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Methylphenidate Hydrochloride: Oral tablet, extended release

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Methylphenidate 54mg ER Tab
American Health Packaging
Pill Identification: alza 54 
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Methylphenidate 36mg ER Tab
American Health Packaging
Pill Identification: alza 36 
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Methylphenidate 20mg SR Tab
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: SZ 780 
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Methylphenidate 20mg ER Tab
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: MD 562 
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Methylphenidate 36mg ER Tab
Mallinckrodt Inc Pharmaceuticals Group
Pill Identification: M 36 
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Methylphenidate 20mg ER Tab
Sandoz Inc
Pill Identification: GG 780 
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Methylphenidate 18mg ER Tab
Actavis Inc. formerly Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: alza 18 
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Methylphenidate 27mg ER Tab
Actavis Inc. formerly Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: alza 27 
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Methylphenidate 54mg ER Tab
Actavis Inc. formerly Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: alza 54 
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Methylphenidate 20mg ER Tab
Actavis Inc. formerly Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: WPI  |  3111
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Methylphenidate 36mg ER Tab
Actavis Inc. formerly Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc
Pill Identification: alza 36 
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Methylphenidate 20mg ER Tablet
Mallinckrodt Inc Pharmaceuticals Group
Pill Identification: 1451  |  M
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Methylin 20mg ER Tablet
Mallinckrodt Inc Pharmaceuticals Group
Pill Identification: 1451  |  M
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Methylphenidate 27mg ER Tab
American Health Packaging
Pill Identification: alza 27 
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Methylphenidate 10mg ER Tablet
Mallinckrodt Inc Pharmaceuticals Group
Pill Identification: 1423  |  M
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Methylin 10mg ER Tablet
Mallinckrodt Inc Pharmaceuticals Group
Pill Identification: 1423  |  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, extended release

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, extended release
Usage by Gender
37.2%
62.8%
Generic vs. Brand Name Usage*
*Brand contains same active ingredient but may not represent FDA-approved generic equivalent
Usage by Age
66.0%
17.7%
11.73%
4.56%