Methylphenidate is a custom pharmacy drug classified in the family of drugs known as CNS stimulants (central nervous system stimulants). Methylphenidate works, chemically, within the brain and nerves to regulate impulse activity. Methylphenidate is used to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), ADD (attention deficit disorder), and narcolepsy.
As methylphenidate may be extremely addictive, it is a highly controlled substance; ask your doctor for more information about how to safely use this drug. Methylphenidate may be compounded into various forms of delivery such as any of the following: chewable tablets, oral dissolving tablets, solutions, immediate-release tablets, extended-release tablets, extended-release capsules, extended-release suspensions, and more. Each method of delivery has its own set of instructions for usage. Your doctor will decide dosage. Follow your doctor's directions on usage and dosage.
Patients using this drug may experience a few side effects, several side effects, or no side effects at all. There is unfortunately no way to know exactly how any drug will affect a patient until they begin taking the drug, so watch for any possible side effects and act accordingly. If you experience any side effect that is intensifying or enduring, contact your doctor right away. A few of the more commonly encountered side effects are listed below; note this list is only a partial list and any individual may have a unique experience possibly encountering other side effects not listed.
Some patients may experience severe side effects that require more immediate medical attention. If you are taking methylphenidate and experience any side effect that feels severe, whether listed below or not, see your doctor immediately, or get medical treatment at once. Some of the severe side effects that may be encountered are as follows:
This drug can possibly cause a severe allergic reaction in some patients. Allergic reactions are dangerous and could be life threatening. Never delay, seek medical attention immediately if you think you are experiencing any allergic reaction. Some of the possible signs of allergic reaction are listed below:
There are many contraindications and possible contraindications for the use of methylphenidate. If your doctor suggests methylphenidate for your treatment, have a detailed discussion with her or him about all the possible contraindications that may apply to you or your condition specifically.
This drug is highly addictive and no one should take it unless they have seen their primary care doctor, had a full medical screening, and have been given the go-ahead to use this drug by their primary care doctor who has a complete knowledge of their medical status, history, and current drug usage.
WARNING: Methylphenidate could possibly cause sudden death in children and teens, notably children or teens with heart defects or severe heart problems. Talk to your doctor about the risks if methylphenidate is being considered as a possible treatment drug.
WARNING: Methylphenidate could possibly cause sudden death, stroke, or heart attack in adults, notably adults with heart defects or severe heart problems. Talk to your doctor about the risks if methylphenidate is being considered as a possible treatment drug.
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