What is Ritalin?
Ritalin is a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It affects the parts of the brain and central nervous system that control hyperactivity and impulses. Ritalin is one of the trade names for the drug known as methylphenidate. Other brand names can include Concerta, Methylin, and Metadate.
Is there a generic version of Ritalin available?
Yes, the generic name for Ritalin is methylphenidate and is for purchase in the United States. Some users have argued that the generic version may be weaker than the brand name version.
Are there any major differences between Ritalin and Adderall?
There are a lot of similarities between the two medications. Both drugs are stimulants used to treat ADHD, and both are habit-forming and classified as Schedule II controlled substances. Therefore, if you have a history of substance use problems, you should talk to your doctor about this before taking either medication. As far as differences, Ritalin comes in three formats: instant release (lasting 3-4 hours), sustained-release (lasting 6-8 hours), and long-acting (lasting 8 hours). Adderall comes in two formats: instant release (lasting 4-6 hours) and extended-release (lasting 12 hours).
Can children take Ritalin?
Children over the age of 6 may be prescribed Ritalin for ADHD. They should take the medication in the exact amount prescribed by their doctor. It’s also important to tell your child’s doctor about other medication complications or past substance use history.