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Methylphenidate Hydrochloride: Oral tablet

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  • Reported side effects
  • Daily life interactions

Available Strengths
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Methylphenidate 10mg Tablet
American Health Packaging
Pill Identification: M  |  10
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Methylphenidate 10mg Tab
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: SZ  |  789
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Methylphenidate 20mg Tab
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: SZ  |  790
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Methylphenidate 20mg Tab
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: 532  |  M D
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Methylphenidate 5mg Tab
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: SZ  |  783
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Methylphenidate 5mg Tab
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: MD  |  531
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Methylin 10mg Tablet
Mallinckrodt Inc Pharmaceuticals Group
Pill Identification: M  |  10
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Methylin 5mg Tablet
Mallinckrodt Inc Pharmaceuticals Group
Pill Identification: M  |  5
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Methylphenidate 10mg Tab
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: MD  |  530
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Methylphenidate 5mg Tablet
American Health Packaging
Pill Identification: M  |  5
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Methylphenidate 20mg Tab
Actavis Inc. formerly Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: DAN 20  |  5884
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Methylphenidate 20mg Tablet
American Health Packaging
Pill Identification: 20  |  M
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Methylphenidate 5mg Tab
PD-RX Pharmaceuticals
Pill Identification: DAN 5  |  5882
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Methylphenidate 10mg Tab
Actavis Inc. formerly Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: DAN 10  |  5883
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Methylphenidate 5mg Tab
Actavis Inc. formerly Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: DAN 5  |  5882
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Methylphenidate 5mg Tab
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: MD  |  531
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Methylphenidate 10mg Tab
UCB Pharma Inc
Pill Identification: 530  |  MD
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Methylphenidate 20mg Tab
UCB Pharma Inc
Pill Identification: MD  |  532
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Methylphenidate 5mg Tab
UCB Pharma Inc
Pill Identification: MD  |  531
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Methylphenidate 20mg Tablet
Mallinckrodt Inc Pharmaceuticals Group
Pill Identification: 20  |  M
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Methylphenidate 10mg Tablet
Mallinckrodt Inc Pharmaceuticals Group
Pill Identification: M  |  10
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Methylphenidate 5mg Tablet
Mallinckrodt Inc Pharmaceuticals Group
Pill Identification: M  |  5
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Methylin 20mg Tablet
Mallinckrodt Inc Pharmaceuticals Group
Pill Identification: 20  |  M
How This Drug Works
ADHD Agents
ADHD agents are most often stimulants that increase alertness, wakefulness, focus and concentration. They help when neurotransmitters between neurons within the brain are unable to send signals past the synapse.
"Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, agents are most often stimulants that increase alertness, wakefulness, focus and concentration. They help when neurotransmitters between neurons within the brain are unable to send signals past the synapse. <br><br> This inability to transmit signals is due to either the existence of too few transmitters or because the neurotransmitters are recycled too quickly, thus inhibiting the transmission of the signal to the next neuron. This decreases the ability to concentrate or focus.<br><br> ADHD stimulants increase the amount of neurotransmitters between neurons by either releasing more neurotransmitters from the synapse or blocking or slowing their recycling process. This increases the signalâ¬"s effectivness between neurons and makes the pathways in the brain more efficient, thus improving the ability to concentrate or focus."
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Methylphenidate Hydrochloride: Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

METHYLPHENIDATE (meth il FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy.

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CVS Pharmacy Patient Statistics for Methylphenidate Hydrochloride: Oral tablet
Usage by Gender
44.06%
55.94%
Generic vs. Brand Name Usage*
*Brand contains same active ingredient but may not represent FDA-approved generic equivalent
Usage by Age
40.45%
19.63%
27.24%
12.68%
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