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Generic: methylphenidate
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It is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
               



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What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • atomoxetine
  • lithium
  • medicines called MAO Inhibitors like Nardil, Parnate, Marplan, Eldepryl
  • other stimulant medicines like amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, dexmethylphenidate, modafinil
  • procarbazine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • medicines for blood pressure
  • caffeine
  • medicines to decrease appetite or cause weight loss
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for seizures
  • warfarin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. This prescription requires that you follow special procedures with your doctor and pharmacy. You will need to have a new written prescription from your doctor or health care professional every time you need a refill.

This medicine may affect your concentration, or hide signs of tiredness. Until you know how this drug affects you, do not drive, ride a bicycle, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness. If you are having trouble sleeping, and this continues to be a regular and bothersome side effect, contact your health care provider to discuss your options.

Tell your doctor or health care professional if this medicine loses its effects, or if you feel you need to take more than the prescribed amount. Do not change the dosage without talking to your doctor or health care professional. Do not suddenly stop your medicine.

Decreased appetite is a common side effect when starting this medicine. Eating small, frequent meals or snacks can help. Talk to your doctor if you continue to have poor eating habits. Height and weight growth of a child taking this medicine will be monitored closely.

If you are scheduled for any surgery, tell your healthcare provider that you are taking this medicine. You may need to stop taking this medicine before the procedure.

               
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