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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more


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Will someone taking ADHD meds like ritalin (methylphenidate) need to elevate the dose by the time ? I mean will his body need every period of time higher doses ?

Will someone taking ADHD meds like ritalin (methylphenidate) need to elevate the dose by the time ? I mean will his body need every period of time higher doses ?

INDIVIDUAL RESPONSE: This varies from person to person. Many people do well on the same dose for years; others may find it nessary to increase the dose. Children may need a medication holiday in the summer ; return to same dose in fall. Some may stay on the same dose year round. Most adults seem constant with dosage. ...Read more

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Is there any risk in running or practicing a kind of sport which needs big effort when on stimulant meds for ADHD like ritalin (methylphenidate) ?

Is there any risk in running or practicing a kind of sport which needs big effort when on stimulant meds for ADHD like ritalin (methylphenidate) ?

No special risk: Exercise is safe when taking ritalin (methylphenidate). In fact, in almost all cases, regular exercise is an important part of overall health and has positive effects on overall mental performance. ...Read more

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I take to ritalin (methylphenidate) a day that last a total of 8 hours. But i work late at night. Does that mean my ADHD symptoms will come back after 8 hours?

ADHD Meds: The meds for adhd are usually time dependent meaning stays in system for a duration then washout.Ritalin if you are taking the short acting will not be of much help if you are working late in the night.Discuss with your doc med adjustment or consider new gen long duration meds like Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) xr vyvanse Ritalin sr, Ritalin sr , concerta, Metadate CD metade er, Adderall xr. ...Read more

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What would happen if i had ADHD and took ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Symptom relief: If you had adhd, there is about a 65% chance that a stimulant such as Ritalin (methylphenidate) can improve attention, decrease impulsivity, and reduce restlessness or hyperactivity. It is not a cure--we don't have one--but stimulants can be highly effective in reducing those symptoms in children, adolescents, and adults, usually with minimal to no side effects. ...Read more

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Is ritalin (methylphenidate) prescribed for anything other than adhd?

Geriatric depression: Ritalin (methylphenidate) may be used at times for geriatric depression. Otherwise, its use is largely limited to adhd. The short-acting formulation also isn't used often because most people need to be functional for longer periods of time (at least 6-8 hours) and don't like to take medications multiple times through the day. ...Read more

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Can someone with ADHD still get addicted to ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Can someone with ADHD still get addicted to ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Yes: Yes, someone with adhd can still get addicted to stimulants if s/he uses them incorrectly. I have known patients who use their entire months' supply of medication in just a few days, and then have none for the rest of the month. ...Read more

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Is it good for kids with ADHD to take a ritalin (methylphenidate) breaks?

Is it good for kids with ADHD to take a ritalin (methylphenidate) breaks?

Depends: Research has been mixed. In the 80s, standard practice was just school days. In the 90s & 00s, with once-a-day versions, standard moved to daily use. What's nice about stimulants is, they work only on days you take them. If your child shows clear benefit & no se with daily use, great; if appetite and height are of concern & weekends not a problem, skipping or using a lower dose may work well. ...Read more

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What are some pro's and con's of ritalin (methylphenidate) for ADHD in a child?

Well studied/no cure: Stimulants for adhd are the best-studied medicines in all of child mental health. They produce prompt relief of key symptoms in 65-85 of patients with relatively few side effects and high safety. They often help patients, families, and teachers cope with the most disturbing symptoms. But, they do not change the course of illness, are not sompletely safe, & may deter other needed interventions. ...Read more

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Methylphenidate (Definition)

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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Ritalin (Definition)

Ritalin is an appetite suppressant which is a kind ...Read more