Methylphenidate is used to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and narcolepsy.
Take methylphenidate regularly as directed with a glass of water.
Swallow methylphenidate slow release (e.g. Concerta®, Ritalin LA®, Ritalin SR®, Rubifen SR®) whole.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with methylphenidate including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Fast or irregular heartbeat, chest pain
Fever, sore throat, tiredness, aches and pains, easy/unusual bruising or bleeding
Symptoms of allergy including: skin rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing
Prolonged erection (longer than four hours)
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Changes in vision
Unusual behaviour or thinking, mood changes, agitation, nervousness, strange or uncontrolled movements
|Tell your doctor|
Headache, trouble sleeping
Hair loss or thinning, sweating
Joint, muscle or bone aches and pains
Runny or blocked nose, cough
Loss of appetite, weight loss, dry mouth
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
|Take with food|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. December 2017
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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