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 451 250
Fatigue 427 190
Problems concentrating 176 99
Brain fog 83 45
narcolepsy 58 21
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 57 34

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 61
Moderate 116
Mild 170
None 256

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methylphenidate

Side effect Patients
Loss of appetite 27
Irritability 20
Anxious mood 17
Dry mouth 17
Jittery feeling 16
Decreased appetite 14

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylphenidate

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 16
10 mg daily 12
5 mg twice daily 10
10 mg twice daily 10
20 mg twice daily 10
20 mg three times daily 8
30 mg daily 7
40 mg daily 7
5 mg daily 6
36 mg/24 hr daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Methylphenidate

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 196
Side effects too severe 148
Doctor's advice 108
Other 102
Course of treatment ended 19
Personal research 18
Change in health plan coverage 11
Expense 10
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Duration

Currently taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 46
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 93
1 - 6 months 131
6 months - 1 year 61
1 - 2 years 71
2 - 5 years 64
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 397
Usually 130
Sometimes 49
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 69
A little hard to take 87
Not at all hard to take 433
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 12
$50-99 29
$25-49 60
< $25 237
Not specified 262

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylphenidate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 21
Modafinil (Provigil) 10
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 8
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 4
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 3

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methylphenidate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 27
Modafinil (Provigil) 16
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 15
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 6
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 4

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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51 patient evaluations for Methylphenidate

LittleBean
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LittleBean
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
32 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
ADD

See LittleBean's full Methylphenidate history

Apr 6, 2017 (Started May 25, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Problems concentrating)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Memory problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Lack of motivation)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Irritability from auditory stimulation)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Inattention)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit disorder)
  • 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
bertusj
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bertusj
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
41 M
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I have:
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

See bertusj's full Methylphenidate history

Mar 14, 2016 (Started May 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Mar 13, 2016 (Started May 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (high blood pressure (hypertension))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg/24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I was taken of concerta and put on strattera. I used it for 5 years without problems, but then started developing hypertension. So we are trying strattera too see the effect on the blood pressure
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Jan 13, 2016 (Started May 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg/24 hr Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Aug 14, 2012 (Started May 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 36 mg/24 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: I am very fortunate - I have not had any side effects - I have heard from other people taking Concerta that they have had problems with headaches, aggression and loss of appetite
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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AnnieOakley
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AnnieOakley
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F44y
FM:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Jan 15, 2016 (Started Dec 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Difficulty waking up)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Brain fog)
  • 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 Brain fog)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Fatigue)
  • 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

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