Ritalin - What Is It?
Ritalin, active ingredient methylphenidate hydrochloride, is a medication that is available by prescription only. It is used for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy.
Since it contains a stimulant is often abused, there are special laws regarding the prescribing and distribution of this medicine.
Who Manufactures Ritalin?
Ritalin is made by Novartis Pharmaceuticals and generic Ritalin is manufactured by many different companies.
Ritalin has been licensed for the treatment of ADHD. People with this condition not only have issues paying attention and sitting still, they also have a hard time controlling how they behave and focusing. Most people think that only children have ADHD, but it is also found in adults. Ritalin has not been approved for the treatment adult ADHD.
Ritalin has also been licensed to treat narcolepsy. Narcolepsy involves uncontrollable sleeping at odd times. Those who struggle with narcolepsy will often seem to be paralyzed when they fall asleep and can often have hallucinations as they are falling asleep. It is also common for those with this condition to fall asleep many times throughout the day.
How it works
Although Ritalin has stimulant properties, when used in doses to treat ADHD, it actually has a calming effect. It is not known for sure how Ritalin is able to calm children with this condition, but it has been well established that this medication works with brain chemicals.
For those that have narcolepsy, Ritalin is prescribed at higher doses and does have a stimulant effect. This can help patients to stay awake and feel alert throughout the day.
Ritalin Side Effects
As is the case with all medications, there is a potential for side effects while taking Ritalin. Not all patients who take this medication will notice side effects as it is generally well tolerated. If side effects are experienced, they are usually minor and require little or no treatment.
Generic forms of Ritalin
At this time, there are both brand name and generic versions of Ritalin that have been licensed for use and sale.