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Hi, does anyone know what the dose of ritalin is compared to the dose of adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)? I.E. Is 20mg of methylphenidate equal to roughly 20mg of adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Hi, does anyone know what the dose of ritalin is compared to the dose of adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)? I.E. Is 20mg of methylphenidate equal to roughly 20mg of adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

No: As I understand it, the rule of thumb for dosing-equivalence between Ritalin (methylphenidate) and amphetamine (d-amphetamine) is 1mg dexamphetamine = 2mg Ritalin (methylphenidate) (approximately). So the amphetamine is roughly twice as potent. However, Adderall is not pure amphetamine--it's a mix of amphetamine compounds--various versions of d-amphetamine bonded to other chemicals. They do this so mostly that the dose enters the bl. ...Read more

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How often does a child with ADHD need to take methylphenidate or dexamphetamine?  

How often does a child with ADHD need to take methylphenidate or dexamphetamine?  

Depends: This varies with the drugs duration of effect & treatment philosophy. Some kids need it year round because of their degree of impairment. Some can just use it for school days & be off on weekends/summer. The primary goal is good function when focus is needed while allowing the kid time off to be themselves when appropriate. Short acting meds may be dosed every 4 hours while sustained release 1xd ...Read more

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How much methylphenidate or dexamphetamine will a child with ADHD normally need to take?  

How much methylphenidate or dexamphetamine will a child with ADHD normally need to take?  

Individual: Adhd: clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder were updated on october 16, 2011 to specify that the dose of medication must be titrated to achieve normality in every individual, adverse effects being the only limiting factor. ...Read more

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What are the differences in levels of pns stimulation among commonly prescribed amphetamines, specifically dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate?

What are the differences in levels of pns stimulation among commonly prescribed amphetamines, specifically dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate?

Depends on dose: The two medication families are comparable. It depends on the dose prescribed and factors of absorption and metabolism. ...Read more

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I'm currently on lamictal (25mg, titrating over 2 months to 100). Would it be safe to take homeopathic hCG with this? Am also on dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate and just can't lose weight!

I'm currently on lamictal (25mg, titrating over 2 months to 100). Would it be safe to take homeopathic hCG with this? Am also on dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate and just can't lose weight!

Homeopathic HCG: Homeopathic HCG won't interact with Lamictal or your other medicines, but it's questionable whether it will help you any. In fact, in 2011 the fda & ftc removed these products from the market because of making deceptive claims in their ads. They are now illegal. Http://tinyurl. Com/85ap9ym this is not the case with traditional homeopathic remedies which have been in use for 200+ years. ...Read more

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Hi, what (roughly) dose of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is equal to 80mg of methylphenidate? I asked a similar question, but the doc's answer was cut off. Thanks a lot.

Hi, what (roughly) dose of Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) is equal to 80mg of methylphenidate? I asked a similar question, but the doc's answer was cut off. Thanks a lot.

Impossible to say: They are two different medications acting by different mechanisms of action such that no one has ever been able to come up with the equivalency table. One must try various doses of these agents to find the correct dose for any given individual. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I took too many Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & methylphenidate pills, I have a heart condition & I feel very sick, what should I do?

I took too many Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) & methylphenidate pills, I have a heart condition & I feel very sick, what should I do?

See a doctor: And stop the meds.
Se a nutritionist and an acupuncturist to help balance you out so you will not need the meds. These meds can cause a heart condition to worsen. ...Read more

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She said that she would testify that I was prescribed Ritalin?

She said that she would testify that I was prescribed Ritalin?

Using this site: To get the most from this site you need to supply background information on a problem before asking any related question. Your post does not, nor does it make any sense as written. If this is a follow up to something you posted before, know that your posts are never linked and we cannot pull them up to view them. You are welcome to start over. At this point there is no answer. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Ritalin (methylphenidate) side effects?

Ritalin (methylphenidate) side effects?

Yes,: Like all medications Ritalin (methylphenidate) can cause side effects in some people. Common ones include nervousness, dizziness, loss of appetite, but there are more serious possible side effects. These include allergic reactions, hallucinations, chest pain and behavioral changes. ...Read more

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How can you undo ritalin's side effects?

How can you undo ritalin's side effects?

ADHD: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is one of the short acting stimulants for add/adhd. Initially started at lower dose, gradually titrated upward at which symptoms come under control. Side effects at beginning 2-4 weeks: loss of appetite, weight loss, poor sleep, stomach discomfort if taken in empty stomach; then resolve. If symptoms continues more- 1-2 months, talk to your doc. May need dose adjustment or different med. ...Read more

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Will piracetam affect ritalin's effectiveness?

