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What is ritalin (methylphenidate)?

What is ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Or methylphenidate: Is a stimulant drug used in the treatment of attention deficit disorder (with/without hyperactivity). In add pts, it has the effect of calming down their revving engine so they can concentrate more effectively, complete tasks, not be in constant motion. It's a controlled substance which requires a special prescription in many states. ...Read more

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Methylphenidate (Definition)

Is the generic name of ritalin (methylphenidate). It is a ...Read more


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How old is ritalin (methylphenidate) ?

Ritalin (methylphenidate) history: The original patent was owned by ciba, now novartis corporation. It was first licensed by the U.S. Food and drug administration (fda) in 1955 for treating what was then known as hyperactivity. Prescribed to patients beginning in 1960, the drug became heavily prescribed in the 1990s, when the diagnosis of adhd itself became more widely accepted. En.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/methylphenidate. ...Read more

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Why is ritalin (methylphenidate) better?

Better than what?: Please rephrase your question to indicate better than what? ...Read more

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How do you get ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Controlled substance: This is a class 2 controlled substance that is monitored by state and federal officials from the point of manufacture to consumption. If you have a condition where this is used, your physician must document how the diagnosis was made, and provide a prescription on special forms. In my state the quantity prescribed at one time is limited and all refills require a separate written prescription. ...Read more

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Why do adults take ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Why do adults take ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Adults take: Ritalin (methylphenidate) for the same reason children do, they have attention deficit disorder, or in the older patient, Ritalin (methylphenidate) can also be used as an antidepressant. ...Read more

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What is the risk of ritalin (methylphenidate)?

What is the risk of ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Side Effects: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a good drug, but it does have significant side effects. It can cause high heart rate, appetite suppression, and even psychological side effects (hallucinations, etc) in some patients. It does have addictive/abusive potential. So, it does a good job when used correctly, but you just have to keep in close follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is methylin as strong a medication as ritalin`?

Just a Brand name: Methylin & Ritalin are brand names for methylphenidate. Each company picks names apt to appeal to patients and doctors and easy to remember. Different brands may have different release patterns, but it is the same medicattion. Other brand names for mph are concerta, metadate, & focalin (dexmethylphenidate). There's also Daytrana patch. Newest is quillivant xr, a liquid long-acting form of mph. ...Read more

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Is ritalin (methylphenidate) good for studying?

Yes: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is one of psychostimulant and has been around a long time. It herl;ps with concentration. Focusing, improving inattention, improving distractability and improvies finishing of work. Generallly it helps with studying--generally 1 aggent used works 75% of the time. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take expired ritalin (methylphenidate)?

yes: Expiration dates just have to do with optimal. It does not loose it's potency all at once. Obviously it is best to use meds before their expiration date. ...Read more

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Will 150 mg of ritalin (methylphenidate) be lethal?

Possibly: If this is a first exposure to Ritalin, (methylphenidate) you are playing with fire. You should check with your doctor to make sure you do not have hear disease or a rhythm abnormality. If you do, That dose may be lethal. Since doses of 10 to 20 mg can cause some people to have excessively rapid heart rate, think about what 150 mg could do. Why are you considering this dose? ...Read more

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What does ritalin (methylphenidate) do in the body?

Stimulant: Ritalin (methylphenidate) will increase the level of nor epinephrine and dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is needed for focused attention and is a substance that released makes you feel good. Nor epinephrine's effect is to make you more alert. It can cause you to have a bit of a racing heart beat and increase in blood pressure. When Ritalin (methylphenidate) is prescribed these are measured to watch for unwanted effects ...Read more

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How often should I take my ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Usually daily : Stimulant medication is usually meant to be taken daily with some people taking "holidays" on the weekend and vacations. If it is not an extended release form you may need to take twice daily. Since those meds do not need to build up to get effect you will not get any carry over benefit from the prior day. If you have any concerns about the use of this medication speak with provider. ...Read more

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Can lithium and ritalin (methylphenidate) be combined?

Can lithium and ritalin (methylphenidate) be combined?

Lithium/Ritalin: Depending on the doses, lithium can slightly lower the potency of ritalin, (methylphenidate) which might lead to need for higher dose to exert response. Please consult your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Can you die from a ritalin (methylphenidate) overdose?

Quite possibly: While generally a safe drug, Ritalin (methylphenidate) is considered a stimulant, which means it does affect things like heart rate and blood pressure. Just like with any stimulant, there is the risk of heart attack, stroke, etc., particular with higher dosages. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take ritalin (methylphenidate) and exercise?

Yes, but...: Yes, it is ok, however, make sure that you are well hydrated and have had proper nutrition... And don't over-do it. Only exercise as much as you normally would. ...Read more

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Is ritalin (methylphenidate) more effective than methylin?

Same drug: These are two brand names of the same drug.They will give equal results if you use the same dose & form. ...Read more

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What are the tests for ritalin (methylphenidate) overdose?

What are the tests for ritalin (methylphenidate) overdose?

Professional eval: There are no tests, and an expert physician would not need tests. An "overdose" (other than deliberate) is a relative thing. Whomever is prescribing the Ritalin (methylphenidate) needs to discuss your experience with the medication, including benefits and possible problems. Meds of this type always need close clinical monitoring, especially in the early stages and when doses, or circumstances, change. ...Read more

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Can my son on ritalin (methylphenidate) take cherratussin?

Can my son on ritalin (methylphenidate) take cherratussin?

Guanfeinesin: Cherratusin is a guanfeinesin prepartation. It should not interfere with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). There is a Cerratusin AC, which contains codeine, I would avoid that. ...Read more

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How can I tell if ritalin (methylphenidate) is right for me?

See doc first: A thorough history and physical examination are needed/recommended before prescribing such type of medications. Discuss your concerns/issues with your doc to help selecting the most approropriate medication for your particular condition..Often prior use of similar meds, family history etc..Are quite useful for selection of meds. Consult your doc.. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are there any good substitutes for ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Yes: Other methylphenidate meds such as concerta, Adderall and similar medications, there are probably 10 other long acting meidications that are similar. Strattera has been helpful for sx treated by Ritalin as have wellbutrin (bupropion) and imiprimine. ...Read more

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I need to know what is a ritalin (methylphenidate) high like?

Rit. hi > cocaine: A person who abuses Ritalin (methylphenidate) can develop a psychological dependence on the drug. Likewise, a physical tolerance to the drug that requires an increased dosage to attain the same results. Ritalin (methylphenidate) dependence can lead to drug cravings and panic attacks. These panic attacks can cause psychotic episodes and heart problems. Ritlalin dependency ; adduction causes a reaction similar to Cocaine high. ...Read more

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How long does it take for ritalin (methylphenidate) to kick in?

30-45 minutes: If the dose is right for you, it usually takes 30 to 45 minutes for the effect to begin. ...Read more

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