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Common Brand Name(s): Ritalin
Phonetic Pronunciation: (meth-ill-FEN-eh-date)
Information last revised June 2010

What does METHYLPHENIDATE-ORAL look like?

Wts58840methylphenidate 20 mg Tab
Sdz57490methylphenidate 10 mg Tab
Wts58820methylphenidate 5 mg Tab
Sdz57480methylphenidate 5 mg Tab
Wts58830methylphenidate 10 mg Tab
Sdz57530methylphenidate 20 mg Tab
Cib00030Ritalin 10 mg Tab


Methylphenidate is used to treat attention disorders (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD) as part of a total treatment plan including psychological, educational and social measures. This medication is also used to treat patients with narcolepsy (a disorder of sleep regulation). When this medication is used to treat ADHD, patients may find they have increased attention, decreased impulsiveness, and decreased hyperactivity (see also Notes section). This medication is a mild stimulant that works by affecting the levels of chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the nervous system. This medication should not be used to treat simple fatigue symptoms.
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