Probably not: An interaction checker indicates no negative interactions. Piracetam has been found to help memory in some studies. Typically this is one of the symptoms of adhd. ...Read more

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Can ritalin (methylphenidate) cause gastritis?

Can ritalin (methylphenidate) cause gastritis?

Yes: Yes, it can cause irritation of the stomach and small intestine. May help to take with pepcid (famotidine) or zegrid. No known interaction with these drugs. ...Read more

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Can ritalin (methylphenidate) affect breathing?

Can ritalin (methylphenidate) affect breathing?

Not usually: If you develop difficulty breathing, hives or swelling of the lips, tongue or throat - this could be a serious allergic reaction that warrants immediate medical care. Respiratory side effects are not common. ...Read more

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How does ritalin (methylphenidate) work for anxiety?

How does ritalin (methylphenidate) work for anxiety?

It doesn't: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is not a medication for anxiety -- in fact, in some it can worsen anxiety. Ritalin (methylphenidate) is typically prescribed for add/adhd in children and adults. Other medications and therapy work better for anxiety. Psychiatrists can help you with that; psychologists can help also, through various kinds of talk therapy. ...Read more

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Can ritalin (methylphenidate) cause cardiomyopathy?

Can ritalin (methylphenidate) cause cardiomyopathy?

Not usually: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a stimulant and can increase blood pressure. I don't think it can cause cardiomyopathy by itself, but it could exacerbate it. I would ask your prescribing physician about this, and get a cardiology evaluation if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Does ritalin (methylphenidate) show up on a drug test?

Does ritalin (methylphenidate) show up on a drug test?

Yes: The result would be a positive amphetamines. I hope this helps and all is well. ...Read more

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I overdosed on Concerta and Ritalin (methylphenidate)?

I overdosed on Concerta and Ritalin (methylphenidate)?

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Inform close family members and friends present, and ask them to take you to ER, call suicide and crisis center in your area, or call 911.
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I overdosed on concerta and Ritalin (methylphenidate)?

ER vs Poison Control: If you believe that you have overdosed on Concerta and/or Ritalin (methylphenidate) then, you should call 911 or head to your local ER. Those are the 2 best options in my opinion. You should also advise your prescribing MD at some point about what happened. If you have any questions AFTER you're stabilized then, feel free to write me at: www. Healthtap. Com/dr-saghafi ...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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What are the side effects of ritalin (methylphenidate)?

What are the side effects of ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Well tolerated: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is generally quite well-tolerated in most patients. Adverse events can vary someone between children and adults. These can include nervousness, insomnia, , loss of appetite, abdominal pain, weight loss during prolonged therapy, and an increase in heart rate. ...Read more

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What are some side effects of ritalin (methylphenidate)?

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What are some side effects of ritalin (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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What does taking ritalin (methylphenidate) do to the fetus?

What does taking ritalin (methylphenidate) do to the fetus?

Ritalin (methylphenidate) & pregnancy: There is little human data about Ritalin (methylphenidate) in pregnancy. What's available includes 69 case studies, in which 1 cardiac defect was reported. Http://tinyurl. Com/mr59qmy none of the studies was powered well enough to draw clear conclusions, or to say Ritalin (methylphenidate) is safe in pregnancy. Most physicians would recommend not using it in pregnancy, unless there would be clear detriment to the mother off of it. ...Read more

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Can ritalin (methylphenidate) improve my short-term memory?

Can ritalin (methylphenidate) improve my short-term memory?

Diagnostic criteria: For ADHD -Primarily Inattentive Type include 6 or > significant symptoms of inattention for 6 or > mos. That began before age 10 & caused harmful dysfunction at home & school, now at home & work. Stimulants can help when inattention impairs Short-Term & Active Working Memory, but not age-related memory loss. See: FDA.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm107783.htm for causes & management. ...Read more

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Does ritalin (methylphenidate) interact badly with anything?

Ritalin (methylphenidate) interactions: Ritalin (methylphenidate) can react with MAO inhibitors, prozac, lisinopril as well as other drugs ...Read more

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Does caffeine and ritalin (methylphenidate) go well together?

Additive Effects: Ritalin (generic methylphenidate) and caffeine are both psychostimulants. Ritalin is indicated in the treatment of attention deficit disorder. Caffeine is often consumed to enhance mental clarity and to combat sleepiness. Both have similar side effects including potential for insomnia and heightened anxiety. Since it is difficult to accurately dose caffeine, using both is discouraged. ...Read more

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