What Is Methylphenidate Extended Release Used For?
As mentioned above, methylphenidate extended release is licensed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD for short. In addition to hyperactivity (having trouble sitting still), people with ADHD have problems paying attention, focusing, and controlling their behavior. While most people think of ADHD as a problem in children, it can also occur in adults (see Adult ADHD). However, most forms of methylphenidate extended release are not approved to treat adult ADHD.
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Some of the methylphenidate extended release products (Ritalin SR and Metadate ER) are also licensed for narcolepsy treatment. Narcolepsy is a condition that involves falling asleep uncontrollably and at unusual times. People who have narcolepsy symptoms often appear paralyzed when they are sleeping and have hallucinations when falling asleep. People who have narcolepsy often fall asleep several times during the day.
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