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Does a child taking the different forms of ritalin (methylphenidate) get different effects with each type or brand?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Quite possibly

Aside from the issue of brand vs.
Generic medications, formulations of methylphenidate (the genereic medication) are deliberately designed to have different duration of action raning from 2-21/2 hours to 10-12 hours. The basic benefits should be the same, but both side efects and overall effectiveness can be tailored to the child.

In brief: Quite possibly

Aside from the issue of brand vs.
Generic medications, formulations of methylphenidate (the genereic medication) are deliberately designed to have different duration of action raning from 2-21/2 hours to 10-12 hours. The basic benefits should be the same, but both side efects and overall effectiveness can be tailored to the child.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

All mrthyphenidate medications are the same and only differ by thy delivery system and the duration of action

In brief: No

All mrthyphenidate medications are the same and only differ by thy delivery system and the duration of action
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

Bioavailability of generic drug formulations affect the rate and completeness of drug absorbtion into blood stream. So-called "inert" ingredients may also provoke side-effects.
Two identical (not merely "equivalent") drugs should have same bioavailability. Note that time of day, fasting, and co-administered drugs as well as emotional state affect drug responses.

In brief: Maybe

Bioavailability of generic drug formulations affect the rate and completeness of drug absorbtion into blood stream. So-called "inert" ingredients may also provoke side-effects.
Two identical (not merely "equivalent") drugs should have same bioavailability. Note that time of day, fasting, and co-administered drugs as well as emotional state affect drug responses.
Dr. Edward Smith
Dr. Edward Smith
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