Ritalin (Oral)

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methylphenidate/vision side effects

What are the implications of slighty blurry vision on 2nd day of taking concerta?  The blurriness cleared up late in the day.
by Roberta Tacke in Milwaukee, Wi, 05/16/2009

Ritalin and Growth Hormones

If an eleven year old boy who seems already genetically tall, would be prescribed Ritalin for ADHD, would the drug have any negative effects on his Grown Hormones?
by Vivian Crawford in Texas, 07/01/2007

what is a pill that says dan one side and 5658 on the other?

i found a pill that says dan on one side and 5658 on the other. i am perscribed to ritalin, 40m.g. and i started out on lower doses. is this one of my smaller doses?
by tara in muskegon, mi, 09/20/2007

methylphenidate/vision side effects

What are the implications of slighty blurry vision on 2nd day of taking concerta?  The blurriness cleared up later in the day.
by roberta tacke in milwaukee, wi, 05/16/2009

Ritalin (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Ritalin (Oral)

Ritalin (Oral) Medication Classification


Ritalin (Oral) Brandname

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

Ritalin (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 Ritalin (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 Ritalin (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 Ritalin (Oral) Storage

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

What To Avoid While Using Ritalin (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®).

Ritalin (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.

Ritalin (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

Ritalin (Oral) Ratings

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Gayle, Orlando, FL - 10/30/2009

When I first began to take 20mg Ritalin it really made a difference in my life. However, it wasn't long before I developed a facial tic. I started wrinkling up my nose and blinking my eyes without stopping. I quit taking the medication on my own. Later I was given Focalin, I really like the results from this product.

Ritalin (Oral)

Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: *****


Jean Foskey, Dalla,tx - 12/06/2010

I have been on Ritalin for about two weeks now, and it has been a miracle. I used to feel overwhelmed at work all the time, but that has stopped now. I usually take a pill as soon as I get to work and then take another one four hours later. Each pill is 10 milligrams. One thing I have noticed is that I get headaches when I am not taking Ritalin. Today, I also started to have a small tic on my cheek. In addition to Ritalin, I take Celexa to help counter my depression. I think Ritalin has helped with my depression a bit, too. I really wish I had taken this medication when I was younger, because it is helping me so much now. I needed to start taking Ritalin far earlier than I did.