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 494 270
Fatigue 444 213
Problems concentrating 164 95
Brain fog 78 50
Narcolepsy 64 23
Attention deficit disorder 62 48

Show all 91 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 67
Moderate 126
Mild 186
None 269

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methylphenidate

Side effect Patients
Decreased appetite 41
Dry mouth 21
Irritability 21
Anxious mood 19
Jittery feeling 18
Headaches 13

Show all 188 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylphenidate

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 22
10 mg daily 15
20 mg twice daily 13
5 mg twice daily 8
40 mg daily 8
10 mg twice daily 7
36 mg daily 6
5mg as needed 6
5 mg daily 5
20 mg three times daily 5

See all 52 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Methylphenidate

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 209
Side effects too severe 162
Doctor's advice 119
Other 110
Personal research 23
Course of treatment ended 21
Change in health plan coverage 11
Expense 10
See all 474 patients who've stopped taking Methylphenidate

Duration

Currently taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 25
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 35
10 years or more 26

Stopped taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 109
1 - 6 months 129
6 months - 1 year 65
1 - 2 years 78
2 - 5 years 72
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 433
Usually 136
Sometimes 52
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 72
A little hard to take 99
Not at all hard to take 462
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 12
$50-99 30
$25-49 65
< $25 259
Not specified 278

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylphenidate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 27
Modafinil (Provigil) 10
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 8
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 6
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 6

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methylphenidate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 34
Modafinil (Provigil) 23
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 17
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 7
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 6

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: 324 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
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