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How long does it take for ritalin (methylphenidate) to affect focus? 30 minutes? 1 hour?
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Dr. QH TRAN
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Not long
30 minutes or less. Also depends on dosage.

In brief: Not long
30 minutes or less. Also depends on dosage.
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Depends somewhat on the form of the stimulant too. The Daytrana patch has a slower onset of action, as does Vyvanse, which is a prodrug for amphetamine.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Ususally 20-30 min
Depends a bit on the specific type of methylphenidate you are taking, but most of the oral forms begin working withing 20-30 minutes.
How long the benefits last will depend again on the form you are using and the dose, as well as how your body handles the medication. Effects can be as short as 2 hours for regular immediate-release Ritalin to 10-12 hours or more for some of the long-acting kinds.

In brief: Ususally 20-30 min
Depends a bit on the specific type of methylphenidate you are taking, but most of the oral forms begin working withing 20-30 minutes.
How long the benefits last will depend again on the form you are using and the dose, as well as how your body handles the medication. Effects can be as short as 2 hours for regular immediate-release Ritalin to 10-12 hours or more for some of the long-acting kinds.
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