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Read the Medication Guide that comes with RITALIN LAÂ® before you or your child starts taking it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking to
your doctor about your or your childâEUR(TM)s treatment with RITALIN LAÂ®.
What is the most important information I
should know about RITALIN LAÂ®?
The following have been reported with use of
methylphenidate hydrochloride and other
1. Heart-related problems:
âEUR¢ sudden death in patients who have heart
problems or heart defects
âEUR¢ stroke and heart attack in adults
âEUR¢ 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
Your doctor should check your or your childâEUR(TM)s
blood pressure and heart rate regularly during
treatment with RITALIN LAÂ®.
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 LAÂ®.
2. Mental (Psychiatric) problems:
âEUR¢ new or worse behavior and thought
âEUR¢ new or worse bipolar illness
âEUR¢ new or worse aggressive behavior or
Children and Teenagers
âEUR¢ 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 LAÂ®, especially
seeing or hearing things that are not real,
believing things that are not real, or are
What Is RITALIN LAÂ®?
imulant prescription medicine. It is used for the
ITALIN LAÂ® should be used as a part of a total
ent program for ADHD that may include
RITALIN LAÂ® is a central n
treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactiv
Disorder (ADHD). RITALIN LAÂ® may help
increase attention and decrease impulsiveness and
hyperactivity in patients with ADHD.
counseling or other therapies.
RITALIN LAÂ® is a federally c
substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead
to dependence. Keep RITALIN LAÂ® in a safe
place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or
giving away RITALIN LAÂ® may harm others,
and is against the law.
ell your doctor if you or your child have (or have a T
family history of) ever abused or been dependent on
alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.
Who should not take RITALIN LAÂ®?
ITALIN LAÂ® should not be taken if you or
ITALIN LAÂ® should not be used in children less
ITALIN LAÂ® may not be right for you or your
ormal brain wave
ell your doctor if you or your child is pregnant,
an RITALIN LAÂ® be taken with other
ell your doctor about all of the medicines that
our doctor will decide whether RITALIN LAÂ® can
Especially tell your doctor if you or your child
i-depression medicines including MAOIs
Know the medicines that you or your child takes.
Do not start any new medicine while taking
How should RITALIN LAÂ® be taken?
Take RITALIN LA exactly as prescribed.
Take RITALIN LA once a day in the
Swallow RITALIN LAÂ® capsules whole with
From time to time, your doctor may stop
RITALIN LAÂ® treatment for a while to check
âEUR¢ are very anxious, tense, or agitated
âEUR¢ have an eye problem called glaucoma
âEUR¢ have tics or TouretteâEUR(TM)s syndrome, or a
history of TouretteâEUR(TM)s syndrome. Tics are hard
to control repeated movements or sounds.
are taking or have taken within the past 14 day
an anti-depression medicine called a
monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI.
are allergic to anything in RITALIN LAÂ®. See
the end of this Medication Guide for a
complete list of ingredients.
than 6 years old because it has not been studied in
this age group.
child. Before starting RITALIN LAÂ® tell your
or your childâEUR(TM)s doctor about all health conditions
(or a family history of) including:
heart problems, heart defects, âEUR¢
mental problems including psychosis, mania,
bipolar illness, or depression
tics or TouretteâEUR(TM)s syndrome
âEUR¢ seizures or have had an abn
planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding.
you or your child take including prescription
and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and
herbal supplements. RITALIN LAÂ® and some
medicines may interact with each other and cause
serious side effects. Sometimes the doses of other
medicines will need to be adjusted while taking
be taken with other medicines.
âEUR¢ seizure medicines
âEUR¢ blood thinner medi
âEUR¢ blood pressure medicines
âEUR¢ stomach acid medicines
âEUR¢ cold or allergy medicines
Keep a list of your medicines with you to show
your doctor and pharmacist.
RITALIN LAÂ® without talking to your docto
Your doctor may adjust the dose until it is right
for you or your child.
morning. RITALIN LAÂ® is an extended
capsule. It releases medicine into your body
throughout the day.
water or other liquids. If you cannot swallow
the capsule, open it and sprinkle the medicine
over a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow the
applesauce and medicine mixture without
chewing. Follow with a drink of water or o
liquid. Never chew or crush the capsule or
the medicine inside the capsule.
od pressure while taking
RITALIN LA. Children should have their
A or overdoses, call your
doctor or poison control center right away,
What are possible side effects of RITALIN
hat is the most important information I
ould know about RITALIN LAÂ®âEUR for
formation on reported heart and mental problems.
slowing of growth (height and weight) in
a history of
headache âEUR¢ decreased appetite
Your doctor may do regular checks of the
blood, heart, and blo
height and weight checked often while taking
RITALIN LAÂ®. RITALIN LAÂ® treatment may
be stopped if a problem is found during these
If you or your child takes too much
RITALIN L Â®
or get emergency treatment.
Other serious side effects include:
âEUR¢ seizures, mainly in patients with
âEUR¢ eyesight changes or blurred vision
Common side effects include:
âEUR¢ stomach ache âEUR¢ trouble sleeping
Talk to your doctor if you or your child has side
ff cts that are bothersome or do not go away. e
This is not a complete list of possible side effects
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more
How should I store RITALIN LAÂ®?
âEUR¢ Store RITALIN LAÂ® in a safe place at room
temperature, 59 to 86Â° F (15 to 30Â° C).
âEUR¢ Keep RITALIN LAÂ® and all medicines out
of the reach of children.
General information about RITALIN LAÂ®
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes
other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do
not use RITALIN LAÂ® for a condition for which it
was not prescribed. Do not give RITALIN LAÂ® to
other people, even if they have the same condition.
It may harm them and it is against the law.
This Medication Guide summarizes the most
important information about RITALIN LAÂ®. If you
would like more information, talk with your doctor.
You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for
information about RITALIN LAÂ® that was written
for healthcare professionals. For more information
about RITALIN LAÂ® call 1-888-669-6682.
What are the ingredients in RITALIN LAÂ®?
Active Ingredient: methylphenidate HCL
Inactive Ingredients: ammonio methacrylate
copolymer, black iron oxide (10 and 40 mg capsules
only), gelatin, methacrylic acid copolymer,
polyethylene glycol, red iron oxide (10 and 40 mg
capsules only), sugar spheres, talc, titanium dioxide,
triethyl citrate, and yellow iron oxide (10, 30, and
40 mg capsules).