What is this medicine?
DEXMETHYLPHENIDATE (dex meth ill FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Federal law prohibits the transfer of this medicine to any person other than the person for whom it was prescribed. Do not share this medicine with anyone else.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- a history of alcohol or drug abuse
- heart condition or recent history of a heart attack
- high blood pressure
- liver disease
- mental illness, including anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, mania or schizophrenia
- motor tics, family history or diagnosis of Tourette's syndrome
- overactive thyroid
- seizures (convulsions) or an abnormal brain scan
- an unusual or allergic reaction to dexmethylphenidate, methylphenidate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Usually the last dose of the day will be taken at least 4 to 6 hours before your normal bedtime, so it will not interfere with sleep. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- medicines called MAO Inhibitors like Nardil, Parnate, Marplan, Eldepryl
- other stimulant medicines like amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, methylphenidate and modafinil
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- medicines for high blood pressure
- other medicines for mental depression or anxiety
- seizure or epilepsy medicine
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. This prescription requires that you follow special procedures with your doctor and pharmacy. You will need to have a new written prescription from your doctor or health care professional every time you need a refill.
This medicine may affect your concentration, or hide signs of tiredness. Until you know how this drug affects you, do not drive, ride a bicycle, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness. If you are having trouble sleeping, and this continues to be a regular and bothersome side effect, contact your health care provider to discuss your options.
Tell your doctor or health care professional if this medicine loses its effects, or if you feel you need to take more than the prescribed amount. Do not change the dosage without talking to your doctor or health care professional. Do not suddenly stop your medicine.
Decreased appetite is a common side effect when starting this medicine. Eating small, frequent meals or snacks can help. Talk to your doctor if you continue to have poor eating habits. Height and weight growth of a child taking this medicine will be monitored closely.