Ritalin for ADHD
A healthcare provider may prescribe Ritalin® (methylphenidate hydrochloride) to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children age six and older. Ritalin is a type of stimulant, although it can have effects that are opposite from what would be expected of a stimulant. While it is unknown exactly how Ritalin produces a calming effect, it is known that the drug affects certain chemicals in the brain.
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. However, Ritalin is not approved to treat ADHD in adults (although it is approved to treat narcolepsy in adults).
When using Ritalin for ADHD treatment, the dosage your healthcare provider recommends will be based on several factors. Some of these factors your healthcare provider will consider include other medications you are currently taking, other medical conditions you may have, your age, and other ADHD or narcolepsy medications you have tried. Ritalin comes in the form of tablets and is typically taken two or three times a day. The medication is available in three strengths:
(Click Ritalin for a more in-depth look at using Ritalin for ADHD treatment, including information on how this medication works, potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and what to tell your healthcare provider before using this medication.)