Methylphenidate

Administration

  • Type: Stimulant
  • Dosage Forms:
  • Routes of Administration: PO
  • Common Trade Names: Ritalin, Concerta

Adult Dosing

  • 20-60 mg daily in 2-3 divided doses

Pediatric Dosing

  • >6yo: 5-60mg daily in divided doses

Special Populations

Pregnancy Rating

  • Category B

Lactation risk

Renal Dosing

  • Adult:
  • Pediatric:

Hepatic Dosing

  • Adult:
  • Pediatric:

Contraindications

  • Allergy to class/drug
  • Concomitant or recent (within 14 days) treatment with an Concomitant treatment with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)

Adverse Reactions

Serious

Common

Pharmacology

  • Half-life: 2-4h
  • Metabolism: Hepatic
  • Excretion: Mostly renal

Mechanism of Action

  • Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor

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Authors:

Claire