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Certain side effects have been reported with Methylin, and weight loss is one of the most common. While this is generally not considered a problem, your child should be monitored for significant weight loss during treatment, because it can be a problem for growing bodies. On occasion, healthcare providers may prescribe Methylin for weight loss -- this is considered an "off-label" use of the drug.

Methylin and Weight Loss: An Overview

Methylin® (methylphenidate hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. There are currently four forms of Methylin available:
  • Methylin tablets
  • Methylin chewable tablets
  • Methylin oral solution
  • Methylin ER tablets.
A number of side effects are possible with stimulants like Methylin, and weight loss appears to be one of the most common. For some people, this may be a good thing. Healthcare providers do, on occasion, prescribe stimulants for weight loss. For other people, however, unintended weight loss can be a problem. For example, it can be a problem in growing children. Using Methylin for weight loss can also be a problem if the medicine is abused. In fact, this is one of the reasons why so many people abuse Methylin (see Methylin Abuse).

Dealing with Methylin Weight Loss in Children and Teenagers

As mentioned, weight loss is a common side effect of stimulants such as Methylin, although the exact percentage of people who experience this while taking the medication is not known. Although this may be a desirable side effect for some children and teens, too much weight loss can be a problem for growing bodies. If your child or teenager seems to be losing too much weight while taking Methylin, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she can recommend other ADHD medications that may not cause these problems for your child.
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