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) 432 233
Fatigue 420 171
Problems concentrating 157 83
Brain fog 78 43
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 56 34
Narcolepsy 52 18

Show all 98 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 60
Moderate 110
Mild 159
None 236

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methylphenidate

Side effect Patients
Loss of appetite 24
Irritability 19
Anxious mood 17
Dry mouth 17
Jittery feeling 14
Decreased appetite 13

Show all 180 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylphenidate

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 15
10 mg daily 10
36 mg/24 hr daily 7
5 mg daily 6
10 mg twice daily 6
20 mg twice daily 6
5 mg twice daily 5
30 mg daily 5
10 mg three times daily 4
54 mg daily 4

See all 53 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Methylphenidate

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 189
Side effects too severe 145
Doctor's advice 106
Other 99
Course of treatment ended 19
Personal research 18
Change in health plan coverage 10
Expense 10
See all 429 patients who’ve stopped taking Methylphenidate

Duration

Currently taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 14

Stopped taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 87
1 - 6 months 127
6 months - 1 year 61
1 - 2 years 70
2 - 5 years 64
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 363
Usually 125
Sometimes 49
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 67
A little hard to take 86
Not at all hard to take 398
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 10
$50-99 28
$25-49 58
< $25 222
Not specified 244

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylphenidate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 15
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 8
Modafinil (Provigil) 6
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 4
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 3

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methylphenidate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 25
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 13
Modafinil (Provigil) 12
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 6
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 3

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching to

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51 patient evaluations for Methylphenidate

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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: 2 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Little
Stiffness: Most
function: Some
external_stress: Most
Stickman: some
Description:F44y
FM:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See AnnieOakley's full Methylphenidate history

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

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Wavewatcher
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Wavewatcher
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Wavewatcher's full Methylphenidate history

Sep 7, 2015 (Started Mar 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Problems concentrating)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: As long as I maintain therapeutic levels I don't have a problem so I am diligent about taking this med on time.

  • 0 helpful marks
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