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. Off label it is used for depression, especially in the elderly or medically ill.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) 449 248
Fatigue 422 186
Problems concentrating 175 98
Brain fog 80 44
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 55 33
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) 54 40

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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 60
Moderate 114
Mild 169
None 251

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methylphenidate

Side effect Patients
Loss of appetite 26
Irritability 19
Anxious mood 17
Dry mouth 17
Jittery feeling 16
Decreased appetite 14

Show all 187 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylphenidate

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 17
10 mg daily 9
10 mg twice daily 9
5 mg daily 7
5 mg twice daily 7
20 mg twice daily 7
10 mg three times daily 6
30 mg daily 6
36 mg/24 hr daily 6
40 mg daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Methylphenidate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 194
Side effects too severe 147
Doctor's advice 108
Other 104
Course of treatment ended 18
Personal research 18
Change in health plan coverage 10
Expense 10
See all 438 patients who’ve stopped taking Methylphenidate

Duration

Currently taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 43
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 89
1 - 6 months 131
6 months - 1 year 62
1 - 2 years 70
2 - 5 years 65
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 388
Usually 129
Sometimes 49
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 68
A little hard to take 87
Not at all hard to take 425
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 11
$50-99 29
$25-49 60
< $25 234
Not specified 257

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylphenidate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 20
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 8
Modafinil (Provigil) 8
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 4
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 4

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methylphenidate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 27
Modafinil (Provigil) 14
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 13
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 6
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 3

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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51 patient evaluations for Methylphenidate

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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 (Attention Deficit Disorder)

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 ADD (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 ADHD (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 ADHD (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 ADHD (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 ADHD (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: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Little
Stiffness: Most
function: Some
external_stress: Most
Stickman: some
Description:F44y
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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

  • 0 helpful marks
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