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 493 271
Fatigue 445 215
Problems concentrating 165 96
Brain fog 77 50
Narcolepsy 65 23
Attention deficit disorder 62 48

Show all 88 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 68
Moderate 126
Mild 187
None 270

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 157 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylphenidate

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 17
10 mg daily 15
20 mg twice daily 13
5 mg twice daily 7
10 mg twice daily 7
36 mg daily 7
40 mg daily 7
20 mg three times daily 6
5 mg daily 5
5mg as needed 5

See all 51 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
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 34
10 years or more 30

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 436
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 465
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 12
$50-99 30
$25-49 65
< $25 260
Not specified 280

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylphenidate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 28
Modafinil (Provigil) 10
Atomoxetine (Strattera) 9
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

Aug 13, 2018 (Started Aug 14, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (stomach irritation if not enough food in stomach, muscle tension)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I switched from Adderall XR to Methylphenidate d/t fact that Adderall was making me jumpy to a fault. I find that the Ritalin doesn't make me jumpy; I have more clarity & focused thinking. I had to add the 10 mg. at noon b/c my morning dosage of 20 mg. was fizzling out by 3 p.m. It should really be taken with food d/t possible stomach aggravations.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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