Indications, side effects, and warnings for Methylphenidate Tablets.

Indications, side effects, and warnings for Methylphenidate Tablets.

Medicine Article Rewrite: Methylphenidate Tablets

Generic Name: Methylphenidate Tablets [ meth-il-FEN-i-date ]

Brand Names: Methylin, Ritalin

Drug Class: CNS Stimulants


This medication has a high risk of abuse and misuse. Only use methylphenidate tablets as directed by your doctor. Inform your doctor if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction.

Uses of Methylphenidate Tablets:

  • Treatment of attention deficit problems with hyperactivity
  • Treatment of narcolepsy
  • May be prescribed for other reasons, consult with your doctor
  • What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Methylphenidate Tablets?

    • If you are allergic to methylphenidate or any other component of this medication
    • If you have any health conditions such as glaucoma, agitation, anxiety, overactive thyroid, blood vessel disease, high blood pressure, heart structure problems or other heart problems, Tourette’s syndrome or tics, or have had a stroke
    • If you have taken certain drugs for depression or Parkinson’s disease in the last 14 days, including isocarboxazid, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, selegiline, or rasagiline
    • If you are taking any drugs such as linezolid or methylene blue
    • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all medications and health conditions before taking methylphenidate tablets
    • What are some things I need to know or do while I take Methylphenidate Tablets?

      • Inform all healthcare providers that you are taking methylphenidate tablets
      • Avoid driving or performing tasks that require alertness until you know how the medication affects you
      • Call your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms such as fast, slow, or abnormal heartbeat, weakness on one side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, change in eyesight, chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, or severe dizziness or passing out
      • Undergo heart tests before starting this medication
      • Check blood pressure and heart rate as directed by your doctor
      • Consult with your doctor to determine if you have a greater chance of seizures while taking this medication
      • Avoid alcohol consumption while taking methylphenidate tablets
      • Call your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms such as agitation, change in balance, confusion, hallucinations, fever, fast or abnormal heartbeat, flushing, muscle twitching or stiffness, seizures, shivering or shaking, sweating a lot, severe diarrhea, upset stomach, or vomiting, or severe headache
      • Call your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms such as unexplained bruising or bleeding, signs of infection like fever, chills, or sore throat, or feel very tired or weak
      • Children and teens may require regular growth checks while taking this medication
      • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breastfeeding
      • How is this medicine (Methylphenidate Tablets) best taken?

        • Use this medication as directed by your doctor and read all information provided
        • Take 30 to 45 minutes before meals
        • If taking more than one dose per day, take the last dose before 6 PM
        • Do not exceed the prescribed dose
        • Avoid caffeine and chocolate consumption while taking this medication
        • Have blood work checked regularly if taking this medication for an extended period of time
        • Consult with your doctor before using OTC products that may raise blood pressure if you are taking methylphenidate tablets and have high blood pressure
        • What do I do if I miss a dose?

          • Take a missed dose as soon as possible, but do not take after 6 PM
          • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular dosing schedule
          • Do not take two doses at the same time or extra doses
          • What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

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