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How long does ritalin stay in your system after you stop taking the medication? I was put on it for a few days but stopped due to the side effects. I am starting a new job and will be drug tested next week and am worried if I need to tell them or not.

How long does ritalin stay in your system after you stop taking the medication? I was put on it for a few days but stopped due to the side effects. I am starting a new job and will be drug tested next week and am worried if I need to tell them or not.

Very short: The half life of Ritalin (methylphenidate) is quite short. If you have stopped taking the drug after a few days, and your test is not for a few more days, chances are you will not test positive. It would be wise, however, to be upfront about any current medications you are taking when you submit your sample. ...Read more

Methylphenidate (Definition)

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


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Does it take time for extended release ritalin (methylphenidate) to build up in your system?

Does it take time for extended release ritalin (methylphenidate) to build up in your system?

NO.: This medication starts to work very quickley and lasts about 8 hours. After that very little remains in your system.
If you have no benefit from the original dose, see your docutor for an adjustment! ...Read more

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If I abused ritalin (methylphenidate) the night before I was given a urine test will it show high levels of ritalin (methylphenidate) in my system or just a positive for ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Depends on the test: Some tests only screen for the presence of the drug, while others will actually look for the quantity of the material. Either way, if it was not a valid prescribed use, you could be looking at federal time for use of a controlled substance. Any level will fit the definition for that charge. ...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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How long does it take for ritalin (methylphenidate) to become effective?

How long does it take for ritalin (methylphenidate) to become effective?

Noticed effects: Most teachers or parents will notice some effect of Ritalin (methylphenidate) within a few days if not the first day. If the dose is a bit low there may not be much of an effect & at high doses the kid may appear drugged & slow. The concept of effectiveness can be a different issue. The med may allow more settled participation in class but it will not fix any co-existing learning problems. ...Read more

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How long does on take ritalin (methylphenidate) until it starts working?

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

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How long does it take for my tolerance of ritalin (methylphenidate) to go down?

How long does it take for my tolerance of ritalin (methylphenidate) to go down?

Few months: It depends on the dose you were on when you stopped and how long you were on it. Usually when people take a few months off (summer break) they may be able to start again at a lower dose (20 to 30% lower), but will quickly need to increase back to their previous dose (within a month). That's just my opinion. You might get a different answer from another doc. ...Read more

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Is 110 mg of ritalin (methylphenidate) daily alot? If so what could happen long term?

Ritalin (methylphenidate): That is well above the therapeutic dose. Please consult your doctor & monitor your heart status. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the feeling last if you snort around 10-20 mg of ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Ritalin (methylphenidate): Short term but harmful effects can last lifetime unless quit. ...Read more

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I just recently started taking ritalin (methylphenidate). When will that euphoric felling eventually go away, or how long does it take for it to truly benefit me?

Ritalin (methylphenidate): Is a short acting stimulant, not a first indication 4 adult adhd. Together with clonazepam, long-acting benzodiazepine, and tramadol, opiate, per ur "additional patient information", make an unsafe treatment combination. Are those 3 medications prescribed by the same doctor?
Please, be cautious, go back to ur doctor, tell her/him exactly what you are taking. Get helped the safe way. Thank u. ...Read more

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I've been taking 10 mg ritalin (methylphenidate) twice a day for three weeks. I no longer feel the effects. Have I developed a tolerance? Should I ask for ritalin (methylphenidate) xr?

Tolerance OK term: I am glad you use the term tolerance which is a decrease of the effect of the medication over time; the person becomes accustomed to it. It is different from addiction (craving, withdrawal symptoms, chronic compulsive use; and different from physical dependence). A dose of 10 mg of Ritalin (methylphenidate) twice a day is a good therapeutic dose. I do not know why you take it but ask your health provider (nuvigil?). ...Read more

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How long can ritalin (methylphenidate) withdrawal take?

How long can ritalin (methylphenidate) withdrawal take?

RITALIN (methylphenidate): Ritalin is methylphenidate stimulant med, used for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy etc. Come in different forms: Ritalin ir (immediate release) works 3-5 hours, given twice daily; er (extended release), sr (sustained release), la (long acting) works 8-9 hours, given once daily. After specified time, action wares off in healthy person, no specific withdrawl symptoms for adhd. ...Read more

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How long will a 10 mg ritalin (methylphenidate) show up in my urine?

Usually 48 hours: However if you are concerned about being tested positive stay away for 4 days to be on the safest side. Do you use it? If so is it fir recreational purpose? If it is for ADHD Please visit us at www. Ehacstl. Com to learn how we propose to treat such disorders by treating the cause instead of relying on such meds. Hope you find it useful ...Read more

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Is ritalin (methylphenidate) better or more effective than the long acting and sr forms?

