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methylphenidate [immediate release] (METHYLIN, RITALIN)

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  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder [hide all summaries]
    To correctly establish the diagnosis of ADHD requires the use not only of medical but also of special psychological, educational, and social resources. Many children diagnosed with ADHD actually have problems that are primarily caused or worsened by inadequate teachers, unsuitable educational settings, or by problems with their parents. Similarly, many adults diagnosed with ADHD may have interpersonal problems that need to be dealt with by psychotherapy.

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  • A Guide to Treatment for ADHD [hide all summaries]
    (October 2016)
    The number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and treated with drugs has increased dramatically over the past decade. Learn the steps needed for an accurate ADHD diagnosis and understand the variety of treatments available before working with your child's doctor on a plan for treatment.
  • Pharmacists Ordered to Distribute Medication Guides About Serious Heart, Psychiatric Problems Linked to Attention Deficit Drugs [hide all summaries]
    (August 2007)
    Patients currently taking drugs approved for the treatment of ADHD who experience any of the cardiac or psychiatric side effects mentioned in this article are advised to seek medical attention immediately.
  • FDA Issues Stronger Warnings for ADHD Stimulants; Warnings Don’t Go Far Enough [hide all summaries]
    (November 2006)
    If you are considering treatment with a stimulant ADHD drug for yourself or your child, become familiar with the new warnings for these drugs that are presented in this article. The new warnings do not tell patients that the drugs can also cause sudden death in those using the medication properly, not just in those abusing the drugs.
  • Selling New Drugs Using Smoke and Mirror (Images) [hide all summaries]
    (March 2003)
    You should avoid these "new" single mirror images of old drugs, not out of concern about their safety or effectiveness, but because they are the same as the old drugs. In the long run, they cause economic harm both to individuals and to the health care system because they have come on the market with extended monopoly protection. Article lists some examples.
  • Drug Induced Psychiatric Symptoms (Part 2) [hide all summaries]
    (November 2002)
    This is the second of a two-part series on drug-induced psychiatric symptoms that began in last month’s Worst Pills, Best Pills News. The information is based on the July 8, 2002 issue of The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics. Article lists drugs and adverse effects.
  • Do Not Use! Dexmethylphenidate (FOCALIN) - a Methylphenidate (RITALIN) Copy [hide all summaries]
    (August 2002)
    Dexmethylphenidate (FOCALIN), approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2001 for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), joins a growing list of Do Not Use drugs, so called because they primarily result in economic harm to both individuals and the health care system. These drugs exist solely to extend a manufacturer’s brand name monopoly position in a lucrative market but offer nothing better than the drugs they replace.

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