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What is ritalin (methylphenidate)?

What is ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Or methylphenidate: Is a stimulant drug used in the treatment of attention deficit disorder (with/without hyperactivity). In add pts, it has the effect of calming down their revving engine so they can concentrate more effectively, complete tasks, not be in constant motion. It's a controlled substance which requires a special prescription in many states. ...Read more

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Methylphenidate (Definition)

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


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How old is ritalin (methylphenidate) ?

Ritalin (methylphenidate) history: The original patent was owned by ciba, now novartis corporation. It was first licensed by the U.S. Food and drug administration (fda) in 1955 for treating what was then known as hyperactivity. Prescribed to patients beginning in 1960, the drug became heavily prescribed in the 1990s, when the diagnosis of adhd itself became more widely accepted. En.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/methylphenidate. ...Read more

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Why is ritalin (methylphenidate) better?

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

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How do you get ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Controlled substance: This is a class 2 controlled substance that is monitored by state and federal officials from the point of manufacture to consumption. If you have a condition where this is used, your physician must document how the diagnosis was made, and provide a prescription on special forms. In my state the quantity prescribed at one time is limited and all refills require a separate written prescription. ...Read more

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Why do adults take ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Adults take: Ritalin (methylphenidate) for the same reason children do, they have attention deficit disorder, or in the older patient, Ritalin (methylphenidate) can also be used as an antidepressant. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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