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Bedwetting (Definition)

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Should stimulants such as ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderal should be used to treat sleeping disorders?

Should stimulants such as ritalin (methylphenidate) and adderal should be used to treat sleeping disorders?

For some: They can be used to treat narcolepsy and residual symptoms of sleep apnea (after CPAP or other treatments have been optimized). Only a sleep study can accurately diagnose these conditions and use of stimulants prior to the test can interfer with making a diagnosis.

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Does ritalin (methylphenidate) treat sleeping problems and difficulty focusing?

Does ritalin (methylphenidate) treat sleeping problems and difficulty focusing?

Yes: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is sometimes used to treat excessive daytime sleepiness, such as that associated with narcolepsy, and is also sometimes used to treat symptoms of inattention, such as those found in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Can pac, PVC and taccycardia be treated? I think being on ritalin (methylphenidate) for 20 yrs ruined my heart.

Can pac, PVC and taccycardia be treated? I think being on ritalin (methylphenidate) for 20 yrs ruined my heart.

Unlikely, need info: Not typical concern for long-term stimulant use, if you (1) use lowest effective dose for shortest time necessary & (2) avoid add'l unnecessary stimulants...My general recs for these meds. Usually most concerned about slight increased hypertension risk, so the arrhythmias may not be related. If the pacs and pvcs are isolated, may be a benign finding, but tachycardia might need treatment.

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Can the doctor prescribe me ritalin (methylphenidate) along with faverin to treat anxiety problems+adhd? .

Can the doctor prescribe me ritalin (methylphenidate) along with faverin to treat anxiety problems+adhd? .

Possibly: If your psychiatrist evaluates you carefully and thinks both medications will help you, then yes s/he might prescribe them. S/he may want to have the anxiety under control first, though, as Ritalin (methylphenidate) may increase anxiety in some people.

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Are there other medications for ADD? Currently taking Ritalin (methylphenidate) SR 20mg x3. Doesn't seem to work as well as it used to

Are there other medications for ADD? Currently taking Ritalin (methylphenidate) SR 20mg x3. Doesn't seem to work as well as it used to

ADD medication: Yes, there are many choices. I would suggest you follow up with the person who prescribed your current medication and update them that this medication is not helping you.

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Can ritalin (methylphenidate) be used to improve concentration and studying?

Can ritalin (methylphenidate) be used to improve concentration and studying?

Yes: Ritalin (methylphenidate) will help concentration, but we do not diagnose attention defecit/hyperactivity disorder (adhd) by how somebody does with ritalin. Anybody who took Ritalin would concentrate better. Do not use the medication lightly! It is a controlled substance and needs to be prescribed by a physician.

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What is the best way to end enuresis?

What is the best way to end enuresis?

Bedwetting alarm: Proven in numerous respected studies. However, need to be used correctly. 1) child must agree to use of alarm, 2) pep talk, like a sport's coach at bed-time about alarm & parents need to wake child to switch off alarm, if child fails to wake, and take child to bathroom, 3) avoid any blame, 4) give alarm at least 6 weeks of use every night before giving up, 5) continue using 4-6 weeks after success.

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What is the best way to stop enuresis?

What is the best way to stop enuresis?

End enuresis: The method I have used successfully with my patients is as follows: 1. No liquids after 6:00 P.M. 2. Be sure child urinates before going to bed 3. Wake child up at 2:00 am and check if there has been bed wetting. If there is betting before this time on several occasions move time to 1:00 am 4. Be sure child urinates when you wake them. 5. Positive reinforcement 6. Possible combo of DDAVP (desmopressin) or othe.

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Why is ritalin (methylphenidate) better?

Why is ritalin (methylphenidate) better?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How much Quillivant XR is eqivalent to 25mg Ritalin (methylphenidate) LA?

Complex: The same amount of methylphenidate is present in each, so the answer is 25 mg. But there are complexities. First, absorption and therefore bioavailability are dfferent. Medical experience says liquid is more quickly and completely absorbed. Second, the mechanisms of delay in release are different, but probably not fully predictable in effect. Practically, they may be very different. See the doc.

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If a dude that was 5'9" 150 lbs took 5 5/325 vics and 10 20mg Ritalin (methylphenidate) what would happen?

Addiction: He would be on the road to a serious addiction, taking both uppers and downers. He should consult an addiction specialist or at least his PCP or a psychiatrist. I am not sure, but I hope that he can prevent denial and rationalization from interfering with this.

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Is ritalin (methylphenidate) addictive?

Is ritalin (methylphenidate) addictive?

Yes: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a stimulant medication, and can be habituating -- resulting in tolerance. Although most people prescribed this for adhd do not use it in an addictive pattern, it can be used that way. By "addictive, " I mean using to get high, despite clear harm in important areas of life like work, school, and relationships -- and spending inordinate amount of time pursuing the substance, etc.

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Is enuresis more common in boys or girls?

Is enuresis more common in boys or girls?

Boys: Night-time enuresis is somewhat more common boys for unknown reasons, until adulthood when, although uncommon, is more common in females. Boys also tend to train later than girls. Parents of either sex, who had nocturnal enuresis commonly pass this on to their children, approximately 25% for one parent, 50-80% if both parents wet.

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Is enuresis and encopresis related? Please advise!

Sometimes: You can have both or just one or the other. See your doctor if you have either or both for an evaluation and treatment options.

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