This medication stimulates the central nervous system. Typically, it is used for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It may also be used for narcolepsy (sudden or excessive daytime sleepiness), as well as for other uses. Its effects can be felt within 1 hour.
This pharmacologic treatment should be an integral part of a global treatment program that could include supportive psychological, educational or other measures.
This medication is typically used only once a day. However, your doctor or pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. Take it regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effects.
Important: Follow the instructions on the label. Do not use more of this product, or more often, than prescribed. Chronic abusive use can lead to dependance.
This medication should be swallowed whole. It should not be split, crushed or chewed. You may notice the presence of a whole tablet in your stools. This is only the outer shell; the medication inside has been absorbed.
If you forget a dose, simply skip it and then take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time. This medication may be taken with or without food.
Consuming alcohol may intensify the effect of this product. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor to find out exactly how much alcohol you can drink.
In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:
Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.
As with most medications, this product should be stored at room temperature. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely. This drug is occasionally sought out by teenagers for non-medical purposes. Please store in a safe place.
This medication may interact with other medications or supplements, sometimes significantly. Many interactions, however, may be dealt with by a dosage adjustment or a change in medication schedule. Check with your pharmacist before using this medication in combination with any other medications (including non-prescription products), vitamins or natural products.
When meeting with any health professional, it is important for you to share the following information:
It is also strongly recommended that you keep an up-to-date list of all the medications you take and carry it with you at all times. This could be useful if you have to see a health professional or need emergency care.
Keep all your medications out of the reach of children and pets and return any unused or expired medications to the pharmacy for proper disposal.