Is it good for kids with ADHD to take a ritalin (methylphenidate) breaks?

Depends. Research has been mixed. In the 80s, standard practice was just school days. In the 90s & 00s, with once-a-day versions, standard moved to daily use. What's nice about stimulants is, they work only on days you take them. If your child shows clear benefit & no se with daily use, great; if appetite and height are of concern & weekends not a problem, skipping or using a lower dose may work well.
No. Adhd doesn't take breaks, so it's treatment shouldn't either. Would you take breaks from Insulin in your diabetic child? Getting to correct dose of stimulant takes time. Stopping it for periods of time exposes the child to restart side effects. More importantly, the adhd isn't treated & the child could regress, get into trouble, or if older, start using tobacco alcohol or marijuana while off.

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What are some pro's and con's of ritalin (methylphenidate) for ADHD in a child?

Well studied/no cure. Stimulants for adhd are the best-studied medicines in all of child mental health. They produce prompt relief of key symptoms in 65-85 of patients with relatively few side effects and high safety. They often help patients, families, and teachers cope with the most disturbing symptoms. But, they do not change the course of illness, are not sompletely safe, & may deter other needed interventions. Read more...
Works but short time. Ritalin has a long history of effectiveness for add/adhd, but the problem is it's duration of action is short, and often to have benefit for a long part of the day you have to take ti 2-3 times. There are longer acting forms of Ritalin (methylphenidate) from several manufacturers. Your provider can help guide you to one that should work, if not one try another. Read more...
The cons. Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a class ii controlled substance that is severely addictive. It has the same dependency profile as Cocaine and is used interchangeably with Cocaine in medical research. According to the manufacturer some of the side effects are: hallucinations, agitation, irritability, increased blood pressure, tics, growth retardation, heart arrhthmias, violent behaviors, paranoid delusions & psychosis. Read more...
Ritalin (methylphenidate) On the positive side, it seems to work well to improve attention span, distractability, impulsivity & overall daily functioning as long as monitored closely by a specialist & in conjunction with behavior therapy & family work. Read more...

Could you tell me what happens when someone with ADHD takes ritalin (methylphenidate)?

Variable. The expected effect is the production of increased vigilance to the primary goal/job at hand with the screaning out of stray stimuli. The site of action is the brain control centers. Treatment has its greatest effect on those who lack these skills normally. Read more...

Could you tell me what happens if I take 2 10mg ritalins (methylphenidate) without adhd?

20 mg ritalin (methylphenidate) Your most likely reaction will be an increase in alertness. You may become jittery, develop anxiety, restlessness and headache. The effect should subside in a couple of hour. Read more...
Ritalin (methylphenidate) We know now that Ritalin (methylphenidate) helps most people with focus and attention whether or not they have ADHD. Ritalin (methylphenidate) can be prescribed for Narcolepsy and other conditions as well and in certain occasions to people with psych conditions other than ADHD. What the previous Dr. said about your possible response to the meds is right. Stimulant medications generally work through the body quickly. Read more...

Friend has ADHD and takes 2 ritalins (methylphenidate) a day what would happen if I took some to study for something?

Never a good idea. You would not want to use someone else's toothbrush.Why would you want to take their meds? Although these medications do help with focus and attention on pts without adhd.They are controlled substances, prescribed to be used only by the recepient, they have side effects, adverse reactions, contraindications and possible allergic reactions.Finally because it is not legal! Read more...
Stupid idea. Medications should only be taken by those for whom they were prescribed.Taking someone else's medication, particularly a controlled substance, is called "diversion." this is a federal offense that if applied, could land you in jail with a large fine. If u feel u need help to study, u should contact your doctor or a specialist in learning disorders to see why you need chemical help to study. Read more...
Adhd. Stimulants can have certain serious side effects and risk is higher if you don 't have adhd. So evaluation by a physician. Is important to determine if you need stimulants. Read more...

Is switching from ritalin (methylphenidate) to nuvigil a good alternative for ADHD?

Maybe. Nuvigil is sometimes used to treat adhd. It is a narclrpsy med. I do not use it for adhd in young patients, but adults do very well on it. Read more...
Maybe. Nuvigil is related to provigil. Provigil showed effectiveness in adhd in children, but did not get approved due to possible rash. Generally the stimulants are thought to be most effective, however that is not true for everyone. If you are having anxiety or other side effects to the ritalin, (methylphenidate) Nuvigil may be effective, thought it may take a couple weeks to see the full effect once the dose is right. Read more...