Metadate CD (Oral)


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Time-release Ritalin


Is there a less expensive, generic time-release Ritalin that is comperable to Concerta? Concerta is awfully expensive. Thank you.
by Bob Abrams in Edmond, Oklahoma, 12/11/2005

Metadate CD (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Metadate CD (Oral)

Metadate CD (Oral) Medication Classification

METHYLPHENIDATE (By mouth)

Metadate CD (Oral) Brandname

Concerta, Methylin, Metadate CD, Ritalin LA, Ritalin, Methylin ER, Metadate ER, Ritalin-SR

Metadate CD (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Methylphenidate (meth-il-FEN-i-date) Treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy (sudden attacks of uncontrollable sleepiness).

When To Not Use Metadate CD (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to methylphenidate, if you have problems with severe anxiety, tension, or agitation, if you have Tourette's syndrome, muscle tics, or glaucoma, or if you have taken an MAO inhibitor (Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, Parnate®) within the past 14 days. This medicine should not be given to a child under 6 years of age unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

How Should You Use Metadate CD (Oral)

Tablet, Long Acting Capsule, Long Acting Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • You may take this medicine with or without food. Because methylphenidate can cause a loss of appetite, it is best to take the medicine after eating or just before a meal, unless your doctor tells you differently.
  • The extended-release form of this medicine is taken once daily, usually just before the morning meal. Swallow the capsule or tablet whole. Do not break, chew, or crush it. If you cannot swallow the extended-release capsule whole, open it and sprinkle the medicine into a tablespoon of applesauce. Swallow this mixture right away and then drink some water.
  • Always take this medicine with a full glass of liquid (water, milk, or juice).
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. Take the rest of your doses for that day at evenly spaced times. Allow the same number of hours to pass between taking each dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Metadate CD (Oral) Storage

Store Metadate CD (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Metadate CD (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Metadate CD (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using clonidine (Catapres®, Clorpres®, Combipres®), blood thinners (Coumadin®, warfarin), medicine for depression (such as amitriptyline, imipramine, trazodone, Norpramin®, Vivactil®, Celexa®, Effexor®, Luvox®, Paxil®, Prozac®, Serzone®, Zoloft®), medicine for seizures (such as Dilantin®, Luminal®, Mysoline®).

Metadate CD (Oral) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have epilepsy, a history of seizures, stomach problems, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression or mental illness, or drug or alcohol problems.
  • This medicine may be habit-forming. If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not take more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
  • Methylphenidate may slow down growth in children. This can cause a child not to gain weight or height normally. Talk with your doctor if you think this is a problem.

Metadate CD (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
  • Mood or mental changes, unusual behavior
  • Trouble seeing, blurred vision
  • Uncontrollable muscle movements or twitching
  • Vomiting, agitation, confusion, sweating, fever, tremors
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Feeling restless or nervous
  • Nausea, loss of appetite, stomach pain
  • Runny or stuffy nose, cough, sore throat
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weight loss

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