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What is the difference between ritalin (methylphenidate) and pemoline?
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Different Medicines
Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Pemoline have both been used for adhd, but they have different chemical formulas and are completely different medicines.
Ritalin (methylphenidate) has been used for decades and various forms of it continues to be used today. Pemoline (brand name cylert) was designed as a long-acting stimulant medicine. It was taken off the us market in the 1990s due to multiple reports of liver failure.

In brief: Different Medicines
Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Pemoline have both been used for adhd, but they have different chemical formulas and are completely different medicines.
Ritalin (methylphenidate) has been used for decades and various forms of it continues to be used today. Pemoline (brand name cylert) was designed as a long-acting stimulant medicine. It was taken off the us market in the 1990s due to multiple reports of liver failure.
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