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- What is methylphenidate patch, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for methylphenidate patch?
- Is methylphenidate patch available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for methylphenidate patch?
- What are the side effects of methylphenidate patch?
- What is the dosage for methylphenidate patch?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with methylphenidate patch?
- Is methylphenidate patch safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about methylphenidate patch?
What is methylphenidate patch, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Methylphenidate is a medication used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It stimulates the central nervous system (CNS or brain) in a manner that is similar to amphetamines; however, its actions are milder than amphetamines. Amphetamines stimulate the brain by increasing the level of neurotransmitters, dopamine and norepinephrine, in the brain (neurotransmitters are chemicals produced by nerves that are released and attach to other nearby nerves as a means of communication among nerves). The exact mechanism of action of the drug in people with ADHD is unknown. Methylphenidate is the active ingredient in methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta), and also is available as pills and liquids. The FDA approved Methylphenidate patches in April 2006.
What brand names are available for methylphenidate patch?
Is methylphenidate patch available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
Do I need a prescription for methylphenidate patch?
What are the side effects of methylphenidate patch?
Methylphenidate may be abused and it is a Schedule II controlled medication. Long-term abuse can cause tolerance, psychological dependence, abnormal behavior, and psychosis. Use cautiously in people with a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
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