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What you should know before using

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatrics

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatrics-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of methylphenidate in children. Safety and efficacy have not been established in children under 6 years of age.

Geriatric

No information is available on the relationship of age to the effects of methylphenidate in geriatric patients.

Pregnancy CategoryExplanation
All TrimestersCAnimal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR no animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women.

Breast Feeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Drug Interactions

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.

  • Clorgyline
  • Iproniazid
  • Isocarboxazid
  • Lazabemide
  • Moclobemide
  • Nialamide
  • Pargyline
  • Phenelzine
  • Procarbazine
  • Selegiline
  • Toloxatone
  • Tranylcypromine

Other Interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Agitation, severe or
  • Anxiety, severe or
  • Glaucoma or
  • Motor tics (repeated muscle movements) or
  • Tension, severe or
  • Tourette's syndrome, or family history of—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
  • Alcohol abuse (or history of) or
  • Drug abuse or dependence (or history of)—Dependence may be more likely to develop.
  • Blood vessel problems or
  • Depression, severe or
  • Heart disease or failure or
  • Heart rhythm problems or
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) or
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) or
  • Psychosis (mental illness) or
  • Seizures, history of or
  • Tachycardia (rapid heart rate)—May make these conditions worse.
  • Skin problems (e.g., eczema, psoriasis)—Skin patch may cause skin irritation.