Ritalin® (methylphenidate hydrochloride) is commonly prescribed as a treatment for narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In general, this drug is well tolerated and quite effective at treating these conditions. In some cases, however, intolerable side effects occur or the medication does not work as well as hoped. For these people, a substitute for Ritalin needs to be considered.
Other options include:
- Lifestyle changes, including various therapies
- Other stimulant ADHD medications
- Nonstimulant ADHD medications.
These different substitutes for Ritalin have their own advantages and drawbacks, which your healthcare provider can discuss with you. The important thing to keep in mind is that both narcolepsy and ADHD are treatable conditions, and several different options are out there.
(Click Alternatives to Ritalin to learn more about the specific substitutes that may be recommended, including the pros and cons of each.)