What is Methylphenidate?

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Methylphenidate is a central nervous system stimulant used in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and for symptomatic management of narcolepsy. It may also be used for depression, especially in the elderly or medically ill.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder 1135 286
Fatigue 498 229
Narcolepsy 327 25
Brain fog 199 51
Problems concentrating 176 104
Idiopathic hypersomnia 104 16

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 67
Moderate 128
Mild 197
None 285

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methylphenidate

Side effect Patients Percentage
Decreased appetite 47
Anxious mood 23
Dry mouth 21
Irritability 21
Jittery feeling 17
Headaches 13

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylphenidate

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mg daily 6
5 mg three times daily 3
20 mg daily 3
10 mg three times daily 3
20 mg twice daily 3
54 mg daily 3
20 mg three times daily 3
5 mg daily 2
5 mg twice daily 2
18 mg/24 hr daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Methylphenidate

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 226
Side effects too severe 168
Doctor's advice 130
Other 119
Personal research 28
Course of treatment ended 23
Change in health plan coverage 14
Expense 13
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Duration

Currently taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 107
1 - 6 months 131
6 months - 1 year 73
1 - 2 years 81
2 - 5 years 77
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 455
Usually 140
Sometimes 55
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 76
A little hard to take 102
Not at all hard to take 484
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 13
$50-99 32
$25-49 67
< $25 272
Not specified 289

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylphenidate after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 35
Modafinil (Provigil) 14
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 10
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 10
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 9

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Patients stopped taking Methylphenidate and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 94
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 36
Modafinil (Provigil) 26
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 10
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 9

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53 patient evaluations for Methylphenidate

Jul 22, 2020 (Started Jul 01, 2020)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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