A healthcare provider may recommend Methylin® 10 mg tablets or solution for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or narcolepsy. Methylin comes in four forms: regular tablets, chewable tablets, long-acting extended-release (ER) tablets, and an oral solution (liquid). It is usually taken by mouth two or three times daily (except for the Methylin ER tablets, which are usually taken once daily in the morning). In most cases, the last dose should be taken before 6 p.m. (taking it later could cause difficulty sleeping).
When using the short-acting Methylin products (including the regular tablets, chewable tablets, and oral solution) in children ages six and older, Methylin should be started at 5 mg twice a day (before breakfast and lunch). Your child's healthcare provider may slowly increase the dose up to 60 mg total per day, if necessary.
For adults, the total dosage of short-acting Methylin per day is usually 20 mg to 30 mg (divided into two or three doses). Some people may need less, while others may need as much as 60 mg per day.
For long-acting Methylin ER, your healthcare provider will calculate an appropriate dosage based on your current dosage of short-acting methylphenidate products.
(Click Methylin Dosage for more detailed information about Methylin 10 mg tablets [and oral solution], including tips on when and how to effectively use this medication.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Methylin [package insert]. Florham Park, NJ: Shionogi, Inc.;2013 June.
Methylin and Methylin ER Tablets [package insert]. Hazelwood, MO: Mallinckrodt, Inc.;2009 January.
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