Tablets containing Methylphenidate are used to treat certain medical conditions. However, they may cause side effects and precautions should be taken.

Tablets containing Methylphenidate are used to treat certain medical conditions. However, they may cause side effects and precautions should be taken.

Generic name: Methylphenidate Tablets

Brand names: Methylin, Ritalin

Drug class: CNS stimulants


This medication has a risk of abuse and misuse. It should only be used as directed by a doctor. Inform your doctor if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.

Uses of Methylphenidate Tablets:

  • Treatment of attention deficit problems with hyperactivity
  • Treatment of narcolepsy
  • May be prescribed for other reasons, consult with your doctor
  • What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Methylphenidate Tablets?

    • If you are allergic to methylphenidate or any other component of this medication
    • If you have glaucoma, agitation, anxiety, or an overactive thyroid
    • If you or a family member have blood vessel disease, high blood pressure, heart structure problems or other heart problems, or Tourette’s syndrome or tics
    • If you have ever had a stroke
    • If you have taken certain drugs for depression or Parkinson’s disease in the last 14 days
    • If you are taking linezolid or methylene blue
    • This is not an exhaustive list of all drugs or health problems that may interact with Methylphenidate Tablets. Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all medications (prescription or OTC), natural products, vitamins, and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without consulting your doctor.

      What are some things I need to know or do while I take Methylphenidate Tablets?

      • Inform all healthcare providers that you are taking this medication
      • Avoid driving or performing tasks that require alertness until you know how this medication affects you
      • Seek medical attention immediately if you experience symptoms such as a fast, slow, or abnormal heartbeat, weakness on one side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, change in eyesight, chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, or severe dizziness or passing out
      • Undergo heart tests before starting this medication
      • Check blood pressure and heart rate as directed by your doctor
      • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breastfeeding
      • How is this medicine (Methylphenidate Tablets) best taken?

        • Take this medication as directed by your doctor
        • Take 30 to 45 minutes before meals
        • If taking more than once a day, take the last dose of the day before 6 PM
        • If the medication stops working well, contact your doctor before increasing the dose
        • Avoid excessive caffeine intake while taking this medication
        • What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

          Seek medical attention immediately if you experience 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 from pale to blue or red, numbness, pain, tingling, or cold feeling of the hands or feet, any sores or wounds on the fingers or toes, muscle pain or weakness, dark urine, trouble passing urine, change in sex interest, painful erection lasting longer than 4 hours, or new or worse behavior and mood changes.

          What are some other side effects of Methylphenidate Tablets?

          Dizziness, sleepiness, dry mouth, headache, upset stomach or vomiting, weight loss, feeling nervous and excitable, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, stomach pain or heartburn, nose or throat irritation.

          These are not all of the side effects that may occur. Consult your doctor if you have any questions about side effects.

          If OVERDOSE is suspected:

          If you suspect an overdose, call your poison control center or seek medical care immediately. Be ready to provide information about the medication taken, the amount, and when it was taken.

          How do I store and/or throw out Methylphenidate Tablets?

          • Store at room
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