- Generic Name and Brand Names
- Drug Class
- Uses of Ritalin SR
- What to Tell Your Doctor Before Taking Ritalin SR
- What to Know While Taking Ritalin SR
- How to Take Ritalin SR
- Side Effects to Report to Your Doctor
- Other Side Effects of Ritalin SR
- How to Store and Dispose of Ritalin SR
- Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Further Information
Generic Name and Brand Names
The generic name for this medication is methylphenidate controlled-release tablets, also known as meth-il-FEN-i-date. It is available under the brand names Methylin ER and Ritalin SR.
This medication belongs to the drug class of CNS stimulants.
It is important to note that this medication has a risk of abuse and misuse. It should only be used as prescribed by a doctor. Patients should inform their doctor if they have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction.
Uses of Ritalin SR
Ritalin SR is primarily used to treat attention deficit problems with hyperactivity and narcolepsy. It may also be prescribed for other reasons, as determined by a doctor.
What to Tell Your Doctor Before Taking Ritalin SR
Prior to taking Ritalin SR, patients should inform their doctor if they have an allergy to methylphenidate or any other part of the medication. Patients should also disclose any health problems they have, including glaucoma, agitation, anxiety, overactive thyroid, blood vessel disease, high blood pressure, heart structure problems or other heart problems, Tourette’s syndrome or tics, or if they have ever had a stroke. Patients should also inform their doctor if they have taken certain drugs for depression or Parkinson’s disease in the last 14 days, or if they are taking any other medications.
What to Know While Taking Ritalin SR
Patients taking Ritalin SR should inform all healthcare providers that they are taking this medication. They should avoid driving or performing tasks that require alertness until they know how the medication affects them. Patients should also be aware of potential side effects, including heart attacks, strokes, and sudden deaths. Patients should also have their blood pressure and heart rate checked regularly while taking this medication. Additionally, patients should avoid drinking alcohol while taking Ritalin SR and should inform their doctor if they are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
How to Take Ritalin SR
Patients should take Ritalin SR as prescribed by their doctor. They should take the medication in the morning and swallow it whole without chewing, breaking, or crushing it. Patients may need higher doses over time to achieve the same effect, but they should not take more than prescribed. Patients should also limit their use of caffeine while taking Ritalin SR and have their blood work checked regularly.
Side Effects to Report to Your Doctor
Patients should report any signs of an allergic reaction, high blood pressure, liver problems, joint pain, purple patches on the skin or mouth, change in eyesight, seizures, shakiness, trouble controlling body movements, sweating a lot, restlessness, change in color of hands or feet, numbness or pain in the hands or feet, sores or wounds on the fingers or toes, muscle pain or weakness, change in sex interest, painful erection lasting longer than 4 hours, new or worse behavior and mood changes like depression or bipolar illness, hallucinations, or suicidal thoughts to their doctor immediately.
Other Side Effects of Ritalin SR
Common side effects of Ritalin SR include dizziness, sleepiness, dry mouth, headache, upset stomach or vomiting, weight loss, nervousness and excitability, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, stomach pain or heartburn, and nose or throat irritation.
How to Store and Dispose of Ritalin SR
Ritalin SR should be stored at room temperature, protected from light, and kept in a dry place. Patients should keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets and dispose of any unused or expired medication properly.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
If symptoms or health problems persist or worsen, patients should contact their doctor. They should not share their medication with others or take anyone else’s medication. Patients should read the medication guide provided with Ritalin SR and contact their doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider with any questions or concerns. If an overdose is suspected, patients should contact their poison control center or seek medical care immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
Patients with additional questions about Ritalin SR should consult their healthcare provider.
Patients should always consult their healthcare provider to ensure that the information provided is applicable to their personal circumstances. This article is for informational purposes only and does not