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Ritalin® (methylphenidate hydrochloride) is a medication used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is only available with a prescription, and is not approved for use in children younger than six years old. Ritalin is also not approved for treating adult ADHD.
This drug comes in tablet form and is typically taken two or three times a day. It is important to take the last dose before 6:00 p.m. to avoid having problems falling asleep. Other possible side effects include nausea, insomnia, and headaches.
Although the medication is generally well tolerated, it is not suitable for everyone. Before taking Ritalin, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on your medical history and a list of your current medications. In particular, let your healthcare provider know if you have seizures, glaucoma, or high blood pressure.
(Click Ritalin for more information on this medication. This article offers a complete overview of Ritalin, including how it works, why it is not suitable for everyone, and dosing guidelines.)
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