Depends on the pt: There are a number of medication options as you point out. Each patient will find a different medication approach world best for them. It really depends on each persons reaction to the med and individual needs in terms of their symptoms. All are effective just differently tolerated. ...Read more

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How long does it take for ritalin (methylphenidate) to work if you take it with breakfast?

How long does it take for ritalin (methylphenidate) to work if you take it with breakfast?

Could vary.: It is recommended to take this 30 minutes prior to a meal. Food could change the bio-availability. The medication is usually working in 30 minutes after taking the pill. I would take it as it is supposed to be taken unless cleared by your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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If I was looking to do more than moderate drinking, how long would I have to wait after taking extended release Ritalin (methylphenidate) in order to be safe?

Safe is relative: Drinking more than moderately increases risk of accidents, health problems, legal and social conflict, and emotional difficulty. So, alcohol in more than moderate amounts is not necessarily safe. Add Methylphenidate (immediate or extended release) and risks increase. Avoiding the combination of the two may help reduce risk but risk would still be present. You may wait 4-7 days at most. ...Read more

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I've been recently prescribed ritalin (methylphenidate) ir 20mg once a day every morning for a week. It works, but is it too soon to ask about longer lasting release?

No, it is not!: In fact, many professionals would suggest a long acting preparation from the start! Long acting medications are more consistent, provide smoother and longer lasting symptoms relief and tend to have fewer side effects because of the less fluctuation in blood levels. Many studies show superior benefit in symptom control on the long lasting preparations. ...Read more

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How long should I expect to wait on every dose of ritalin (methylphenidate) if it isn't effective until my psychatrist increases my dose? Will he wait 1 week, 2 weeks?

Ask psychiatrist: For the best answer to this question, please ask the psychiatrist prescribing your medicine. He will be able to answer you. Usually some trial period is needed to see how Ritalin (methylphenidate) or other medication will work for you. We on healthtap can't second guess what your own psychiatrist will want to do. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I know the text book answer is NO, BUT if I take methadone in the early morning & take Ritalin (methylphenidate) in the afternoon (not long term), would ritalin (methylphenidate) work?

I know the text book answer is NO, BUT if I take methadone in the early morning & take Ritalin (methylphenidate) in the afternoon (not long term), would ritalin (methylphenidate) work?

May be: In theory the two drugs don't interact, as they have opposite effects, not additive effects, methadone has a long half-life, it stays in the system longer, at least 16 hours, its elimination depends on many factors, how active is the liver, how acidic is the urine for example or alkaline, etc. Also depends on other medicines you are on, counsel your doctor again, both are schedule II medications, ...Read more

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I have generic 5 mg ritalin (methylphenidate) that expired 3 years ago. I haven't had to take this medication for a long time. However, I am back in school short term. Is this safe to take for studying?

Medicine expired: This medicine is probably not useful to you. It would not help you to study, and since it is expired, it will probably have no benefit to you as a medicine. It is best to discard this expired medicine. ...Read more

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Does ritalin (methylphenidate) or Adderall work immediately? How long do they take to have an effect?

Does ritalin (methylphenidate) or Adderall work immediately? How long do they take to have an effect?

ADHD: Both Adderall and Ritalin (methylphenidate) are stimulant medications used to treat add and adhd. Most people will start to notice effects from the medicine within 30 minutes of ingestion. The effects should also be noticed within the first few days- these are not medicines you need to be on for weeks before you see results. ...Read more

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What should I notice after 5 days on ritalin (methylphenidate) ir 2x a day? I don't see any improvement! What should I do? How long will it take to notice better focus?

What should I notice after 5 days on ritalin (methylphenidate) ir 2x a day? I don't see any improvement! What should I do? How long will it take to notice better focus?

Right away.: Effect is with first dose but often it is the people around you who notice first. The dose may need to be increased or medication changed. There is a group of people who do not respond to Ritalin (methylphenidate) but will respond to Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) (amphetamine) related medications. It should be a slow and deliberate process to find right treatment. Treatment is long term. Be patient. ...Read more

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Adderall no longer works for my adhd. Should I try ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Maybe, indeed.: Dr ashley's answer is excellent. I agree that many times, onset and duration of action are important. Also, make sure your weight hasn't changed considerably since you started on the dose you are on. Ritalin (methylphenidate) is also a very effective stimulant and is available in numerous doses and formulations with different pharmacokinetics. Trying something new isn't a bad idea. ...Read more

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How long would it take until ritalin (methylphenidate) causes weight loss?

OVER WEEKS: Ritalin (methylphenidate) causes loss of appetite and that may cause weight loss in some over weeks and but it should not be usedfor weight loss as it is addictive if used long tem. ...Read more

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