Methylphenidate Extended Release

A healthcare provider may prescribe methylphenidate extended release to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or narcolepsy. There are several different forms of this drug, and there are important differences between the products. The medication comes in the form of a tablet, capsule, or liquid, depending on the particular product. It is usually taken by mouth once daily in the morning. As with any medication, there are potential side effects with this drug, including a loss of appetite, nervousness, and insomnia.

What Is Methylphenidate Extended Release?

Methylphenidate is a prescription medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It is available in many different forms, including long-acting extended release forms. Methylphenidate extended release is available as the following products:
 
 

How Are All the Methylphenidate Extended Release Products Different?

Below is a table of some of the important differences between the methylphenidate extended release products. Notice that not all are approved for adult ADHD. Metadate ER and Ritalin SR are not specifically approved for adult ADHD, although the exact approved age range was not reported.
 
Table: Methylphenidate Extended Release Differences
 
Specifically approved for adults
Approved for narcolepsy
Taken once a day
Dosage form
 
Concerta
X
 
X
Tablet
Metadate CD
 
 
X
Capsule
Metadate ER
 
X
X
Tablet
Quillivant XR     X Oral suspension
Ritalin LA
 
 
X
Capsule
Ritalin SR
 
X
X
Tablet
 
Concerta
Concerta is a tablet that is released in two stages: the outer part of the tablet dissolves quickly and releases an immediate dose of Concerta. The inner part releases the rest of the medication slowly over time.
 
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