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 488 265
Fatigue 440 208
Problems concentrating 164 95
Brain fog 77 50
Narcolepsy 63 23
Attention deficit disorder 59 45

Show all 94 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
65
Moderate
125
Mild
183
None
264

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methylphenidate

Side effect Patients
Loss of appetite 28
Irritability 21
Dry mouth 20
Anxious mood 19
Jittery feeling 18
Decreased appetite 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylphenidate

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 27
5 mg twice daily 12
10 mg daily 11
20 mg three times daily 9
20 mg twice daily 8
36 mg daily 7
40 mg daily 6
10 mg twice daily 5
10 mg three times daily 5
30 mg daily 5

See all 51 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Methylphenidate

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 207
Side effects too severe 159
Doctor's advice 117
Other 110
Personal research 22
Course of treatment ended 21
Change in health plan coverage 11
Expense 11
See all 468 patients who've stopped taking Methylphenidate

Duration

Currently taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 46
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 19

Stopped taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 106
1 - 6 months 129
6 months - 1 year 66
1 - 2 years 76
2 - 5 years 70
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 421
Usually 137
Sometimes 52
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 71
A little hard to take 98
Not at all hard to take 453
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 12
$50-99 30
$25-49 67
< $25 251
Not specified 273

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylphenidate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 26
Modafinil (Provigil) 10
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 8
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 6
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 6

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methylphenidate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 35
Modafinil (Provigil) 23
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 16
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 7
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 5

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

54 patient evaluations for Methylphenidate

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

Dec 15, 2017 (Started Mar 18, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for brain fog)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

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: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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