Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is treated with this drug. By altering the concentrations of specific organic compounds in the brain, it operates. A group of medications known as stimulants includes methylphenidate. Your capacity for concentration, maintaining your attention on a task, and managing behavioral issues may all improve.
Organizing your tasks and developing your listening abilities may also be aided by it. A specific sleep problem is also managed with this medicine (narcolepsy).
Before beginning to use methylphenidate and each time you get a refill, read the medication guide that your pharmacist has provided. Ask your physician or pharmacist if you have any queries.
As prescribed by your doctor, take this medication by mouth two or three times daily. It is advised to take this prescription 30 to 45 minutes before eating. You may, however, take this medication with or after a meal or snack if you have stomach trouble. When taken late in the day, this drug may make it difficult to fall asleep (insomnia).
To get the most out of this drug, take it frequently. Take it at the same time every day to aid in memory.
The dosage is determined by your health status and treatment response. You could follow a doctor's instructions to gradually increase or reduce your dose. Additionally, if you have been using this medication for a while, do not suddenly discontinue using it without first visiting your doctor.
You can experience withdrawal symptoms (such as depression, suicidal thoughts, or other mental/emotional changes) if you abruptly stop using this medicine.
Your doctor might gradually reduce your dose in order to help prevent withdrawal. If you have used methylphenidate for a long time or in heavy doses, withdrawal is more likely to occur. If you experience withdrawal, tell your doctor or pharmacist straight away.
Despite the fact that it benefits many, this medication occasionally leads to addiction. If you suffer from a substance use disorder (such as excessive use or addiction to drugs or alcohol), your risk may be higher. In order to reduce the chance of addiction, take this medication exactly as directed. For more information, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
It's possible to have anxiety, restlessness, loss of appetite, weight loss, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, or headaches. Inform your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if any of these side effects persist or get worse.
Keep in mind that your doctor ordered this medicine because, in his or her opinion, it will benefit you more than it will harm you. Many users of this medicine report no significant negative effects.
Your blood pressure may increase if you take this medication. Regularly check your blood pressure, and let your doctor know if the readings are excessive.