methylphenidate (generic name)
Ritalin (brand name)
METHYLPHENIDATE(meth il FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
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What is this medicine?METHYLPHENIDATE(meth il FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
How should I use this medicine?Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not crush, cut, or chew the capsule. You may take this medicine with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. If you take your medicine more than once a day, try to take your last dose at least 8 hours before bedtime. This well help prevent the medicine from interfering with your sleep.
If you have difficulty swallowing, the capsule may be opened and the contents gently sprinkled on a small amount (1 tablespoon) of cool applesauce. Do not sprinkle on warm applesauce or this may result in improper dosing. The contents of the capsule should not be crushed or chewed. Take the medicine immediately after sprinkling on the cool applesauce. Do not store for future use. Drink a glass of water, milk or juice after taking the sprinkles with applesauce.
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 drug 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:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications: