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) 426 229
Fatigue 413 167
Problems concentrating 157 83
Brain fog 73 43
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 54 33
Narcolepsy 50 17

Show all 97 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 108
Mild 157
None 231

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methylphenidate

Side effect Patients
Loss of appetite 24
Irritability 19
Dry mouth 17
Anxious mood 15
Decreased appetite 13
Jittery feeling 13

Show all 179 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylphenidate

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 11
20 mg daily 10
20 mg twice daily 7
5 mg twice daily 6
36 mg/24 hr daily 6
5 mg daily 4
54 mg daily 4
10mg as needed 4
18 mg daily 3
10 mg twice daily 3

See all 46 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Methylphenidate

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 183
Side effects too severe 143
Doctor's advice 106
Other 96
Course of treatment ended 18
Personal research 18
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 9
See all 418 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 6
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Methylphenidate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 85
1 - 6 months 124
6 months - 1 year 59
1 - 2 years 70
2 - 5 years 61
5 - 10 years 30
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 359
Usually 122
Sometimes 48
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 64
A little hard to take 85
Not at all hard to take 393
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 10
$50-99 28
$25-49 57
< $25 219
Not specified 239

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylphenidate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 11
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 8
Modafinil (Provigil) 6
Armodafinil (Nuvigil) 3
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 3

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methylphenidate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 23
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse) 12
Modafinil (Provigil) 10
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 5
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 3

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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50 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 (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 (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: 3 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Little
Stiffness: Most
function: Some
external_stress: Most
Stickman: some
Description:F44y
FM:7y 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

  • 0 helpful marks
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: b
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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