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Ritalin LA® (methylphenidate extended-release) is a medication approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although this product is only licensed to treat children ages six and older, it may be used in an off-label fashion to treat adults and teens with ADHD. Ritalin LA comes in the form of a capsule. As a long-acting medication, it only needs to be taken once a day in the morning.
Prior to starting treatment with this prescription drug, your healthcare provider needs information on your medical history and a detailed list of any other medications you are taking, including nonprescription drugs, vitamins, and supplements. Drug interactions with Ritalin LA are possible, and the medication is not right for all people. Providing this information to your healthcare provider will help ensure a safe, effective treatment process.
(For more information, including why the capsules should not be chewed or crushed, click Ritalin LA.)
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