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Methylphenidate ( Ritalin )

Methylphenidate ( Ritalin )

Methylphenidate ( Ritalin ) is used to treat attention-deficit-disorder in children. This drug is from a family of drugs known as central nervous system stimulants. It is the drug of first choice for children that have a severe concentration or attention problem. Do not give this drug to child that suffer from psychotic disorders that produce the symptoms of attention-deficit-disorder. Long term use may affect growth.

Warnings

Do not take monoamine oxidase inhibitor with this drug.

Check with physician if taking any of the following: Chlorpromazine, ethosuximide, haloperidol, antihypertensive, medications, meperidine, norepinphrine, phenytion, propoxphene, any beta blocker, digitalis or thyroid hormones. ( Yudofsky, Hales & Ferguson )

The habit-forming potential is high. Psychological and physical dependence is possible. Addiction is rare in children but a problem with adults.

Children who take this drug on a long-term basis should be examined every four to six months. The physician should monitor height and weight, look for the presence of tics, measure blood pressure and pulse, and ask about side effects. ( Yudofsky, Hales & Ferguson )

Do not take this drug if you are pregnant or if planning to become pregnant. Do not take if you are breast-feeding.

Do not give this drug to children under the age of six and if over sixty with close monitoring.

Do not use if: You had negative reactions to this or any other amphetamine in the past. If you have glaucoma. If you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.

Inform your Doctor if: You had negative reactions to this or any other amphetamine in the past. If you have epilepsy / family history of seizures, used or using cocaine, a history of Tourette's syndrome. If you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription drug. If you plan to be under anesthesia or having any surgery in the next few months, also if you will be undergoing any medical tests. If you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor ( MAO ) in the pass two weeks.

Methamphetamine ( Symptoms or Effects )

Common: Nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping or weight loss.

Rare: Abdominal pain, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, mood changes, lack of coordination, tics/unusual movements, fast heartbeat, skin rash, hives, blurred vision or joint / chest pain.

See physician always: Abdominal pain, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, mood changes, lack of coordination, tics/unusual movements, fast heartbeat, skin rash, hives, blurred vision or joint/chest pain, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping or weight loss.

See physician if severe: Nausea.

Stop taking and see physician NOW: Abdominal pain, chest pain, skin rash or hives.

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