What is Methylphenidate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Ritalin Concerta Ritalin LA Show all

false

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 485 265
Fatigue 440 208
Problems concentrating 165 96
Brain fog 78 51
Narcolepsy 62 23
Attention deficit disorder 58 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
66
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

Show all 190 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylphenidate

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 25
10 mg daily 11
20 mg twice daily 11
5 mg twice daily 10
36 mg daily 9
40 mg daily 8
20 mg three times daily 8
40 mg twice daily 6
5 mg daily 5
10mg as needed 5

See all 51 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Methylphenidate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 206
Side effects too severe 157
Doctor's advice 117
Other 109
Personal research 22
Course of treatment ended 21
Change in health plan coverage 12
Expense 12
See all 465 patients who've stopped taking Methylphenidate

Duration

Currently taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 20

Stopped taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 104
1 - 6 months 128
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 422
Usually 137
Sometimes 52
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 16
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
< $25 252
Not specified 273

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylphenidate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 26
Modafinil (Provigil) 12
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

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
Showing 3 of 54 patient evaluations for Methylphenidate