Generic Name: Methylphenidate hydrochloride
Product Name: Ritalin
Proposed mode of action of psychostimulants in ADHD is enhancement of dopaminergic and noradrenergic neurotransmission. This aims to reduce functional impairment across a range of settings (including home, school and peer relationships) and minimize long term adverse effects on academic performance, vocational success, social and emotional development.
- ADHD in school age children: Initially 5-10mg daily given in 1-3 divided doses, increasing by daily dose by 5-10mg each week to a maximum of 40mg/day. When total daily dose is > 10mg/day give in 2-3 divided doses
- ADHD in adults: Initially 10mg each morning, gradually increase daily dose as indicated clinically, by 5-10mg at weekly intervals to a maximum of 60mg/day.
- Narcolepsy in adults: Initially 5mg twice daily (morning and noon), gradually increase to 20-30mg daily. Maximum of 60mg/day.
Common side effects
Uncommon side effects
- Movement disorders
- Weight loss
- Growth retardation
For further information talk to your doctor.