How does Methylphenidate work?
Generic Methylphenidate is used to treat patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also called ADHD. The drug inhibits the reuptake of dopamine and noradrenaline. The use of the drug increases their concentration in the synaptic cleft.
The action of the drug
The action of Methylphenidate hydrochloride tablets comes within 15-30 minutes. The duration of effect is from 3 to 4 hours. The duration of action of the drug is also influenced by the individual characteristics of patients. At the end of the effect, ADHD symptoms may appear more frequently.
Dosage of the medicine
Methylphenidate should be taken only after consultation with the GP. The dosage should be set individually. The optimal effect is related neither to the plasma concentration nor to the weight of the patient.
The drug is not used for children under 6 years of age. The only exception to the prescription of the drug in children under 6 years of age may be prescribed by a physician. The initial single dose may be 2.5 or 5 mg. The dose is then usually increased by 5-10 mg each week until the maximum effect of treatment is achieved.
Adults need an average of 20-30 mg per day. In severe cases, your doctor may increase the dose to 60 mg. In mild disease, the daily dosage of the medication may be 5-10 mg, which is also determined by the doctor.
The daily dose is often divided into two or three separate doses. A single dose for adult patients is frequently 10 mg, and for children over 6 years of age, the optimal single dose is 5 mg.
Methylphenidate: Drug interactions
Methylphenidate should not be combined with MAO inhibitors. Simultaneous use of the drug may decrease the effect of antihypertensive drugs, especially Guanethidine.
Since Methylphenidate inhibits the breakdown in the body of anticoagulants of coumarin type, as well as drugs against epilepsy, such as Phenobarbital, Phenytoin, and Primidone. Methylphenidate should not be taken with antacids.
If you want to buy Methylphenidate online, please tell our pharmacist what medications you are taking and he or she will check the possibility of using it with the medication.
Methylphenidate’s most common side effects
The following side effects may occur when taking Methylphenidate 10 mg:
Decreased appetite. Generally, this side effect is short-term and disappears after 1-2 months.
Gastrointestinal Disorders. This is due to the dissolution of the drug and its breakdown into hydrochloric acid. Taking Methylphenidate tablets without liquid may cause nausea or unpleasant burning in the esophagus.
Nausea and abdominal pain are rare at the start of treatment and usually decrease if methylphenidate is taken with or with food.
Rarer side effects include dizziness, sweating, fever, headache, psychosis, cardiac arrhythmia, and dry mucous membranes.
Allergic reactions such as itching, rash, urticaria, and hair loss may occur.
Psychological side effects. Taking methylphenidate may make some patients temporarily or permanently more sensitive, “weepy” as well as more irritable and aggressive, which may even lead to depressive states.
Does Methylphenidate cause weight gain?
Taking generic Methylphenidate does not cause weight gain. Often, patients experience weight loss, which is associated with a decrease in appetite. This is because the drug belongs to the group of stimulants that reduce the feeling of hunger. Therefore, some patients buy Methylphenidate online for weight loss.
Can Methylphenidate cause depression?
The use of the drug sometimes causes side effects of a psychological nature, as a result of which the patient may develop a depressive state.
Methylphenidate and caffeine
It is possible to consume caffeine along with taking the drug. However, you should not abuse products with caffeine because it may cause side effects: nervousness, nausea, insomnia, and irritability.
Methylphenidate affects high blood pressure. Therefore, on the one hand, it can reduce the effectiveness of drugs that are used to reduce blood pressure in hypertension. On the other hand, it may increase the effects of active ingredients that increase blood pressure.
The initial hypertensive effects of Guanethidine (used to lower blood pressure) and amantadine (used to treat influenza and Parkinson’s disease) may also be enhanced.
Methylphenidate: Food interactions
The drug may be taken with a variety of foods. The only exceptions are foods containing caffeine. These include chocolate, coffee and tea drinks, Coca-Cola, and caffeine supplements. You should also avoid drinking alcohol with Methylphenidate 10 mg.
Methylphenidate: Interactions with alcohol
Alcohol should not be consumed during and after taking Methylphenidate. This can lead to a “ricochet” effect. If you have already taken the drug and alcohol, you should flush your stomach and see a doctor.