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Ritalin 10mg

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What is Ritalin?

Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.

Ritalin is used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ritalin is also used in the treatment of a sleep disorder called narcolepsy (an uncontrollable desire to sleep). When given for attention deficit disorders, Ritalin should be an integral part of a total treatment program that may include counseling or other therapies.

Ritalin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information about Ritalin

Do not use Ritalin if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you use Ritalin before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body. Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Ritalin or if you have glaucoma, overactive thyroid, severe high blood pressure, tics or Tourette's syndrome, angina, heart failure, heart rhythm disorder, recent heart attack, a hereditary condition such as fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption, or sucrase-isomaltase deficiency, or severe anxiety, tension, or agitation.

Ritalin may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Never share Ritalin with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to

Before taking Ritalin

Do not take Ritalin if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you use Ritalin before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.

Do not use Ritalin if you are allergic to methylphenidate or if you have:

  • glaucoma;

  • overactive thyroid;

  • severe high blood pressure;

  • angina (chest pain), heart failure, heart rhythm disorder, or recent heart attack;

  • a personal or family history of tics (muscle twitches) or Tourette's syndrome;

  • severe anxiety, tension, or agitation (methylphenidate can make these symptoms worse); or

  • a hereditary condition such as fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption, or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency.

Some stimulants have caused sudden death in children and adolescents with serious heart problems or congenital heart defects. Tell your doctor if you have a congenital heart defect.

If you have any of these other conditions, your doctor may need to adjust the dose of Ritalin or order special tests:

  • a congenital heart defect;

  • a personal or family history of mental illness, psychotic disorder, bipolar illness, depression, or suicide attempt;

  • epilepsy or other seizure disorder; or

  • a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Ritalin will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. It is not known whether methylphenidate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Ritalin without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Long-term use of Ritalin can slow a child's growth. Tell your doctor if the child using this medication is not growing or gaining weight properly.

Do not give Ritalin to a child younger than 6 years old without the advice of a doctor.

How should I take Ritalin?

Take Ritalin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Take Ritalin tablets at least 30 to 45 minutes before a meal. The extended-release forms of Ritalin can be taken with or without food.

Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release Ritalin tablet. Swallow it whole. Breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.

You may open the Ritalin extended-release capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of pudding or applesauce to make swallowing easier. Swallow right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use. Discard the empty capsule.

To prevent sleep problems, take this medication early in the day, no later than 6:00 pm.

If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using Ritalin. You may need to stop using the medicine the day of your surgery.

Store Ritalin at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Ritalin is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is later than 6:00 p.m. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What should I avoid while taking Ritalin?

Ritalin may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Ritalin side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Ritalin: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop taking Ritalin and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats;

  • feeling like you might pass out;

  • fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;

  • aggression, restlessness, hallucinations, unusual behavior, or motor tics (muscle twitches);

  • easy bruising, purple spots on your skin; or

  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Less serious Ritalin side effects may include:

  • stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite;

  • vision problems, dizziness, mild headache;

  • sweating, mild skin rash;

  • numbness, tingling, or cold feeling in your hands or feet;

  • nervous feeling, sleep problems (insomnia); or

  • weight loss.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

What other drugs will affect Ritalin?

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);

  • clonidine (Catapres);

  • dobutamine (Dobutrex), epinephrine (EpiPen), or isoproterenol (Isuprel);

  • cold/allergy medicine that contains phenylephrine (a decongestant);

  • potassium citrate (Urocit-K, Twin-K), sodium acetate, sodium bicarbonate (Alka-Seltzer), citric acid and potassium citrate (Cytra-K, Poly-Citra), or sodium citrate and citric acid (Bicitra, Oracit);

  • medications to treat high or low blood pressure;

  • stimulant medications or diet pills;

  • seizure medicine such as phenytoin (Dilantin), phenobarbital (Luminal), primidone (Mysoline); or

  • an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip), citalopram (Celexa), doxepin (Sinequan), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), nortriptyline (Pamelor) paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), and others.

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Ritalin. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.


