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Methylphenidate

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  • During this treatment your child will be invited for regular check-ups. It is important that you keep these appointments.
  • If your child gets any of these symptoms tell your doctor straight away: severe skin rash, unexplained bruising or bleeding, persistent sore throat, high temperature, joint pain or chest pain.
  • Do not stop methylphenidate without first speaking to your doctor.

About methylphenidate

Type of medicine A stimulant
Used for Treatment of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Also called Equasym® XL
Ritalin®
Concerta® XL
Medikinet®, Medikinet® XL
Available as Tablets, modified release tablets and capsules (modified release means it is released slowly over the day to give a more even effect)

Methylphenidate stimulates part of the central nervous system which enhances the activity of certain underactive parts of the brain. It is used to treat a behavioural disorder known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 6 years of age or over, and in adolescents.

This information leaflet is written for parents or carers of children who have been prescribed methylphenidate. Although adults too can have ADHD, methylphenidate is not licensed for use in people over the age of 18.

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