Generic Name: Methylphenidate (meth-il-FEN-i-dayt)Drug Class: Amphetamine-like Drugs
- Drug Uses
- General Information
- How it Works
- How to Take It
- Possible Side Effects
- Warnings and Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Missing a Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
How it Works
How to Take It
Follow the directions that your doctor has given you. This medicine is taken
orally and may be taken with or without food. Do not abruptly stop taking
this medicine before talking to your doctor. Do not break, crush or chew sustained-release
forms. This medicine may cause a patient to have difficulty sleeping. It is
recommended that this medicine be taken several hours before going to sleep
or in the morning. Talk to your doctor about the best time to take this medicine.
Possible Side Effects
- nervousness, fast heart beat, excitement
- reduced appetite
- More severe side effects may include:
- growth suppression in children
- chest pain
- seizures or involuntary movements
- If you experience any of these severe side effects, talk to you doctor immediately.
- Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you have a history of:
- high blood pressure
- or substance abuse issues
- Do NOT take this medicine if you have severe depression.
- Methylphenidate should NOT be used in patients with Tourette’s syndrome or patients with a family history of this condition.
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center.
- Do not take this medicine if you have taken MAO inhibitors within the last 14 days. This medicine may increase the toxic effects of tricyclic antidepressants (Elavil, Pamelor), phenytoin (Dilantin), warfarin (Coumadin), phenobarbital, or primidone. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out
of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat
and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated
or no longer needed.
If you are pregnant, or thinking of becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor
about the risks versus the benefits of taking this medicine during your pregnancy.
For nursing mothers, do not take this medicine while breast feeding.
More InformationFor more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2015
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