17 patient evaluations for Methylphenidate with a side effects rating of Mild

146 members have decided to share their profiles only with other members of PatientsLikeMe.

Jul 1, 2020 (Started Jul 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 13, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 28, 2018 (Started May 25, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for inattention)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for irritability from auditory stimulation)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for lack of motivation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for memory problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    Mild (difficulty sleeping)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 27 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: I recently switched from the sustained release (4-6 hours) to extended release (8-12 hours) and it has helped a lot.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 6, 2017 (Started May 25, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for inattention)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for irritability from auditory stimulation)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for lack of motivation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for memory problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 18, 2011 (Started May 25, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 13, 2018 (Started Aug 14, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle tension, stomach irritation if not enough food in stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I switched from Adderall XR to Methylphenidate d/t fact that Adderall was making me jumpy to a fault. I find that the Ritalin doesn't make me jumpy; I have more clarity & focused thinking. I had to add the 10 mg. at noon b/c my morning dosage of 20 mg. was fizzling out by 3 p.m. It should really be taken with food d/t possible stomach aggravations.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 15, 2017 (Started Aug 14, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle tension)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 15, 2016 (Started Dec 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for brain fog)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for difficulty waking up)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: dry mouth

Nov 20, 2014 (Started Dec 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for brain fog)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: dry mouth

Jan 24, 2009 (Started Dec 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for brain fog)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: dry mouth

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 15, 2014 (Started Mar 27, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (decreased appetite, irritability, insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 18 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 26, 2014 (Started Mar 27, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 18 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 1, 2014 (Started Mar 27, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (decreased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 18 mg/24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: Start with the lowest dose available. Stay hydrated. Watch the caffeine intake, especially at first. This wiped out my appetite during the first few days. After that, I would get ravenously hungry as soon as the medication wears off (~ 8 PM for me). Watch this if you are trying to control your weight. I can definitely feel the 'bumps' in medication from the time release. They are very predictable at 3 1/2 hour intervals for me. Keep a diary and you can time the 'bumps' to be beneficial for big meetings, tests or whatever it is that you need special concentration for.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 18, 2011 (Started Oct 21, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for mild depression)
  • Side effects
    Mild (restlessness (akathisia))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 1, 2011 (Started Oct 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach, decreased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: upset stomach, decreased appetite

Mar 21, 2011 (Started Oct 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach, decreased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I take Ritalin "as needed". I suggest that if you are also of this regime, make sure to have a ritual (a Ritalinual?). For example, if you take a dose and then go on the computer just to wait for it to "kick in", you might get sucked into the e-world. If you take it before a planned stretch of work have everything ready before hand: all materials in front of you, your workspace tidied, and all unrelated tasks finished. Start with the small stuff during that 0-20m kick in phase, maybe just review some notes or re-read what you have already started on. Good luck!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: upset stomach, decreased appetite

Dec 1, 2009 (Started Oct 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach, decreased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: upset stomach, decreased appetite

Oct 27, 2009 (Started Oct 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Ritilin helps me when I need to keep my thoughts and work ordered, especially when I am in danger of being distracted (when I am under pressure, for example). I take it "as need", per doctor's instructions. I do have fears of developing a functional dependency on it however, and will try to moderate usage.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: upset stomach, decreased appetite

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 23, 2010 (Started Oct 31, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth, depression in afternoon)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 27 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: depression in afternoon, dry mouth

Aug 7, 2010 (Started Oct 31, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 27 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: depression in afternoon, dry mouth

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 23, 2010 (Started Dec 31, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth, headaches)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: headaches, dry mouth

Jun 7, 2010 (Started Dec 31, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth, headaches)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: headaches, dry mouth

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 27, 2010 (Started Nov 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (head pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 54 mg/24 hr Daily
Side effects: head pain

Dec 29, 2009 (Started Nov 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: taking concerta is not like taking methilyn in timed ways for me
Side effects: head pain

Dec 10, 2009 (Started Nov 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 54 mg/24 hr Daily
Side effects: head pain

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
Showing 10 of 17 patient evaluations for Methylphenidate