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 472 257
Fatigue 437 205
Problems concentrating 165 96
Brain fog 78 48
Narcolepsy 61 23
Attention deficit disorder 58 45

Show all 93 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 122
Mild 179
None 260

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methylphenidate

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

Show all 191 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylphenidate

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 20
10 mg daily 14
36 mg daily 11
20 mg twice daily 11
5 mg twice daily 8
40 mg daily 7
10 mg twice daily 6
20 mg three times daily 6
10 mg three times daily 5
54 mg daily 5

See all 47 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Methylphenidate

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 202
Side effects too severe 154
Doctor's advice 111
Other 108
Course of treatment ended 21
Personal research 21
Change in health plan coverage 11
Expense 11
See all 457 patients who've stopped taking Methylphenidate

Duration

Currently taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 56
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 95
1 - 6 months 130
6 months - 1 year 66
1 - 2 years 75
2 - 5 years 69
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 414
Usually 135
Sometimes 51
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 16
Somewhat hard to take 71
A little hard to take 94
Not at all hard to take 446
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 12
$50-99 30
$25-49 67
< $25 245
Not specified 269

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylphenidate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 24
Modafinil (Provigil) 12
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 8
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 5
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 5

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methylphenidate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 32
Modafinil (Provigil) 22
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 16
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 7
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 4

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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51 patient evaluations for Methylphenidate

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

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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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