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A 17-year-old male asked:

Can i stop ritalin (methylphenidate) for example for one total day without talking to my doc? is there any risk? i am on ritalin (methylphenidate) 10 3x, but my dosage should be increased

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Interesting: If you feel your dose should be increased, then why would you want to stop it? It should be fine skipping a day. The worst i can think of is that you may have a very challenging day but there are no risks to skipping a day or two. Many patients do not take meds on the weekend or during school breaks....And do fine.
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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 47 years experience
Ritalin (methylphenidate) for ADHD may: Be effective for 3-4 hours and then be residual for another 3-4 hours. Skipping a dose is not harmful but adhd symptoms will return and may interfere with function. Some individuals may experience agitation, change in heart rate, sadness, tired, nausea after stopping ritalin (methylphenidate). Dose increase is determined by discussing symptoms and medication effects with prescriber. Best regards.
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Last updated Feb 3, 2017


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