Generic Name and Brand Name
The generic name of this medicine is Methylphenidate Extended-Release Oral-Disintegrating Tablets, while the brand name is Cotempla XR-ODT. It belongs to the drug class of CNS stimulants.
It is important to note that this medicine 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.
This medicine is primarily used to treat attention deficit problems with hyperactivity. It may also be prescribed for other reasons, as determined by the doctor.
Prior to taking this medicine, patients should inform their doctor if they have an allergy to methylphenidate or any other component of the medication. Patients with certain health conditions, such as glaucoma, agitation, anxiety, overactive thyroid, blood vessel disease, high blood pressure, heart structure problems, Tourette’s syndrome or tics, or a history of stroke should also inform their doctor before taking this medication. Additionally, patients should not take this medication if they have taken certain drugs for depression or Parkinson’s disease in the last 14 days.
How to Take
This medicine should be taken as directed by the doctor. Patients should take it in the morning and with or without food, but always the same way each time. The tablet should not be swallowed whole but rather placed on the tongue and allowed to dissolve. Patients should not take this medicine out of the blister pack until they are ready to take it.
Like all medicines, this medication may cause side effects. Patients should contact their doctor if they experience any severe side effects, such as signs of an allergic reaction, high blood pressure, liver problems, joint pain, seizures, shakiness, trouble controlling body movements, sweating a lot, restlessness, change in color of hands or feet, numbness, pain, tingling, or cold feeling of the hands or feet, painful erection, or new or worse behavior and mood changes.
Storage and Disposal
This medicine should be stored at room temperature and protected from light. Patients should keep it in a dry place and not store it in a bathroom. Unused or expired drugs should be thrown away properly and not flushed down the toilet or poured down the drain.
If patients’ symptoms or health problems do not improve or worsen, they should contact their doctor. Patients should not share their medication with others and should not take anyone else’s medication. Patients should read the medication guide that comes with this medicine and consult with their doctor or pharmacist if they have any questions or concerns.