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How does ritalin (methylphenidate) work at the chemical level, in hyperactive children?

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Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry
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In brief: Increased inhibition

Hyperactivity in add occurs because inhibitory brain systems are "under active.
" Ritalin (methylphenidate) appears to work by increasing this inhibitory signal and thus decreasing hyperactivity.

In brief: Increased inhibition

Hyperactivity in add occurs because inhibitory brain systems are "under active.
" Ritalin (methylphenidate) appears to work by increasing this inhibitory signal and thus decreasing hyperactivity.
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Via two chemicals

Ritalin (methylphenidate) blocks the chemicals Dopamine and noreadrenaline from being taken up into neurones (which is the way these chemicals are cleared) hence making them more available for use and helping to improve attention and concentration.

In brief: Via two chemicals

Ritalin (methylphenidate) blocks the chemicals Dopamine and noreadrenaline from being taken up into neurones (which is the way these chemicals are cleared) hence making them more available for use and helping to improve attention and concentration.
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Increase transmitter

ADHD with hyperactivity is related to a low amount of Dopamine and Nor epinephrin in the brain.
Stimulants such as Ritalin (methylphenidate) and amphetamines work by increasing the brain levels of these neurotransmittersm restirubg a balance.

In brief: Increase transmitter

ADHD with hyperactivity is related to a low amount of Dopamine and Nor epinephrin in the brain.
Stimulants such as Ritalin (methylphenidate) and amphetamines work by increasing the brain levels of these neurotransmittersm restirubg a balance.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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