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Methylphenidate (Overview)

Is the generic name of ritalin (methylphenidate). It is a central nervous system stimulant.


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What if methylphenidate is not working for me? Do I have something other than ADD, or just need different drugs?

What if methylphenidate is not working for me?  Do I have something other than ADD, or just need different drugs?

Maybe: Possible explanations: incorrect medication or dosage; other co-morbidity-issue insensitive to medication therapy. Always have close follow up with your physician. ...Read more

Methylphenidate (Overview)

Is the generic name of ritalin (methylphenidate). It is a central nervous system stimulant.


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What is the classification for the medication methylphenidate?

What is the classification for the medication methylphenidate?

Stimulant: Methylphenidate is classified as a stimulant, even though it does not produce "stimulantion" in child with or without adhd. Other stimulants are amphetamine and methamphetamine and modafanil, plus one (pemoline) that now is off the market. All are thought to act by increasing brain Dopamine activity, but the exact effects on the brain are more complex than that. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: methylphenidate?

Please describe the medication: methylphenidate?

Methylphenidate is a: Stimulant medication used to treat all 3 types of adhd. It increases circulating Dopamine in the part of the brain that inhibits behavior. Like the other stimulant, amphetamine, it works as a single agent in 80 -90% of cases & is approved till age 65. Common side effects are headache, stomach ache, delayed-onset sleep, & appetite suppression the 1st few months of rx. It can increase anxiety & tics. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How does methylphenidate work in an ADHD patient?

How does methylphenidate work in an ADHD patient?

Partial answer: Stimulants definitely increase dopamine, which is concentrated in a very old part of the brain called the mid-brain and, among other things, is involved in reward systems. There are strong connections between this part of the brain and the frontal cortex, which is where some problems associated with adhd seem to arise. Exactly why this works so well is still unknown. ...Read more

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My 5 year olds adha is being treated with methylphenidate, is this medication safe for her age & what are the long term effects?

Side effect?: All medication can have side effect , we take them if we can't function without them. But can have is not necessary will have and I am confident her mental health provider will be watching for any side effect. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol only once if taking fluvoxamine and methylphenidate (faverin+ritalin) or is it dangerous?

Can you drink alcohol only once if taking fluvoxamine and methylphenidate (faverin+ritalin) or is it dangerous?

No alcohol on Luvox (fluvoxamine): I suspect in most jurisdictions you are under age and it would be illegal for you to drink.Ritalin (methylphenidate) and alcohol should not be mixed because alcohol raises Ritalin (methylphenidate) levels by 40%, making Ritalin (methylphenidate) toxicity much more likely.Adding alcohol to Luvox can prevent the Luvox from working for up to 72 hours and the result can severe rebound depression or anxiety. Don't drink on this combination. It is not safe. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald, interaction between cymbalta (duloxetine) and ritalin, fda has reported on life threatening drug interactions? Http://tinyurl.Com/kkctn5n regards.

Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Ritalin: I checked your site and nothing came up. Please recheck spelling, so i went to the following site. Please realize that these are percentages based only on the total number of drug reactions reported to the fda. There are also concomitant medical conditions and other medications that are in use. www.ehealthme.com/drug-interactions/cymbalta-and-ritalin-la please get back to me on this. Since these are not proven interactions, they do not show up in the drug drug interaction literature per se.I have used this combination many times without difficulties. ...Read more

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In adult onset primary hypersomnia, is it reasonable to take beta blockers if effective in contolling the high pulse side effect of methylphenidate?

In adult onset primary hypersomnia, is it reasonable to take beta blockers if effective in contolling the  high pulse side effect of methylphenidate?

Not exactly.: Beta-blockers are helpful for a variety of medical disorders, but like many medications are not entirely benign. Side effects include daytime fatigue and sleep disruption. What you have described is not a clear indication for beta blocker therapy - risk may outweigh benefit. Please consult with a local sleep specialist for further information. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of methylphenidate?

Methylphenidate: Ritalin (methylphenidate) side-effects include nervousness, insomnia, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, heartburn, headache, muscle tightness, dry mouth, restlessness, tingling of hands/feet, decrease sexual desire, painful menstruation, chest pain, shortness of breath, heart beats faster, blurred vision, agitation, seizures, psychosis, mood changes, tics, rash. ...Read more

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Will 108 mg of methylphenidate cause permanent harm to your body ? And if possible what would be the quickest way to get it out of your system ?

Will 108 mg of methylphenidate cause permanent harm to your body ? And if possible what would be the quickest way to get it out of your system ?

NO : There is no evidence of any harm occurring from long term methylphenidate use. Many studies have shown this medication to be imminently safe. To discontinue check with your doctor for a safe taper schedule. ...Read more

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