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can ritalin(methylphenidate) be used to improve concentration and studying?

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Dr. James Saccomando
19 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Ritalin (methylphenidate) will help concentration, but we do not diagnose attention defecit/hyperactivity disorder (adhd) by how somebody does with ritalin. Anybody who took Ritalin would concentrate better. Do not use the medication lightly! it is a controlled substance and needs to be prescribed by a physician.
Answered on May 21, 2016
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Dr. Eric Kelts commented
24 years experience Neurology
Agreed. There are slight increases in concentration that can result from this sort of off-label use of Ritalin, but the medication is NOT approved for that use. Now, if you think you have a true diagnosis of adult ADD, discuss this with your treating physician who may be willing to prescribe a similar medication in that circumstance.
Mar 21, 2015

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