Ritalin (Methylphenidate) 10mg is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant indicated for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in pediatric patients 6 to 17 years of age.
Ritalin (Methylphenidate) 10mg Tablet is used for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Attention-deficit disorder, Narcolepsy, Attention deficit disorder and other conditions.
Ritalin (Methylphenidate) 10mg works in the treatment of ADHD by increasing attention and decreasing restlessness in children and adults who are overactive, cannot concentrate for very long, or are easily distracted and impulsive. Ritalin is used as part of a total treatment program that also includes social, educational, and psychological treatment.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
Prior to treating pediatric patients and adults with central nervous system (CNS) stimulants, including Ritalin or Ritalin- SR, assess for the presence of cardiac disease (i.e., perform a careful history including family history of sudden death or ventricular arrhythmia, and physical examination).
Assess the risk of abuse prior to prescribing, and monitor for signs of abuse and dependence while on therapy. Maintain careful prescription records, educate patients about abuse, monitor for signs of abuse and overdose, and periodically reevaluate the need for Ritalin or Ritalin-SR use.
General Dosing Information
Pediatric Patients 6 years and Older
Start with 5 mg orally twice daily (before breakfast and lunch). Increase dosage gradually, in increments of 5 to 10 mg weekly. Daily dosage above 60 mg is not recommended.
Average dosage is 20 to 30 mg daily. Administer orally in divided doses 2 or 3 times daily, preferably 30 to 45 minutes before meals. Maximum total daily dosage is 60 mg. Patients who are unable to sleep if medication is taken late in the day should take the last dose before 6 p.m.
Ritalin-SR tablets have a duration of action of approximately 8 hours. Therefore, Ritalin-SR tablets may be used in place of Ritalin tablets when the 8-hour dosage of Ritalin-SR corresponds to the titrated 8-hour dosage of Ritalin. Ritalin-SR tablets must be swallowed whole and never crushed or chewed.
Pharmacological treatment of ADHD may be needed for extended periods. Periodically re-evaluate the long-term use of Ritalin and Ritalin-SR, and adjust dosage as needed.
Dose Reduction And Discontinuation
If paradoxical worsening of symptoms or other adverse reactions occur, reduce the dosage, or, if necessary, discontinue Ritalin or Ritalin-SR. If improvement is not observed after appropriate dosage adjustment over a one-month period, the drug should be discontinued.
Ritalin (Methylphenidate) 10mg is contraindicated in patients with:
Known hypersensitivity to Ritalin or other components of Ritalin. Hypersensitivity reactions such as angioedema and anaphylactic reactions have been reported in patients treated with Ritalin products .
Concomitant treatment with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), and also within a minimum of 14 days following discontinuation of treatment with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor because of the risk of hypertensive crisis .
Known hypersensitivity to Ritalin or product components.
Concurrent treatment with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), or use of an MAOI within the preceding 14 days.
RITALIN SIDE EFFECTS
The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur from all constituting ingredients of Ritalin Tablet. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects are possible, but do not always occur. Some of the side-effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away.
Ritalin Tablet may also cause side-effects not listed here.
If you notice other side-effects not listed above, contact your doctor for medical advice. You may also report side-effects to your local food and drug administration authority. You may need Xanax also.