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

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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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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What happens if somebody who doesn't have ADHD tries ritalin (methylphenidate)?

What happens if somebody who doesn't have ADHD tries ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Take Only If Rx'd: S/he might place his/her health @ risk if s/he has personal or family history of certain (a) physical conditions (incl. High blood pressure, cardiac/cardiovascular problems, overactive thyroid, glaucoma, seizures & tics); &/or (b) psychiatric conditions (incl. Anxiety, mood disorders & eating disorders). It may cause symptoms such agitation/anxiety, tremors, nausea, convulsions & fast heart beat. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when someone with ADHD takes ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Variable: The expected effect is the production of increased vigilance to the primary goal/job at hand with the screaning out of stray stimuli. The site of action is the brain control centers. Treatment has its greatest effect on those who lack these skills normally. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if i take 2 10mg ritalins (methylphenidate) without adhd?

Could you tell me what happens if i take 2 10mg ritalins (methylphenidate) without adhd?

20 mg ritalin (methylphenidate): Your most likely reaction will be an increase in alertness. You may become jittery, develop anxiety, restlessness and headache. The effect should subside in a couple of hour. ...Read more

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Will someone come up with some arguments about why we should use ritalin (methylphenidate) without adhd?

Will someone come up with some arguments about why we should use ritalin (methylphenidate) without adhd?

DON'T USE....: Better not to use any medication unless needed. But..... One thing about Ritalin (methylphenidate) or similar medicines is..... Anyone takes it, the attention span gets better, unless some other issue. But there are side effects of these meds. ...Read more

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Friend has ADHD and takes 2 ritalins (methylphenidate) a day what would happen if I took some to study for something?

Stupid idea: Medications should only be taken by those for whom they were prescribed.Taking someone else's medication, particularly a controlled substance, is called "diversion." this is a federal offense that if applied, could land you in jail with a large fine. If u feel u need help to study, u should contact your doctor or a specialist in learning disorders to see why you need chemical help to study. ...Read more

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Hi! I wanted to know what happens if a person WITHOUT ADD or ADHD takes a pill of ritalin (methylphenidate)? What are the effects

Ritalin (methylphenidate): Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a stimulant, sp presumably the person without ADD/ADAD would not feel slowed down, so to speak. The would, conversely, feel sped up. ...Read more

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My friend cut his prescribed ADHD medicine in half (Ritalin, Alza 36) so it wouldn't be as strong, except it was supposed to be XR. Will he be okay?

My friend cut his prescribed ADHD medicine in half (Ritalin, Alza 36) so it wouldn't be as strong, except it was supposed to be XR. Will he be okay?

Problematic: the Pills are made to be extended release. If you cut the pills, yoiu may cause all of the methylphenidate to be released at once, like a short acting form of medication. The medication comes as an 18 mg tablet, so if your friend wants to try a smaller dose he should talk to his prescriber about the smaller dose form. ...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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If ritalin (methylphenidate) is a stimulant how does it calm kids with adhd?

If ritalin (methylphenidate) is a stimulant how does it calm kids with adhd?

The basics: The basic issue with ad/adhd is thought to be the inability to screen out external stimulus form reaching the thinking processes. The stimulants "turn on" a better screening center to eliminate the distracting inputs and allow a greater ability to focus and/or control activity overflow.At higher doses it often slows the kid and makes them sleepy. ...Read more

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I have been on ritalin for adhd for 4 years and i change to vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) tomorrow, is there anything i should know before taking vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)? Thanks

The equivalent dose : of Amphetine is 1/2 the dose of Methylphenidate, branded Ritalin. Multiply ½ of your current total daily dose of MPH x 3 for your equivalent dose of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). You may do well on less because it works for 12-14 hours & has very little " rebound" as it wears off. Max. adult dose of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is 70 mg/day. Onset of action is 1 ½ -2 hours, so you might take it earlier. Side effects are same as MPH's. ...Read more

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My son is extremly hyperactive ADHD hes taking ritalin (methylphenidate) and respidal respond is valum a better salution...Hes a mess nothing is helping him im a mess h?

Hyperactivity: There are several alternatives to his current medications for yoiu to discuss with his doctor. These include addrerall/vyvanse, provigil/nuvigil, wellbutrin, (bupropion) Imipramine and amantadine. I doubt valium would be helpful and might even make things worse. ...Read more

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Doctors, will you prescribe fluxomine 100 with ritalin (methylphenidate) for an ADHD and OCD person ? Or it is dangerous ?

The combo may increa: The blood level of the luvox, (fluvoxamine) so you may need to cut back on that some. Otherwise I use this combination and have never run into problems with it. ...Read more

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Can you take ritalin, (methylphenidate) dexedrine, or Adderall for add/adhd?

Can you take ritalin, (methylphenidate) dexedrine, or Adderall for add/adhd?

Yes, all are OK.: There are similarities in these 3 meds, though dex & Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) are more closely related. It depends on each individual which is a better med. And, it depends on the dose, the form the med is taken in, the dosing frequency -- and it may depend on what other meds are utilized. This is not amateur hour, so get good professional help. ...Read more

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Have any of you [doctors] encountered someone trying to fake ADHD to get a prescription to ritalin/adderall/concerta/etc for illegal purposes?

Have any of you [doctors] encountered someone trying to fake ADHD to get a prescription to ritalin/adderall/concerta/etc for illegal purposes?

Yes: Pretty common actually. I always ask for a consult with a psychiatrist as well as a medication contract be signed. It is unfortunately a commonly abused group of meds. ...Read more

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I have ADHD and i'm on ritalin, (methylphenidate) it works great but ever since I have been on it I have to keep clearing my throat, it's annoying me help!

Sometimes: Sometimes certain tic-like behaviors can develop on the stimulant medications. Clearing one's throat can be a tic or just a dry mouth/dry throat response. Chewing gum, hard candies, and/or mints may lubricate the throat and help with the clearing symptom. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does ritalin (methylphenidate) do to people without adhd?

Can doctors tell me what does ritalin (methylphenidate) do to people without adhd?

Greater focus: Just like people with adhd stimulants with help other with focus and increased concentration, unlike antidepressants, which will not make people without depression or anxiety more serene or happy. ...Read more

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Is switching from ritalin (methylphenidate) to nuvigil a good alternative for ADHD ?

Maybe: Nuvigil is related to provigil. Provigil showed effectiveness in adhd in children, but did not get approved due to possible rash. Generally the stimulants are thought to be most effective, however that is not true for everyone. If you are having anxiety or other side effects to the ritalin, (methylphenidate) Nuvigil may be effective, thought it may take a couple weeks to see the full effect once the dose is right. ...Read more

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I've been on ritalin (methylphenidate) for about a week for ADHD purposes does it stunt puberty?

I've been on ritalin (methylphenidate) for about a week for ADHD purposes does it stunt puberty?

No: Ritalin (methylphenidate) does not stunt puberty. It can cause appetite depression but this passes in the afternoon or early evening. Long term studies show that the only lasting side effect of stimulant medications is an ultimate decrease in adult height if not monitored correctly. This rarely happens and almost never if you have a competent physician and you keep all of your appointments. Good luck! ...Read more

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Methylphenidate (Definition)

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Ritalin (Definition)

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