Brand Names : Concerta, Metadate CD, Ritalin, Ritalin-SR, PMS-Methylphenidate, Riphenidate, Ritalin SR
- Central nervous system stimulant
belongs to the group of medicines called central nervous system (CNS) stimulants.
It is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy
(uncontrollable desire for sleep or sudden attacks of deep sleep), and other
conditions as determined by the doctor.
Methylphenidate 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 are impulsive. This
medicine is used as part of a total treatment program that also includes social,
educational, and psychological treatment.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription. Prescriptions
cannot be refilled. A new written prescription must be obtained from your
doctor each time you or your child needs this medicine.
Methylphenidate is available in the following dosage forms:
Tablets (U.S. and Canada)
Extended-release tablets (U.S. and Canada)
Extended-release capsules (U.S.)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
- Metadate CD
In Canada -
- Ritalin SR
Generic name product may be available in the U.S.