Methylphenidate Hydrochloride

Where is Methylphenidate Hydrochloride used?

Methylphenidate Hydrochloride is used for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This is in the class of medications known as stimulants that change the amount of certain natural substances in the brain. It can help increase your ability to pay attention, control behavior problems, and stay focused on an activity. It may also help you to organize your tasks and improve your listening skills.

This is an FDA-approved medication that can also be used for the treatment of narcolepsy. It is a sleep disorder that is characterized by overwhelming daytime drowsiness and sudden attacks of sleep.  

How does Methylphenidate Hydrochloride work?

Methylphenidate Hydrochloride increases the activity in the brain. Usually, it makes people more alert and active. In ADHD, this medication seems to work by increasing activity in underactive areas of the brain that play a part in controlling attention and behavior. It increases the activity of neurotransmitters called dopamine and noradrenaline. In which it improves the functioning of the underactive parts of the brain that enable self-control.Stimulant medications become effective fairly quickly often in less than an hour.

How is Methylphenidate Hydrochloride taken?

The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to the treatment. Your doctor may direct you to start at a lower dose and eventually increase it. You should take the right dose, not more or less. Do not suddenly stop taking this medication without the consent of your doctor. It may cause another complication or may worsen your current condition.

Methylphenidate Hydrochloride is usually taken 2 to 3 times a day or as directed by your doctor. This medication is best taken 30 to 45 minutes before a meal. You must take each tablet by mouth. Drink plenty of fluids while having this medication. Doing so may lessen the risk of certain side effects. Remember to take it at the same time and in the same way each day.

What are the possible side effects of Methylphenidate Hydrochloride?

  • Dizziness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Indigestion
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision

What are the precautions in taking Methylphenidate Hydrochloride?

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Methylphenidate Hydrochloride should be used during pregnancy if only needed. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, call your doctor right away.
  • For women who are breastfeeding, you need to talk to your doctor first for some instructions.
  • This may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high.
  • If you have any medical history especially of blood circulation problems, heart problems, glaucoma, high blood pressure, or seizure disorder, tell it your doctor right away.
  • This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol can make you dizzier. Do not drive or do any activity that requires your alertness. Limit alcoholic beverages.
  • If you have any current medications including vitamins and herbal supplements, inform your doctor before taking this product.
  • This should not be used in children under 6 years of age, people with an overactive thyroid gland, a history of depression, and cardiovascular disease.
  • Do not share this with others even if they have the same disease as yours.