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How Do You Know If Ritalin Is Working
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.
About 45 minutes: It depends some whether or not the Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a long acting form, there are several different forms of medications which contain methylphenedate, which is the active drug in ritalin (methylphenidate). It also can depend on whether it's taken on an empty stomach. In general, Ritalin (methylphenidate) starts working within about 30-60 minutes after taking it. ...Read more
What are the effects of ritalin (methylphenidate) on a 6 year old with add and when does the medication start working?
Immediately: Stimulants act by stimulating the cortex in the brain, in add this is like stimulating the brakes in a system. They usually start working short after start. They block the appetite, increase pulse rate and blood pressure and may disrupt sleep, I am not aware of studies that followed people up to adulthood, so we don't how they affect the brain as it develops from childhood to adulthood. ...Read more
How long does it take for ritalin (methylphenidate) to start working with controlling ADHD symptoms?
Almost immediately: Most people notice a marked effect immediately or within a few days of starting this medication. ...Read more
Ritalin (methylphenidate): If prescribed, yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Been taking ritalin (methylphenidate) for fatigue but not working anymore. Increased dose makes me shake. What else can I do?
Can ritalin affect the working speed of Zoloft (sertraline)? I mean will a person taking ritalin with Zoloft (sertraline) need more time to see benefit?
I am taking Prozac 40mg and Wellbutrin (bupropion) XL 150mg. Was going to ask my doctor to add Ritalin again for my working memory probs. Is this a safe combo?
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ritalin (methylphenidate): Only by prescription, if diagnosis is confirmed. ...Read more
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
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
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
ADD: Yes, it is one of the stimulants prescribed for ADD ...Read more
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
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
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.
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