Information about Methylphenidate

Methylphenidate Uses

Methylphenidate is used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

How Methylphenidate works

Methylphenidate is a CNS stimulant. It works by improving the activity of certain parts of the brain by increasing the levels of certain chemicals (norepinephrine and dopamine).

Common side effects of Methylphenidate

Headache, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Abdominal pain, Nervousness
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Available Medicine for Methylphenidate

ConcertaJohnson & Johnson Ltd
4130 to ₹61803 variant(s)
InspiralIpca Laboratories Ltd
99 to ₹1965 variant(s)
AddwizeSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
1271 variant(s)
Addwize ODSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
1801 variant(s)
Meth ODIntas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
121 to ₹1612 variant(s)
Ritazral HynidateTaj Pharma India Ltd
79 to ₹2025 variant(s)

Expert advice for Methylphenidate

  • It has high habit-forming potential. Do not take more than prescribed.
  • Take it early in the morning to prevent insomnia later that night.
  • Methylphenidate may raise your blood pressure and pulse. Monitor your blood pressure regularly.
  • Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as Methylphenidate can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
  • It can cause a loss of appetite, which can slow growth rate, especially in children. Monitor your child’s height and weight regularly while taking this medicine.
  • Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or develop suicidal thoughts.
  • Do not stop taking medicine without talking to your doctor first.

Frequently asked questions for Methylphenidate


Q. Is Methylphenidate a monoamine oxidase inhibitor/ opiate/ amphetamine?

Methylphenidate is central nervous system stimulant drug that is used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (a behavioral disorder in children marked by poor concentration, hyperactivity, and learning difficulties). It is not monoamine oxidase inhibitor or an opiate. It is similar in function to amphetamine, but milder in nature

Q. Is Ritalin/Concerta same as Methylphenidate?

Ritalin and Concerta are proprietary (brand) names of Methylphenidate

Q. Can I take Ritalin for weight loss/ anxiety/ depression?

Ritalin (i.e. Methylphenidate) cannot be used to treat weight loss, anxiety or depression. They, on the contrary, are the side effects of the methylphenidate

Q. Does Methylphenidate keep you awake or help you focus?

Yes, Methylphenidate increases wakefulness, vigilance and attention span

Q. Does Methylphenidate make you high?

Methylphenidate has the ability to alter mood and feelings such that the effects are perceived by some as pleasant or ‘high'. Methylphenidate belongs to a sub schedule X consisting psychotropic and habit forming substances. It is available strictly as per the prescription and should always be used as advised by doctor

Q. Does Methylphenidate work like Adderall?

Both Methylphenidate and Adderall (amphetamine) are central nervous system stimulants but used for different indications (uses). Take your doctor's advice before using any medicine

Q. Does Methylphenidate expire/ go bad?

Like all other medicines, Methylphenidate expires.The expiry date is mentioned on the pill-box or strip. Methylphenidate should not be used beyond this date of expiry.


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