Ritalin LA

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    Brand Name:Ritalin LA
    Generic:Methylphenidate Hydrochloride)
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2002-06-05 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
This drug is available in the following forms:
Capsules, Extended Release
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2007/010187s069,018029s040,021284s011lbl.pdf

About Ritalin LA

RITALIN LA® is a central nervous system stimulant prescription medicine. It is used for the treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). RITALIN LA® may help increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.

RITALIN LA® should be used as a part of a total treatment program for ADHD that may include counseling or other therapies.

Side Effects of Ritalin LA

  1. Heart-related problems:
    • sudden death in patients who have heart problems or heart defects
    • stroke and heart attack in adults
    • increased blood pressure and heart rate
    Tell your doctor if you or your child have any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems.

    Your doctor should check you or your child carefully for heart problems before starting RITALIN LA®.

    Your doctor should check your or your child’s blood pressure and heart rate regularly during treatment with RITALIN LA® .

    Call your doctor right away if you or your child has any signs of heart problems such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or fainting while taking RITALIN LA®.

  2. Mental (Psychiatric) problems:
  3. All Patients

    • new or worse behavior and thought problems
    • new or worse bipolar illness
    • new or worse aggressive behavior or hostility

    Children and Teenagers

    • new psychotic symptoms (such as hearing voices, believing things that are not true, are suspicious) or new manic symptoms
    Tell your doctor about any mental problems you or your child have, or about a family history of suicide, bipolar illness, or depression.

    Call your doctor right away if you or your child have any new or worsening mental symptoms or problems while taking RITALIN LA®, especially seeing or hearing things that are not real, believing things that are not real, or are suspicious.

  4. Other serious side effects include:
    • slowing of growth (height and weight) in children
    • seizures, mainly in patients with a history of seizures
    • eyesight changes or blurred vision
  5. Common side effects include:
    • headache
    • decreased appetite
    • stomach ache
    • trouble sleeping
    Talk to your doctor if you or your child has side effects that are bothersome or do not go away.

Who Should Not Take Ritalin LA

RITALIN LA® should not be taken if you or your child:

  • are very anxious, tense, or agitated
  • have an eye problem called glaucoma
  • have tics or Tourette’s syndrome, or a family history of Tourette’s syndrome. Tics are hard to control repeated movements or sounds.
  • are taking or have taken within the past 14 days an anti-depression medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI.
  • are allergic to anything in RITALIN LA®.

RITALIN LA® should not be used in children less than 6 years old because it has not been studied in this age group.

RITALIN LA® may not be right for you or your child. Before starting RITALIN LA® tell your or your child’s doctor about all health conditions (or a family history of) including:

  • heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure
  • mental problems including psychosis, mania, bipolar illness, or depression
  • tics or Tourette’s syndrome
  • seizures or have had an abn ormal brain wave test (EEG)

Tell your doctor if you or your child is pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding.

Interactions with Ritalin LA

Tell your doctor about all of the medicines that you or your child take including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. RITALIN LA® and some medicines may interact with each other and cause serious side effects. Sometimes the doses of othermedicines will need to be adjusted while taking RITALIN LA®.

Your doctor will decide whether RITALIN LA® can be taken with other medicines.

Especially tell your doctor if you or your child takes:

  • anti-depression medicines including MAOIs
  • seizure medicines
  • blood thinner medicines
  • blood pressure medicines
  • stomach acid medicines
  • cold or allergy medicines that contain decongestants

Know the medicines that you or your child takes. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor and pharmacist.

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Maybe there's no such thing as a "miracle drug," but ritalin-LA comes mighty close. I have noticed marked changes in my mood, attention-span, and impulse-control. It's the best thing that ever happened to me. It feels wonderful finally taking control of my personal life. I find myself singing, dancing, and being productive with things of substance like those mainstream folk I meet everyday who are not bedeviled with this disorder. Well, before I "dance the night away," and that's just my side effect, that I could dance the night away due to insomnia caused by the drug. My psychiatrist and I will certainly put our heads together and smoothen this speed bump because I refuse to let anything, I mean anything, come between me and RITALIN-LA!

Feel free to correspond.

And major cudos to the Food and Drug Administration!


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Thanks for the invitation to share my experiences with Ritalin-LA. From the first time taking it, I have felt balanced, focused and confident to be productive. It appears that I am getting much done on this drug and do plan to remain on it. I must admit, however, that insomnia is an unwelcomed side effect. This I will bring to my M.D.'s attention on next visit with her.

I welcome any information which may be helpful to me to be sent to my e-mail.


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