
Specializes in Family Medicine
Why: My first question is why can't you stay awake and focused? If there's a problem, best to get checked out and treat the cause. Healthy people don't need to rely on stimulants to perform. Any stimulant, from caffeine to amphetamines, can keep you awake. But, they all have side effects as well and can damage your health, so use with caution.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for ritalin (methylphenidate) to affect focus? 30 minutes? 1 hour?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Ususally 20-30 min: Depends a bit on the specific type of methylphenidate you are taking, but most of the oral forms begin working withing 20-30 minutes. How long the benefits last will depend again on the form you are using and the dose, as well as how your body handles the medication. Effects can be as short as 2 hours for regular immediate-release Ritalin to 10-12 hours or more for some of the long-acting kinds.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if drugs like ritalin (methylphenidate) really help you focus when it comes to school?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Add-yes: Patients with a proper diagnosis of attention deficit disorder may benefit with better focus in school settings. Patients without add have little if any benefit.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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In fact, so much so that studies have shown an average across-the-board increase of one or two grades for class while treated. In other words if someone was getting a C grade, their grades would increase to a B or an A. I've seen this many times in my practice.
Dec 16, 2013
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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As have I
Dec 16, 2013
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A 30-year-old male asked:

I'm struggling to focus at work as I work in a open-office setting, I've been prescribed Ritalin before and it helped a lot. What type of doctor can help me?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
See details: Any primary care physician should be able to help you if you want to resume Ritalin.

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