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  1. Nicole- please don't

    Posted by Iany on 15th Feb 2016

    Nicole- please don't call it a brain dfnciieecy - it's just a *difference*. Not everybody has the same levels of everything in their systems. We can concentrate and focus just fine when we're involved in something that really interests us. We just tend to not want to bother with the boring things, but the problem is with our modern society that says everybody needs to focus on that boring stuff the majority of the time. We rebel against being a part of the herd and doing what we're told, we think outside the box and want to be happy and to find joy in our lives. That's not a dfnciieecy- that's a gift.If we were allowed to play all day, and to learn new things while we are playing, and to do work that engages us and uses our gifts- then we would have happy lives that aren't filled with anxiety and depression because then our lives wouldn't be full of trying to live up to other people's expectations (or what we think their expectations are). How boring it must be to be the status quo! I'd much rather bask in my wild ideas and endless tangents. We are the innovators and the world-changers- we constantly wonder why and why not and ask the questions other people don't think to ask.ADD/ADHD meds can help us function in this modern society we have and be productive in more tangible ways (because aren't we all judged by how productive and efficient we are?). This shortage is only because of bureaucracy and red tape what was intended to stop meth abuse/production didn't have a way out when more people were diagnosed and then they began medication or people already on it had dosages increased. If you have to put in paperwork to get the supplies you need to produce the meds and you base your future numbers on the exact same numbers you currently have, then what will you do when suddenly those numbers need a larger supply- and oh, oops! There's all the new people who are now needing some too, and oh no, now their dosages are being increased Now there's not enough to get through the winter! So you file more paperwork to get more supplies from the entity that controls them, which is a longer wait and results in them not giving you as much as you asked for So heck, while we twiddle our thumbs wondering when we'll get some more supplies to get our meds back into production, why don't we go ahead and price gauge the supply that's left in stock so we can make some money off this down time? Sounds great! Let's double the price! No, wait, let's quadruple it! Yay for us! We get to stay in business!Speaking of tangents Don't knock what you haven't tried (and tried vigilantly for long periods of time). Natural supplements CAN work for some people but maybe not for others. Some meds work for some people but not for others. Diet and lifestyle changes are good things that can help the other things you are doing to take care of yourself- whether you're on meds or supplements or nothing. Meditation, counseling, hiring a coach, having a support system- these can all help you. There is no single guaranteed treatment plan that works exactly the same for everyone, so it is up to you to give everything a chance to find what works best. Things happen in life that we have to deal with, like medication shortages that are out of our control, being laid off and losing health insurance so we can't afford counseling and maybe not even the cheapest meds. But there are other options out there that may help you no matter what your circumstances are. YOU have to do the work to find them. Ask for help if you need it, and keep asking until you find the one who can help you.Never rely 100% on one thing to get you through (the magic pill ). With the shortages, we can see how destructive that reliance can be. Our reactions to the shortages and fears about the what ifs if we can't get our meds can be many times worse than the actual experience of going without our medication. Stop the negative cycle and find the positive things to focus on. Give yourself more time to do the harder things, get more sleep, make time to make yourself relax and shift gears into a better state of mind (meditate).And please, folks, never NEVER take more than what the doctor has prescribed. First, that can be dangerous and might just be your impulsivity coming back out because the different medication doesn't work for you. Second, when you run out of meds because you took too many too fast, you may find yourself cut off from meds for the rest of the month (or longer) because the doctor doesn't want to write you a new prescription just in case you are abusing it. If it doesn't feel like it's working, it's probably not, so why take more? Call the doctor for advice.And if you are a woman who has estrogen peaks (especially if you are mid-30s and older) or periods of time where your estrogen is too high (you wouldn't know it without a blood test), that will affect your insulin and blood glucose levels which in turn can prevent your medication from doing it's job. Taking more pills during these times probably won't do a darned thing for your focus and attention, but could do bad things for the rest of your body (especially your heart).The medication shortage won't last forever, but don't freak out through it and let your life fall to pieces. Even if you have to tell your boss you are having a hard time because you are off your meds or on a lower dose, or went to a different one that doesn't work as well- then tell your boss. Lean on the people you can trust- that's what they're there for. Find more people you can trust, and ask them for help. And remember to find a way to show them your appreciation or pay them back in kind.It's easy to freak out, but why freak out when the help you need may be standing right in front of you? Keep your stress levels down, reduce your obligations, and find the people who can help you figure out some ways to make it easier to get through. And be sure to say No to the ones who are asking too much of you.